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‘Latin Kings’ gang member sentenced to 12 years for drug trafficking (Fairmont City, IL): A 24-year-old Fairmont City man identified as a member of the Fairmont City Latin Kings gang was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for drug trafficking charges.
Source: The Telegraph    Date: January 11, 2018

Gang member given 75 years in prison for killing honor student on CTA bus in 2007 (Chicago, IL): A gang member convicted of fatally shooting a 16-year-old honor student on a CTA bus in 2007 was sentenced to 75 years in prison Tuesday after a state appeals court tossed out his original 100-year sentence.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: January 10, 2018

Chicago's Homicide Rate Plummeted in 2017, but Gang Violence Remains High (Chicago, IL): Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides than the year before, but gang violence in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods kept the total number of killings above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade.
Source: TIME    Date: January 2, 2018

Chicago Must Pay $5.6 Million to Ex-Gang Member's Lawyers (Chicago, IL): The city of Chicago has been ordered to pay nearly $5.6 million in legal fees for a former street gang member who alleged police framed him in a 1984 double murder. Nathson Fields was awarded $22 million in 2016 after he alleged in a lawsuit that police violated his civil rights by withholding evidence from defense attorneys that could have pointed away from him as the killer of two rival gang members.
Source: U.S. News & World Report     Date: January 2, 2018

Chicago settles suit with immigrant falsely accused of gang ties (Chicago, IL): The city of Chicago on Tuesday settled a civil rights case involving an ICE detainee who was arrested during a raid on his home after he was wrongfully identified as a gang member.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 7, 2017

Hillside police chief rams suspects' car after shots fired during funeral procession (Chicago, IL): Four people suspected of firing guns from a vehicle during a funeral procession were taken into custody Tuesday in Hillside after the western suburb’s police chief ran his SUV into the suspects’ vehicle following a brief chase.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 6, 2017

Chicago Crime Commission Applauds Cook County State's Attorney for state RICO prosecution (Chicago, IL): Today, the Chicago Crime Commission recognized Cook County State's Attorney Kim Fox and the men and women in her office for the successful prosecution of six Black Souls gang leaders. The conviction marked Cook County's first test of the Illinois Street Gang RICO Act, passed by the Illinois Legislature in 2012.
Source: PRNewswire    Date: December 5, 2017

Chicago Gang Database Targets Black and Latino Men, New Research Shows (Chicago, IL): In a recent analysis of the Chicago Police Department's Strategic Subject List ( SSL ), a tool used by the Chicago Police Department to predict who will be involved in gun violence, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) found that amongst those labeled as potential gang members 75% are Black and 21% are Latinos.
Source: Windy City Times    Date: December 4, 2017

Driver is denied bail in fatal gang-related shooting, authorities say (Chicago, IL): A 19-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man the day after Thanksgiving on the Far South Side, officials said Sunday.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 3, 2017

Police: Chicago man dead, woman injured after man shoots into car stopped on North Avenue in River Forest (Chicago, IL): A 23-year-old man was killed and a 35-year-old female was injured Saturday night after they were shot while stopped at a red light at the intersection of North and Harlem avenues in River Forest, according to a news release issued by the River Forest Police Department.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 3, 2017

Six Black Souls gang leaders convicted in Cook County's first test of state RICO law (Cook County, IL): After a dramatic trial that included a bizarre upheaval among jurors mid-deliberations, a reconstituted jury on Saturday convicted half a dozen leaders of a West Side street gang in Cook County’s first test of a tough state anti-racketeering law.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 2, 2017

Two jurors dismissed at Black Souls gang trial in Cook County courthouse (Cook County, IL): Two people were kicked off a Cook County jury Thursday in the midst of deliberations in a dramatic turn at the high-stakes trial of six reputed West Side gang leaders.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: November 30, 2017

Chicago movie director releasing anti-gang movie (Chicago, IL): A Chicago filmmaker is out with a new movie that aims to steer kids away from gangs. "Step Off the Block" is the eighth film from Hyde Park director Will Adams.
Source: WGN TV News    Date: November 28, 2017

Black Souls gang trial goes to jury in Cook County’s first test of state racketeering law (Cook County, IL): Alex Williams saw the body on the pavement as he approached Madison Street and Pulaski Road in October 2012. Claude Snulligan had been shot once in the back of the head for running afoul of the Black Souls, a street gang that operated a violent drug empire in its corner of Chicago’s West Side, Cook County prosecutors say.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: November 28, 2017

Prosecutors: Teen gang member pretended to be rival prior to shooting (Cook County, IL): A reputed teenage gang member quietly mouthed “I love you” across a courtroom to his mother Saturday after a Cook County judge ordered him held without bail in a gang-related shooting last month on the city's Southwest Side.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: November 26, 2017

Landmark racketeering case wrapping up for Black Souls gang members (Chicago, IL): Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Monday in the racketeering case against six alleged leaders of the Black Souls street gang, more than two months after the landmark case began.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: November 25, 2017

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college (Chicago, IL): At Benito Juarez Community Academy, students begin each day by scanning their ID cards, sliding their backpacks through an X-ray machine and walking through an airport-security-style metal detector.
Source: The Hechinger Report    Date: November 21, 2017

Alleged teen getaway driver charged in Brighton Park gang murder (Chicago, IL): An 18-year-old woman who allegedly drove her boyfriend away from the scene of a fatal Brighton Park shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: November 21, 2017

Gang Conflict in Rogers Park Killed Popular Teacher: Alderman (Chicago, IL): It would be easy to say Friday night Oct. 13 was unlucky for Cynthia Trevillion. The reality is the tragic event that occurred that night impacted so many more people and highlights an often-overlooked aspect of Chicago’s gang violence: it is not just the south and west sides that feel the painful sting of violence.
Source: NBC Chicago    Date: November 17, 2017

Chicago gang members seek new lives through writing, reading memoirs (Chicago, IL): Just days before his daughter's first birthday in 2006, Leronn Johnson was shot once in the shoulder and twice in his back. He says the bullets remain inside his body, a permanent reminder of the gang life he was part of growing up on the streets of Chicago.
Source: CNN    Date: November 17, 2017

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