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Leader of Chicago Street Gang Sentenced to 22 Years in Federal Prison for Dealing Guns and Drugs on West Side (Chicago, IL): A convicted felon who was a leader of the violent Gangster 2-6 Nation street gang has been sentenced to 22 years in prison on federal gun and drug charges.
Source: eNews Park Forest    Date: January 24, 2017

Former gang leader convicted in 1996 killing of Alton man (Edwardsville, IL): Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons announced the conviction of a 51-year old man Friday afternoon for a murder in 1996. Opening statements began Wednesday in the case against Jeffrey A. Ewing.
Source: AdVantage News    Date: January 20, 2017

Gang-related vandalism painted around Geneva (Geneva, IL): Geneva police want residents to be vigilant after gang symbols were painted throughout the city last weekend, police said. The vandalism included spray-painted symbols and words referencing various gangs that were found between Friday and Sunday, Geneva police said in a news release.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: January 19, 2017

Gang member faces murder charges (Edwardsville, IL): Seventeen years after an Alton man was murdered, defendant Jeffrey Ewing, 51, went to trial that included testimony from co-defendants who have already served their time and been released.
Source: The Alton Telegraph    Date: January 19, 2017

Summit to Decrease Violence Addresses Kids’ Sense of Hopelessness (Chicago, IL): How can Chicago stem the surge of violence? Police, prosecutors, and judges offered ideas for dealing with troubled youth, some of whom offered ideas of their own.
Source: WTTW Chicago Tonight    Date: January 19, 2017

Authorities: Gang Task Force had successful year (Lake County, IL): The Lake County Sheriff's Gang Task Force is calling 2016 "a very successful year" in fighting crime, which included the seizure of 37 weapons and $3.79 million in drugs, according to a release.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: January 9, 2017

Chicago's gang violence catches highway drivers in crossfire (Chicago, IL): Jonathan Ortiz and other members of his rap group, No Nights Off, stepped onto the stage at Chicago's House of Blues in mid-September for a concert they hoped would propel their young, promising careers. Less than two weeks later, the 22-year-old Ortiz, who forebodingly rapped under the stage name "John Doe," was fatally shot as he drove on an expressway in Chicago.
Source: Reuters    Date: January 5, 2017

Lake County gang crackdown nets dozens of arrests in 2016 (Waukegan, IL): A gang crackdown in Lake County, Illinois, has netted dozens of arrests and a "significant" amount of drugs and guns in 2016, authorities said Thursday.
Source: WLS 7 News    Date: January 5, 2017

Chicago Gang Trial Brings 6 Convictions After Deadly 2016 (Chicago, IL): Jurors who heard the biggest gang trial in recent Chicago history on Wednesday convicted the core leadership of the Hobos, a group described by prosecutors as an "all-star team" of criminals whose ruthlessness reflected the kind of violence that led to the city's alarming spike in homicides.
Source: The Associated Press - ABC News    Date: January 4, 2017

Chicago's 'Out of Control' Violence Produces 762 Homicides in 2016 (Chicago, IL): A long and violent year in Chicago ended with a record number of shootings and the most homicides in two decades, police say. The Windy City saw 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 murders last year, a grim total that works out to an average of more than two murders and nearly 10 shootings every single day.
Source: ABC News    Date: January 3, 2017

A violent Christmas in a violent year for Chicago: 11 killed, 50 wounded (Chicago, IL): Two girls, 13 and 14, were shot on the South Side as a violent Christmas weekend came to a close during one of the most violent years in Chicago in decades. A total of 61 people were shot in the city during the holiday weekend and 11 of them died of their wounds, according to data kept by the Tribune.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 27, 2016

Jurors In Hobos Gang Trial Begin Deliberations As Christmas Looms (Chicago, IL): After more than three months of testimony about drug dealing, brazen violence and cold-blooded killings, the fates of six alleged leaders of Chicago’s so-called “super gang” have been handed to a federal jury only days before Christmas.
Source: CBS Chicago    Date: December 22, 2016

Chicago Works Through Its Crime Surge (Chicago, IL): Some criminologists say Chicago’s surge in violence is partly due to an increasingly fragmented gang structure, coupled with the demolition of public-housing complexes that concentrated the drug trade and shootings when the murder tally last eclipsed 700 in the 1990s.
Source: The Wall Street Journal    Date: December 22, 2016

Reputed gang member charged in Far South Side murder (Chicago, IL): A reputed gang member was ordered held without bail on Thursday for allegedly killing a man and shooting at the man’s two cousins outside the Altgeld Gardens apartment complex.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: December 22, 2016

Jurors Deliberate in Big, Complex Chicago Street-Gang Trial (Chicago, IL): Jurors who deliberated Thursday for their first full day at the biggest street-gang trial in recent Chicago history head into the holidays facing the daunting task of sorting through months of evidence in a complex racketeering case against purported leaders of the South Side Hobos, with signs already of some dissention among the 12 panelists.
Source: The Associated Press - ABC News    Date: December 22, 2016

After years with a gang, Aurora pastor looks to end the violence (Aurora, IL): A pastor in Aurora has a very personal reason for getting involved to stop the violence in Chicago, and also right here in Aurora.
Source: The Beacon-News    Date: December 21, 2016

Attorney for alleged gang assassin attacks testimony in closings (Chicago, IL): Catching a glimpse of a gunman’s limp and dreadlock hairstyle while ducking for cover as the car you’re in is being shot up is no way to make a positive identification that holds up in court.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: December 20, 2016

Alderman targets 2 Brighton Park businesses after four shot (Chicago, IL): A Southwest Side alderman wants to permanently shut down two businesses in Brighton Park, arguing that they are partly responsible for the alleged gang activity that led to a quadruple shooting that killed two people Friday.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 20, 2016

5 dead, at least 15 wounded in city shootings (Chicago, IL): Five people were killed, including an innocent bystander, and at least 15 others were wounded in city shootings from Friday to early Saturday.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 19, 2016

Evanston police: Social media has aided in arrest of known gang members (Evanston, IL): Evanston police said minutes after a video that appeared to show an alleged Evanston gang member flashing a gun inside a vehicle was posted to Facebook, officers located the man and the car near the Northwestern University campus.
Source: Evanston Review    Date: December 16, 2016

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