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Judge gives higher than recommended sentences to Zone 4 gang members (Peoria, IL): A federal judge on Tuesday cited a long history of violent acts in giving three members of the notorious Zone 4 street gang higher than recommended sentences.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: April 7, 2015

Murder conviction upheld in Aurora teen's death (Aurora, IL): Justin Cavazos of Naperville didn't pull the trigger to end Oscar Rodriguez's life in 2007 in Aurora, but a jury found him responsible in the murder and a judge handed down a 60-year prison term for his actions that also wounded Rodriguez's girlfriend.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 4, 2015

Aurora man sentenced to 25 years in fatal stabbing (Aurora, IL): An Aurora man who admitted stabbing another man to death with his own knife at a West Chicago party was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison..
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 2, 2015

Chicago gang leader pleads guilty in Miami (Chicago, IL): Piero "Bam Bam" Benitez, 28, was a rising star in a ruthless Chicago street gang; but he will be behind bars for 25 years under a plea deal cut with federal prosecutors, who say Benitez' gang is responsible for a dozen killings going back to 1985.
Source: WLS 7 News    Date: April 1, 2015

Officials address fight against gangs, drugs in Lake County (Lake County, IL): Speaking in front of a display table that held a sawed-off shotgun, a rifle, syringes filled with heroin and several pounds of marijuana, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim and Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko spoke Saturday about the local battle against gangs.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 29, 2015

Man killed teen in Portage Park over gang affiliation: prosecutors (Chicago, IL): A man accused of fatally shooting a teen in the Portage Park neighborhood last week after asking about his street gang affiliation has been ordered held without bond.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 24, 2015

Boone County Gang Task Force Working With The Public To Battle Drug Issues And Gang Violence (Boone County, IL): Boone County law enforcement is dealing with several incidents of gang violence and illegal drug usage. “Everywhere is affected by gangs. I don't think that it is solely an urban issue anymore. There are certainly rural characteristics of gang activity,” says Boone County States Attorney Michelle Courier.
Source: WTVO 17 News    Date: March 23, 2015

Violent crime is down in Belvidere, but gangs are not gone, officials warn (Belvidere, IL): Statistics suggest that violent crime has fallen since 2008, but city and county officials warned community members Monday that Belvidere's problem with gangs is not gone, and it might never be.
Source: Rockford Register Star     Date: March 23, 2015

Members of Violent Street Crew Convicted of Armed Robbery in Jewelry Heist (Joliet, IL): A Joliet man and his pal were both found guilty of robbing the owners of a jewelry booth at gunpoint after a five-day jury trial in Cook County for an August 2014 west suburban jewelry heist.
Source: Oak Park-River Forest Patch     Date: March 23, 2015

Prospect Heights Police Investigate Gang-Related Shooting (Prospect Heights, IL): Two known gang members, according to police, were shot Saturday night (Mar. 21) in a neighborhood just south of Chicago Executive Airport in Prospect Heights.
Source: Journal & Topics    Date: March 23, 2015

New database to help police track gang members (Peoria, IL): Tracking criminals and street gang members will soon be a little easier for Peoria Police officers. A new database will work hand-in-hand with the Don’t Shoot Initiative to clear the streets of violence. Last month Peoria City Council approved just over $130,000 for the police department to upgrade its public safety software.
Source: WYZZ News    Date: March 19, 2015

Calling Muskegon street gang 'just old-fashioned Mafia,' judge adds charge to murder case (Muskegon, IL): "It's just old-fashioned Mafia." That was a Muskegon judge's take on what she decided was a Muskegon gang and its probable connection to the drive-by shooting death of Kentae Jones.
Source: MLive    Date: March 19, 2015

Reputed gang member convicted of 1999 murder of kidnapped Broadview man (Cook County, IL): After Darryl Green was kidnapped from a west suburban beeper store in 1999, his kidnappers called his twin brother to demand a ransom. But after a few calls, the negotiations came to a halt and a kidnapper said: “Make arrangements for your brother.” Police recorded the grim call.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 17, 2015

Police: Four hurt in gang-related shooting at Aurora party (Aurora, IL): Four people were shot when someone opened fire at a house party Wednesday night in west suburban Aurora.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 12, 2015

2 convicted of murder in 2013 slaying of 14-year-old boy (Chicago, IL): Two men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2013 slaying of a 14-year-old Chicago boy as he walked with friends to get ice cream, according to prosecutors and court records.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 11, 2015

3 dead, 11 wounded, including woman and toddler she was putting in car (Chicago, IL): Three people were killed and at least 11 others were wounded, including several children, in Monday shootings on the North, Northwest, West, South and Far South sides, officials said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 10, 2015

Northlake police working to predict gang crime (Northlake, IL): In an effort to suppress crime, Northlake police have adjusted their tactics dealing with gangs in the area. The department has had a unit called the Neighborhood Enforcement Team for years that focuses on gangs and drugs. Now, the department aims to get other officers more involved.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 10, 2015

Chicago deacon killed, 3 wounded in apparent gang-related gun battle: report (Chicago, IL): A Chicago church deacon was gunned down on his couch as bullets ripped through his family’s home. Odell Branch Sr., 77, was settling in for ice cream and westerns with his 5-year-old great-grandson on Monday when the gunfire erupted, killing him and grazing the boy’s arm, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Source: New York Daily News    Date: March 10, 2015

Bail set at $2 million for teen charged in Aurora murder (Aurora, IL): Bail has been set at $2 million for a 16-year-old Aurora resident accused of killing an Aurora teen late last month.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 10, 2015

Uptown Fatal Shooting Was Gang-Related, Ald. James Cappleman Says (Chicago, IL): Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said the fatal shooting in Uptown Monday afternoon was gang-related. "Anytime we have gang violence, it's not only a loss for the family, it's also a loss for the community," the alderman told a group of more than 20 residents at the scene of the shooting in the 900 block of West Agatite Avenue.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: March 9, 2015

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