|Formerly known as||Milwaukee Kings 1970s-present and Maniac Milwaukee Kings 1992-1995|
|Colors||Black and orange|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Puerto Rican)|
|Symbols||Rounded crown, king head with teardrop in right eye, Jack-O-Lantern, circle with curved line horizontally through it, 13-11, pitchfork 1980-1995|
|Affiliation||Folks since 1980|
|Founding neighborhood||River West section of West Town neighborhood|
|Main neighborhood||Belmont - Cragin, Riis Park|
The Milwaukee Kings’ story goes back to the 1970s decade in the River West section of the West Town neighborhood. I am not sure the exact street corner where this all started on Milwaukee Ave but I heard it was either Milwaukee and Grand or Milwaukee and Ogden. Milwaukee Ave in River West was being controlled by the Latin Kings that had settled there beginning in the late 1960s and by the mid-1970s they completely dominated the area, it is even said these Latin Kings pushed the Gaylords out of their original hood.
In the late 1970s, the Latin Kings of Milwaukee Ave or at least some of them started to take on a set of their own and started distancing themselves from the rest of the Latin Kings. The leader among them was “Felipe” and it was said that these Kings were crazy and loved to party hard. These Latin Kings called their set the “Milwaukee Kings” and they also hung out in the suburb of Blue Island which is located near the far south west side of Chicago. It got to the point where the rest of the Latin Kings were getting sick of how the Milwaukee Kings were acting like they were a separate gang. They were calling themselves Milwaukee Kings instead of Latin Kings and they were recruiting in River West and Blue Island for their own benefit. The Latin Kings eventually confronted the Milwaukee Kings and told them to get in line and start being Latin Kings and give up the Milwaukee King stuff or be killed. Felipe defied them and a war ensued that resulted in the Milwaukee Kings either leaving the Latin Kings or getting kicked out of the organization, anyway, the Milwaukee Kings became their own gang by the year 1980 and asked to join the Folk nation alliance and somehow it was immediately approved. Now the Milwaukee Kings had their own colors of black and orange and their own symbol of a king head with a rounded crown. The Milwaukee Kings also moved off of Milwaukee Ave and landed at Huron and Noble moving them west of the Kennedy Expressway in the southern West Town area where the gang fought with the C-Notes. The MKs were also taken right into the Folk nation alliance by 1980.
During the 1980s, the Milwaukee Kings grew in numbers and gained notoriety fast. The MKs soon opened at Chestnut and Noble (Eckhart Park) in the Noble Square section of West Town. Before long, the MKs spread into the Logan Square neighborhood where they multiplied and took turf around Riis Park in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood from Fullerton Ave to Altgeld and Marmora to Meade “M-Town.”
In the year 1991, the Spanish Cobras, Latin Disciples and Imperial Gangsters began to feud over drug territory and by 1992 they were in a state of a three way gang war. These bigger gangs approached all their smaller allies like the Milwaukee Kings and told them they had to choose which of the three they would be allied with while you would have to go to war with the other two. The Milwaukee Kings were closer to the Latin Disciples so they sided with the Disciples. The Latin Disciples then created the “Maniac Familia” and took on the official name “Maniac Latin Disciples.” Any gang that sided with the MLDs had to carry the first name of “Maniac” and that is when the Milwaukee Kings became the “Maniac Milwaukee Kings.” Now the Milwaukee Kings would begin a war with the Spanish Cobras and the Insane Familia gangs and the “Almighty” gangs that are allied with the Imperial Gangsters.
In the year 1993, high ranking members “Kono” and “Jey Dogg” from the Huron and Noble section traveled to the Grant Works section of the suburb of Cicero at 21st and 51st Court. The Milwaukee Kings were immediately not welcomed there as they went to war with nearby People nation gangs like Bishops, Noble Knights, Latin Counts and Twelfth Street Players. The MKs also got into it badly with La Raza and the Two Two Boys who were both fellow Folk nation gangs. Reinforcements were needed at this new turf so Kono and Jey Dogg cleared out of Noble and Huron and brought soldiers such as M Dogg, Sandman, HecDog, Roc, Roger, Mayo, and Trenchcoat into Cicero instead. The gang war was intense in Cicero and this led the Milwaukee Kings transforming into a more violent organization than ever.
After Huron and Noble closed down, Chestnut and Noble closed down and the MKs left southern West Town focusing more on Riis Park in Logan Square. The Cicero MKs “CMKs” were now becoming a prime target of Cicero police which caused members to end up in jail and prison. More trouble came in October of 1994 when the Milwaukee Kings and Satan Disciples got into it in the city which led to members of the Satan Disciples killing a Milwaukee King gang member, now the MKs had another war with a Folk nation gang. In the meantime in Cicero things got worse when Milwaukee Kings were now also at war with the Gangsters Disciples. The Cicero MKs then wanted to establish a close alliance with the Two Sixs. Older members from Chicago warned the CMKs to not make this deal and it would bring trouble but the CMKs did not listen and let Two Sixs share their turf. Two Sixs were the bigger gang and expected the MKs to just disappear after a little while and this resulted in another interalliance gang war for the MKs. The only ally left the MKs had in Cicero were the MLDs but that would soon change.
In 1995, the Maniac Latin Disciples began imposing heavier taxes on their fellow Maniacs and also began infringing on their drug turf, this led to a major uprising within the Maniacs as some of the gangs began disbanding from the Maniac title. The Latin Eagles, Latin Lovers, Latin Jivers and Milwaukee Kings all left the Maniacs. The Eagles went to the Almighty family while Latin Lovers turned Insane. The Jivers and MKs went their own way and went under nothing. The Latin Jivers then became the one and only allies the MKs had on the north side, in Cicero the MKs had no allies and this led to the demise of the CMKs. Too many incarcerations from Cicero police brought down the leadership of CMKs and the rest of CMK had too many gang wars to fight without their leadership and the operation shut down, Cicero turned out to be a bad investment.
The Milwaukee Kings have only lost one piece of territory, Shubert and Fairfield but all of “M-Town” has stayed in tact because MKs have ferociously defended it. The MKs have been known to be one of the more ruthless organizations that does not need allies to survive as long as police do not target them too heavily like they did in Cicero.
Please send in old school pics. 1970s or 1980s pics will be especially appreciated!
- What exact year did this branch open up as a LK faction?
- What exact year did the Latin King branch officially break off and become Milwaukee Kings?
- What caused the MKs to break away from the Latin Kings back in the 70s?
- What street corner did the break off MKs first form at?
- What happened to Felipe? What year was he out of power?
- What was the time line of leaders after Felipe and up to the year 2000?
- What year did Shubert and Fairfield fall and why?
- What year did Cicero close in the 1990s?
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