Cook County Board of Commissioners Approves Two Referenda on the November Ballot

by Mary C. Piemonte


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On the November ballot, voters in the 2014 general election in Cook County will be asked “whether they support banning the sale of assault weapons and requiring universal background checks for firearm transfers; and whether they believe the State should provide more funding for mental health treatment,” according to Cook County Board of Commissioners.

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Chicago Vice Lords Gang Members Charged with “Alleged” Drug Sales

by Mary C. Piemonte U.S Attorney Zachary Fardon talking about Chicago crime during a symposim at Northwestern University Law School in mid February 2014.

Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, talking about Chicago crime during a symposium on the national war on drugs at Northwestern University Law School in mid-February 2014. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Kenneth Shoulders, suspected to be a high-ranking member of the Conservative Vice Lords, was among 26 other gang members of that sect charged last month “for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin and crack cocaine” in the neighborhood just north of Douglas Park on the city’s west side” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The alleged illegal drug activities occurred south of the Interstate 290 Eisenhower Expressway corridor that has been referred to as the “Heroin Highway,” according to the DEA, “because of the accessibility it provides to city and suburban heroin customers.”

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