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Anti-gang initiative for young kids (Rockford, IL): Just days after dozens of shots were fired at the Blackhawk Housing Complex, an area with known gang activity, Rockford Police are starting a new anti-gang initiative.
Source: WIFR 23 News    Date: March 12, 2014

Five gang members face federal charges after Elgin drug bust (Elgin, IL): Five gang members face drug dealing charges after a drug bust in northwest suburban Elgin tha concluded a year-and-a-half long federal investigation, the FBI announced Tuesday.
Source: 89 WLS    Date: March 11, 2014

Crime rates dropping in Belvidere (Belvidere, IL): Belvidere could be considered a safer place to live. The city's police chief says overall Crime has dropped over the last seven years. Officers credit the safety to reducing gang activity and the help of city residents.
Source: WIFR 23 News    Date: March 10, 2014

Reputed gang member sentenced in boy's death (Chicago, IL): A reputed street gang member has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old Chicago boy as he played basketball in a park.
Source: Journal Gazette & Times-Courier    Date: March 10, 2014

'Thug' in Quinn's anti-violence program accused in murder of teen co-worker (Chicago, IL): Both Jermalle Brown and Douglas Bufford were gang members hired to play a small role in helping combat violence on the South Side through a program hatched by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 7, 2014

Latin Kings 'enforcer' found guilty of racketeering (Chicago, IL): A high-ranking leader of the Latin Kings street gang who once ordered a young thief be disciplined by having his hands broken with a hammer has been found guilty in a federal racketeering case.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 6, 2014

Gang leader convicted of ordering hand-smashing (Chicago, IL): A Latin Kings street-gang leader in Chicago has been convicted of ordering an enforcer to smash the hands of a subordinate with a hammer and other crimes. More than 100 Latin Kings have been prosecuted since 2006 as U.S. prosecutors in Chicago seek to dismantle the leadership of the gang, which has 10,000 members in Illinois.
Source: Journal Gazette & Times-Courier    Date: March 6, 2014

Four dead, five wounded in weekend shootings (Chicago, IL): Four men were killed and five other people were injured in shootings on the city's South and West sides since Saturday morning.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 3, 2014

West Side man charged with intimidating victim of beating, robbery: prosecutor (Chicago, IL): A West Side street gang member was held on $150,000 bail Sunday for allegedly threatening to shoot a convenience store worker who pursed charges after he was beaten and robbed last month.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 2, 2014

McCarthy admits slow learning curve – at first – on changing gang structure (Chicago, IL): Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was cautious Friday in his reaction to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's assessment that the Police Department was slow to react to changes in gang structures as street gangs became more fractured and violent crime spiked.
Source: CBS Chicago    Date: February 28, 2014

Emanuel: Cops 'slow' to respond to gang split behind homicide spike (Chicago, IL): The Chicago Police Department was "slow to react" to the splintering of street gangs that drove a spike in the city's homicide rate, Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Thursday.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: February 27, 2014

Chicago anti-violence program didn't do much, audit finds (Chicago, IL): A $54.5 million program meant to cut gang violence in Chicago left out some of the most violent communities and failed to account for how the money was spent, according to a critical audit report released this week.
Source: CNN    Date: February 26, 2014

Elgin city council hears update from Gang and Drug Task Force (Elgin, IL): City council members heard Wednesday night from three members of the Elgin Gang and Drug Task Force who briefed them about the group’s history and its current work.
Source: The Courier-News    Date: February 26, 2014

Top cop 'optimistic' that visiting gang leaders' homes cuts violence (Chicago, IL): When 14-year-old Venzel Richardson was shot to death on the South Side earlier this month, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy ordered his staff to draw up a list of warring gang leaders in the area.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: February 24, 2014

Alleged gang member faces weapons charges (Peoria, IL): A Peoria man could face up to 14 years in prison after being indicted Tuesday by a Peoria County grand jury on weapons charges.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: February 18, 2014

Gang conflict continues in Evanston (Evanston, IL): The longstanding conflict between two rival Evanston gangs has escalated in the last six weeks as gang members have painted graffiti throughout the city in an ongoing back-and-forth dispute. Most recently, residents reported three incidents of gang graffiti Thursday.
Source: The Daily Northwestern    Date: February 17, 2014

Round Lake area police put pressure on gang activity (Round Lake, IL): Police officials and the Lake County State's Attorney's Office have been working on forming the Lake County Gang Task Force, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: February 14, 2014

Boy, 14, killed in drive-by: 'My baby is house will never be the same' (Chicago, IL): Police said recent conflicts between the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples street gangs have contributed to a lot of the violence in West Woodlawn, long considered one of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: February 13, 2014

Top law enforcement from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin to attend drug and gang summit (Chicago, IL): Authorities from three Midwestern states will meet in suburban Chicago to talk about strategies for combating street gangs and the growing influence of Mexican cartels in drug trafficking.
Source: The Republic    Date: February 13, 2014

Chicago summit to focus on gangs, Mexican cartels (Chicago, IL): Authorities from three Midwestern states will meet in suburban Chicago to talk about strategies for combating street gangs and the growing influence of Mexican cartels in drug trafficking.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: February 13, 2014

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