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Chicago Gun Violence

The Myth of the Law-Abiding Gun

Mark Osler | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Mark Osler

A bipartisan cadre in the Senate has now rejected a very reasonable expansion of background checks for gun purchases, largely in the name of "law abiding gun owners."

Breaking the Silence of Good People: Taking Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

What are we grandparents and parents today going to say to our children and grandchildren if we are asked 'What did we do in the aftermath of the massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT'?

Chicago Gun Shop Linked to Thousands of Street Guns Screams 'Unfair' About $25 Gun Tax

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago
Martha Rosenberg

2,370 crime guns were traced to just one gun shop located in suburban Chicago between 1996 and 2000. Over 1,300 have been traced to the shop since 2008 -- as well as 20 percent of all Chicago crime guns used within a year of their purchase.

25 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago, Homicides Down

Posted 04.02.2013 | Chicago

Twenty-five people were wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago amid news that the city's homicide rate in March was down 69 percent from ...

Man Shot In Head After Dispute Over Double-Parked Car

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Police say a dispute over a double-parked car prompted a man to shoot the car's driver in the head early Sunday in Chicago's Chicago Lawn neighborhood...

Road Rage Sparks Drive-By Shooting, Ensuing Car Crash

Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

A heated behind-the-wheel exchange on Chicago's Northwest Side quickly spiraled out of a control early Friday, resulting in gunfire and a subsequent c...

Gunmen Shoot 7 At South Side Record Release Party

Posted 03.21.2013 | Chicago

A record release party at a Chicago supper club turned chaotic early Thursday when a trio of gunmen opened fire on attendees, wounding seven, accordin...

City's Homicide Rate Dips, Police Overtime Surges

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Hundreds of Chicago police officers are hitting the streets on overtime every night in dangerous neighborhoods, the latest tactic by Mayor ...

Slain 6-Month-Old's Funeral Draws A Large Crowd

Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Hundreds gathered at a Chicago church Tuesday morning as 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was laid to rest one week after she was fatally ...

Teen Shot Dead Through Kitchen Window

Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago

A 15-year-old girl was shot dead over the weekend in suburban Calumet City, just south of Chicago's Far South Side. Police say the teen girl, Ashay...

6-Month-Old, Her Father Shot Multiple Times In Chicago

Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

A 6-month-old girl and her father were shot multiple times in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood Monday afternoon. According to DNAinfo Chicago, the c...

Let's Get One Million Kids Cooking

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Our vision is to be a change agent, industry and thought leader in promoting wellness in the fight against childhood obesity. We have an incredible call list of friends, activators, influencers and doers across the globe ready to join us in making this vision become a reality.

City's February Homicide Rate Plummets To 56-Year Low

Posted 03.01.2013 | Chicago

Fourteen homicides in a month may be staggering for some cities, but in Chicago, the number is actually a sign — however grim — of progress. Fo...

Violence Drives Push For Trauma Care On South SIde

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 02.28.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- In a storefront office on Chicago's violence-plagued South Side, young activists meet in pursuit of a single goal: pressuring the Universit...

Gun Violence: The Uncounted Victims

Steve Malkenson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Steve Malkenson

In the past year, 31,000 Americans have been the ultimate victims of gun violence. For each deceased, there are countless 'secondary' victims -- parents, siblings, classmates, teachers, first responders and community members.

Charges Filed In Teen Honors Student's Shooting Death

Posted 02.24.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Murder charges have been filed in the shooting death of Frances Colon, an 18-year-old Robert Clemente High student who was that Chica...

It's About Time We 'Wake Up' And Listen To Black Youth

Derrick Clifton | Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices
Derrick Clifton

We forget that black youth have important ideas to offer during critical discussions about issues directly affecting their lives. Black youth voices are routinely rendered invisible. It's a dilemma that the documentary Woke Up Black addresses head-on.

Rethinking 'Tough on Crime'

Elena Quintana | Posted 04.23.2013 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

As a city we have the data to accurately identify who needs help. With justice reinvestment dollars we can make smart reallocations to help fund efforts that transform lives rather than continue to curtail their human potential.

Hadiya's Story: Love in the Time of Hate

Rebecca Sive | Posted 04.21.2013 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

I couldn't help myself: Super Bowl Sunday I found myself mulling over the state of the union.

Teen Killed Hours After Sister Went To Obama Gun Speech

AP | Posted 04.19.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An 18-year-old Chicago woman was killed the same day her sister had sat on the stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him p...

Still Waiting for a Comprehensive Discussion of Urban Gun Violence

Cathy Cohen | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Cathy Cohen

While we mourn Hadiya and all the young people in Chicago who are the victims of gun violence, the Black Youth Project is still waiting for the president to comprehensively address gun violence in the city.

Time to Take Action in Schools and Communities

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 04.13.2013 | Chicago
Michele Nealon-Woods

If we are to evaluate our success as a nation based, at least in part, by our children's well-being, we ought to pay closer attention to what ails them emotionally, and to create a safe environment at home, at school and in the community they depend on to thrive.

Police: Charges Expected 'Soon' In Hadiya Pendleton's Murder

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.13.2013 | Chicago

By DON BABWIN, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) -- Police said Monday that prosecutors were close to filing murder charges against two suspected g...

2 In Police Custody In Teen's Fatal Shooting

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two men were taken into custody Sunday as "persons of interest" in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago girl, a Chicago police ...

Mr. President, Come to Chicago and Address the Crisis of Gun Violence in the Black and Latino Communities!

Dallas Donnell | Posted 04.10.2013 | Chicago
Dallas Donnell

It's time to come home, Mr. President, and comfort the over 500 families who've lost loved ones in the past year alone. It's time to call the nation's attention to the need for a solution to this crisis.