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By the numbers: Chicago-area gangs (Chicago, IL): Chicago is the gang capital of the United States. According to the Chicago Crime Commission, a 2012 Chicago Police Department gang audit found there are more than 600 gang factions in the city, with a minimum combined membership of 70,000.
Source: CBS News    Date: May 16, 2013

Former Chicago cop who helped gang faces 12 years in prison (Chicago, IL): A former Chicago cop who admitted he used his badge to rob for the Latin Kings street gang could serve just 12 years in prison if a judge accepts a recommendation by federal attorneys.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: May 15, 2013

McCarthy: Cops taking report of gang 'Hit Squad’ seriously (Chicago, IL): Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says his department is taking seriously a purported directive from a Chicago street gang to kill members of law enforcement.
Source: CBS Chicago    Date: May 13, 2013

Sneed: Authorities learn of deadly gang mission (Chicago, IL): Sneed has learned a street gang directive ordering a hit squad to kill law enforcement officers was intercepted by the Cook County Sheriff's Intelligence unit.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: May 10, 2013

Not guilty verdict in 2001 Aurora gang murder case (Aurora, IL): After seven hours of deliberations Wednesday, a Kane County jury acquitted Arnoldo Aguilar of charges that he gunned down a 26-year-old rival gang member in Aurora 12 years ago.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: May 8, 2013

Police: Joliet man shot at gang members while seated next to infant (Joliet, IL): An 18-year-old Joliet man shot at rival gang members Sunday while he was sitting next to a 1-year-old child, police said.
Source: The Herald-News    Date: May 8, 2013

Bails set for two in Wheeling gang shooting (Cook County, IL): A suburban man allegedly plotted to kill a teenager because he switched gang affiliations, but he wound up killing another man, Cook County prosecutors said Sunday.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: May 5, 2013

Kirk: Time for feds to take down Chicago street gangs (Chicago, IL): Senator Mark Kirk is demanding that federal law enforcers "crush" Chicago's most violent street gangs. He vows to use his powerful post on the Appropriations Committee to obtain the tens of millions of dollars that might be needed.
Source: FOX 32 News    Date: May 2, 2013

Gang task force nabs nine in Harvard (Harvard, IL): The Harvard Police Department called in the county's Gang Task Force in response to a rash of gunfire and gang activity.
Source: Northwest Herald    Date: May 1, 2013

Two guilty in slaying of teen who refused to flash gang sign (Chicago, IL): Two Chicago teenagers were found guilty Monday in the slaying of a 15-year-old boy who refused to flash a gang sign when a group of gang members confronted him and his girlfriend in 2009, prosecutors said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 29, 2013

State lawmakers want beefed up witness protection for gang-related crimes (Chicago, IL): State lawmakers are considering legislation that encourages witnesses to cooperate more with police. The bill that already passed the House would provide more funding to protect, and in some cases, relocate witnesses of gang-related crimes.
Source: WBEZ 91.5     Date: April 28, 2013

Gangs in Sterling: Activity heats up on west end (Sterling, IL): A west-side Sterling woman said she was willing to discuss her concerns about neighborhood gangs – but not if her name was going to be published.
Source: Sauk Valley Newspapers    Date: April 27, 2013

Round Lake Park cops say net dropped on more drug dealers in Operation Street Sweep (Round Lake Park, IL): Round Lake Park police say they have made more arrests in a continuing investigation of local reputed drug dealers and street gang members.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: April 25, 2013

State Rep. Jefferson backs anti-gang bill (Springfield, IL): To help diminish gang violence in schools, state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, voted for legislation last week permitting the sharing of information between schools and law enforcement regarding weapons and gang activity.
Source: The Rock River Times    Date: April 24, 2013

School's closing, gang feud fuel new fears in Old Town (Chicago, IL): The shooting started just after supper. Charlie Branda’s 11-year-old son counted the gun blasts like she taught him. One, two … three, four, five … six.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: April 24, 2013

Burke signs on as co-sponsor of gang registry bill (Oak Lawn, IL) : State Rep. Kelly Burke (D-36th District) signed on as a co-sponsor to HB 3082, a bill that would open the Illinois State Police's gang member database to the public.
Source: OakLawnPatch    Date: April 22, 2013

Three suspects charged in Operation Street Sweep (Round Lake Park, IL): Round Lake Park police and federal authorities have made three arrests in a neighboring village in what they say is a continuing investigation of local drug dealers and street gang members.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: April 19, 2013

Chicago schools consult gang lines in closure plan (Chicago, IL): The Rev. Robin Hood stands in front of an elementary school in what's known as "The Holy City" — the Chicago neighborhood where the notorious Vice Lords street gang got its start decades ago and still one of the city's most dangerous areas.
Source: ABC News    Date: April 15, 2013

Gangs suspected in weekend shootings in Rockford (Rockford, IL): Rival gang members are believed to be behind more than one of the weekend’s five shooting incidents. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and several vehicles and residences were struck.
Source: Rockford Register Star     Date: April 15, 2013

Fund to combat gang violence low on cash (Chicago, IL): A street gang fund that could have potentially collected millions of dollars to combat gang violence in Illinois has only a few hundred dollars in it after several years on the books, an investigation has found.
Source: NBC Chicago    Date: April 15, 2013

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