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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Former Chicago Police Commander Getting Out of Prison

If all goes as expected, Jon Burge, the former Chicago police commander whose name will forever be linked to police torture, will walk out of a North Carolina federal prison Thursday morning. He is expected... Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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By The Associated Press

State's High Court: Burge Can Keep Pension

State's High Court: Burge Can Keep Pension

Attorney General wanted to challenge police pension board concerning payments to former Chicago police commander convicted of perjury. Read »

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Burge Still Haunts Chicago

Opinion: Burge Still Haunts Chicago

Another ghost from one of the darkest chapters in Chicago history popped up again on Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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By The Associated Press

Judge Rules Daley Won't Testify in Torture Case

Judge Rules Daley Won't Testify in Torture Case

Judge Richard Walsh ruled Wednesday that lawyers for Stanley Wrice failed to connect Daley to the case. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel 'Sorry' About Burge Torture Cases

After Chicago aldermen signed off on a $12.3 million settlement in two more police-torture cases, Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for a "dark chapter" in the city's history. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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By Don Babwin

Chicago May Pay $12.3M for 2 Police Torture Cases

Chicago May Pay $12.3M for 2 Police Torture Cases

Chicago aldermen on Friday recommended paying a total of $12.3 million to two more victims of the notorious police torture scandal that has dogged the city for more than two decades and has already cost it more... Read »

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

City Settles 2 Burge Cases for $7.1M

City Settles 2 Burge Cases for $7.1M

The city of Chicago settled two huge torture cases Monday connected to former police commander Jon Burge. The settlement could mean former Mayor Daley won't be deposed in the case. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Sharon Wright

Daley to Answer Questions in Torture Case

Former Mayor Richard Daley will give a deposition in the torture case of Michael Tillman, who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Daley has agreed to answer attorney's questions about... Read »

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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By Carol Marin

Lawyer to Ask Judge for Daley Testimony in Burge Case

Lawyer to Ask Judge for Daley Testimony in Burge Case

Lawyers want former Mayor Richard Daley to testify in the torture lawsuit of Michael Tillman. After months of waiting and alleged no cooperation, Attorney Flint Taylor of the People’s Law Office plans to go... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Attorney to Judge: Compel Daley to Testify

Former mayor hasn't yet testified about police torture, prompting attorney to file motion with federal judge to force Daley to do so. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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