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Chicago Police Release Footage of Suspect in Fatal Lincoln Square Shooting

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The Chicago Police Department released surveillance footage showing the moments before 59-year-old Rae Park was shot and killed by a male suspect at around 7 a.m. Wednesday in the 2600 block of West Catalpa Avenue.

City Drops Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandate Against Police Union: Lightfoot

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement Wednesday night saying the city had dropped its lawsuit at her discretion following an increase in compliance among Chicago police officers with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Ex-Chicago Park District Supervisor Arrested Again on New Sexual Abuse Allegations

The Chicago Park District’s River Park, located in Lincoln Square. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Mauricio Ramirez, previously accused of sexually assaulting an underage lifeguard, has been arrested for a second time in just over a month after media coverage of his initial case led a second victim to come forward, prosecutors said.

Cook County Tops 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed its 1,000th homicide of the year over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, though that total has since grown to at least 1,009, per county officials.

CPS to Begin COVID-19 Test-to-Stay Pilot Program for Students This Week

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Under the pilot, an unvaccinated student who is exposed to COVID-19 would be allowed to stay in school if they agree to testing on the first, third, fifth and seventh day after their exposure.

Smollett Hatched ‘Secret Plan’ For Hoax Attack, Per Prosecutors, But Defense Says He’s ‘Real Victim’

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

Jussie Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports to multiple different Chicago police officers about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019.

Jussie Smollett Heads to Trial Years After Hoax Attack Allegations

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

Jury selection begins Monday as the former "Empire" star will stand trial on charges of disorderly conduct after he allegedly filed a false police report claiming to be the victim of a January 2019 attack by two men near his Streeterville apartment.

Man Charged After Allegedly Shooting at Chicago Police Officers Sunday

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Felton Williams was on parole following a previous aggravated battery against a peace officer when he allegedly fired a gun at Chicago police officers during a foot pursuit Sunday evening.

Police Seek Help Finding Missing Teens Last Seen Outside Amundsen High School

Izebella DeLeon (left) and Sujeily Zepeda (Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Police Department has issued missing persons alerts for 15-year-olds Sujeily Zepeda and Izebella DeLeon, who were last seen Friday outside Amundsen High School, where both are students.

7 People Killed, 35 Shot Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

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A 14-year-old boy was among the seven people killed across Chicago over the weekend, according to Chicago police.

Investigation Uncovered Widespread Sexual Misconduct at Logan Square High School

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"The behavior uncovered revealed a stunning betrayal of trust and colossal failure of judgment in character on the part of far too many individuals," CPS CEO Pedro Martinez told media during a press conference Friday morning.

Cook County Juror Pay to Double Next Year Under New Measure

Empty jury box area readied for members of the jury in the courtroom of Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Pool / Chicago Tribune)

Beginning June 1, 2022, juror pay — which has not increased for decades — will increase from $14.50 per day to $30 per day, while travel stipends will increase from $2.70 per day to $5 per day.

2 Men Charged in Fatal ATM Robbery Later ‘Double Crossed,’ Killed Their Own Accomplices: Prosecutors

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“I know this is a complicated fact pattern,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said, “but in looking at the facts as alleged by the state, it’s as if these two defendants tried to copy every armed robbery movie out there, right down to the double cross.”

CPS Leaders Working on ‘Contingency Plans’ Ahead of Possible Winter COVID Spike

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

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez on Wednesday said his team is beginning to set up plans and solidify a specific health metric that can be used to decide when to shut down in-person learning within a school or across the district itself.

Police Union Boss John Catanzara Officially Resigns From CPD

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on May 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

A day after he announced his intention to leave the department, John Catanzara — the first-term president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 — posted a picture of his personnel action request on his Facebook page, which shows that he has indeed retired from the CPD.

Police Union Boss John Catanzara Says He’s Resigning From CPD at Termination Hearing

John Catanzara (WTTW News)

The stunning announcement comes after John Catanzara, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, spent hours testifying at his own termination hearing Monday.

21 People Shot, 4 Killed in Shootings Over the Weekend in Chicago: Police

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According to Chicago Police Department data, 21 people were shot in 18 shooting incidents over the weekend in the city.

Lightfoot ‘Disappointed’ in COPA’s Recommendation to Suspend Slain Officer Ella French

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

The decision to recommend a suspension for slain officer Ella French was the “height of tone-deafness,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday, after a police watchdog agency issued disciplinary recommendations for those involved in the 2019 raid at Anjanette Young’s home.

Chicago Man Charged in Fatal Gas Station Shooting

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Isaiah Hudson, 24, appeared in court Thursday following his arrest on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful use of weapon and armed habitual criminal stemming from the fatal Sept. 1 shooting.

University of Chicago Leaders Want City’s Help to Improve Safety Plans After Grad Killed

The University of Chicago (WTTW News)

In a joint letter, UChicago President Paul Alivisatos and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee said they’ve spoken with city leaders about formalizing “a number of short and longer-term public safety strategies specifically” for Hyde Park and its surrounding communities.

Prevent Another COVID-19 Surge by Getting Your Kids Vaccinated, CPS and Public Health Officials Urge

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While the COVID-19 vaccine has now been approved for younger children, Chicago could find itself in the midst of another coronavirus surge this winter if families wait too long to get their children vaccinated, the city’s top doctor said Tuesday.

50 People Shot, 10 Killed Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

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The victims included a 16-year-old boy who was killed in Garfield Park on Saturday afternoon and a 36-year-old man who was fatally shot following a confrontation as he tried to park his car in his garage in Belmont Cragin.

Chicago Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting of Her Husband in Far Northwest Side Home

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Jacqueline Villasenor was charged with a single count of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death Tuesday of her husband and fellow Chicago Police Department officer, 44-year-old German Villasenor.

CPS Cancels Nov. 12 Classes to Give Kids Chance to Get COVID Vaccine

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Classes for Chicago Public Schools students will be canceled Friday, Nov. 12 to allow families an opportunity to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, now that the vaccine has been approved for kids ages 5 to 11.

Judge Tosses 5 More Convictions Tied to Ex-CPD Detective Ronald Watts

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“Today is a step towards righting the wrongs of the past and giving these individuals their names back,” Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said.

Chicago Woman Held Without Bail Following Fatal Halloween Shooting

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Niquita Booker, 27, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder following the fatal shooting Sunday of 22-year-old Kailah Bledsoe in the Gresham neighborhood.