Stories by Matt Masterson

Chicago to Begin Sending Out Checks to Residents Who Applied for Security Camera, GPS Tracker Rebates

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Since its launch last month, more than 2,100 people have applied for rebates through the city’s Home and Business Protection Program, Chicago officials said Tuesday.

No Bail for Trio Charged in Shooting Outside Bar That Left Off-Duty Police Officer Paralyzed

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

According to Cook County prosecutors, a 22-year-old man fired 19 shots at a crowd of people outside Sean's Rhino Bar & Grill, 10330 S. Western Ave., striking a 31-year-old off-duty Chicago police officer in the back.

32 People Wounded, 1 Killed in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

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

Two more people were killed in separate shootings early Monday morning and another man was wounded in a shootout inside a South Loop parking garage.

Jerry Harris, of Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ Fame, Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Sex Crimes Case

Dirksen United States Courthouse (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Jerry Harris, 22, entered a guilty plea on charges of knowingly receiving child pornography and engaging in illicit sexual conduct during a remote hearing before a Chicago judge Wednesday afternoon.

No Bond For 21-Year-Old Man Charged in Highland Park Parade Shooting; Considered Second Attack

FBI investigators examine the scene in downtown Highland Park on July 5, 2022, a day after a mass shooting occurred at the Fourth of July parade. (WTTW News)

The man charged with killing seven people at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade allegedly confessed his involvement to investigators, telling them he “looked down his sights, aimed and opened fire” at parade-goers, while stopping twice to reload his high-powered rifle with 30-round magazines.

Alleged Shooter Charged With 7 Counts of First-Degree Murder in ‘Carefully Executed’ Highland Park Attack

Brooke and Matt Strauss, who were married Sunday, pause after leaving their wedding bouquets in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb, near the scene of Monday's mass shooting, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

If convicted of those charges, Robert Crimo III faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, said Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart. Crimo will also face “dozens” of more charges to account for each of the 38 victims who were wounded, as well as those who were “psychologically harmed,” Rinehart said.

68 People Shot, 8 Killed in Shootings Across Chicago Over July 4th Weekend: Police

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According to Chicago Police Department data, 68 people were shot in 51 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday night during the holiday weekend.

CPS Teacher, Her Husband Among Those Wounded in Highland Park Mass Shooting

GoFundMe has raised more than $130,000 as of Monday

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Zoe Kolpack, a pre-kindergarten teacher at William Dever Elementary, and her husband were among those wounded during Monday's mass shooting. A GoFundMe has already collected more than $130,000 for their medical bills.

Shootings, Homicides Down This Year, But Chicago Still on Pace to Top 600 Killings in 2022: Police

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

Data published Friday by the Chicago Police Department shows there have been 310 homicides and 1,255 shootings in the city through the end of June. Both those figures are below the pace set through the first six months of 2021 and 2020.

Chicago Police Officer in Serious Condition After Being Shot on Near West Side

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The officer was shot multiple times and was rushed to Stroger Hospital, police said.

Federal Judge Won’t Toss Charges or Sever Cases in R. Kelly’s Upcoming Chicago Trial

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)

A day after R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison following his racketeering conviction in New York, a federal judge has denied a request to throw out additional charges against the R&B singer ahead of his upcoming trial in Chicago.

Illinois Launches ‘State-of-the-Art’ Firearm Tracing Database

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Attorney General Kwame Raoul was in Chicago Wednesday to announce the launch of Crime Gun Connect — an online platform that allows police departments to access gun trace records more efficiently than ever.

Kathy Salvi Declares Victory in GOP Senate Primary as She Seeks to Challenge Tammy Duckworth

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CNN is projecting former public defender Kathy Salvi to defeat Casey Chlebek, Peggy Hubbard, Robert Piton, Jimmy Lee Tillman II, Anthony Williams and Matthew Dubiel in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Sean Casten Declares Victory Over Marie Newman in Race of Incumbents in 6th Congressional District

U.S. Reps Marie Newman, left, and Sean Casten. (Photos courtesy: marienewmanforcongress.com and castenforcongress.com)

Both candidates are current U.S. Representatives — Casten in the 6th District, Newman in the 3rd District — and are facing off in the 6th District, which includes many of Chicago’s western suburbs.

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.