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Chicago Gang Violence

Chicago's Controversial New Police Program Prompts Fears Of Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

A controversial new policing strategy being touted by Chicago's top cop for helping reduce gang violence is raising questions over its possible racist...

A Skewed System of Checks and Balances

Angela Caputo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Angela Caputo

In Cook County and Chicago, the checks-and-balance system is skewed. As a result, thousands of people sit in the county jail each year on charges that most likely wouldn't warrant incarceration even if they were found guilty.

Senator Calls For ATF To Appoint Anti-Gang Coordinator

Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

After backing down from his mass gang arrest plan in July, Sen. Mark Kirk is channelling his efforts into convincing the newly-appointed U.S. Bureau ...

Is A 'Gang Summit' The Answer To Violence In Chicago?

Posted 08.01.2013 | Chicago

As gang violence continues to take a heavy toll on Chicago, some are hoping a so-called "gang summit" will help curb the killings. The effort is le...

4-Year-Old Girl Shot While Riding Scooter Outside Home

Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

A 4-year-old Chicago girl was shot in the stomach while playing outside Monday night, just days after family said they had celebrated her birthday. ...

Man Shot 6 Times While Shielding Toddler As Part Of Gang Initiation: Prosecutors

Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago

A 19-year-old Chicago man was denied bond Sunday after prosecutors say he and a 14-year-old accomplice shot a man who was shielding his toddler as man...

Hundreds Discuss Urban Violence At 'Emergency' Chicago Summit

Posted 07.27.2013 | Chicago

Hundreds gathered Friday at Chicago State University after members of the Congressional Black Caucus called an "emergency" national summit on urban vi...

Sen. Mark Kirk Retreats On Mass Gang Arrest Plan

Posted 07.20.2013 | Chicago

Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is taking a step back from his proposal to make sweeping arrests of the 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples, one of ...

Two Dead, At Least 18 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence

Posted 06.09.2013 | Chicago

Story by DNAinfo staff via DNAinfo Chicago Two men have died, and at least 16 other people have been injured, in gun violence citywide since Friday...

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.

Police Arrest 38 Alleged Gang Members In Drug Bust

Posted 03.03.2013 | Chicago

Chicago police busted up two South Side drug operations and arrested 38 suspected gang members to close out a pair of targeted missions earlier this w...

Violence, Gangs Scar Auburn-Gresham Community

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 12.29.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- It was February, the middle of lunch hour on a busy South Side street. The gunman approached his victim in a White Castle parking lot, shot...

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.

It's the Gangs, Stupid: Why People Don't Respond to Crime Statistics

Andrew Papachristos | Posted 12.10.2012 | Chicago
Andrew Papachristos

The discrepancy between the reality of the numbers and the reality of lived experience raises a critical question. If we are at a low point in a longer history of violence, why don't people feel safe? Not all crime is alike.

Humboldt Park Shooting Followed By Police Chase, Ending In Crash

Posted 09.21.2012 | Chicago

Police launched into a car chase after a man was fatally shot in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, causing a crash, though it was later determined...

Understanding the Root Cause of Violence in Chicago's African-American Community

Tio Hardiman | Posted 10.28.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Violence in Chicago's African-American community can be difficult to understand, until you look back over the last 40 years.

LISTEN: Gang Violence Smolders On Chicago's Streets

NPR | Posted 07.29.2012 | Chicago

This has been a summer of blood, sweat and tears in Chicago. The city has been scorched by historic heat, and the homicide rate has soared. When the s...

Teen Says 13-Year-Old Friend Took Bullets For Her In Drive-By Shooting

Posted 07.13.2012 | Chicago

After shots were fired at the porch of a Chicago two-flat where two teenagers were sitting, doctors say 13-year-old Rony Monzon is lucky to be alive. ...

What Is a "Gang Audit"?

Andrew Papachristos | Posted 09.04.2012 | Chicago
Andrew Papachristos

The decentralized nature and sheer number of gang factions makes understanding the context of gang disputes even more important when trying to craft intervention and prevention efforts.

Chicago Alderman Worries About Becoming Detroit. He Has Nothing to Worry About

Frank Nemecek | Posted 08.26.2012 | Detroit
Frank Nemecek

How in the world can someone from the city that made gangland shootings famous worry that one more shooting means Chicago is "becoming Detroit?"

14-Year-Old Fatally Shot, 13 Wounded In Overnight Violence

Posted 06.23.2012 | Chicago

Twenty four hours before the Chicago Police Department launched a day-long gun exchange program, a 14-year-old boy was shot and 13 others were wounded...

McCarthy: 'There's Just Way Too Many Guns In This City'

Posted 06.21.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Police Department will be accepting guns at 23 churches across the city Saturday, no questions asked, in an effort to reduce the number of...

Increasing Homicides in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Young people are growing up thinking that violence is their only option and some adults reinforce this message on a daily basis. It's time to work on changing behaviors with the most high risk youth in Chicago

Fractured Gangs Blamed For Surge In Chicago Homicides

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.12.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Maybe it is the splintering of established drug gangs that has young men grabbing the tools of their trade – handguns – to...

Chicago Police Trade Guns For Gift Cards At Turn-In Event

Posted 06.04.2012 | Chicago

Usually when Chicago police officers confiscate firearms, they don't exchange them for prizes. But that's exactly what will happen on June 23, when th...