McCarthy Admits Slow Learning Curve - At First - On Changing Gang StructureMcCarthy acknowledged it took several months after he took over the Police Department in 2011 to see how splintered street gangs had become.
New U.S. Attorney: Mayor's Criticism Of Gun Prosecutions UnfairGiving his first interview since he was finally confirmed by the Senate last month, Zach Fardon showed a willingness to stand up to the politicians who’ve put huge public pressure on him to do more to tackle the street violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides.
Emanuel Not Taking Sides In Kirk And Rush Dispute Over GangsCongressman Bobby Rush has called U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's idea of mass prosecutions of the 18,000-member Gangster Disciples an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”
Durbin, Kirk Want Top Prosecutor Nominee To 'Crush' Street GangsU.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk met today with Zachary Fardon, the nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney in Chicago, and told him they'd like to see him focus on street gangs and gun violence.
Quinn Signs New State Law To Target Street GangsLocal 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.
More Police Departments Using Lawsuits To Target GangsWith the street gang problem out of control in the Chicago area, more police departments are turning to the use of street gang lawsuits that allow them to prevent gang members from hanging out with each other.
Mayor Emanuel Announces New Crime-Fighting StrategyMayor Rahm Emanuel has long insisted it would take more than a police force to rid some neighborhoods of gangs, guns and drugs. With a 52 percent rise in the murder rate so far this year, the Emanuel administration is now rolling out the "community" component to its crime-fighting efforts.
Book Shows How Gangs Are Using Social MediaA new book spells out how Chicago area street gangs are using social media to plot and carry out their dirty work.