U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk joined Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in urging mandatory minimums for gun violations.
ANALYSIS: 89 shooting victims this year would have been in jail under harsher penalties pushed by cops.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not back down from his call for a three-year sentence for gun violations.
A toy drive sponsored by the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation aims to bring Christmas joy to kids in need.
The slain teen's mother reacted when Michael Ward and Kenneth Williams were brought to court.
Lawrence Sellers and Donald Murphy survived bullet wounds but face emotional injuries in the aftermath.
Hadiya Pendleton's dad, Nathaniel Pendleton, was guest of honor and top chef at the Real Men Cook fest.
Nathaniel Pendleton said cooking relaxes him and helps him deal with the death of his daughter.
CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy added that focusing on "hot-people policing" has worked in Englewood, Lawndale.
In a TV interview, the senator said he wants to toss members of the gang into Thomson prison.
The Republican Illinois senator has broken from his party to support stricter gun laws.
As Kirk breaks ranks with the GOP, he tells of Potomac excursions where "ties might get loosened."
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