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Prosecutor: Reputed gang member indicted in shooting of ATF agent was looking for rivals that day (Chicago, IL): A reputed Chicago gang member accused of shooting an undercover federal agent was captured on surveillance cameras minutes before the shooting driving a “slow loop” around the block, apparently looking for rivals, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: May 17, 2018

3 men charged with trafficking dozens of guns bought over to Chicago gang members (Chicago, IL): On a Sunday afternoon last May, a man identifying himself as Chris Hendridge pulled up to a grocery store parking lot in Louisville, Ky., to buy a handgun from an owner who had posted an ad on, a controversial online gun marketplace, federal authorities say.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: May 15, 2018

Police Gang Databases Under Fire In Statehouse Bill (Chicago, IL): Illinois legislators are taking up a measure to change the way police gather information for gang databases. It comes after more than a year of controversy surrounding the Chicago Police Department’s data collection practices.
Source: NPR Illinois    Date: May 14, 2018

‘We got the right guys,’ retired ATF agent says of controversial drug stings (Chicago, IL): Chris Bayless looks the part of the tough, streetwise guy with his salt-and-pepper hair pulled back in a ponytail and wearing a black leather Harley Davidson jacket. For most of his 30-year career with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bayless worked undercover, infiltrating outlaw biker clubs, white supremacist groups, street gangs.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: May 11, 2018

Two Chicago gang cops indicted on federal charges they stole cash and drugs (Chicago, IL): A Chicago police sergeant and an officer who works for him on a West Side gang squad have been indicted on federal charges alleging they lied to judges to obtain search warrants and then stole cash and drugs from properties they searched.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: May 10, 2018

Chicago's gun-torn South Side sees reason for hope as shootings drop (Chicago, IL): Chicago, which had more murders in the last two years than any American city, may finally be bringing the violence under control. Promising crime statistics have been rolling in, sparking hope that the worst may be over — despite occasional spasms of shootings like one last weekend in which more than 40 people were shot, including a federal agent assigned to a gun violence task force.
Source: KVOA 4 News    Date: May 10, 2018

Reputed gang member charged in Friday shooting of ATF agent; brother also arrested on drug charges (Chicago, IL): Reputed gang member Ernesto Godinez slipped out of his Back of the Yards home in the predawn darkness Friday and cut through a gangway about a block away from where undercover federal agents were working a gang investigation, authorities say.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: May 9, 2018

Chicago gang leader charged in shooting of ATF agent in Back of the Yards (Chicago, IL): The co-leader of a Southwest Side street gang was charged Tuesday in last week's shooting of an ATF agent in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Source: WLS 7 News    Date: May 8, 2018

Chicago Gun Violence: 74 People Shot In Past Week As Temperatures Warm (Chicago, IL): The city of Chicago had seen a large reduction in murders and shootings for the first four months of 2018, but as temperatures have increased, so has crime.
Source: Newsweek    Date: May 6, 2018

Meet The Former Gang Leader Who Wants A Safer Chicago (Chicago, IL): We hear a lot about gang violence. But, what are gangs? Where are they a problem? Why do people join? And what inspires people to get out? It's tough to pin down one all-encompassing definition of a gang because they come in different forms with different agendas and motives.
Source: WTMJ 4 News    Date: May 4, 2018

Police in Aurora, Elgin defend gang lists amid growing criticism (Aurora, IL): As a longtime Aurora alderman, Juany Garza has frequently heard concerns over the years from residents in her heavily Hispanic 2nd Ward about the police department’s gang list.
Source: The Beacon-News    Date: May 3, 2018

Man given 5 1/2 years in prison for selling guns used in gang shootings, homicide (Chicago, IL): College freshman Malcolm Stuckey was at a birthday party in the Englewood neighborhood on a warm May night four years ago when two reputed gang members pulled a vehicle into an adjacent alley and got out with guns drawn.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: May 2, 2018

Police: Gang member brought loaded gun to fight in Palatine (Palatine, IL): Palatine police say an admitted street gang member is free on bail on charges alleging he held a loaded handgun last week as others fought nearby with baseball bats and pieces of wood.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: May 1, 2018

Massive gang database kept by Chicago police under fire as inaccurate, outdated (Chicago, IL): It has grown steadily over many decades with little public attention. Through countless arrests and street stops, Chicago police officers have compiled a database of street gang members that now totals a staggering 128,000 names — and that doesn’t even include juveniles.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 30, 2018

Man gets more than 10 years in Latin Kings racketeering conspiracy case (Chicago, IL): Chicago man was sentenced last week in federal court to more than 10 years in prison for his role in the Latin Kings street gang in Northwest Indiana, a release states.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 30, 2018

2 Traveling Vice Lords charged with murder of 50-year-old blind man in Lawndale (Chicago, IL): Two members of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang have been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man Tuesday night in the Lawndale neighborhood.
Source: WFLD FOX 32 News     Date: April 27, 2018

Gang Members Charged With Fatally Shooting Blind Man (Lawndale, IL): Two members of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang have been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man Tuesday night in the Lawndale neighborhood.
Source: NBC Chicago    Date: April 27, 2018

4 arrested in connection with likely gang-related shootout in Joliet (Joliet, IL): A likely gang-related shootout Tuesday night in Joliet ended with a 2-year-old boy in the hospital, fighting to keep his leg, police said.
Source: The Herald-News    Date: April 25, 2018

Illinois State Appellate Court Upholds 2015 Gang Conviction Against Aurora Man (Aurora, IL): The Illinois Appellate Court upheld the 2015 conviction of an Aurora street gang member for unlawfully making contact with fellow gang members. The court affirmed the Kane County trial court’s guilty verdict against 28-year-old Gabriel Berrios for misdemeanor Unlawful Contact with Street-Gang Members; the court also rejected Berrios’ claim that the law is unconstitutional.
Source:    Date: April 25, 2018

Appellate court upholds conviction of Aurora street gang member (Kane County, IL): The Illinois Appellate Court has upheld the 2015 conviction of an Aurora street gang member for unlawfully making contact with fellow gang members.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 24, 2018

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