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Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Charlie Wojciechowski

Police To Increase Security at Gang Funerals

Chicago officials are taking a new approach to gang funerals after a shooting inside a church left one man dead and another injured. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Attorney: Mayor Can End Police Code of Silence

Attorney: Mayor Can End Police Code of Silence

A lawyer for a bartender who won an $850,000 settlement in a landmark civil trial against the city of Chicago said it's now the mayor's responsibility to put an end to a code of silence in the police department... Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Cop Tech 'Listens' for Gunshots

Technology being deployed in a couple of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods can identify the sound of gunshots and pinpoint responding officers to their location. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Crime Commission to City: Hire More Cops

Crime Commission to City: Hire More Cops

Non-profit organization calls on city to increase police manpower by 1,400 officers. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

FOP Not Thrilled With CeaseFire, CPD Deal

Money would be better spent hiring policemen and teachers, says Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields. Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM
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By Natalie Martinez, Lindsay Smith, and Mitchell Grogg

12 Buildings Razed in Anti-Gang Fight

The buildings razed Thursday afternoon are part of Mayor Emanuel and Supt. Garry McCarthy's initiative to board up or demolish vacant buildings that serve as hubs of gang activity. Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Lindsay Smith

Tourism Chief Takes a Shot at Crime Stats

Tourism Chief Takes a Shot at Crime Stats

The President and CEO of non-profit tourism agency Choose Chicago, Don Welsh, told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the crime eruption could damage the city's efforts to renew its tourism industries after... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Police Hold Roll Call on Mag Mile

Police Hold Roll Call on Mag Mile

As the saying goes, when the mercury rises so does the crime. The Chicago police showed that they are well prepared for both over the mid-week holiday, with a show of force Tuesday. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Mayor Outraged by 7-Year-Old's Shooting Death

Mayor bristles when asked about gang strategy, saying shooting death of Heaven Sutton is about values, not crime. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Mayor: Pot Ticket Revenue Earmarked for Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he's amended a proposal that would give officers the option to ticket, rather than arrest, people for having small amounts of marijuana. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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