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Man Shot Outside Rogers Park Community Center As 'Gang War' Rages (Chicago, IL): A man was shot and wounded around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said, near the Howard Area Community Center where the director of youth services recently told DNAinfo Chicago that children are in danger because of an "active gang war."
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 12, 2015

Shooting incidents in Aurora already past level for all of 2014 (Aurora, IL): Last year, the number of shooting incidents in Aurora hit the triple digits for the first time in six years. With 103 reported shootings, 2014 was a difficult time for Aurora police, who increased their focus on gang activity and street violence, Aurora police Chief Gregory Thomas said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 12, 2015

Bridgeport's Valentine Boys and Girls Club Hit With Gang Graffiti (Bridgeport, IL): Over the weekend, someone tagged the Valentine Boys & Girls Club. When a club staffer showed up to unlock the doors at 3400 S. Emerald Ave. Sunday afternoon, she discovered graffiti on the building's side windows and free-standing book donation box. It was gang graffiti, according to Theresa Donnelly, the club's aquatics director.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 11, 2015

Gangs 'Want to Think They Have Territory' in Canaryville, Commander Says (Chicago, IL): Community leaders called a rally Friday night and encouraged dozens of neighborhood folks to be more vigilant and active in policing the area.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 10, 2015

Illinois State Police increase Chicago expressway patrols over gang-related shootings (Chicago, IL): An increase in the number of gang-related shootings on or near Chicago-area expressways has prompted Illinois State Police to launch periodic efforts to flood the city's highways with law enforcement officials. In the past two years, one person has died and nearly two dozen have been wounded in shootings on area expressways, according to State Police.
Source: The Republic    Date: August 10, 2015

8 Wounded, 2 Critically, in Shootings Since Saturday Morning: Police (Chicago, IL): Eight people were hurt in shootings since Saturday morning, including two men who were in critical condition, police said.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 9, 2015

Neighbors, Police Celebrate 'Reclaiming' Uptown's Weiss Plaza from Gangs (Chicago, IL): When officers were choosing the neighborhood location for their "National Night Out" event Tuesday, they knew the perfect place to celebrate with the community — Weiss Plaza.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 5, 2015

15 wounded, including 2 children, in shootings citywide (Chicago, IL): At least 15 people were shot, including a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, in shootings across Chicago since Sunday afternoon, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 3, 2015

Keeping kids out of gangs (Chicago, IL): To Luis Ortiz, it's not uncommon to see kids his age joining gangs. In fact, if you ask Aurora police, Ortiz is the perfect age for recruitment. Ortiz is barely a teenager. He will be entering eighth grade at East Aurora's Waldo Middle School come fall.
Source: Aurora Beacon-News    Date: August 3, 2015

Man charged with 2013 killings of accomplice, rival gang member (Chicago, IL): A man who set out with a fellow gang member to kill a member of a rival gang in Chicago's Fernwood neighborhood in October 2013 killed their target and also his accomplice, according to prosecutors.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 3, 2015

Aurora unity march aims to ‘bridge gap’ between community, law enforcement (Aurora, IL): A local anti-gang group is hoping a march with Aurora police can help the city avoid some of the tensions that have flared around the country in recent months between police and minority communities.
Source: Aurora Sentinel    Date: July 29, 2015

On the streets of Austin: A mother's cries signal another fatal shooting (Chicago, IL): Joseph Campbell's body lay in a pool of blood on a West Side sidewalk as the sun began to rise early Saturday morning, hours after he had been fatally shot in the abdomen and right shoulder.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 25, 2015

Lake County Sheriff forms task force to target gang activity (Waukegan, IL): Officials in a northern Illinois county are forming a task force to deal with increased activity by gangs they say are migrating to the area from Chicago.
Source: The Quad-City Times    Date: July 23, 2015

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of 7-year-old Amari Brown (Chicago, IL): Wisconsin authorities say a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old Chicago boy has been arrested. The Douglas County sheriff’s office said Rasheed Martin, 20, was arrested Wednesday by deputies and U.S. Marshals at a home in Superior, Wisconsin.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: July 22, 2015

Rapper accused of murdering rival in front of his kids (Chicago, IL): When Vallan Francis saw a rival gang member riding a bicycle down his West Ridge block Friday afternoon, he and his fiancee rushed to grab their little children who were playing on the front lawn.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: July 21, 2015

Police Cmdr. Blames One Gang for Spike in Kenwood Robberies and Shootings (Chicago, IL): Wentworth District Cmdr. Terence Williams decided against sending a subordinate to an aldermanic meeting Monday and came himself to talk to Kenwood residents rattled by recent shootings.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: July 21, 2015

Willie Lloyd: Former Gang Leader of the Vice Lord Nation Dead at 64 (Chicago, IL): Former leader of Vice Lord Nation and reformed advocate of anti-violence, Willie Lloyd died Monday at the age of 64. He relocated with his family to Minnesota a few years ago and retreated to a quiet and solemn life. No further information was offered at press time.
Source: Chicago Defender    Date: July 21, 2015

How cameras are helping stop crime in Prospect Heights (Prospect Heights, IL): Not too long ago, it wasn't uncommon for Jose Antonio Ortiz to spot five or six gang members hanging out in Prospect Heights' Willow Trails Park as he walked past on his way from his school bus stop to his home. The park sits within a hub of more than 80 apartment buildings commonly known as the Piper Lane neighborhood. The area south of Chicago Executive Airport had a bad reputation for crime and gang activity, and in the 1980s even earned the nickname "Sniper Lane."
Source: Daily Herald    Date: July 20, 2015

Chicago Gun Lawsuit Launched To Combat Gang Violence (Chicago, IL): A Chicago suburbs gun lawsuit was launched in a frustrated effort to combat raging gang violence in the metropolitan area. Gangs from the South and West sides of the city are reportedly embroiled in ongoing vendettas. The bodies keep piling up each weekend and innocent residents are reportedly getting caught in the crossfire.
Source: The Inquisitr    Date: July 20, 2015

For troubled youths, veterans offer shoulders to lean on (Chicago, IL): Two dozen boys wore cobalt polos and matching grins listening to the keynote speakers of their graduation ceremony. Absent from the event was a Little Village graduate who was recovering after being shot last week.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 18, 2015

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