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Teen Fatally Shot Blocks From President Obama's Home

AP | Posted 06.23.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in a backyard about four blocks from President Barack Obama's Chicago home, police said Tuesday....

Weekend Shootings Kill Four, Injure Several More-- Including Murder Suspect

Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago

Four men are dead among the at least 26 shot throughout Chicago since Friday, capping off a violent weekend that culminated with the warmest day of th...

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...

Grandmother Allegedly Hired Grandson To Kill Her Husband

Posted 04.08.2013 | Chicago

The grandmother of a Chicago man suspected of murdering his own grandfather has been charged with paying her grandson to carry out the deadly deed. ...

Rahm, McCarthy Address Mag Mile Mob Action, Homicides

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.02.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Almost exactly a year after Chicago's surging homicide rate caught the nation's attention, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Gar...

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 ...

African-American Males Facing Serious Challenges

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Leaders in the United States should take a serious look at trying to help young African-American males overcome adversity without falling victim to the many ills of society.

McCarthy Announces Police Foot Patrols Targeting High-Crime Areas

Posted 03.26.2013 | Chicago

While Chicago's top cop is crediting a new strategy of police swarming high-crime areas of the city with last month's decreased homicide rate, he hope...

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 ...

LISTEN: Lupe Fiasco's New Track Dedicated To Slain Chicago Baby

Posted 03.15.2013 | Chicago

Grammy-winning Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco late Thursday night released a song dedicated to the latest young victim of gun violence in his hometown. ...

Police Fatally Shoot Man In Garfield Park Apartment

Posted 03.14.2013 | Chicago

While responding to an early morning distress call in Garfield Park Thursday, Chicago police fatally shot a man allegedly armed with a semi-automatic ...

Family Of Unarmed Woman Killed By Off-Duty Cop May Get $4.5 Million

Posted 03.10.2013 | Chicago

Almost a year after 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was gunned down by an off-duty Chicago police officer on the city's West Side, her family stands to receive...

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.

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.

High School Loses Third Student To Shootings This Year

Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago

An 18-year-old high school student with dreams of attending college was fatally shot Friday night in Humboldt Park. Police say Frances Colon was f...

Police Still Seeking Tips In Hadiya Pendleton's Slaying

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.06.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago police say they've been inundated with tips about the death of a 15-year-old girl who had just returned from performing at Pre...

3 Charged In Aurora Teen's Burning Death

Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago

An Aurora, Ill. teen was ordered held on $5 million bail Monday in the "exceptionally brutal" beating death of an 18-year-old woman who was the first ...

UPDATE: Tips On Slain Teen's Killer Pour In As Reward Increases Again

Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The hunt for Hadiya Pendleton's killer continues as the reward for information leading to the shooter's capture more than doubles. ...

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...

Woman Found Dead In Van 'Riddled With Bullets' On Lake Shore Drive

Posted 02.01.2013 | Chicago

A 32-year-old Chicago woman was found slumped over the steering wheel of a bullet-riddled van after she'd been fatally shot while driving on Lake Shor...

WATCH: Slain Teen Made Haunting Anti-Gang PSA

Posted 02.01.2013 | Chicago

"So many children out there are in gangs, and it is your job as students to say no to gangs and yes to a great future." Speaking in an anti-gang PS...

Chicago Teen's Slaying Strikes A Chord Nationwide

Posted 01.31.2013 | Chicago

News of the tragic shooting death of a 15-year-old girl in Chicago reached as far as a Senate hearing on gun control laws and prompted a response from...

Homicides in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

We cannot continue to sit back and wait for the next homicide to occur. It's time to get out on the front end and stop homicides from occurring in the first place.

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....

Teen Who Performed At Inaugural Events Fatally Shot

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A 15-year-old girl who had performed in President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicid...