County suit targets 3rd street gang


DUPAGE - DuPage County has filed a civil suit against a street gang active in West Chicago and Addison, the third such suit filed against gangs by the county.

DuPage County State's Atty. Joseph Birkett contends that the Surenos gang, also known as the Thirteens, has "permeated neighborhoods and schools to the point where no child is immune to their presence."

Birkett was the first in Illinois to use a state law that allows such civil lawsuits when he sued the Satan Disciples operating in West Chicago in 1999. He sued the Latin Kings in Addison in 2006. Birkett claims that the legal action disrupts their criminal activity.

The latest lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting 14 specific categories of activities closely associated with gangs and demands unspecified monetary damages from 26 named defendants.