Posts tagged "gang"

In his own words: a former Chicago youth uses music to inspire other Chicago kids

In his own words: a former Chicago youth uses music to inspire other Chicago kids
Dyryl Burnett is a high school teacher, but he still understands the struggle that his inner-city students face. Burnett was like many of them before he became a music teacher — he struggled with a troubled family life and the allure of gang-banging. Music helped him turn it all around and he hopes it will... Read more »

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?
Something’s got to change, say the aldermen on the South and West sides who have watched the body counts–which are mostly comprised of young African American men–in their wards climb at alarming rates, this year. Tired of the ostensible ineffectiveness of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s emphasis on beat policing, those frustrated aldermen recently called for... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »
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New anti-gang plans do little to fix root cause of 'urban warfare': advocate

A recent anti-gang measure signed into law this week by Gov. Pat Quinn would make it easier to prosecute high-level gang members for crimes that they ordered but were carried out by lower-level members.  It will go hand-in-hand with a ‘tough-on-gangs’ approach that has been championed at the city level in previous months by the mayor... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »

One eerie thought about Magnificent Mile gang violence

Over the last few days, I’ve been asked by many people: “Why aren’t you writing about the downtown ‘flash-mobs’? There’s so much to say about race.” I’ve been thinking about the situation a lot. Pondering it. Wondering what’s going on to make these crimes that are so very ordinary just a few miles away from... Read more »
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