| Mar 10, 2014
| 5:09 PM
The undercover informant who secretly recorded meetings with Ald. Howard Brookins as part of an FBI sting testified Monday that he also wore a wire for authorities after his 2008 arrest in a federal mortgage-fraud investigation.
Mhde Askar, who...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Two undisclosed figures in the bribery charge filed last week against the chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins were caught on undercover FBI recordings talking about the ease with which they expected to win Brookins' approval for a liquor license in...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:02 AM
A former top aide to Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded not guilty today to federal bribery and extortion charges.
Curtis V. Thompson Jr. was charged in March with accepting a $7,500 cash bribe from a undercover operative posing as a real estate developer...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Mhde Askar was barely out of high school but had hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in his bedroom when he was arrested in 2008 in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
Over the next six years, Askar, only in his 20s, worked undercover for the feds...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 9:09 AM
Aldermen talked Monday about the need to clean up the litter on Chicago streets but stopped short of voting on a proposal that would allow police to impound a vehicle and levy a $1,500 fine if an adult passenger in the car throws trash out the window....
| Feb 2, 2013
| 10:13 PM
The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger....
| Feb 25, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy his “100 percent support” Monday despite complaints from some aldermen fed up with the department’s inability to bring down violence in their neighborhoods.
| 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...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration should take more action to combat Chicago's food deserts and focus less on issuing news releases touting progress on the issue, aldermen said Wednesday.
That advice came in response to a Tribune story that showed...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
| Apr 5, 2013
| 4:07 PM
Cook County Democratic leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday to pick a replacement for Commissioner William Beavers, who was convicted last month of federal tax evasion.
Ald. Howard Brookins will lead the meeting at which Democratic committeemen will...