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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

Jury awards former gang member $22 million in wrongful conviction lawsuit (Chicago, IL): A federal jury awarded millions to a former gang member who was wrongfully convicted of two murders. According to WLS, Nathson Fields spent 18 years in prison, including 12 of those years on death row, before he was cleared of a double murder.
Source: KFOR 4 News    Date: December 16, 2016

Street Gang Member Found with Guns, Cocaine, Cash, Weed: Police (Joliet, IL): A known gang member was arrested Thursday after police did a search of his home and found several weapons and drugs.
Source: Joliet Patch    Date: December 16, 2016

Prosecutor Says Hobos Gang Killings Warned: 'Don't Snitch' (Chicago, IL): Federal prosecutors on Thursday told jurors at the largest street-gang trial in recent Chicago history that the Hobos gang lived by the motto, "the earth is our turf," saying the credo required the killing of perceived enemies like one former gang associate who was poised to testify against them.
Source: The Associated Press - ABC News    Date: December 15, 2016

Evanston police recover handgun after seeing Facebook Live post (Evanston, IL): Evanston police recovered two handguns in separate incidents this week in the northern suburb, one after seeing a Facebook Live post from a known gang member.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: December 14, 2016

Alleged Chicago Gang Boss Denies Ordering Hit on Informant (Chicago, IL): The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang took the stand Thursday at his racketeering trial — one of the biggest in recent city history — to insist he didn't order a deadly hit on a gang associate-turned-informant to stop him from providing evidence that could put the gang leadership behind bars for life.
Source: The Associated Press - ABC News    Date: December 8, 2016

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