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Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 at 9:35 PM

Trump Administration Opposes Chicago Police-Reform Plan

Trump Administration Opposes Chicago Police-Reform Plan

The Trump administration on Tuesday sharply criticized a draft plan hammered out between the nation's third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago's 12,000-officer... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 at 8:18 AM

Kanye West to Have Lunch With Trump at White House

Kanye West to Have Lunch With Trump at White House

Rapper Kanye West is headed to the White House on Thursday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that West is scheduled to have lunch with President Donald Trump and meet with Jared Kushner... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Emanuel Spokesman: Trump 'Clueless,' Wrong on Stop-and-Frisk

Emanuel Spokesman: Trump 'Clueless,' Wrong on Stop-and-Frisk

A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called President Donald Trump "clueless" for reviving criticism of Chicago and encouraging more stop-and-frisks by police. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Trump Calls on Chicago to Embrace Stop-and-Frisk Policing

Trump Calls on Chicago to Embrace Stop-and-Frisk Policing

President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of "stop and frisk" policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local... Read »

Monday, Oct 8, 2018 at 7:37 PM

Mayor Makes First On-Camera Comments Since Van Dyke Verdict

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday there is more work to be done when it comes to police reform in his first on-camera comments on Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of the 2014 murder of Laquan... Read »

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Biden Set to Join Sen. Donnelly at Campaign Rally

Biden Set to Join Sen. Donnelly at Campaign Rally

Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear at a rally in northwest Indiana to drum up support for Senator Joe Donnelly in his re-election campaign. Read »

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Trial Date Set for Ex-Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

Trial Date Set for Ex-Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's public corruption trial is now scheduled for June in federal court in Chicago. Read »

Friday, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:53 PM
Mayor, Top Cop Release Statement After Van Dyke Verdict

Mayor, Top Cop Release Statement After Van Dyke Verdict

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's top cop Supt. Eddie Johnson urged Chicagoans to "hear each other and partner with each other" as a verdict was read in the trial for Chicago Police Officer Jason... Watch »

Friday, Oct 5, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Officials React to Van Dyke Verdict

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police president called the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke a “sham” and the guilty verdict “shameful,” in a statement Friday. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 at 5:33 PM
Pritzker, Rauner Exchange Barbs Over Alleged Misconduct

Pritzker, Rauner Exchange Barbs Over Alleged Misconduct

Illinois gubernatorial candidates JB Pritzker and Governor Bruce Rauner are exchanging barbs over alleged misconduct, and calls for criminal probes are flying back and forth. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has... Watch »

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