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Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’

Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’

CHICAGO — A key detail raised in court about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo may have been wrong.During a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam the night of the shooting, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy described the altercation in a proffer: “The officer tells [Toledo] to drop it as [Toledo] turns towards the officer.  [Toledo] has a gun in his right hand.” But now, in response to a WGN Investigates inquiry, the state’s attorney’s office says the detail about Adam having a gun in his hand the moment he was shot was...

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Apr 15
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Chicago city departments begin planning for ‘return to normal’ this summer

Chicago city departments begin planning for ‘return to normal’ this summer

CHICAGO — City Hall is instructing Chicago police and other agencies to begin planning for a return to more traditional summer events, according to a source.  The development signals that Mayor Lori Lightfoot is preparing to further relax COVID-19 restrictions that would allow for large crowds to gather for summer staples such as concerts, sporting events, fairs and festivals. No specific dates are being offered.Planning for those events sometimes takes months and includes inter-agency collaboration for crowd control, traffic management and the use of park district resources. A source tells...

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Feb 25
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Chicago Police Dept. strips FOP president John Catanzara of pay, pushes forward with firing

Chicago Police Dept. strips FOP president John Catanzara of pay, pushes forward with firing

CHICAGO — Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara was summoned to police headquarters Tuesday and formally served with administrative misconduct charges. The documents have the effect of notifying Catanzara he won’t be paid for at least the next 30 days while he awaits a decision by the Chicago Police Board.It’s the latest salvo in an ongoing bitter battle between Catanzara, City Hall and police brass.  “It’ll probably give me more support with members for being attacked,” Catanzara told WGN Investigates. “It’ll piss (police) off more.”In January, CPD Supt. David Brown...

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Feb 10
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Here’s why Chicago’s unofficial police blog ‘Second City Cop’ went dark

Here’s why Chicago’s unofficial police blog ‘Second City Cop’ went dark

CHICAGO — Most Chicago cops don’t talk to reporters.  They don’t trust politicians.  And they certainly have a lot of opinions. It’s why for the past 15 years the “Second City Cop” police blog has been must-read for many Chicagoans who want to have a better understanding about crime and justice in their city. It’s also why the blog has bene a thorn in the side of police brass for years and there have been various attempts to identify the operator. When the chronicle of cop life disappeared from public view on the internet a few days ago some took to social media concerned that “big tech”...

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Jan 13
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CTU board member facing criticism for vacationing in Caribbean while pushing remote learning

CTU board member facing criticism for vacationing in Caribbean while pushing remote learning

CHICAGO – A Chicago Teachers Union leader is facing criticism for vacationing in the Caribbean while at the same time claiming it’s unsafe for teachers to .Sarah Chambers is on the union’s executive board and is an area vice president.As recently as Thursday, she tweeted to rally special education teachers not to return to work Monday because it’s unsafe.Just a few hours earlier, Chambers posted a picture on Instagram that appears to show her pool side in Puerto Rico and talking about going to Old San Juan for seafood.The post also mentions she previously had COVID, got a negative test...

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CTU board member facing criticism for vacationing in Caribbean while pushing remote learning

CTU board member facing criticism for vacationing in Caribbean while pushing remote learning

CHICAGO – A Chicago Teachers Union leader is facing criticism for vacationing in the Caribbean while at the same time claiming it’s unsafe for teachers to .Sarah Chambers is on the union’s executive board and is an area vice president.As recently as Thursday, she tweeted to rally special education teachers not to return to work Monday because it’s unsafe.Just a few hours earlier, Chambers posted a picture on Instagram that appears to show her pool side in Puerto Rico and talking about going to Old San Juan for seafood.The post also mentions she previously had COVID, got a negative test...

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Exclusive: Video shows retired Chicago firefighter fighting back against carjackers

Exclusive: Video shows retired Chicago firefighter fighting back against carjackers

CHICAGO — WGN Investigates has obtained surveillance video of the shoot-out that left a retired Chicago firefighter dead.Police are now using it to try catch those responsible.It was a routine afternoon trip to a favorite popcorn shop for Dwain Williams, but ended in his murder. The 65-year-old was in the 2400 block of West 118th Street around 2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 3 when, according to police, he was the target of an attempted carjacking.WGN Investigates has obtained private security camera footage that shows just how fast the attempted carjacking and shoot-out happened.The altercation lasts...

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Dec 7
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Courthouse confusion continues: Court clerk claims it’s ‘racist’ to ask ‘why?’

Courthouse confusion continues: Court clerk claims it’s ‘racist’ to ask ‘why?’

CHICAGO — For weeks now, people have been showing up to the Daley Center in downtown Chicago for appearances in traffic court that are being handled entirely online or over the phone.   Angelica Velez was among them. She received several citations after being involved in a traffic accident.“I was told to get in the line and then they gave us a paper that says to do it over the phone,” she said.  “I could’ve stayed in bed to do this.”Some have waited for several hours only to learn their online hearing took place while they were waiting in an actual line outside the courthouse. Leon...

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Jul 30
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Text messages between Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago FOP president show deteriorating relationship

Text messages between Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago FOP president show deteriorating relationship

CHICAGO – Text messages between Mayor Lightfoot and the man who represents 13,000 Chicago police officers show a deteriorating relationship.Hours after Chicago police with frozen water bottles, fireworks and other objects, text messages starting flying between Chicago FOP Union President John Catanzara and Mayor Lightfoot.While the mayor did speak out against violence that targeted police, Catanzara took issue with Lightfoot also encouraging people to report officers who may have crossed the line.“It tells my members you care more about rioters than injured police” Catanzara texted the...

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Jul 23
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Three suburban hospitals hit licensed ICU capacity, but have space thanks to surge preps

Three suburban hospitals hit licensed ICU capacity, but have space thanks to surge preps

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoCHICAGO — Three north suburban hospitals reached their licensed Intensive Care capacity Wednesday, but officials say they can still handle ICU patients because they constructed overflow space fearing this day would come.While the numbers change by the hour, Northwestern Medicine’s Lake Forest Hospital, Vista Medical Center in Waukegan and Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville reported reaching their licensed Intensive Care capacity Wednesday night.  It’s believed to be the first time an Illinois hospital has reached its licensed limits...

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April 9, 2020
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