The Kane County State's Attorney's Office has filed a civil lawsuit against 79 members of an Elgin street gang. The lawsuit is requesting that an injunction is granted prohibiting the gang members from associating with or contacting other gang members. The lawsuit was filed on September 8 and most defendants have been personally served with the lawsuit. If the injunction is granted, if gang members are caught associating with other gang members, they risk being arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Once they are placed under arrest they can be searched and other charges may develop if something illegal is found on them. They also will face the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction which could carry a jail sentence of up to one year in jail. The lawsuit also seeks unspecified monetary damages for the harm caused by the gang activity. The lawsuit specifically refers to eight specific crimes that were committed between 1998 and 2008 including two murders, aggravated batteries with firearms, aggravated unlawful use of weapons by felons, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated batteries.
DuPage County has filed four similar lawsuits involving gangs operating in Assison and West Chicago and Boone County has also filed a similar lawsuit.
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