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Gangs and Politicians: Map of Chicago Gangs

Experts estimate that there are 70,000 to 125,000 gang members in Chicago—a population that, on the low end, rivals Evanston’s and, on the high end, exceeds Springfield’s. Over the years, Chicago’s street gangs have formed two loose alliances: the People and the Folks. According to information from the Chicago Police Department, which tracks gang boundaries, … Read more

Gangs and Politicians: Prisoner Shuffle

For some state lawmakers, supporting prisoners’ requests for transfers can be a routine constituent service—or a valuable trump card. PLUS: Prime movers—ten Illinois legislators who logged the most recorded inquiries on behalf of prisoners—and the gang members they’ve helped