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Crime in River North

Jason Erkes says River North is a safe neighborhood, but night life brings crime to the area. “The late night crowd and intoxication can bring out the worst in people,” he said. “Crime takes place even in the safest areas, and River North is no exception,” said Erkes who is a marketing executive for Social […]

Digging Deeper Into Domestic Violence

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Digging Deeper Into Domestic Violence

The call came in reporting a domestic disturbance on the third floor of an apartment on Chicago’s West Side. When Chicago Police Department officer Dan Dowling and his partner arrived at the scene that night three years ago, they saw a woman shaking alongside her two young children, who seemed nervous, too. The officers separated […]

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Moms Demand Action Aims to Change State Law Regarding Gun-Free Zone Signs

The front door of South Loop Elementary School bears two signs: one welcomes students and visitors, and the second shows a red slash through a handgun. Under the new Illinois concealed carry law, these signs are posted everywhere that handguns are prohibited — mainly public buildings such as libraries, museums, government offices and schools. Additionally, […]

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A Family’s Struggle for Justice

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A Family’s Struggle for Justice

Devin Dyer, an 18-year-old Austin resident, was shot to death at a party on March 6, 2011. His parents and uncle are still trying to piece together how he spent the last moments of his life nearly three years later. Sonya Burks, Devin’s mother, said she doesn’t feel any sense of urgency from the Chicago […]

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Lakefront’s Urban Artists Invade Garden

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Lakefront’s Urban Artists Invade Garden

Some of Chicago’s Loop lakefront residents are concerned about the amount of graffiti at the Cancer Survivors’ Garden, upset that the vandalism is destroying a “hidden treasure.” Chicago Police Department Tactical Sgt. Charles Battaglia told attendees at a CAPS meeting last month that the graffiti is not gang related. It’s young artists performing, “urban art […]

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Do Victims’ Rights Laws Victimize the Accused?

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Do Victims’ Rights Laws Victimize the Accused?

In the past, crime victims had few legal rights, such as the right to be informed and heard within the criminal justice system. In fact, thirty years ago, victims did not have the following rights: To be notified about the date and time of the court proceedings To be notified about the arrest and release […]

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Rev. Al Sharpton Challenges Gun Violence

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Rev. Al Sharpton Challenges Gun Violence

After conducting an anti-gun violence meeting with more than 80 leaders Tuesday at Chicago State University, the Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference at the studios of WVON 1690 AM and shared how he and other leaders planned to end the brutality in Chicago. “It was a very fruitful meeting,” Sharpton said. “A lot […]

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Rogers Park Residents Urge Police to Crack Down on Gang and Drug Houses

Everytime Luana McIntosh relocates to a new residence to get away from gangs in her Rogers Park neighborhood, she finds the same turf wars , the same issues of violence at her new home. “It’s still the same nonsense,” said McIntosh, who is 62. McIntosh is among the residents in this North Chicago neighborhood who […]

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Aldermen Call for More Cops in City Budget

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Aldermen Call for More Cops in City Budget

  Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget proposal makes “a significant investment in the education, health and safety” of its neighborhoods, but at least two aldermen argued Wednesday the refusal to hire more police officers is detrimental not only to Chicago’s safety but its economy as well.   “Yes, we need a balanced budget, but safety […]

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Police Urge Public to be Aware During Holiday Shopping Season

A woman is sitting in her favorite coffee shop on Michigan Avenue when a man who appears to be lost asks where a specific store is. Meanwhile, his partner creeps behind her with her laptop in hand. She didn’t even know what had happened. This is just one of the scenarios Chicago police officers are […]

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The upcoming holidays are a time for pickpockets and muggers. But Chicago Police Department officials said Wednesday; you don’t have to be a victim. “The holidays mean crowds. Criminals love crowds. … They fish where fishing’s good. You don’t fish in a dead pond,” said Lt. Thomas Clark, of the Department of Special Divisions, during […]

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Lawmakers Call for More Trauma Centers in City’s Most Violent Communities

Two Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday called for more trauma centers on Chicago’s South and West Sides, saying a key new study shows that if ambulance rides are more than five miles away, victims are more likely to die. “No one should die because of their zip codes,” said state Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago). She attended […]

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Resident Documents Neglect in Her West Side Neighborhood

After many nights of loud music and drug dealers lingering outside, Aleksandra Hodowany decided to capture the hardships of her neighborhood. Hodowany, a 37-year-old student at John Marshall Law School, is making a documentary covering the neglect and lack of police enforcement in her East Garfield Park neighborhood. Hodowany has been living in East Garfield […]

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Bridgeport Residents Cite Pros and Cons of the Neighborhood

Ronny Waterhouse, a 29-year-old Mexican-American, said he felt his Bridgeport neighborhood was pretty safe and he didn’t worry about crime, but his life in the South Side wasn’t always peaceful. He said there was a shooting at a gas station across the street from an apartment where he used to live. He was at home […]

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The Beauty Behind the Beast

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The Beauty Behind the Beast

Since moving to Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood six years ago, John Perryman and his wife, Marissa H. Baker, have been pushing for more police protection against drug dealers. Until they get it – if they get it – the couple is resorting to methods of their own, building gardens to combat crime. “It’s easy to rag […]

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