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Reputed gang member charged with 2 robberies (Kankakee, IL): Giovanny Ruiz was arrested by Kankakee police and charged with robbing two men in Kankakee last week.
Source: Daily Journal    Date: August 3, 2017

Officials in Will County conduct sweep targeting gangs (Joliet, IL): Authorities say they’ve made several arrests, seized 31 illegal guns and more than 200 grams of cocaine in Will County in an operation targeting area street gangs.
Source: The Republic    Date: July 25, 2017

Suing gang members has a history (Kankakee County, IL): In 2012, McHenry County and the city of Harvard took action against a half dozen members of a gang that had caused them headaches. They used the 1993 Illinois Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act to clean up the problem.
Source: Daily Journal    Date: July 21, 2017

Alleged gang leader pleads guilty to drug charges (Kankakee, IL): James Atwood, the alleged Kankakee area leader of the Latin Kings, pleaded guilty to drug charges last week in U.S. District Court in Urbana.
Source: The Daily Journal    Date: July 20, 2017

Former gang members continue to mentor kids without city money (Springfield, IL): A grassroots effort combating gang violence in Springfield continues despite missing out on money from the city. The newer group, Communities United for Justice and Order (CUJO) uses former gang members to encourage Springfield gangs to stop the violence.
Source: FOX Illinois    Date: July 19, 2017

Lawsuits filed against gangs, seeking money and property (Kankakee County, IL): Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe on Monday announced plans to "dismantle the gang networks," saying he's going after them in civil court.
Source: Daily Journal    Date: July 18, 2017

Gang member, 12, who shot at cop, spends allowance on pot: prosecutors (Cook County, IL): At an age when a lot of kids get their first set of braces, the boy standing in court Friday joined a street gang. Two years later, the court heard, he was spending his allowance on marijuana.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: July 14, 2017

12-year-old arrested with gun in Lawndale (Chicago, IL): A 12-year-old was arrested with a gun after telling Chicago police he was in a gang, officials said. Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted a photo of the gun and said the boy was arrested in the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood.
Source: WGN TV News    Date: July 12, 2017

Immigrant sues Chicago police alleging gang database error (Chicago, IL): A Mexican immigrant scheduled for deportation filed a lawsuit against Chicago police Tuesday, alleging he was wrongly listed in a gang database and that it cost him the chance to get protection through a federal program and remain in the U.S.
Source: Star Tribune    Date: July 11, 2017

15 shot in Chicago over 6 hours, including 3 at beach (Chicago, IL): Fifteen people were hurt and two were killed in city shootings between Sunday and Monday mornings, including an attack on a South Side beach and a fatal police-involved shooting, according to Chicago police.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 10, 2017

Springfield police see drop in shots-fired calls in June (Springfield, IL): Springfield police saw a dramatic decline in June in the number of shots-fired calls reported within the city limits. Last month, officers responded to 12 shots-fired calls compared to 34 in May and 22 in April, according to information provided by the Springfield Police Department.
Source: The State Journal-Register    Date: July 8, 2017

Hoops in the Hood Fights Summer Violence With Basketball (Chicago, IL): For more than a decade, a network of nonprofit organizations has been hosting summer basketball games for children and teens across the city. It’s called Hoops in the Hood, and though it’s a great way to encourage physical activity, the program has a more serious goal: to reduce violence and gang activity.
Source: WTTW Chicago Tonight    Date: July 6, 2017

More than 100 wounded, 14 killed in Chicago over July 4th weekend (Chicago, IL): More than 100 people were shot in Chicago over the long Independence Day weekend as a deadly wave of violence once again rocked the massive city besieged by unrelenting gun crime.
Source: USA Today    Date: July 5, 2017

Chicago police conducting raids across city in effort to curb holiday violence (Chicago, IL): Chicago police hope to make this 4th of July a safer one as they conduct anti-violence raids across the city. It is something very similar to what was done for Memorial Day Weekend. The police department identifies those people who they believe are more likely to commit violent crime and then they take them off the streets, more often than not, arrested on some sort of drug charge.
Source: WLS 7 News    Date: July 4, 2017

Violence leaves about 60 shot, 8 of them dead, for July 4th weekend (Chicago, IL): Dozens of people were struck by gunfire in Chicago, some of them fatally, during the traditionally violent Fourth of July weekend, mostly in parts of the South and West sides that have long been plagued by gang crime and gun violence.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 4, 2017

Some 6 dead, dozens wounded after shooting incidents break out in Chicago (Chicago, IL): The Fourth of July weekend is off to a violent start, CBS Chicago reports. At least six people were killed and dozens of others wounded in shooting incidents as the city headed into Monday morning. Among the wounded is the son of a Cook County judge in what Chicago Police have dubbed a gang related shooting.
Source: CBS News    Date: July 3, 2017

The new ‘hybrid’ gang ties that bind in Aurora (Aurora, IL): From 2015 to 2016, gang-related crime in Aurora dipped about 15 percent, according to Aurora police statistics. But as the department’s 11-person Gang Unit sees gang crime in general dip — a dip that came even as overall crime in Aurora climbed from 2015 to 2016 — they say they’re facing a new challenge: so-called “hybrid gangs” made up of generally younger gangsters with ties to other more-established gangs.
Source: Aurora Sentinel    Date: June 29, 2017

Division Street clubs temporarily closed after shooting, accusations of gang connections (Chicago, IL): Division Street clubs are temporarily closed down after a shooting and accusations of gang connections. The bars have been open for the past couple years and for about the past year and a half, the alderman for the area says he's been working to get them closed after hearing from the community.
Source: FOX 32 News    Date: June 29, 2017

Kendall Sheriff: Latest Boulder Hill shooting gang related (Kendall County, IL): The Kendall County Sheriff's Office announced that the shooting that occurred in Boulder Hill on Sunday, June 25, was gang related.
Source: Kendall County Now    Date: June 26, 2017

Stop the Violence Project preaches peace (Champaign, IL): Ten hours after shots were fired downtown, people gathered to bring peace to the area. The "Stop the Violence Project" stopped by. They spoke to people about the dangers of gang violence, drugs and alcohol.
Source: WCIA 3 News    Date: June 24, 2017

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