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Chicago Violence

Running and Writing, Post-Boston

Debra Pickett | Posted 06.16.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

As people, we do things sometimes that are not, strictly speaking, necessary. We do things. We rise to challenges. Though we are not all capable of the heroism of our first responders, we can all find something great within ourselves.

WATCH: First Lady Addresses Gun Violence In Chicago

AP | NEDRA PICKLER and DON BABWIN | Posted 06.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — First lady Michelle Obama made a deeply personal entrance into the gun debate Wednesday, the eve of a showdown in Congress, by compari...

Can Basketball Give Chicago Kids A Safe Haven From Violence?

AP | JAY COHEN | Posted 04.06.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- It's Friday night in a dangerous Chicago neighborhood, and a steady stream of teenagers slip inside the gym at Kennicott Park. Peorrie Cel...

Ending Violence in a Decade

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Yes, now is the time to choose our future, so let us choose one that transcends the insanity and sheer stupidity of violent behavior. This requires personal empowerment. It also requires collective empowerment.

Will Mandatory Prison Time for Gun Possession Charges Make Chicago Safer?

Angela Caputo | Posted 05.22.2013 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

The debate over how to stop the bloodshed in Chicago headed south this week as Illinois lawmakers are taking up a bill that would put more people with guns behind bars -- for longer.

Harper High School

John Thompson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Chicago
John Thompson

Education has always been an affair of "the heart," not "the head." Perhaps society has imposed a school reform experiment devoted to remediating academic weaknesses because we dare not confront the emotions of Harper High School.

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...

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...

Hope in Change

Tim King | Posted 04.30.2013 | Crime
Tim King

Our changes must go beyond simple gun control; they must be thoughtful, comprehensive and persistent. Controlling the proliferation of guns is important, but supporting educational and community programs are our best bet to break the cycle of violence.

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...

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.

How Prison Life Contributes to Violence on the Streets of Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

If there is any way that violence can be curbed it has to start with reducing the number of non-violent offenders entering the prison system and becoming violent offenders due to the pressure of trying to keep up with the hard-core code of prison.

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...

Obama Talks Gun Violence In Chicago

AP | NEDRA PICKLER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 04.17.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama's support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings – a city, he said Frida...

Why Chicago Won't Stop the Killings: In Police Work, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Robert Maranto | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago
Robert Maranto

So long as politics trumps performance, it makes more sense for Superintendent McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel to play the blame game than fight crime. In police politics, if you want to keep your job, nothing fails like success.

Fasting From Violence -- Lent 2013

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Members of our Chicago faith community and beyond are coming together using the global platform of Lent. Right actions can produce right people. We will come together with those who can and pray for those who cannot.

We Can Do Better. We Must Do Better

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

While I'm more than willing to join the conversation about stronger gun control laws and increased funding for mental health services, I believe that our problems won't be solved by addressing these issues only.

270 Chicago Children Killed by Guns Since 2007

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 12.26.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Whatever legislation comes will be too late to help the 20 victims who were killed by Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. It will also be too late for the 270 children who have been killed by guns in Chicago since 2007.

An Urgent Call to Action: Curbing Violence in America

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

83. That is the number of Americans who die from gun violence each day. Unfortunately, it has taken the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week for our nation to truly grasp that we have a gun problem.

Nothing But Senseless Violence

Molly Moynahan | Posted 01.16.2013 | Chicago
Molly Moynahan

The children I am teaching need to feel inspired and supported, not hypnotized by high budget movies that reduce human values to who can stay alive longer. Hollywood should offer a better vision for the future.

Second City Ranks First in Teen Arrests

Angela Caputo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

Illinois is one of 10 states where 17-year-olds are automatically sent to adult lockup, court and, in many cases, prison on felony crimes. Chicago police have arrested more 17-year-olds than their counterparts in any other big city in the country.

Young Voters Reminded of Issues at Home One Week Before Election

SnagFilms | Posted 10.30.2012 | Chicago

With so much of the presidential campaign centered on how to prevent attacks from oversees, violence in our own inner cities remains a topic often neglected by politicians on the national stage.

"In Chicago, You're Either Prey or Predator"

Barbara Popovic | Posted 12.29.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

That's the sentiment a Chicago gang member expressed to Diane Sawyer in her recent 20/20 broadcast. We talk about it on this week's Chicago Newsroom, as host Ken Davis explains...

ABC 'Hidden America' Special Shines Light On Chicago Violence

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.18.2012 | Chicago

NEW YORK — ABC News said it wanted to step beyond reporting on the gang violence in Chicago to explore ways of reducing it. The network, as sho...