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Nation Feb 18Report slams Chicago response to unrest after Floyd’s death
The Office of Inspector General concludes that the department's top brass was woefully unprepared for the violence that erupted and did not provide officers on the front lines of the violence with nearly enough guidance of what they should be…
Education Feb 10Union approves deal with Chicago school district to return to class
The vote by the union’s roughly 25,000 members ends the possibility of an immediate teacher lockout or strike.
Nation Jan 27States lift restrictions gradually amid fears of new coronavirus variant
While the easing could cause case rates to rise, health experts say it can work if done in a measured way.
Nation Oct 15Chicago officer sues former chief for sexual harassment
The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Cynthia Donald alleges that Johnson sexually harassed her during a three-year period, pressured her and forced her to engage in sexual acts and texted nude photographs of himself to her.
Politics Aug 15Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, ‘Big Jim,’ dies at 84
Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson has died. He was 84. Thompson was known as “Big Jim” during a long career that eventually made him the state’s longest-serving chief executive. His wife, Jayne, told the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago…
Nation Aug 10Over 100 arrested in Chicago during unrest following police shooting
Police Superintendent David Brown said it “was not an organized protest” but instead “an incident of pure criminality” that began following the shooting of a person by police the previous day in the city's Englewood neighborhood.
Nation Jul 22Violence, protests, arrival of federal agents put Chicago on edge
Amid a surge in gun violence and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, the nation's third-largest city is on edge, waiting for possible greater tension in the form of a plan by President Donald Trump to dispatch dozens…
Nation Jun 291,200 extra Chicago cops to be deployed over July 4 weekend
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown says he'll put 1,200 extra cops on the street during the July 4 weekend in the hopes of stemming the surge in violence that typically comes with the holiday weekend.
Health Jun 27As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well
Many rural counties in states including California, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Florida have seen their confirmed cases more than double in a week, from June 19 to Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Nation May 26Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago
Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015. The 10 deaths are a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city.