| Feb 6, 2015
| 3:08 AM
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton stepped to the microphone at a Washington Park community center last month, almost exactly two years after her 15-year-old daughter Hadiya was gunned down in a park not far from President Barack Obama's home, becoming a national...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 3:59 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday tried to make the case he's done on a good job on crime during his four years in office while acknowledging that many Chicagoans don't feel safe in their own neighborhoods.
The mayor's speech on public safety came as...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 11:36 AM
I was moved to tears this morning by the wonderful photo of brothers Connor and Ryan Durkin, two little boys, proudly holding their father's commendations (and) waiting to shake hands with Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy ("On behalf of my...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 10:00 PM
While Chicago saw a slight decrease in homicides in 2014, communities such as Humboldt Park—where gang recruitment has turned deadly—and Rogers Park saw a jump in slayings even as some South Side areas marked double-digit declines in killings,...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 7:50 AM
While Chicago ended 2014 with slightly fewer homicides than the year before, 327 more people were shot in the city — an increase of 14 percent, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The city has seen a marked drop in homicides during the...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The Chicago Police Department is preparing to try out body cameras on some of its officers, joining a growing national trend that is raising hopes of increased police professionalism but also a raft of difficult questions about how the cameras should be...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 4:27 PM
Glenn Evans is straining the presumption of innocence that he and all the people he arrests enjoy. At a time when Chicago is asking overworked police officers to quell relentless street violence, Evans stands accused of going too far — of recklessly...
| Aug 26, 2014
If anything was unusual about the shootings of two people by Chicago police last weekend, it was that one of the incidents sparked a protest.
A sudden rainstorm scattered the 80 or so people who gathered Monday on the West Side to protest the fatal...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 10:47 AM
In 2014, it is Demario Bailey.
In 2013, it was Hadiya Pendleton.
In 2009, it was Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert.
For me, it was Ben Wilson in 1984.
These are children in Chicago whose gruesome deaths give life to the dreary body-...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 8:42 PM
A South Shore man has been charged in connection with a Thursday shooting of a CTA train that Chicago's top cop dubbed "bizarre."
Lorenzo Jones, 25, is facing several felonies after police said he fired an assault rifle several times at a CTA Blue...
| Jul 8, 2014
"The solution does not just include policing — although we'll continue to look for ways to put more police where they're needed. We also have to give our young people alternatives to the street, and as a community we need to demand more of ourselves...