Stories by Matt Masterson

UIC United Faculty members picket during their ongoing strike on Jan. 17, 2023. (WTTW News)

UIC Faculty Vote to Ratify New Contract Agreement

The UIC United Faculty on Tuesday announced its members had voted in favor of the new deal, which applies to all 1,500 members of the tenure and non-tenure bargaining units.

(WTTW News)

16-Year-Old Boy Among 3 People Killed Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 20 people were shot in 18 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Man Charged in Attack of CTA Worker at Downtown Blue Line Station

James Jackson, 55, appeared in court Friday on charges of aggravated battery of a transit employee and aggravated battery of a victim over 60 years old after he allegedly struck a CTA worker at the Washington Blue Line station.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Woman Concealed Mother's Body in Freezer for Nearly 2 Years, Prosecutors Say

Eva Bratcher allegedly bought a freezer a week after her elderly mother died and used it to conceal her body for nearly two years before it was discovered by police at their Northwest Side home earlier this week.

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Ex-Chicago Police Officer Allegedly Lied Repeatedly to Dodge Numerous Traffic Citations

Jeffrey Kriv, 56, has been charged with four felony counts of perjury and five felony counts of forgery, according to the Chicago Office of Inspector General.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Tattoo Artist Charged With Sexually Abusing Customers at His Home Days Before Trial

Miguel Deleon, who was set to go to trial this week on charges that he sexually assaulted two customers at his home, has been arrested and now faces new charges for allegedly sexually abusing or assaulting three more women under similar circumstances.

Students at Chicago Public Schools walk along a hallway in this file photo. (WTTW News)

Elgin School District U-46 Leader Tapped as Illinois’ New Education Superintendent

“Dr. Tony Sanders is an extraordinary choice for State Superintendent of Education,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement.

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Cook County Not Pursuing Sex Crime Charges Against R. Kelly Following Federal Convictions

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Monday announced her office will be dropping its case against Kelly — nearly four years after he was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and abuse.

(WTTW News)

2 Men Killed in Separate Shootings Early Monday: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 13 people were wounded by gunfire over the weekend between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Those victims survived their wounds, but two men were killed in shootings just after 6 a.m. Monday.

(WTTW News)

Illinois AG Says Arguments Against Cash Bail Elimination ‘Flawed For Multiple Reasons’

“The circuit court’s decision finding the detention provisions unconstitutional should be reversed,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office wrote in a brief Thursday.

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Teen Charged with Fatally Shooting 17-Year-Old During Meetup to Sell Shoes in West Pullman

Tony Mason III, 18, was held without bail Thursday after being charged with numerous felonies including first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder stemming from a Sunday shooting that left 17-year-old Jordan Nixon dead.

Students at Chicago Public Schools walk along a hallway in this file photo. (WTTW News)

CPS Watchdog Finds ‘Concerning’ Trends in School-Based Investigations, Vendor Background Checks

Deputy Inspector General Amber Nesbitt said her office has seen a rise in the number of district schools, charter schools and vendors that have launched investigations into sexual misconduct allegations without contacting the inspector general or CPS.

UIC United Faculty members picket during their ongoing strike on Jan. 17, 2023. (WTTW News)

UIC Strike Suspended After Faculty, Administration Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Classes and labs will resume Monday as employees represented by the UIC United Faculty return to work after a four-year deal was struck during a nine-hour bargaining session Sunday.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Police To Increase Security at Lunar New Year Celebrations After Massacre in California

Chicago Police Department officials, alderpeople, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city departments spoke with leaders in the city’s Asian American Pacific Islander community Sunday night to discuss the California shooting that left 10 dead.

(WTTW News)

30 People Shot, 6 Fatally, in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 27 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. That included two 18-year-olds who were killed in different shootings Sunday.

UIC United Faculty members picket during their ongoing strike on Jan. 17, 2023. (WTTW News)

Negotiations Resume Between UIC Faculty, Administration Amid Ongoing Strike

University officials said the sides had agreed to resume bargaining Friday and could continue talks into the weekend to secure a new contract agreement.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Police Warn Residents After Wave of Vehicle Thefts on Northwest Side

According to a Chicago Police Department community alert published Friday, 22 Hyundai and Kia vehicles have been stolen across the 25th police district in early 2023.

(WTTW News)

Lawsuit Alleges DCFS Has Left Children Jailed Despite Orders For Their Release

A federal lawsuit alleges that rather than housing children in appropriate settings, DCFS allowed them to remain locked in juvenile jails without access to proper educational, medical and mental health supports.

(WTTW News)

Illinois State Rifle Association Files Lawsuit Challenging Assault Weapons Ban in Federal Court

The Illinois State Rifle Association and other pro-2nd Amendment groups on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit claiming the ban “infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens” to possess such firearms and extended magazines “for the defense of self and family and other lawful purposes.”

(WTTW News)

CPS Taking Parent Feedback on 2023-24 Calendar Proposal

CPS on Wednesday published its proposed calendar for the 2023-24 school year, which would see classes resume Aug. 21, 2023, and run until June 6, 2024. Parents and families now have a week to tell the district what they think before the Board of Education approves the new calendar next month.

Faculty members at University of Illinois-Chicago walk the picket line on Jan. 17, 2023. (WTTW News)

UIC Faculty Begins Strike Tuesday With No Contract in Place

University of Illinois-Chicago faculty striked Tuesday after union and administration officials were unable to come to a contract agreement during a “contentious” 12-hour bargaining session Monday.

(WTTW News)

14-Year-Old Boy Charged in 8 South Side Armed Robberies

The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, was charged Monday with eight felony counts of armed robbery stemming from separate incidents between last November and December.

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

7 Killed in Shootings Across Chicago Over Holiday Weekend: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 25 people were shot in 23 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday.

(WTTW News)

Woman Struck by CTA Bus to Receive $20M Settlement

Attorneys for 59-year-old Diane Schachner announced the settlement Friday, more than three years after Schachner suffered serious leg injuries when she was dragged nearly 30 feet by the bus.

South lion at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Heather Paul / Flickr)

Ex-Payroll Manager Charged With Defrauding Art Institute of Chicago Out of $2M

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced 56-year-old Michael Maurello has been charged with two counts each of wire fraud and bank fraud. His arraignment in Chicago has not yet been scheduled.

(Tony Webster / Flickr)

Negotiations to Continue Next Week Ahead of Possible UIC Faculty Strike

Negotiations between the sides will continue Monday, one day before members of the UIC United Faculty plan to go on strike, citing a lack of “significant movement” at the bargaining table.