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Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 4:07 PM
By Colleen Connolly

Year in Review: Top Illinois Politics Stories of 2015

The year 2015 was a roller coaster for many prominent Illinois politicians, both... View gallery »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM
By Associated Press

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

Forty Illinois State Troopers are being dispatched to Chicago to help the city's police department combat street violence during what is typically the most dangerous time of year. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM
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 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM
By BJ Lutz

Senate Candidate Calls For McCarthy's Resignation

Tio Hardiman and a group of west side ministers called an 11 a.m. press conference outside Chicago Police Headquarters. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM
By Alexandria Fisher

ATF Adding 7 Agents to Help Combat Chicago Violence

Seven additional agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives will be sent to Chicago to help combat the city’s violence. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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 »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM
By Charlie Wojciechowski

Rep. Robin Kelly Issues Gun Violence Report

In the wake of another violent Chicago weekend that left nearly 30 people wounded. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) issued a report called for tougher gun laws across the country. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Charlie Wojciechowski

McCarthy Attends Police Graduation Days After Surgery

Four days after Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was released from the hospital, he spoke at a graduation ceremony Wednesday for police recruits. Read »

Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
By Alexandria Fisher

McCarthy Released From Hospital

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has been released from the hospital after having a procedure done to address blockage to his arteries, officials said. Read »

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