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Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:36 AM

McCarthy Denies DOJ Claim He Was Unavailable During Probe

As the U.S. Justice Department unleashed its long-awaited findings detailing constitutional rights violations by the Chicago Police Department, one person was notably missing from the report – former police... Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 6:52 PM

DOJ Finds Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by CPD

The U.S. Justice Department has found that the Chicago Police Department violated constitutional rights by engaging in a "pattern or practice of use of excessive force," Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced... Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Read the Full DOJ Report on Chicago Police

Read the Full DOJ Report on Chicago Police

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced that it found the Chicago Police Department violated constitutional rights by engaging in a "pattern or practice of use of excessive force." Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 7:05 PM

Illinois House Republican Leader Durkin Sends Message

Illinois House Republican Leader Durkin Sends Message

As the 100th General Assembly was sworn into office in Springfield on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin used his opportunity to speak to issue a challenge to longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Official: Justice Report on Chicago Cops to Find Violations

Official: Justice Report on Chicago Cops to Find Violations

The U.S. Justice Department will conclude in a report to be released Friday that the Chicago Police Department displayed a pattern and practice of violating residents' constitutional rights over years, a... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Inaugural Parade Performers Include Midwest Groups

Inaugural Parade Performers Include Midwest Groups

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has released what it’s calling the “initial list” of groups who will participate in the Inaugural parade. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Illinois Communities Set Their Own Marijuana Fines

Illinois Communities Set Their Own Marijuana Fines

More communities in Illinois are adopting their own penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana now that the state has eliminated the possibility of jail time. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Judge Asked to Rule on Spending of Schock Campaign Money

Judge Asked to Rule on Spending of Schock Campaign Money

A federal judge is being asked to rule on how former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock spends remaining campaign money as he awaits trial. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Judge Strikes Down Chicago Suburb's Right-to-Work Ordinance

Judge Strikes Down Chicago Suburb's Right-to-Work Ordinance

A federal judge has struck down a right-to-work law in Lincolnshire aimed at organized labor, ruling that federal law preempts the local ordinance. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Chicago Dem Michael Madigan Elected to a 17th Term

Chicago Dem Michael Madigan Elected to a 17th Term

Already the longest-serving state House speaker nationwide, Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan has been elected to a 17th term. Read »

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