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19 killed, 63 wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence

Chicago Police officers cross the street in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Associated Press

June 1, 2020

Nineteen people were killed and at least 63 others were wounded by gun violence in Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year so far, the Chicago-Sun-Times reported. More than half of the weekend’s victims were shot on Sunday following violent protests Saturday night that led to hundreds of arr...

Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

Associated Press

May 26, 2020

Nine people were killed and another 27 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago as of early Monday, already marking the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in the city since 2015. Chicago police increased patrols and community organizations deployed mediators to neighborhood “hot spots" to try to stem...

Chicago police plan more holiday, summer weekend patrols

Under Lightfoot's discretion, there has been a higher presence of CPD in CTA stations.

Associated Press

May 24, 2020

Chicago Police are increasing patrols and other agencies will help staff a new operations center beginning this weekend as the Memorial Day holiday marks a traditional summer kickoff. Police often reports spikes in violent crime during summer weekends and holidays, and Superintendent David Brown said...

No silver bullet for explaining rise in Lincoln Park crime

Under Lightfoot's discretion, there has been a higher presence of CPD in CTA stations.

Bianca Cseke, Online Managing Editor

March 8, 2020

On a chilly February night, Lincoln Park residents and area police huddle near the entrance of the North & Clybourn Red Line stop. Some have their dogs with them, some brought their children and some — who don’t appear to belong to media organizations — are filming the event on their cellpho...

Lori Lightfoot addresses CTA crime as cases rise

Chicago police at the Jackson Red Line CTA stop.

Madi Garcia, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a plan to fight crime on the CTA on Friday, Feb. 28. The announcement comes after several high-profile crimes over the last month. The new initiative will add an additional 50 police officers to patrol CTA platforms, stations, trains and bus stops, bringing the tot...

Charges dropped against man shot by Chicago cop at Grand station

This Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 image from cellphone video shows Chicago police officers trying to apprehend a suspect inside a downtown Chicago train station. After a struggle with police, the suspect was shot as he fled up the escalator with the officers in pursuit. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said video footage of police shooting and wounding the suspect is “extremely disturbing” and that she supports the interim police superintendent's request for prosecutors to be sent directly to the scene.

Associated Press

March 2, 2020

A man shot and seriously wounded by a Chicago police officer in a downtown train station won't face charges, as prosecutors on Sunday dropped the criminal case stemming from an incident captured on bystander video and shared widely. Cook County prosecutors moved to drop resisting arrest and criminal...

Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike

Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike

Associated Press

February 29, 2020

A spike in crime on Chicago's rail system and some recent high profile outbursts of violence has prompted the city's police department to put 50 more officers in trains and on platforms and assign four detectives to investigate nothing but Chicago Transit Authority crimes, officials announced Friday. Hours...

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

Actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2020, where he plead not guilty to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself and falsely reporting it to police.

Associated Press

February 24, 2020

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police that the phony attack was real. His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the not guilty pleas...

Donna More addresses concerns about North Side crime

Donna More is running for Cook County State’s Attorney.

Emily Reilly, Contributing Writer

February 23, 2020

Cook County State’s Attorney candidate, Donna More, hosted a public forum last Tuesday night to promote her campaign. As a Georgetown University Law graduate, More began her law career handling appeals at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Later in her career, she moved to the Illinois Gamin...

Loop crime escalates

Two Chicago police officers convene at the Jackson Red Line stop.

Nate Burleyson and Cailey Gleeson

February 23, 2020

Following last Monday’s shooting that killed 24-year-old Edward Charleston and injured two others in the tunnel connecting the Jackson Red and Blue Lines, police charged 23-year-old Torrez Cathery on Friday.  Cathery was found in Oak Park. The suspect has 22 prior arrests on his record, according...

Shooting at Jackson Red Line stop kills one, injures two

The CTA says they will add over 1,000 cameras at CTA locations, including cameras at every one of the 146 L stops.  (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

February 17, 2020

A man was killed and two others injured in a shooting early Monday morning in the tunnel connecting Blue and Red line Jackson stops, according to the Chicago Police Department. The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. in the 200 block of South Dearborn Street, police said. The man pronounced dea...

Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago

In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources.

Associated Press

February 11, 2020

Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself in downtown Chicago, renewing a divisive criminal case that drew worldwide attention last year. The indictment came from a special prosecutor...

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