Violence

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.

The Illinois House has approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence.

A mix up at Cook County Jail led to the mistaken release of a man charged with threatening violence at gay bars in Chicago.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teen defendants' social media postings unfairly restricts defendants' First Amendment freedoms.

Few candidates for public office have been more personally affected by gun violence than Chris Kennedy.

Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

The General Assembly passes legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents.

Chicago police say the number of homicides and shootings dropped significantly in May compared to the same month last year when the totals helped turn 2016 into one of the city's most violent years on record.  The department says May ended with 56 homicides compared to 68 during May 2016, and 257 shooting victims compared to 316 last May.

Six schools in central Illinois are participating in a pilot project to train teachers, administrators and other adults to help students who are affected by trauma.  The program began through a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration grant to train school district personnel and community members. 

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss violence and other issues in Illinois cities.  Jackson says he asked for the sit-down in Chicago because it's a new political season with President-elect Donald Trump set to take office. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - The number of arrests in Chicago fell approximately 28 percent this year.The number is on target to be the lowest since at least 2001.

Chicago Man Sentenced For Attempting to Murder Informant

Nov 15, 2016
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A judge in Chicago has sentenced a convicted drug dealer to 35 years in prison for plotting to kill an informant cooperating with federal agents to disrupt a trafficking ring.

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Chicago police are solving homicides at a far lower rate than their counterparts in some other major cities, which may reflect how hard it is for detectives to crack the culture of silence surrounding the violence committed by the city's street gangs.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago plan to spend three years studying the experiences of young black men who survive violence. 

 The university said in a news release Thursday that it plans to interview black men between the ages of 18 and 24 directly affected by violence.

The aim is to document the physical, emotional and financial toll taken on them but also to learn about how they cope with those problems.

 The study's results will be used to help the U.S Department of Justice respond to victims of violence. 

Twelve people were killed and more than 40 more were wounded in shootings in Chicago during the Memorial Day long weekend.

Dozens of residents turned out in downtown Peoria last night to oppose recent homicides in the city.  

Proposed Chicago gun violence law stalls

May 19, 2014

A proposed law meant to reduce gun violence in Chicago has stalled in Springfield. 

Gun violence was the focus at a ceremony Monday to install the new top federal prosecutor in Chicago.    Zach Fardon’s first day last month as the new U.S. attorney brought a public rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  He told the Sun-Times that federal prosecutors do a horrible job on gun crimes.  At Fardon’s swearing in ceremony yesterday, with Emanuel in the front row, U.S. attorney General Eric Holder said solving gun violence is hard work.  HOLDER: It is the product of cooperative endeavor and sustained effort. This is simply not a time for institutional friction.  Illinois U.S.

Stepping up for the community

Oct 24, 2013

About 150 people turned out for the town hall meeting in Peoria called Stop the Violence, Step Up For Your Community. About a dozen social and public service groups were present. Those in attendance learned how they could take advantage of the programs, or sign-up to volunteer. First District Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore hosted the meeting. She asked everyone in attendance to take personal responsibility:

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.