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Federal prosecutors announced sweeping indictments Tuesday against 15 alleged members of a Peoria street gang, including charges in the death of a Bradley University student.

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The long, hot, violent summer  plaguing several Chicago south and west side neighborhoods continues.  

Last weekend alone, there were more than 50 shootings, nine of them fatal.

One of the victims was 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of Chicago Bulls player Dwyane Wade. A mother of four, Aldridge was killed in a gang crossfire as she pushed one of her children in a stroller along a city street.

Many in the city were still grieving the death the previous weekend of Abner Garcia, a 23-year-old Army veteran and volunteer who counseled teens against joining gangs.

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Cook County Juvenile Judge Colleen Sheehan is pushing a plan to establish a series of alternative "restorative justice" courts in Chicago that she hopes will become a model system for the state.

Speaking on GLT's "Sound Ideas," Sheehan said the restorative justice courts would be located in communities where many juvenile crimes occur. The model focuses on having teens take responsibility for their actions and make reparation.

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Chicago has experienced a  70 percent increase in gun violence so far this year. What happens to the people left behind --the survivors -- and those who live in daily terror of the cross fires? 

Part Two of our series on Chicago's struggle with guns and gangs explores how a group called Chicago Survivors helps those left behind.

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Chicago is looking ahead to what may be one of its most violent summers on record. Incidents of gun violence are already running 70 percent higher than last year.

More Arrests In Peoria Murder Of Teen

Oct 23, 2015

Peoria police have arrested two more suspects in the slaying of a 14-year-old Peoria boy who was shot to death during a home invasion this month. 18-year-old Kiangelo G. Marshall and a 17-year-old whose identity was not released because of his age were arrested Thursday in Fulton County by the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Both were charged with murder and home invasion - the same charged facing four other suspects who had previously been arrested. The other suspects have appeared in court and their bonds were each set at $2 million. Tommie T.