Home to countless gangs and even more subsets, Chicago is widely regarded as the birthplace of gangbanging. Naturally, that activity spills over into other parts of the state. In efforts to offset the cost of actually fighting a local gang, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon is taking the steps to sue members of the Spanish Vice Lords in Elgin, IL. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from 16 alleged members of the gang “in an effort to reduce their criminal activities and impede members’ ability to freely operate within the public,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
The civil suit filed by McMahon seeks unspecified damages from the SVL “for past damage and financial losses,” that they have allegedly caused. The suit was filed on behalf of the city of Elgin under the 1993 Illinois Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act. The Tribune elaborates:
The latest suit names specific gang members and the gang itself, the release stated. It seeks to prohibit the named gang members from congregating in public, and it addresses such documented behavior as the unlawful possession and use of weapons, and illicit narcotics, graffiti, violent behavior, witness harassment and other activities generally associated with street gangs, it stated.
“These lawsuits are an example of the proactive work we can do to take a bite out of gang activity to make our streets safer for law-abiding citizens, and also to drive these criminal gangs out of our communities,” said McMahon. “We are pleased with the effectiveness of the previous lawsuits, and we will continue to seek opportunities to improve the quality of life for the people of Kane County.”