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Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

As former Chicago police commander Burge walks free, legislation calling for compensation for his victims continues to languish in Chicago’s City Council. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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By Marcus Riley

State Police Join CPD Unit in Month-Long Trial

Up to 40 Illinois State troopers were dispatched to Chicago on Thursday in a 30-day trial to help the city's police department combat street violence. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Aldermen Question McCarthy on Crime Statistics

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was on the hot seat Friday, answering questions before a City Council committee about how the department collects and reports crime statistics. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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By BJ Lutz

McCarthy on Weekend Violence: 'We Lost It' on Sunday

Despite a surge of officers placed in strategic spots throughout the city, efforts to keep Independence Day weekend violence down weren't as successful as hoped, Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy told... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

McCarthy: City Death Toll at Lowest Rate Since 1963

Chicago police say the city had fewer homicides during the first six months of 2014 but dozens more shooting incidents and victims than during the same period in 2013. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Wants State Support for $600 Million Chicago Pension Crisis

Emanuel Wants State Support for $600 Million Chicago Pension Crisis

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finally talking about how he plans to address the looming $600 milion pension bill for police and firefighters. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM
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By BJ Lutz

McCarthy Treated for Blocked Arteries

Adam Collins said Supt. Garry McCarthy underwent a "common procedure to address blockage in his arteries." Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

More Cops on Bikes Will Patrol High-Crime Areas

Effort is an expansion of the department's "Operation Impact" strategy that was launched last year. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

IG Audit Finds Chicago Police Underreported Assaults

A new report from Chicago's Inspector General claims "significant" reporting errors led to city police undercounting some assault-related crimes in 2012. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Admits Cops "Slow" in Reacting to Gang-Related Homicides

Rahm Admits Cops

In a rare admission of error, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly acknowledged Thursday that the Chicago Police Department was "slow to react" to the breakdown of street gangs that led to a spike in... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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