Stories by Matt Masterson

Man Yelled ‘You Will Die’ as He Shot Chicago Police Officer on Monday: Prosecutors

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Jovan McPherson was held without bail Tuesday following his arrest on felony charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer, unlawful use of weapon, armed kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint stemming from a Monday shooting.

Chicago Police Officer Wounded in Near North Side Shooting

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The shooting occurred in the 1000 block of West North Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. Monday. The wounded officer was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

4 Killed, 18 Others Wounded Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

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Data published Monday morning by the CPD shows there were 21 separate shooting incidents throughout the city during that time, and 22 total people were struck.

Unvaccinated Chicago Teachers Can Keep Working if They Agree to Weekly COVID-19 Testing

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said those staffers who are not fully vaccinated by Friday’s deadline must consent to weekly testing, but will not be immediately barred from working, as had previously been threatened.

Racketeering Charges Filed Against Reputed Gang Members Accused of Killing Chicago Rapper FBG Duck

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Federal prosecutors announced charges against five reputed members of the O-Block street gang, accusing them of participating in a criminal organization responsible for murder and of “violently” protecting the gang and its territories on the South Side.

4 Killed, 40 Shot Over Holiday Weekend in Chicago: Police

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

A mass shooting in Wicker Park that left one person dead and four others wounded Sunday morning was among 31 shooting incidents over the holiday weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Rebecca Blank to Become First Woman to Serve as Northwestern President

Northwestern University (WTTW News)

Northwestern's Board of Trustees on Monday announced Rebecca Blank, 66, will become Northwestern’s 17th president beginning next summer.

Monitoring Team ‘Encouraged’ by Chicago Police Reform Efforts, Despite Ongoing Data Issues

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Through the end of June, the CPD has hit some level of compliance with 266 out of 507 possible paragraphs under the consent decree, Independent Monitor Maggie Hickey said in a new status report published Friday.

Chicago Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Violence at Biden Inauguration

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Louis Capriotti, 46, entered a guilty plea Thursday, court records indicate, admitting to leaving what a federal judge had previously described as “very explicit and concerning” voicemails.

Foxx ‘Mortified’ by Lightfoot’s ‘Inappropriate, Wrong’ Comments on West Side Shootout

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Kim Foxx held a rare press conference Tuesday to respond to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, calling it “inappropriate” and “wrong” for the mayor to publicly push for criminal charges in last Friday's shooting “without the benefit of all of the evidence.”

Man Charged for Alleged Role in Murder of 14-Year-Old Girl, Attempted Murder of Witness

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Michael Aguirre was held without bail during a court hearing Wednesday following his arrest this week on a charge of first-degree murder stemming from the killing of 14-year-old Savanah Quintero.

November Trial Date Set in Jussie Smollett Case

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty at Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Pool / Chicago Tribune)

Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett will stand trial on felony disorderly conduct charges beginning Nov. 29, nearly three years after he allegedly orchestrated a hoax attack against himself outside his Streeterville apartment.

Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot Man After Domestic Disturbance Call

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

The shooting happened Monday morning in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, according to Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief of Detectives Rahman Muhammad. 

3 Killed, 40 Shot Over the Weekend in Chicago: Police

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The victims included a 17-year-old boy, who was killed inside a South Side home Saturday evening, according to Chicago police.

Chicago Records Deadliest September Since Early 1990s, Police Data Shows

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The number of shootings and homicides in 2021 continues to outpace 2020’s rates, as Chicago has now seen 2,726 shootings and 616 homicides through the first nine months of the year.

New CPS CEO Pledges to ‘Make This Better’ After Criticism of COVID-19 Safety Plans

Students sit masked and socially distanced in a CPS classroom. (WTTW News)

Pedro Martinez, Chicago Public Schools’ new CEO, said Thursday the district will provide more COVID-19 testing and work harder to keep families in the loop on case information amid confusion and criticism through the first month of the school year.

Janice Jackson Named CEO of HOPE Chicago, Nonprofit Seeking To Provide $1B in Scholarships

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a news conference on June 14, 2021. (WTTW News)

The former Chicago Public Schools CEO is taking over a scholarship organization that’s promising to “redefine the education landscape” in Chicago.

Customs Officials Seize More Forged COVID-19 Vaccination Cards at O’Hare

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For the second time in less than a month, customs officials working at O’Hare International Airport have seized packages containing several counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards shipped from overseas.

Prosecutors: Evidence ‘Clear’ Ex-Northwestern Professor Is Responsible for Grisly Murder

An undated mug shot shows Wyndham Lathem. (Chicago Police Department)

Monday marked the first day of Wyndham Lathem’s trial, which began more than four years after he and another man allegedly stabbed 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau dozens of times.

Police Officer Among 60 People Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend

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Sixty people were shot, eight fatally, in 46 separate shooting incidents across Chicago over the weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department. Among the victims was a CPD officer who was wounded in a triple shooting late Friday.

Chicago Teen Denied Bail for His Alleged Role in Fatal South Shore Home Invasion

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Timothy Wynn, 18, was ordered held without bail during a court hearing Thursday, following his arrest on felony charges of home invasion and first-degree murder in the shooting death of 36-year-old Ben Sims.

School Resource Officers Will Stay in Some CPS Schools Following Board of Education Vote

Youth activists organized a peaceful march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home on Aug. 13, 2020 to demand the removal of resource officers from Chicago Public Schools. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Some Chicago public schools will retain their resource officers, following a split vote by the Board of Education to approve a one-year, $11 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.

Pedro Martinez Officially Approved as New CPS CEO

Pedro Martinez speaks Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 outside his alma mater, Benito Juarez High School in Pilsen. (WTTW News)

The former San Antonio Independent School District superintendent now finds himself leading a district that is struggling to execute contact tracing and COVID-19 testing as students resume in-person learning.

Board of Education to Vote on Renewed School Resource Officer Contract

Youth activists organized a peaceful march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home on Aug. 13, 2020 to demand the removal of resource officers from Chicago Public Schools. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

The Board of Education will vote this week on a one-year, $11 million extension to continue its school resource officer program despite an ongoing push from some students and advocates to have police removed from schools.

Misdemeanor Charge Filed After Ald. James Cappleman Attacked in Uptown

Ald. James Cappleman, 46th Ward, appears on “Chicago Tonight” from Uptown on March 31, 2020. (WTTW News)

According to Chicago police, 58-year-old Tony Landers has been charged with a single count of aggravated assault stemming from the Saturday night incident near Racine and Leland avenues.

3 CPS Schools Honored as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Award Recipients

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Disney II Magnet High School, Prosser Career Academy and Walter Payton College Prep are among the 325 schools recognized nationally for their “overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”