Stories by Matt Masterson

5-Month-Old Girl Among 6 People Fatally Shot Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

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

According to Chicago police, 24 people were struck in 20 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. That included 5-month-old Cecilia Thomas, who died Friday after being shot in South Shore.

Chicago Husband and Wife Among 6 Postal Workers Charged in Loan Fraud Scheme

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Louis Lay Jr. and his wife Erica Beck were each held on $20,000 D-bonds during a hearing Friday, a day after Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced an indictment that included dozens of charges filed against six current or former postal workers.

City Launches New Dashboard to Track 911 Alternative Response Program

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city agencies announced the launch of the Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement (CARE) program’s new data dashboard, which will provide regular updates on when and how these 911 calls are handled.

Ex-Chicago Officer’s Actions in North Avenue Beach Altercation Deemed ‘Abject Failure,’ COPA Finds

A still image taken from video provided to WTTW News shows Nikkita Brown and a Chicago police officer at North Avenue Beach around 12:12 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Courtesy of Saulter Law P.C.)

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommended discipline ranging from a 180-day suspension to terminating Bruce Dyker from the Chicago Police Department. Dyker left the CPD and has been charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct.

CPS Chief Martinez Puts Plans For $120M Near South High School on Hold

Board of Education approves new CPS budgets

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Plans for a new Near South high school were suddenly put on hold Wednesday after Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez abruptly removed the item before the city’s Board of Education voted to approve the district’s budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Chicago Police Unveil Finalized Foot Pursuit Policy

Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference on June 21, 2022. (WTTW News)

Chicago police officers must only engage in foot pursuits under a certain set of circumstances and will be required to continuously re-evaluate the need to continue such a pursuit while it’s in progress, according to a final version of the new policy.

61 People Shot, 10 Killed, Over Holiday Weekend in Chicago: Police

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Chicago police said there were 44 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday night. That included five people wounded in a mass shooting Friday night and an 18-year-old killed Monday afternoon.

Chicago Man Charged in Domestic Shooting Taunted Victim, Prosecutors Say

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

Dexter Trevell Shipp was charged Monday with one count of attempted first-degree murder stemming from the nonfatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman last week. He was ordered held without bail during a hearing Monday.

Bond Set for Ex-Chicago Officer Charged in North Avenue Beach Altercation

A still image taken from video provided to WTTW News shows Nikkita Brown and a Chicago police officer at North Avenue Beach around 12:12 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Courtesy of Saulter Law P.C.)

A Cook County judge on Thursday issued a $10,000 I-bond to 52-year-old Bruce Dyker, meaning the ex-officer will not need to put up any money to be released as he awaits trial on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct.

Woman Charged With Stealing Chicago Police Squad Car, Pinning Officer Between 2 Vehicles

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

Whitley Temple will be held on $2 million cash bail after her arrest on a half dozen charges including attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated battery, and vehicular hijacking.

Lightfoot to ‘Fight Like Hell’ to Keep CPS Students in Classrooms When Next School Year Begins

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Even as COVID-19 case numbers increased in recent weeks after an early spring lull, Lightfoot said she has no intention of returning to remote learning when classes resume in August.

Ex-Chicago Officer Charged After Physical Altercation With Woman at North Avenue Beach

A still image taken from video provided to WTTW News shows Nikkita Brown and a Chicago police officer at North Avenue Beach around 12:12 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Courtesy of Saulter Law P.C.)

Bruce Dyker has been charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, after he was allegedly seen on video grabbing a woman at North Avenue Beach.

7 People Killed, More Than 30 Shot Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

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According to Chicago Police Department data, six people were fatally shot, one person was stabbed to death and 31 total people were shot between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Man Charged in Fatal Christmas Day Shooting in Logan Square

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

A Chicago man was arrested this week some 200 miles away from the city in connection with a Christmas Day shooting that left a 24-year-old man dead.

Carjacker Crashed Into Wall, Choked Good Samaritan Before Trying to Steal Second Vehicle: Prosecutors

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“The defendant has shown that he’s a loose cannon, whose behavior is erratic and unpredictable,” Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kelly said Thursday. “He creates a significant risk to the community at large.”

Man Charged With Using Machete in String of Robberies on Northwest Side

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Andre Gonzalez, 35, has been charged with four felony counts of armed robbery involving a dangerous weapon. A judge ordered him held without bail during a hearing Wednesday afternoon

Boosted by Federal COVID Relief Funds, Chicago Public Schools Unveils $9.5 Billion Budget Proposal

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

The new proposal, which is the first under CPS CEO Pedro Martinez, will increase school-level funding to $4.6 billion and add more than 1,600 new full-time positions across the city in the 2023 fiscal year.

Judge Sets Bail at $1M For Man Accused of Shooting Chicago Police Officer in Englewood

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Jerome Halsey, 27, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as individual counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated assault stemming from the Sunday shooting that left one officer injured.

Chicagoans Can Now Apply For Rebates on Security Cameras, GPS Trackers Under New City Program

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a news conference on June 6, 2022. (WTTW News)

Beginning Monday, Chicago residents and other organizations can start applying for various rebates on private security devices under the new Home and Business Protection Program.

5 Killed, 27 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

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Thirty-two people were shot in 24 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night, according to the Chicago Police Department.

More Expressway Cameras Coming to Cook County Expressways, DuSable Lake Shore Drive Under New Law

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“By signing this bill, law enforcement agencies will have the tools to respond to criminal activity in a timely and efficient manner — ensuring the safety and security of our residents, while holding perpetrators accountable,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

Dakotah Earley, Wounded in Lincoln Park Shooting, Out of ICU, Per Family

Dakotah Earley, who was shot twice in the back and once in the back of the head, during a robbery attempt in the early morning hours of May 6, has been moved out of the ICU according to a tweet from his mother Joy Dobbs. (WTTW News)

Tyshon Brownlee, 19, has been charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder and attempted robbery involving the discharge of a firearm stemming from the non-fatal May 6 shooting of 23-year-old culinary student Dakotah Earley in Lincoln Park.

Despite Violent Memorial Day Weekend, Chicago Police Say Homicides Remain Down in 2022

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According to new data from the Chicago Police Department, there have been 239 homicides and 971 shootings in the city this year through May.

Community Activist Joyce Chapman Tapped as Newest Member of Chicago Board of Education

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday announced Chapman, a former Chicago Public Schools grad and chairwoman of the Far South Community Advisory Council, will fill the seat vacated by former board member Amy Rome last summer.

47 Shot, 9 Killed in Memorial Day Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

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

This holiday weekend's shooting and homicide totals are both significantly higher than Memorial Day last year, when three people were killed and 29 others were shot.

Police to Increase Patrols, Security Checks to Stay at Millennium Park Over Memorial Day Weekend

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“I feel confident in the plan that we have for this weekend, and really for the summer," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday.