Fostering victims of violence

Five days before his birthday, an 18-year-old was walking down the street on his way to play basketball. Around 7 p.m., shots rang out, and he was hit and left there to die. A passerby found him, and he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head. The 18-year-old, whose name is withheld in an official report, is among 63 gun-related homicide victims whose cases had been investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for alleged abuse or neglect. These gun-related homicides accounted for 28 percent of 223 deaths recorded among DCFS-involved children between 2000 and 2011, shows a Chicago Reporter analysis of death reports and investigations by the DCFS Office of the Inspector General.

Chinese top Chicago asylum caseload

The news: Days before Hilary Rodham Clinton’s May arrival in China, blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng sought protection at the U.S. Embassy after escaping house arrest. Instead of asylum, he was granted a visa and passport to study law at New York University. Behind the news: Chicago’s seven immigration judges heard 2,844 asylum cases and granted asylum to 1,621 seekers between fiscal years 2005 and 2010. An average of 12.8 percent of each judge’s asylum caseload involved Chinese applicants, according to a Chicago Reporter analysis of federal data maintained by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse project. Albanian applicants took up the next highest caseload, with 5.9 percent, followed by Iraqis and Pakistanis, who made up 4.5 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.