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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...

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.

NBA Players in Chicago to Promote Peace and Goodwill

Tio Hardiman | Posted 09.28.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

The Basketball Tournament for Peace served as a good example of how professional athletes can help bring young people together and begin the process of bridging the gap between the different groups of warring young men.

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...

24 Shot, 2 Killed In Weekend Violence

Posted 09.03.2012 | Chicago

In the Saturday and Sunday preceding Labor Day, 24 people were shot across Chicagoland, two fatally. Jeffrey Smith, 38, of the 5100 block of South ...

Lizzie Schiffman

Chicago Students Confront City's Violence Epidemic | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 08.30.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's constant and growing problem with gun violence has captured national attention as it grows to hyperbolic proportions; but as the death toll ...

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.

Homicides Hit A One-Day Record High Over The Weekend

Posted 08.21.2012 | Chicago

Six people were killed in Chicago on Saturday, tying Feb. 19 for the most homicides in one day since the beginning of 2012. Four of those victims w...

Youth Against Violence in Chicago Spread Viral Faux iPad Campaign

Richard_Thomas | Posted 07.18.2012 | Chicago

A group of youth has a "green-friendly" goal this summer to reach over three million people on social networks with a "faux ipad campaign" to increase environmental awareness and promote violence prevention in urban settings.

Gun Violence in America -- Is Anybody Listening?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Will the release of Mitt Romney's tax returns make any meaningful difference in the lives of families living in "domestic war zone" of gun violence and black-on-black crime in African American communities throughout the United States?