In the 1960s the Blackstone Rangers—later known as the Almighty Black P Stone Nation—dominated Chicago’s South Side. The street gang was something of a paradox - a mix of both legal and illegal activity.
A Chicago-based group called CeaseFire works in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. It trains former gang members to mediate conflicts that could turn violent. Those conflicts might be over turf or money, a pecking order or a personality clash.
President Barack Obama will travel to Tucson, Ariz. Wednesday to attend a memorial service for the victim’s of last weekend’s shootings. The tragedy has provoked a lot of discussion – much of it heated – about the current tone of American politics.
Ever since I started writing about the killing of Jeremiah Sterling, my friend Brendan Shiller has been pushing back, telling me that my because I focus so much on the actual violence and loss, I’m contributing to the impression that violence is greater now, when in fact the murder rate in Chi
In "Eight Forty-Eight's" new series, Mayor Mondays, the show explores life in Chicago, how it’s changed under Mayor Richard M. Daley and how it will change under new leadership. Over the past few weeks, "Eight Forty-Eight" talked about food and health.