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Mayor calls on father of slain boy to cooperate with police: 'You have a responsibility' (Chicago, IL): Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday defended his policing strategy following a violent Independence Day weekend in Chicago, laying blame where he frequently does after shootings spike in the city: lax gun laws, amoral gang members and questionable values.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 7, 2015

Chicago Violence Rises With the Heat of the Summer (Chicago, IL): The figures can be numbing: There were more than 2,000 shootings in Chicago last year, and the city is on pace for more this year. The violence rises in the heat of summer. But beneath the sobering figures are personal stories, both of fear and resilience. NBC News' Tracy Jarrett spent time in Chicago to hear them.
Source: NBC News    Date: July 6, 2015

Violent weekend that left 7 dead in Chicago highlights frustrations in combating gangs, guns (Chicago, IL): A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.
Source: U.S. News & World Report     Date: July 6, 2015

Gun, marijuana seized from Peoria gang member in park (Peoria, IL): Deputies seized a gun and a small amount of marijuana from a documented gang member early Sunday in Bradley Park while the suspect and a woman were on a date, according to a police report.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: July 6, 2015

Gunfire mars Fourth holiday (Chicago, IL): As fireworks erupted throughout Chicago, the loud pops and explosions often were indistinguishable from the gunfire that so often plagues what historically is a violent summer weekend in the city.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 6, 2015

Shot that killed 7-year-old boy in Humboldt Park meant for his dad, police say (Chicago, IL): A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night while celebrating the Fourth of July with his family on the city's West Side, and Sunday evening Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that the bullet that killed Amari Brown was meant for his father. McCarthy said Antonio Brown, who he referred to as a "ranking gang member," was the intended target of the attack and that he is not cooperating with investigators.
Source: WLS 7 News    Date: July 5, 2015

2 teenagers hurt in gang-related crash in Logan Square (Chicago, IL): Two 17-year-old girls were hurt during a gang-related car crash early Saturday morning in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 4, 2015

Abel Ruiz gets 51 years for shooting Brandon Cage over gang affiliation in 2013 (Chicago, IL): A Latin Kings street gang member has been sentenced to 51 years in prison for fatally shooting Brandon Cage after demanding he renounce his own gang in the summer of 2013.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: July 2, 2015

Man found guilty in 2011 Joliet murder (Joliet, IL): When Anthony Fearn was fatally shot on June 9, 2011, outside the KO Zone Boxing Club it was dark and there was a large crowd on the street. Since that night, five witnesses have identified Jevon Lesley, 22, a member of the Vice Lords street gang known as "Guru" as the man who fired the shot that struck Fearn, who had no gang involvement.
Source: The Herald-News    Date: June 26, 2015

Joliet Murder Trial: Gang members contradict shooter’s identity (Joliet, IL): Gang members during testimony Thursday identified different men as the one who fired a fatal shot outside a downtown Joliet club three years ago.
Source: The Herald-News    Date: June 25, 2015

Witness testifies in Joliet murder trial that innocent bystander killed before shooter took aim (Joliet, IL): The shot that went off as a gang member cleared his “jammed” pistol likely is the one that killed an innocent bystander four years ago outside the KO Zone Boxing Club, a witness testified Wednesday.
Source: The Herald-News    Date: June 24, 2015

2 dead, 16 injured in city shootings (Chicago, IL): Two men were killed and at least 16 other people have been wounded during separate shootings across the city since Saturday afternoon, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: June 21, 2015

Man, 21, dies shielding mother during South Chicago shooting (Chicago, IL): James Jones died shielding his mother from bullets meant for him, according to family members. The 21-year-old and his mother, Alicia Jones, were on a porch in the 8400 block of South Colfax Avenue about 12:02 p.m. Saturday when a man approached from the gangway, gun in hand, and opened fire, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: June 20, 2015

State high court reinstates conviction in murder of 6-year-old Aurora boy (Aurora, IL): The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the conviction of a man who shot and killed a boy in his sleep, a crime that set off a wave of anti-gang activism in Aurora and a two-decade quest for justice by the youth's family.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: June 18, 2015

Police: Gang member charged in West Chicago shooting (Chicago, IL): A 19-year-old gang member has been charged with shooting a West Chicago man five times Thursday night, authorities said.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: June 15, 2015

Vice Lord 'King' goes on trial (Chicago, IL): First, a couple of Four Corner Hustlers decided to take a shot at an Imperial Insane Vice Lord known as “Moochie” in April 2011 at Pulaski and Division. So a couple of days later, prosecutors said, a Vice Lord known as “Teardrop Thuggish” put a Four Corner Hustler in the morgue — fatally shooting Marcus Hurley as he left a convenience store near the Vice Lords’ main drug market at Thomas and Keystone on the West Side.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: June 15, 2015

Former gang member finds success, strength in politics (Chicago, IL): A former gang member once lived a troubled life of crime and violence. But he turned things around, and hopes his story of success can help others. Aguayo’s story begins at 48th and Union in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Source: WGN TV News    Date: June 12, 2015

Second gang member charged with killing elderly Logan Square man in 2013 (Chicago, IL): A gang member already in custody for a 2012 murder is now the second person to be charged with robbing and killing a 68-year-old Logan Square man who was returning home from work in late 2013.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: June 12, 2015

Senate panel unanimously approves anti-gang bill (DuPage County, IL): U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is combating gangs in Illinois and nationwide. Kirk recently included a number of initiatives in a funding bill to assist law enforcement. The bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee.
Source: DuPage Policy Journal    Date: June 11, 2015

Aurora man found guilty of gang contact (Aurora, IL): An Aurora man faces sentencing next month after a judge found him guilty of breaking a court order to stay away from gang members.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: June 10, 2015

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