| Jan 1, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Chicago ended 2012 with 506 homicides, according to an unofficial tally released Tuesday — the first time the city has topped 500 since 2008, and a 16 percent increase over 2011.
While police officials were counting up the homicide toll from a...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Gun violence on Chicago streets has become such a concern that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today he's considering turning to celebrity mouthpieces like Bulls star Derrick Rose to try to convince residents to break the "no-snitch" code of...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 6:06 AM
The widow of a West Rogers Park man who died of cyanide poisoning weeks after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot was questioned extensively by Chicago police last month after the medical examiner's office reclassified the death as a homicide, her...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 12:16 PM
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy today called for tougher gun laws and reiterated his opposition to legalizing the concealed carry of handguns in Illinois.
“The answer to guns is not more guns,” McCarthy said during a panel...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy held a news conference Monday where his department “put on display several of the firearms seized … during the first two weeks of 2013,” according to a police news release.
But that wasn’t...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 3:39 PM
Chicago could save millions of dollars or put more police on the streets by hiring civilians for nearly 300 jobs now done by sworn officers, according to an analysis by the city’s internal watchdog released Wednesday.
Swapping researchers, human...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 5:02 PM
It’s been nearly three years since Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed with a gun purchased in Mississippi by a straw purchaser -- a person who buys guns for those who aren't allowed to.
But on Friday, his sister Sandra...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 9:25 PM
Little more than a month after the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton drew international attention to Chicago's gun violence, city officials grappled Tuesday to address the shooting death of an even younger victim — 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins....
| Mar 11, 2013
| 8:14 PM
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday that he wanted to bring a "broken windows" strategy to Chicago that would allow officers to arrest those who ignore tickets for routine offenses like gambling and public urination.
| Mar 12, 2013
| 2:29 PM
In the wake of the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the ward’s alderman announced Tuesday that he has contacted gang members to ask them not to harbor the killers of innocent victims.
Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, a retired Chicago police...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 1:51 PM
One story seemed to stick out Tuesday for readers on the Chicago Tribune's front page online: The death of a 6-month-old girl who was shot with her father as he changed her diaper in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
It's little surprise the death of Jonylah...