| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:28 PM
The top leaders of one of Chicago’s most violent street gangs have been charged in a sweeping racketeering case that alleges they controlled their West Side drug empire through pattern of intimidation, kidnappings, shootings and murder dating back...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:39 PM
As she headed out the door Sunday morning, Adrianne Wilberton put on a brave face. It was time to tell her son the news, and she didn't want him hearing it from anyone else.
But her composure unraveled as she walked toward the car, a barrage of...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:53 PM
The longtime head of an anti-violence group that works to stem gang shootings in Chicago was dismissed Monday, just days after his arrest on a charge that he beat up his wife.
The University of Illinois at Chicago, which operates CeaseFire Illinois,...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:54 PM
Tio Hardiman, director of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois, was arrested Friday morning on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge at his home in west suburban Hillside.
The arrest clouds the future of Hardiman's leadership at the organization,...
| May 6, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Relatives say a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police after he allegedly fired at people on the street and then at pursuing officers suffered from a bipolar disorder. But they are still at a loss to explain what happened to their "playful,...
| Apr 11, 2013
As politicians in Washington took a step toward tightening the nation's gun laws Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama sat down with Chicago high school students whose stories about violence brought her to tears.
Before the meeting began at Harper High...
| Mar 29, 2013
— Minutes after suspects in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton were arraigned Thursday in Chicago, the 15-year-old's mother attended a speech by President Barack Obama in the White House with 20 other women who have lost loved ones to gun violence....
| Apr 3, 2013
You're walking in Chicago.
It's chaotic and it's loud.
People swarm the sidewalks, many of them shouting. They spill into the street, many of them cursing. They jostle you, step on your toes. Traffic is a nightmare.
You squeeze through the barricade...
| Apr 4, 2013
At a time when Chicago's association with violence is under a microscope, CeaseFire’s role under its one-year contract with the city (now at its midway point) underscores how policing is not the only solution in stopping the killings.
| Dec 27, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Make your predictions for 2013 by filling out the Change of Subject online survey A year ago, I didn’t predict that a book about predictions, “The Signal and the Noise,” would be one of the top selling non-fiction titles of......
| Jan 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
With the help of several Latin scholars I’ve come up with a fittingly snooty motto for this column’s annual exercise in forecasting the news: Non coniectare imprudentior esset Translation: Not to conjecture is imprudent. Inspiration: “Is...