Stories by Matt Masterson

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Chicago Sees Uptick in Shootings, Homicides Through Month of March: Police

According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 46 homicides across the city last month, which marked a 28% increase over the same month in 2023.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago on April 3, 2024. (WTTWW News)

In Chicago Speech, US Attorney General Merrick Garland Says Feds ‘Doubling Down’ on Funding for Violence Intervention Programs

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced his department’s plan to spend $78 million to support community violence intervention programs and research in Chicago and across the country.

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ATF Investigating After Overnight Fire at Southwest Side Truck Yard Involving About 8 Tractor-Trailers

A spokesperson for the ATF confirmed it has responded to the scene of the fire at 6850 W. 63rd St. following a request from Chicago’s fire and police departments.

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)

Chicago Public Schools Collecting Community Feedback on School Safety as District Prepares to Remove Resource Officers

Parents, students and community stakeholders have until this week to complete the school district’s whole school safety survey and voice their opinions as CPS prepares a new holistic approach to school safety districtwide.

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At Least 7 People Killed by Gunfire Across Chicago Over Easter Holiday Weekend: Police

According to the Chicago Police Department, at least 32 people were shot between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. That total included two separate mass shootings that involved nine total victims.

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13 People Hospitalized After CTA Bus Crash in Chatham Friday Morning

More than a dozen people were injured, including at least three seriously, after a crash between a CTA bus and a van in Chatham Friday morning.

Leighton Criminal Court Building (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Cook County Courts Have Seen ‘Mostly Smooth’ Transition After Elimination of Cash Bail, New Report Finds

According to findings from the Civic Federation and the League of Women Voters of Cook County, the Pretrial Fairness Act has worked as intended during the first six months of its implementation.

The Chicago Police Department released video of robbery suspects in incidents that occurred March 14-16, 2024. (Chicago Police / YouTube)

Chicago Police Publish Video of Groups Believed to Be Responsible for Waves of Armed Robberies

Chicago police are searching for at least three groups of men they believe are responsible for more than two dozen armed robberies that occurred over a five-day span earlier this month.

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

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Jussie Smollett’s Appeal

Illinois’ high court has agreed to hear an appeal from Jussie Smollett, more than two years after the former “Empire” star was convicted of orchestrating an elaborate hate crime hoax.

Eileen O’Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III are running for the Democratic nomination in the race for Cook County state’s attorney. (Photos provided)

Eileen O’Neill Burke, Clayton Harris Remain Locked in Tight Battle Wednesday to Replace Kim Foxx as Cook County State’s Attorney

The latest update in vote totals from the Associated Press came just after 12:30 a.m., as O’Neill Burke continued holding a slight edge over Harris. As of the most recent tally, fewer than 10,000 votes separated the pair. More votes will be counted in the coming days. 

The U.S. Capitol Building (Paula Nardini / Pexels)

Democratic Incumbents Rep. Jesús ‘Chuy’ García, Danny Davis Stave Off Primary Challenges

With polls across Illinois officially closed, several longtime incumbent House representatives will soon learn if they’ll retain their Congressional seats or if their challengers will emerge victorious.

Ald. Danny Solis, 25th Ward, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 26, 2018.

Prosecutors Planning to Call Ex-Ald. and Federal Informant Danny Solis as Witness in Michael Madigan Corruption Trial

Federal prosecutors disclosed in a motion Monday that they do indeed plan to call Solis as a witness, marking a shift in strategy after they opted against calling him last year to testify against his former colleague, longtime 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke.

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4 People Killed by Gunfire Across Chicago Over the Weekend: Police

According to Chicago Police Department figures, 16 people were shot in 14 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Police vehicle file photo. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Man Charged in Stabbing Death of 11-Year-Old in Edgewater Had Previously Threatened Boy’s Mother

Crosetti Brand, 37, has been charged with numerous felonies including first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder following the fatal stabbing of 11-year-old Jaydone Perkins inside his mother’s Edgewater home early Wednesday.

Jackie Wilson responds to a question from the media at a news conference announcing a lawsuit filed on his behalf on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (WTTW News)

Cook County Officials Approve $17M Settlement With Jackie Wilson, Who Said He Was Tortured Into False Murder Confession

The county’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted in favor of the deal, which comes years after Jackie Wilson was released and granted a certificate of innocence in the 1982 killings of Chicago police Officers William Fahey and Richard O’Brien.

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11-Year-Old Boy Killed, Woman Injured in Suspected Domestic Incident on North Side

The incident occurred at around 8 a.m. in the 5900 block of North Ravenswood Avenue.

Police vehicle file photo. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

15-Year-Old Girl Among 5 People Killed Overnight in Shootings Across Chicago: Police

The homicides all occurred within a matter of hours between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Jackie Wilson responds to a question from the media at a news conference announcing a lawsuit filed on his behalf on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (WTTW News)

Cook County Board Set to Approve $17M Settlement With Jackie Wilson, Who Spent Decades Behind Bars Following Wrongful Murder Conviction

The Cook County Board of Commissioners will vote on the proposed settlement with Jackie Wilson, who was convicted of the 1982 killings of Chicago police Officers William Fahey and Richard O’Brien, based largely on a false confession he said he gave after he was repeatedly beaten and electroshocked.

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Reports: Bears Planning to Spend $2B on New Domed Stadium in Chicago

Several news organizations on Monday morning reported that the team has backed off possible plans to build a stadium in suburban Arlington Heights and will instead now provide private funding for a new publicly owned stadium in Chicago.

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1 Person Killed, 12 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

According to the Chicago Police Department, 13 people were shot in 13 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The Dirksen Courthouse is pictured in Chicago. (Capitol News Illinois)

Feds Recover $1.4M Allegedly Tied to Cryptocurrency Fraud Scam

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced it seized approximately $1.4 million of cryptocurrency, which will be now returned to people who lost their money through an alleged fraud scheme.

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Homicides in Chicago Down 20% to Start 2024 Compared to Last Year: Police

There have been 64 homicides recorded through February, according to the Chicago Police Department, and 292 shooting victims from 253 total shootings.

A memorial is on display at the funeral of Chicago police Officer Ella French on Aug. 19, 2021. (WTTW News)

Emonte Morgan Convicted of Murder in Fatal 2021 Shooting of Chicago Police Officer Ella French

Officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Aug. 7, 2021. Emonte Morgan, 23, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

3 Killed by Gunfire Over Holiday Weekend Across Chicago: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 29 people were shot in 24 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday.

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

‘ComEd Four’ Sentencing Dates Delayed Until Later This Year as U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Separate Bribery Case

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber on Thursday ruled that the “ComEd Four” will not be sentenced until after the high court issues its ruling in a separate case involving James Snyder, a former Indiana mayor who was found guilty of accepting a bribe.

A memorial is on display at the funeral of Chicago police Officer Ella French on Aug. 19, 2021. (WTTW News)

Chicago Officer Critically Wounded Alongside Ella French Recounts Shooting Aftermath, Recovery

Ex-Chicago police Officer Carlos Yanez Jr., who was critically wounded in the shooting that left his partner Ella French dead, said he has no recollection of the altercation itself, which left him severely injured.