Chicago street gangs increasing presence in suburbs

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A child shot in Mount Prospect this past spring. Nearly two dozen gang members arrested by federal agents in suburbs from Streamwood to Wheeling. Tensions between rival gangs rise at Palatine High School.

All are a part of Chicago street gangs growing presence in the suburbs, according to law enforcement officials.

Once mainly the province of the streets of Chicago, gangs have moved into areas many may find hard to believe. Pick a suburb — north, south or west — and chances are there are gang influences.

That’s true in Rolling Meadows, where Bernice and Knut Marin moved in the mid-1950s.

For my family, this was home. Bobolink Lane is where we moved from Chicago when I was seven years old. It was my parent’s American dream.

Today, a few old friends remain on the block.  But according to Officer Roger Valdez of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, gang members now live in Rolling Meadows and the surrounding suburbs, too.

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