Activist Hal Baskin dies at 66

Hal Baskin

Crusader Staff Report

Hal Baskin, who became a community activist in Englewood after turning his life around as a former gang member, has died. He was 66.

The Cook County medical examiner pronounced Baskin dead Friday morning at his home in Englewood after his wife found him unresponsive.

“Hal was a true friend, confidant, and advisor. Words cannot express the amount of respect, love, and regard I have for Hal and his family,” said Congressman Bobby L. Rush on Twitter. “I am completely shocked and absolutely devastated by his untimely death.”

Other friends and leaders remain shocked over Baskin’s untimely death.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson tweeted, “Rest in heavenly peace #HalBaskin.”

At 19, Baskin left the gang and led P.E.A.C.E., which stands for People Educated Against Crime in Englewood.

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  1. thanks for giving Mr. Baskin for shout well earned. Mr. Baskin took a gangbanger, glue sniffing, 9th grade drop out, gun carrying young black man off the street. Hal took that young black man and gave him a position in the community when everyone else gave him lies. Now that same young black man has retired from a city job , and retired from a county job. Two pensions for the rest of my life! THANK YOU HAL BASKIN


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