The Chicago Crime Commission has officially unveiled its first new street-gang guide in six years, detailing changes in where and how 59 Chicago gangs operate.

Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in suburban Chicago.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Officials in a northern Illinois county are forming a task force to deal with increased activity by gangs they say are migrating to the area from Chicago.

Peoria launching anti-gang program for students

Jan 15, 2014

Peoria is launching a pilot program next month aimed at stopping youth from joining gangs.  The state-funded ‘Don’t Start’ program includes two schools in Peoria District 150 and runs through the summer.  The anti-violence project pays for weekly gang-prevention talks, home visits for at-risk students and GED classes for parents.  Renee Andrews is principal at Trewyn Middle School, that’s seen students involved in gang activity.  She says it’s important that the Don’t Start Program targets students before high school:

Don't Shoot takes aim at new gangs

Apr 10, 2013

The Peoria Don’t Shoot lead team has a message for members of the Zone 4 and 4-Corner Hustlers gangs. The message is ‘GAME ON!’ The two shootings Sunday and Monday are thought to be tied to the two groups. The city’s top prosecutors, law enforcement officials and Mayor Jim Ardis are standing firm, promising that Don’t Shoot principals are being focused on all members and affiliates of the two gangs. “We said we were gonna come after them, like the group behind me went after the bomb squad.