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Fighting gun violence in Chicago with trees, rakes and cleanup crews

The city is spending millions to beautify the public spaces where shootings are most likely to occur. It’s a strategy research has found can help fight crime as well as neighborhood blight.

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‘Motive’ Episode 1: A shooting from a Mercedes

Meet Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, a Chicago man who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he swore he didn’t commit. With $25 million from a wrongful-conviction lawsuit, T.J. bought a gang. “Motive” is his story.

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‘Motive’ Podcast: Who’s Who

A character map of the key players in the Sun-Times/WBEZ podcast Motive.

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5 charged in Crestwood drug raid

Officers raided a home in the 13400 block of West Circle Drive Thursday and found nearly four pounds of cannabis, Orland Park police said.

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A database of FBI files on people with Chicago and Illinois ties

The Sun-Times has compiled a database of FBI records on notable people with ties to Illinois, including politicians, gangsters and religious leaders. Keep checking back for updates.

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Shots fired outside Music Box Club in Niles

A male fired a "small handgun" towards the club after an altercation ocurred inside, police said.

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Armed robberies reported in Lawndale: police

In both cases, the suspects hit someone with a handgun before taking their property, police said.

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Burglars target businesses on North, NW sides: police

Burglars smashed a window to get into the businesses in each case, police said.

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Indiana man accused of pointing gun at motorist while driving on I-394

Ryan Elderson allegedly pointed a gun at a 33-year-old driver while southbound on I-394, authorities said.

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Suspect threatens residents before taking money in Naperville home invasion: police

The male suspect entered a home through the open garage door and threatened the people inside.

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South Side robbers hit people on the head before taking property: police

The robberies happened in South Shore and Park Manor earlier this month, police said.

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Boy, 14, shot in Englewood

He was walking with a group of people just before midnight when shots rang out from an unknown direction.

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Concealed-carry holder, robber both killed in shootout in Roseland

Another suspect in the attempted robbery was being sought police in the shooting, which also wounded a 51-year-old man inside the business.

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Man fatally stabbed in Aurora: police

Police said the man was stabbed multiple times in the 600 block of Hinman Street.

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Hit-and-run driver ditches injured passenger, flees Antioch crash

Officers found the driver of the Kia Sorento hiding in a garage in the 42300 block of Willow Street, police said.

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Suspect shot, in custody after shooting of Chicago police officer in West Englewood

Michael Blackman, 45, allegedly shot an officer Saturday after police tried to arrest him in connection with the shooting of a 29-year-old woman in the Fulton River District earlier in the week.

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2 charged with mail, identity theft in Orland Park

Jeanetta Roland and Aubrey Marshall, both 20 years old, were found with a black nylon bag full of unopened mail from nearby businesses in their vehicle, police said.

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2 CPD officers injured after being dragged by vehicle in Douglas

The officers were conducting a pat-down on a man suspected of carrying a gun inside of a White Castle restaurant when the man ran off and fled in a vehicle.

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Pair of apartment burglaries reported in Lawndale: police

In each case, the suspect forced their way into an apartment through the window, police said.

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Countryside Bank branch robbed in Burbank

A man walked up to a teller and handed them a note demanding money.

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Woman charged with promoting prostitution from Northbrook massage parlor

Olga Bondar, 34, was arrested after a tip led officers to a massage parlor in the 1900 block of Shermer Road.

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Boy sexually assaulted in bathroom at Humboldt Park: police

A boy was in the bathroom around 7 p.m. Friday when a male walked in and touched the boy inappropriately.

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Woman, man wounded in Little Village drive-by

They were in the 2300 block of South St. Louis Avenue when someone in a dark-colored sedan fired shots, police said.

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Woman found with gunshot wounds to the face in West Garfield Park: police

Officers found the 25-year-old in the driver’s seat of a vehicle after responding to a ShotSpotter alert.

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Woman, 21, wounded in Back of the Yards drive-by

She was in the 5400 block of South Laflin Street when someone in a vehicle fired shots, police said.

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3 shot, including two 14-year-olds, in Lawndale

They were standing on a sidewalk about 8:45 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Arthington before the shooting.

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Woman inside Grand Crossing home struck by gunfire

She was taken to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to her leg, police said.

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Man charged in fatal Chatham shooting

Wesley Wright, 29, was allegedly arguing with Anthony Allen on Sept. 11 in the 7500 block of South Evans when he pulled out a handgun and shot him in the face.

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Video shows SUV driving inside Woodfield Mall, crashing through displays

‘Get down, get out,’ one worker told a relative in the mall. ‘There’s a car inside.’

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Parolee who viciously slashed DePaul grad went on week-long robbery, carjacking spree: prosecutors

Adam Bramwell is facing 11 felony counts, including attempted murder, in the spree, in which a victim lost 2 liters of blood.

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2 teen boys wounded in separate Brighton Park shootings

A 15-year-old was shot in the 4100 block of South California Avenue, while a 17-year-old was shot 10 minutes later in the 4300 block of South Washtenaw Avenue, police said.

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Top cop scolded by Police Board for ‘insulting’ failure to deliver report

Police Board President Ghian Foreman clashed with Supt. Eddie Johnson’s decision at Thursday night’s meeting.

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Antioch man gets 15 years for enticing teen girls into sex

Casey Ireland, 36, pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony counts of enticement and attempted enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.