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ALMIGHTY BISHOPS

PEOPLE

MOSTLY LATINO

CATHOLIC CROSS W/ SLASHES / 5PT STAR

BISHOPS HAT

Bs / Bz / BN

BLACK  /  COPPER

BLACK AND COPPER ALWAYS PROPER

UNKNOWN


The Bishops formed in the 1960s as a Baseball team called the Bishops; however, they were not an actual gang at that time but simply a baseball team.  Team mates used to wear T-shirts and windbreakers with Bishop symbols on them that Bishops still use to this day.  In the year 1970 they became a faction of Latin Counts on the corner of 18th and Bishop as a strategic move by the Latin Counts to surround the Ambrose’s neighborhood and later on prepare for an invasion.  There were two gangs that were created by the Latin Counts for this move one was the Latin Brothers the other was the Bishops.  The two gangs were created as a way to confuse Ambrose, Latin Kings, and Satan Disciples in the neighborhood into thinking that Bishops and LBs were two new gangs separate from the Latin Counts; therefore, Ambrose would not find the need to launch full scale war on Bishops and LBs, this would help set the stage for an all out Latin Count invasion later on and the Bishops and LBs would have to join the fight.  After just four months Ambrose figured out what was going on and Butler who was leader of Latin Brothers was killed, which caused Latin Brothers to relocate and become a separate nation, while the Bishops remained where they were.  After this Bishops remained a Latin Count faction that acted independently and carried there own colors and symbols, but they fought alongside Counts and the force of the two gangs combined was known as the BCN (Bishop/Count nation).  Some original Bishops from 1970 were Lil Mike, Bobby Bull, Bobby Bear, and Blackie.   In 1978 when the People nation first formed, the Latin Counts were asked to become People and the Counts accepted, this meant that the Bishops were to accept.  In the 1980s Counts and Bishops invaded the suburb of Cicero and took a lot of territory especially in the Grant Works section.  In the year 1991 a verbal dispute broke out between a Bishop and a Latin Count.  The Bishop threatened the Count and left later that night he returned and shot up the Count’s house, in the process the Latin Counts girlfriend caught a bullet right through the heart.  After this the Counts killed a Bishop and the war began.  Because of this war the BCN was severed and the Bishops became a separate nation entirely.  Bishops are known to be a very violent street gang that has a reputation for violence.  In recent years many of Bishop neighborhoods have been changed as a result of gentrification.  A few years ago one could go through the Bishop's neighborhood and it was Latino with older buildings, in recent years the city of Chicago had those buildings destroyed and have been replaced by expensive apartments that house Yuppies or other rich people.

 

 


              The Locations of the ALMIGHTY BISHOPS were submitted by a "member" of this organzation

. Pilsen Neighborhood :
.16th to 21st & Ashland to Damen
. 18th & Desplaines
. 18th & Paulina
. 18th St. & Halsted
. 18th St. & Wood
 
37th & Wallace
 
. Cermak Rd. & 61st Ave. , Cicero,IL
 
. Quad Cities :
. East Moline,IL
. Moline,IL
. Rock Island,IL
 
. Davenport,Ia
 
 
FORMER LOCATIONS
 
. Pilsen Neighborhood :
. 18th to 19th & Bishop
 
. 21st & California
. 37th & Lituanica (Donavan Park)
. 40th & Sacramento
. 51st to 52nd & Maplewood
. 53rd & Wolcott
 
. Berwyn,IL
. Bolingbrook,IL
 
 
 
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