The Latin Jivers started in the early 1980s in the northwest neighborhood of Humboldt park. The Jivers were started on the corner of Rockwell and Potomac. The Latino Stars, an Oldskool Chicago gang has history that goes as far back as the 1960s maybe even the 1950s. The Stars had sets within Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods on the north side of Chicago. By the early 1980s high ranking members of the Latino Stars were incarcerated which crippled the gang's operations severly. The Stars decided to disband the crew entirely. The Latino Stars had a heavy presence on the corner of Pierce and Paulina. Many older members retired while the younger Stars from Wicker Park chose to become Latin Jivers; However, some Stars become Harrison Gents or Milwaukee Kings. Soon the corner of Pierce and Paulina (Baller Side) became Jiver neighborhood. In the early 80s the Jivers had a presence from Augusta to North Ave/California to Rockwell: Crystal and Washtenaw; Washtenaw and Division. Members attended Clemente H.S and Von Humboldt Grade School.
In the early 1980s the Latin Jivers joined the Folk Nation and befriended such gangs as: YLOs and ULOs, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, Harrison Gents, Ashland Vikings, Gangsters Disciples, and Orchestra Albanies, and many other Folks. The Latin Jivers also established the pitchfork as one of their gang symbols in the early 80s as many Folks did. The Jivers began to fight with many of the neighboring gangs such as the Latin Kings, Insane Unknowns, Vice Lords, Warlords, and Spanish Lords, and other various People Nation gangs. The definition of Jiver is a deceiver or hustler which the Jivers primarily focused on in the early days. In 1990 the Latin Jivers joined the Maniac Familia that was created by the Maniac Latin Disciples. All throughout the early 90s the Jivers were in the Maniac alliance, being originally called Maniac Latin Jivers. Then by the mid-90s the Jivers began to dispute with the MLDz which led to the Jivers to split from the Maniac family and join the Spanish Cobras within the Insane familia which is how the Jivers adopted the moniker Insane.
Within a very short time high ranking Jivers began to feud with high ranking Cobras for unknown reasons which caused the Jivers to go renegade but they remained Folk. The Jivers kept the Insane moniker and it is rumored they kept the Insane to disrespect the Cobras. The Latin Jivers are now at war with Spanish Cobras, MLDs, Latin Kings, Noble Square GDs, and Conservative Vice Lords. The Jivers have suffered key incarcerations in recent years including 40 members incarcerated from Rockwell and Potomac alone! The arrests of high ranking members has damaged the gang's operations greatly, also gentrification within Jiver hoods is another cause of slowing of gang operations and loss of sets. The Jivers still have a presence in Wicker Park, Humboldt, and Pulaski Park. In 2003 three Latin Jivers made the news when they killed a Spanish Cobra. In 2004 a Jiver and MLD fight made the news when a Jiver pulled a gun and killed an MLD.