| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:24 PM
Chicago reached “a tragic number” today, according to Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy: Its homicide total for the year hit 500, the highest annual total since 2008.
The city's latest homicide occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday when...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 7:14 PM
A man suspected of robbing a truck driver Saturday was shot to death by police a short time later following what Chicago police called a “very violent encounter” in the Back of the Yards neighborhood that later sparked a mob reaction at the...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:51 AM
Accused of joining a violent mob that formed after a Chicago police officer shot and killed a suspected robber on Saturday, five men appeared in bond court yesterday.
The suspects, ages 19 to 31, all face misdemeanor charges of mob action. Four of the...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 10:38 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called for an assault weapons ban at the state and national levels and said it was time for a "vote of conscience" in Congress following the deadly assault on schoolchildren in Connecticut.
Speaking at a Chicago Police...
| May 6, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Relatives say a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police after he allegedly fired at people on the street and then at pursuing officers suffered from a bipolar disorder. But they are still at a loss to explain what happened to their "playful,...
| Apr 3, 2013
You're walking in Chicago.
It's chaotic and it's loud.
People swarm the sidewalks, many of them shouting. They spill into the street, many of them cursing. They jostle you, step on your toes. Traffic is a nightmare.
You squeeze through the barricade...
| Apr 4, 2013
At a time when Chicago's association with violence is under a microscope, CeaseFire’s role under its one-year contract with the city (now at its midway point) underscores how policing is not the only solution in stopping the killings.
| Mar 18, 2013
| 11:27 PM
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday that the father of a 6-month-old girl slain last week on the South Side was not changing his daughter's diaper when she was fatally shot, contrary to what police told the news media on the day of...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Mary Young looked out at the hundreds of people who had packed into New Beginnings Church of Chicago to say goodbye to 6-month-old shooting victim Jonylah Watkins.
Young, a mother of eight, was about to bury her granddaughter. But first, she had a...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Rookie Chicago police officers have started to patrol on foot on some of the city's most dangerous blocks in a move that Superintendent Garry McCarthy said reinforces the department's "return to community policing."
After six months in the Police...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Dick Durbin, Illinois’ senior U.S. senator and the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, is telling top Democrats he will seek a fourth term in 2014, sources familiar with his decision said Friday.
Durbin’s re-election bid alleviates any concerns...