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  • Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'

    Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'
    In a dramatic moment Wednesday, the Chicago City Council rose to acknowledge victims of torture at the hands of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge before approving a $5.5 million reparations package that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said shows Chicago is willing to deal with the dark chapter in its history.
  • Burge reparations deal a product of long negotiations

    Burge reparations deal a product of long negotiations
    For one attorney, the pursuit of former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and the torture of African-Americans spanned a good portion of his career, nearly three decades in which disbelief that detectives abused suspects gave way to acceptance and legal...

    Chicago not releasing video of officer-involved shooting

    Months after a teenager was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the city is still refusing to release the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting and didn't even show it to aldermen Wednesday before they approved a $5 million settlement with the...

    Chicago offers reparations package to police torture victims

    Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most...

    Ald. Smith back on top as vote counting continues in Lincoln Park race

    Ald. Smith back on top as vote counting continues in Lincoln Park race
    The tight race to represent Lincoln Park on the Chicago City Council got a little looser Thursday as election officials continued to count absentee ballots. Ald. Michele Smith had a 69-vote lead over challenger Caroline Vickrey in the 43rd Ward contest,...