Gun Violence

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin discusses his proposal to appoint a "gun violence czar" to coordinate efforts to reduce gun violence in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

County Commissioner Wants “Gun Violence Czar” To Coordinate Crime Reduction Efforts

A Cook County Commissioner has proposed the county appoint a “gun violence czar” as a new tool to stem the tide of violent crime in the Chicago area, by coordinating efforts between the Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies; and knocking down political barriers.

07/23/2015

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Some Aldermen Doubting McCarthy’s Effectiveness As Top Cop

As Police Supt. Garry McCarthy begins his fifth year running the Chicago Police Department, some aldermen – old and new – appeared to be losing confidence in his ability to reduce gun violence as summer approaches.

06/19/2015

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Three Killed, 22 Wounded On Chicago Weekend Shootings

Three people were killed and at least 22 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening, police said.

06/15/2015

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Cook Co. Commissioner Calls For Gang Members To Be Tried As Terrorists At Summit

Putting a stop to Chicago’s never-ending cycle of violence and bloodshed is the goal of a gun violence summit today hosted by UIC’s School of Public Health.

06/13/2015

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Gun Rights Activists Protest Pfleger’s Speech At Tinley Park Church

The pews were full at St. George’s Catholic Church when Pfleger spoke, and the house was divided. Although he said he was not speaking only about guns, ISRA officials urged as many members as possible to show up, and called the speech a gun control recruitment event.

06/12/2015

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Pfleger: Turn Cellphone Cameras On Criminals

Rev. Michael Pfleger, the activist priest who has crusaded for decades against gun violence in Chicago, was urging people to use a new weapon people to make their neighborhoods more peaceful: their cellphones.

06/09/2015

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Chicago Students Wear Orange To Honor Hadiya Pendleton, Gun Violence Victims

Orange is the color of hope today across Chicago. People are wearing the bright hue in honor of national gun violence awareness day and at the center of it all, young Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teen murdered in a South Side park.

06/02/2015

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Hadiya Pendleton’s Friends Organize National ‘Wear Orange’ Anti-Violence Movement

You’ll be seeing a lot of orange in Chicago and in cities across the country on Tuesday, as part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, inspired by the friends and family of a high school honor student slain in Chicago two years ago.

06/02/2015

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (at lectern, in blue suit) outlines a seven-point plan to quell gang violence in Chicago and Cook County. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Commissioner Wants Shooters Charged As Domestic Terrorists

In the wake of a holiday weekend in which at least 55 people were shot in Chicago – 12 of them fatally – a Cook County Commissioner was calling for city- and county-wide action to quell gang violence.

05/26/2015

Director Spike Lee and actor John Cusack discuss Lee's upcoming film "Chiraq," which has sparked controversy over the title. Chiraq -- a blend of Chicago and Iraq -- has been slapped on the city by rappers and spread through social media because of gun violence in some Chicago neighborhoods. (Photo credit: CBS)

Spike Lee Defends “Chiraq” Film, Blasts “People Just Judging From Afar”

The title of Spike Lee’s new movie might not sit well with some, but the filmmaker was not backing down from calling his upcoming film on Chicago’s gun violence “Chiraq,” as he defended his controversial work on Thursday.

05/14/2015

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Opinion: Defensive Gun Use Doesn’t Make Up For Accidental Injuries, Homicides

No, friend, I’m not worried about an Uber driver who knows how to responsibly use a firearm — I’m worried about everyone else.

05/05/2015

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.

04/25/2015

Two men were pronounced dead at the scene after a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

West Side Activists Want To Meet With McCarthy To Discuss Violence

Activists in the Austin neighborhood have demanded a meeting with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, to come up with solutions to violent crime in a community that has more murders than any other.

03/18/2015

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Urban Prep Student Killed In Far South Side Shooting

A South Side charter school is mourning the murder of one of its students.

03/03/2015

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Five Killed, 43 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago

Five people were killed–including a 13-year-old boy–and at least 43 others were wounded in shootings across the city over the weekend.

09/29/2014

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Feds Adding More Agents To Chicago To Fight Gun Violence

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was sending seven more agents to Chicago, for a total of 52 agents helping stop the flow of illegal guns into the city.

07/17/2014

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to reporters about gun violence in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

‘Frustrated’ McCarthy: ‘We Had People Who Died Over The Weekend’

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy became a bit testy Monday during his weekly news conference on gun confiscations, when reporters peppered him with questions about something completely different.

07/14/2014

Congresswoman Robin Kelly leads Mayor Emanuel, lawmakers and others in talking about need for new gun laws. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Releases Report On Gun Violence

First-year Congresswoman Robin Kelly is hoping her new report on gun violence can help spur more action on Capitol Hill, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/30/2014

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Illinois Ranks Low In List Comparing Gun Laws, Gun Ownership And Gun Deaths By State

With Chicago’s hyperbolic reputation when it comes to gun violence, data like this can be perplexing. If this data is right though, Illinois ranks rather low when it comes to gun deaths when compared to other states.

06/25/2014

Endia Martin (family handout)

Endia Martin’s Death Exposes Entrenched Chicago Violence

When a 14-year-old Chicago girl was arrested on charges that she shot and killed another 14-year-old Chicago girl, much of the attention centered on how the shooting stemmed from an argument over a boy that was playing out on Facebook.

06/06/2014

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