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Zeroing In on Police Leaders and Politicians

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
Josmar Trujillo

The reason that protesters in Chicago are now intensifying their anger, with some now getting arrested, is because they sense corruption not just around the McDonald case and not just around the department, but around the entire system.

Rahm and His Aldermen Must Go for a New Chicago to Begin

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 12.01.2015 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Let's cut to the chase: Laquan McDonald's shooting and video are the wake up call to all Chicagoans that we need a New Chicago. A new mayor and a new city council.

On Laquan McDonald, Wisps of Smoke and Slivers of Change

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 11.29.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Slivers of change amidst substantial continuity illustrate the ongoing need to fight for a more just and open city whose streets far too often have been soaked with the blood of young black men, including one whose life literally went up in puffs of smoke.

Rahm Emanuel’s Learning What Happens When You Ignore Half The City

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing mounting criticism from activists and allies of the black community who say he should be held accountable for del...

This Isn't 'Police Brutality' -- This Is Guantanamo

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Was the creation of a domestic Guantanamo-style "black site" made inevitable by the Pentagon's practice of unloading military surplus weapons on local police departments? Maybe -- but it's remarkable how many inevitable things can be avoided if the people in charge just refuse to misbehave.

Two Years Later, Chicago Recalls Hadiya Pendleton's Promise

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul

The national sense of urgency over the reckless violence that two years ago yesterday took the life of an honor roll student like Hadiya Pendleton -- who just a week earlier had performed at President Obama's inauguration -- has vanished. Yet there are signs of change here in Chicago, however gradual.

Police Accountability After Ferguson

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 10.21.2014 | Crime
Deborah Jacobs

Improving policing in departments with entrenched cultures has proven a challenging endeavor. Departmental culture plays a defining role in how police officers conduct their work, and it flows from the top, or, as they say, rots from the head.

Raising the Dead in Chicago

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 09.29.2014 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

I've been out here long enough to know that after the politicians and cameras are gone; after the communal outrage subsides; I know that the culture of death still presides.

Superintendent McCarthy 'All Bark and No Bite'

Tio Hardiman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy has failed to deliver in the category of reducing homicides in Chicago. McCarthy arrived in Chicago in mid-2011 to take over as Superintendent after Supt. Jody Weiss resigned.

College Student Vanishes At O'Hare Airport

Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime

Law enforcement and other officials are working to locate a missing Illinois college student who disappeared after checking his luggage at O'Hare Inte...

How a 47.1 Percent Increase in Homicides Becomes 2

Kyle Hillman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Chicago homicides spiked by 47.1 percent over April 2013, shootings up 65 percent, but if you opened up the news today you will likely see none of that. Instead the city awakened to yet another "not so bad" article about how crime is really down.

Is The Tide Turning On Chicago's Homicide Rate?

Posted 12.02.2013 | Chicago

Chicago police say the homicide rate so far in 2013 is down 20 percent from last year when the city logged more than 500 homicides. In a sit-down ...

Mandatory Minimums Will Not Solve Chicago's Epidemic of Gun Violence

John Maki | Posted 12.14.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

The question the public and lawmakers need to address is who would you rather meet on the streets of Chicago?

Top Cop Calls War On Drugs 'Wholesale Failure'

Posted 05.24.2013 | Chicago

Story by Ted Cox, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: RIVER NORTH — Chicago's top cop called the U.S. war on drugs "a wholesale failure" Thursday and said ...

Man Gunned Down On His Bike Among 10 Shot Overnight

Posted 05.09.2013 | Chicago

Ricky Robertson was riding his bike in Chicago's Washington Heights neighborhood on a warm Wednesday night when someone in a passing car opened fire a...

CPD Blows Through Two-Thirds Of Overtime Budget In 3 Months

Posted 05.03.2013 | Chicago

With many Chicago police officers working extra hours as part of an initiative targeting some of the city's most violence-plagued neighborhoods, the e...

25 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago, Homicides Down

Posted 04.02.2013 | Chicago

Twenty-five people were wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago amid news that the city's homicide rate in March was down 69 percent from ...

McCarthy Announces Police Foot Patrols Targeting High-Crime Areas

Posted 03.26.2013 | Chicago

While Chicago's top cop is crediting a new strategy of police swarming high-crime areas of the city with last month's decreased homicide rate, he hope...

Report: Proposed Gun Law Could Overcrowd Prisons, Cost Millions

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Proposed legislation some Chicago powers that be see as a much-needed tool to help bring down the city's well-publicized homicide rate could have a nu...

Police Arrest 38 Alleged Gang Members In Drug Bust

Posted 03.03.2013 | Chicago

Chicago police busted up two South Side drug operations and arrested 38 suspected gang members to close out a pair of targeted missions earlier this w...

Why Chicago Won't Stop the Killings: In Police Work, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Robert Maranto | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago
Robert Maranto

So long as politics trumps performance, it makes more sense for Superintendent McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel to play the blame game than fight crime. In police politics, if you want to keep your job, nothing fails like success.

McCarthy: Man Killed By Police Was Holding Flashlight

Posted 12.16.2012 | Chicago

Story by Geoff Ziezulewicz, courtesy Chicago: Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said an officer shot and killed a man in Back of the...

Homicides Hit 435, 2011 Total, With 2 Months To Go

Posted 10.29.2012 | Chicago

During a weekend that saw at least six people killed in gun violence and another 14 wounded, homicides this year in Chicago hit 435, matching last yea...

10 Shot Overnight, Rahm Announces Federal Help With Crime Fight

Posted 08.31.2012 | Chicago

On the heels of an evening when at least 10 people were wounded in shootings in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that additional federal support ...

At Least 46 Shot Over The Weekend Citywide

Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago

As summer begins to wind down heading into the Labor Day holiday, the United States' third-largest city experienced one of its most deadly weekends of...