gang violence

Hundreds gathered for Hadiya Pendleton's funeral.

Hundreds Gather For Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral

Hadiya Pendleton’s family had said they wanted to keep politics out of the 15-year-old murder victim’s funeral and despite the political undertones, considering some of the guests, they mostly did.


Over the weekend, Chicago recorded its 435th homicide, equaling the total for all of last year. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy joined the CBS 2 Morning News to explain crime-fighting strategies. (CBS)

Police: 5,000 Gang Members Denied I-Bonds To Reduce Violence

About 5,500 gang members have been denied release from custody based on their own recognizance due to a police initiative launched in July aimed at reducing gang violence.


Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on the CBS 2 morning news. (CBS)

McCarthy On Chicago Violence: ‘We’re Struggling In The Month Of August’

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says despite the weekend violence that left nine dead, officers were able to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation on Michigan Avenue.

CBS 2–08/27/2012

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9 Dead, 28 Others Wounded In Weekend Violence

The city has been faced with another bloody weekend, as at least nine people have died from gun violence and more than two dozen others have been hurt in Chicago since Friday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2012

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61-Year-Old Woman Shot In Gang Crossfire In South Shore

A 61-year-old woman was shot while walking out of a corner store and being caught in gang crossfire Tuesday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood.



McCarthy Encouraged By Drop In Murder Rate In July, But Overall Rate Still Up

The Chicago Police Department hopes the latest monthly murder numbers are a sign of better things to come.


(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Philly Getting Federal Help In Fighting Gang Violence; Why Not Chicago?

As cities struggle to contain gang violence, which claims lives and holds communities hostage, federal government is sending in special agents to help — but not to Chicago.

CBS 2–07/25/2012

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Report: Tourism Chief Backtracks After Reports That Crime Is Hurting Efforts

The man in charge of promoting Chicago conventions and tourism is backpedaling on reports quoting him as saying that the recent crime wave in the city is going to damage his best efforts, unless it is quickly quelled.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2012

CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman (left) and Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger discuss a partnership between the city and CeaseFire to try to reduce violence in two police districts. (Credit: CBS)

City To Help Fund CeaseFire Efforts To Reduce Violence

The solution to tackling Chicago’s crime problem could make the strangest of bedfellows. Two weeks ago, Chicago Police and the anti-violence group CeaseFire were taking shots at one another, but on Tuesday they joined up as allies.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2012

Eric Galarza (Credit: Elgin Police)

Father Of Elgin 5-Year-Old Now Fugitive

The father of a 5-year-old Elgin boy killed in a gang shooting last fall is now a fugitive from the law, wanted for allegedly battering his wife, the boy’s mother.


(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Mayor Confident Police Will Handle Mob Attacks, Rise In Gang Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was trying to reassure the public that Chicago Police are moving quickly to stop the kind of mob attacks which occurred this past weekend, as well as the spike in gang violence this year.

WBBM Newsradio–06/13/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, Cook County State's Atty. Anita Alvarez, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel attend a news conference to announce the governor's signing of the state's new "Street Gang RICO" law, allowing prosecutors to go after street gangs as criminal organizations, much like the feds target the mob. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs New State Law To Target Street Gangs

Local prosecutors in Illinois now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations, much like the way federal prosecutors often target members of the mob.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2012

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CeaseFire Questions Part Of Emanuel’s Anti-Violence Strategy

Gang murders in Chicago are on the rise. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is feeling the heat, and says he’s doing something about it, but his latest strategy is drawing some heat of its own from a group dedicated to preventing gang violence.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. (Credit: CBS/File)

Police Unveil Plan To Stop Gang Shootings Before They Start

Following another bloody weekend of gang mayhem in Chicago, Mayor Emanuel and his top police commanders on Tuesday announced a new plan to help stop the bloodshed.


Roseland Vigil

Community Activists To Patrol, March Against Violence In Roseland

After another violent weekend in Chicago, dozens of South Side churches are pledging to walk the streets to prevent more bloodshed.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

Diana Aguilar -- clutching a picture of her daughter Aliyah Shell, who was killed by gunfire over the weekend -- sits on her daughter's bed, surrounded by balloons, stuffed animals and photos of Aliyah. (Credit: CBS)

Mom Of Girl Killed On Front Porch: ‘They’re Not People, They’re Animals’

The mother of a 6-year-old girl who was gunned down in front of her Little Village home over the weekend said the two purported gang members charged with murder are “not people, they’re animals.”

CBS Chicago–03/19/2012

Pilsen Mural

Mural Honoring Innocent Gang Violence Victims Unveiled In Pilsen

Despite the rain Thursday, the Pilsen community turned out to unveil a mural dedicated to peace and tolerance — a mural the artists say has been defaced twice already.

CBS Chicago–10/14/2011

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

In New Role, Weis Vows To Help ‘Tamp Down’ Gang, Gun Violence

Former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis says his first priority as the new deputy director of the Chicago Crime Commission will be to assess the causes of gang and gun violence.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

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New CPD School Gang Team Works To Resolve Conflicts, Avoid Violence

Chicago Police Supt. Jody P. Weis was joined on Sunday by Gang Enforcement Unit officials to announce a program that aims towards the reduction of gang violence.