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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Illinois leads the nation in gang members

Daily Herald | Officials unveil Lake County's most-wanted gang members
"Illinois leads the nation in per capita gang members, fueled in part by the growth of suburban street gangs," Kirk said. "As violent gangs are pushed out of Chicago, they are relocating to the northern suburbs."

They asked the public to call the sheriff's office with information they have about people on the list, and stressed public cooperation is critical.

Since it originated last year, the most wanted list has led to the arrest of 17 fugitives. It is repopulated after each time a suspect is apprehended. They asked the public to call the sheriff's office with information they have about people on the list, and stressed public cooperation is critical.
Gang members should be prepared to get what they give, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said Monday.
As part of releasing an updated list of the "worst of the worst" gang members in the county, including two wanted for murder, Curran said the intensity of violence will be countered by the intensity of the law.
"Gangs are responsible for all of the drug dealing and most of the violence in Lake County," Curran said. "They have basically declared war on society, and we are declaring war on them."
U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk joined Curran for a news conference at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms headquarters in Chicago to showcase the latest "Top Ten Most Wanted" gang members list.
Included on the list are Edward Perez, a former Gurnee resident wanted in a 2004 murder of a rival gang member, and Jose Pedro Delgado, a Waukegan man charged with a 2003 murder.

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