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Chicago Gun Violence

This Jewelry Brand Has Destroyed 40,000 Illegal Weapons Through Its Charitable Giving

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact

Peter Thum saw preteens carrying rifles while he was in Kenya and Tanzania. Disturbed by the sight, the social entrepreneur decided to become a cataly...

Illinois Senate and Governor Candidates in Gun Denial

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Chicago
Martha Rosenberg

It barely made headlines earlier this month. A man with an assault rifle fired at a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train around noon on a weekday in Chicago's busy downtown.

Changing Chicago: Reducing Violence in the Windy City

Robert Piper | Posted 10.05.2014 | Chicago
Robert Piper

Chicago is home to some of the greatest architecture, culture, food and people in the country. Causing change can't just come from a few people in one community; it needs to come from all. It's going to take the entire city of Chicago to create change.

Americans Are Totally Wrong About Which U.S. City Is Most Dangerous

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.25.2014 | Crime

A new poll found that over half of Americans think Chicago is more dangerous than any other large U.S. city. But their perception does not match the r...

9-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Chicago Yard

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.21.2014 | Crime

A distraught family is looking for answers after a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in the back yard of a Chicago apartment building Wednesday afternoo...

Relative Of Slain Teen: 'I'm So, So Angry At The World Right Now'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

A 16-year-old girl who was dedicated to her schoolwork and wanted to work in forensic science was among the seven people killed in shootings across Ch...

Organizer Of Parade Where 2 Teens Were Shot Faults Media For Coverage

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

The organizer of one of Chicago's most popular annual parades -- and the nation's largest African-American parade -- is lashing out after a shooting w...

The Long-Lasting Emotional Toll Of Violence In Chicago

MSNBC | Trymaine Lee | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

CHICAGO— Keauna Wise knows death could come at any moment. So she waits with knots in her stomach and tears in her eyes. She’s often breathless, w...

Joseph Erbentraut

This Is What It's Like To Lose Your Own Child To Gun Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

On May 10, 2007, Annette Nance-Holt lost her only child, 16-year-old Blair, when a gang member opened fire on the Chicago bus he was riding. Blair dov...

Fifth-Graders In Chicago Write To Newspaper: 'You Don't Really Know Us'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

A group of fifth-graders came together to write an op-ed published last week in The Chicago Tribune in an effort to combat "the constant negative publ...

Man Fatally Shot Outside Lollapalooza After Party

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.04.2014 | Crime

A 32-year-old man was gunned down early Sunday outside an unofficial Lollapalooza after party at a nightclub in downtown Chicago. According to DNAi...

Joseph Erbentraut

Gun Violence May Cost America's Most Famous Mayor His Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

It's been another violent summer in Chicago. More than 80 people were shot, 16 fatally, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend -- the bloodiest we...

At Least 40 Shot In Chicago Weekend Wave Of Violence

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Su...

11-Year-Old Killed By Stray Bullet At Sleepover, No Arrests Yet

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Police say they haven't arrested anyone yet in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet while at a fr...

Feds Sending More Support To Combat Chicago Violence

AP | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody...

Twitter Says #FixingChicago Doesn't Require The National Guard

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices

Gun violence in Chicago left over a dozen people dead and more than 60 others wounded over the Fourth of July weekend. Amid now-familiar calls to brin...

Jesse Jackson: Chicago Needs A 'Reconstruction Plan'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices

Amid reports of yet another young life lost to gun violence in Chicago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called the surge of shootings in the city over the Four...

Gun Laws Blamed For Chicago's Weekend Shooting Surge

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

After a violent holiday weekend during which 11 people were killed and more than 60 others were wounded in shootings -- two of the deaths and five of ...

14-Year-Old's Slaying Latest Example Of Chicago's 'Cycle Of Violence'

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — When a 14-year-old Chicago girl was arrested on charges that she shot and killed another 14-year-old Chicago girl, much of the attent...

Slain Special Ed Teacher Another Innocent Victim Of Chicago's Gun Violence

Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime

A Chicago school community is devastated after a special ed teacher was killed while stopping in at her second job at a real estate office Thursday ni...

LISTEN: An NPR Story On Chicago's Gun Problem Was Interrupted By A Shooting

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.29.2014 | Crime

A routine interview took a grimly ironic twist when a National Public Radio reporter covering guns in Chicago found himself not just close to the acti...

Chicago Police Plan Surge In Street Patrols To Combat Violence

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.01.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — With the number of shootings in Chicago already climbing with the temperatures, police are being dispatched by the hundreds on overti...

Chicago Woman Gunned Down After Anti-Violence Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

A 32-year-old woman heading home from an anti-violence fundraiser she helped organize was among five people killed and at least 35 others wounded in g...

Chicago's Violence Has Gotten THIS Bad

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.22.2014 | Crime

The feds are stepping into Chicago's seemingly intractable gun violence problem. A newly-formed prosecutorial unit called the Violent Crimes secti...

36 People Shot In 36 Hours In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.14.2014 | Crime

A 17-year-old girl killed Friday afternoon was among at least 36 people wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. Gakirah Barnes, 17, wa...