Garbage is strewn at Touhy Herbert Park. (CBS)

Residents Say Gang Members Have Taken Over Neighborhood Park

One woman says sometimes she feels like a prisoner in her home. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


An 18-year-old man was found shot to death in the McKinley Park neighborhood early Saturday on the South Side, according to police. (Credit: Sun-Times)

Police: 4 Killed, 17 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

Four people were killed and at least 17 others–including a 13-year-old boy–have been injured in Chicago gun violence since Friday morning, police said.


Pastor Corey Brooks organized a downtown march urging Chicagoans to keep the guns down this holiday weekend. (CBS)

Pastor Asks Gangs To Hold Their Fire Over Labor Day Weekend

Pastor Corey Brooks and promoters Asa Powell and Victor Woods said they talked with gang leaders for three weeks to try to assure a violence-free Labor Day.


Senator speaks about keeping people from joining gangs at Cook County Jail Division  11. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Kirk Meets With Gang Members During Tour Of Cook County Jail

Sen. Mark Kirk is applauding law enforcement’s efforts to stop gangs. He focused on more than one program in a tour of Cook County Jail on Wednesday, reports WBBM’s Craig Delimore reports.


Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

McCarthy: Armed Suspects Would Rather Confront Cops Than Surrender

Gang members fear if they back down in confrontations with police, they will face beatings or financial sanctions from gang leaders, Chicago’s top cop says.


DeSean Jackson. (Getty Images)

Baffoe: I’m Rooting For DeSean Jackson

This guilt-by-association narrative surrounding DeSean Jackson is ridiculous.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk: More Than $18 Million Available To Cops To Fight Street Gangs

Senator Mark Kirk says “it’s not a lock” that the $18.5 million to combat gangs will all go to Chicago – to help Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and his work.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left); U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon (CBS)

U.S. Attorney, Mayor Signal More Cooperation In Fighting Street Violence

For the first time in a while, both parties appear to be on the same page, if you take them at their word, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.



Gang’s Reputed ‘King’ Among Dozens Charged In Drug Conspiracy

The leader of a West Side gang and 32 others were charged Wednesday with participating in a narcotics enterprise responsible for a 2011 murder and other acts of violence,


(Credit: CBS)

Prosecutors: Man Shot Fellow Gang Member For Being Witness In Court Case

A purported Latin Saint allegedly shot a member of his gang who was a witness in a pending case, authorities said.


U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk Wants Feds To Fight Gangs In Chicago

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is once again shining a spotlight on the problem of street-gang violence.


(Credit: CBS)

9-1-1 Calls Depict Chaos, Gangs On Chicago’s Lakefront

Callers trying to enjoy the Fourth of July on Chicago’s lakefront were reporting incidents of chaos. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reviews the recordings.


Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses the spike in homicides in January 2013 on the CBS 2 Morning News on Feb. 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: Tougher Gun Laws Would Save Lives

Standing before some of the more than 4,000 guns seized by Chicago Police this year, Superintendent Garry McCarthy outlined four cases where men picked up for unlawful use of a weapon later became victims.


A softball league helps draw some young people away from gangs. (CBS)

Softball Helps Draw Kids Away From Gangs

CHICAGO (CBS) — In a community all too familiar with gunfire, the sound of softball is a signal of peace. As part of CBS 2’s week-long look at breaking the cycle of violence in Chicago, […]


LaPierre Scott, a gang member and father figure, talks with CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker about trying to help raise a young person. (CBS)

Gang Member Advises Parents: ‘Show You’re Concerned’

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on efforts to break the cycle of violence in Chicago. She talks with a stepfather-to-be who has a history of gang membership.


Photo Of Crime Scene Tape (John Li/Getty Images)

Shootings Kill 5, Injure 16 Over Weekend

Five people were killed and at least 16 other people — including four teenagers and a 72-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday night.


Anita Alvarez

New State ‘RICO’ Law Leads To Street Gang Arrests

Racketeering and conspiracy charges were filed against 23 defendants who are primarily top leaders and members of the Black Souls gang, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said.


(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

3 Dead, 16 Wounded In Overnight Violence

Three men were killed and at least 16 others were wounded in gun violence across the city from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning.


File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

3 Killed, 13 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence

Three people have been killed and at least 13 others wounded in gun violence throughout the city since Friday afternoon.


Jonylah Watkins was shot and killed while with her father in a parked minivan on the South Side. Police believe the shooter was targeting her father. (Facebook)

Doctor: Damage To Jonylah Was ‘Overwhelming’

Newsradio spoke with one of the physicians who tried to save 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins in her final hours.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013