street gangs

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McCarthy Admits Slow Learning Curve – At First – On Changing Gang Structure

McCarthy acknowledged it took several months after he took over the Police Department in 2011 to see how splintered street gangs had become.

02/28/2014

Zachary Fardon, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

New U.S. Attorney: Mayor’s Criticism Of Gun Prosecutions Unfair

Giving 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.

11/21/2013

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (right) [Photo credit: Scott Olson/Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Emanuel Not Taking Sides In Kirk And Rush Dispute Over Gangs

Congressman 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.”

CBS Chicago–05/30/2013

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin (CBS file)

Durbin, Kirk Want Top Prosecutor Nominee To ‘Crush’ Street Gangs

U.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.

05/29/2013

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

An Elgin Police Department squad car on patrol. (Credit: CBS)

More Police Departments Using Lawsuits To Target Gangs

With 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.

CBS 2–06/06/2012

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

Mayor Emanuel Announces New Crime-Fighting Strategy

Mayor 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.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Book Shows How Gangs Are Using Social Media

A new book spells out how Chicago area street gangs are using social media to plot and carry out their dirty work.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2012