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Chicago Gun Violence

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.

Michelle Obama To Attend Slain Teen's Chicago Funeral

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- A White House official says Michelle Obama will attend Saturday's funeral for the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was killed after returnin...

The Crisis in Chicago

Chris Williams | Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.

Police Yank Nearly 700 Illegal Guns From The Street In New Year

Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has a target in his sights: tougher penalties for the city's gun scofflaws. At a Mond...

Mother Buries Fourth Of 4 Children Killed By Gun Violence

Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago

As she prepared to lay to rest her fourth of four children killed by gun violence in Chicago, mother Shirley Chambers was a special guest at a Sunday ...

NRA Holding a Nation Hostage

Bob Hagan | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics
Bob Hagan

We are the freest nation in the world because we are free of so many of the hazards that make life in Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Libya, and other lesser-developed nations so damn deadly. And yet, when it comes to guns, we are just like them.

Leaders To Obama: Help Stem Hometown Violence

Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago

Civic leaders at a loss of how to stem Chicago's bloody tide of homicides are calling on the president to help his hometown. "The president's voic...

Hadiya Pendleton's Funeral Arrangements Announced

Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago

Arrangements for the funeral of slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton were announced Friday as the search for her killer continues, and the reward f...

Chicago Violence Takes Leading Role Amid National Gun Debate

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — They are counting the dead from gunfire again in Chicago, a city awash in weapons despite having one of the strictest gun-control ordi...

January Homicide Rate In Chicago Worst Since 2002

Posted 01.30.2013 | Chicago

With still one more day before January ends, the Chicago homicide rate in the first month of 2013 is off to its bloodiest start in more than a decade....