Billv and brushworks
I don't know why you keep repeating that guns are illegal in Chicago. You are wrong - they are legal and have been for a few years.
I also don't know why you keep repeating that there is no press devoted to this. Again, You are wrong. If you familiarize yourselves with chicagotribune.com or suntimes.com, you can read about this every day of the week.
But to really have a chance at starting to talk some truth, why not learn about the results of the Chicago Police succesfully catching and jailing the prior leaders of the Vice Lords and Latin Kings, to name 2. There's tons written on the subject of splinter gangs. With internet connections, you shouldn't have problems getting up to speed.
Brushworks, Hope you don't run into any flash gans if you are near Michigan Ave. Maybe the cold weather will work in your favor.