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Gurnee Man Awarded Certificate of Innocence After Spending Nearly 30 Years in Prison on Wrongful Murder Conviction

Attorneys for Herman Williams — a former U.S. Navy member who served two tours in the Gulf War — announced Tuesday he has been awarded the certificate by the state following his exoneration in the 1993 killing of his former wife Penny Williams.

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

7-Year-Old Boy Killed in ‘Random’ Shooting on Near West Side Tuesday Afternoon

Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling confirmed that the victim died after he was shot around 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard.

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Murder Charges Filed Against Chicago Man Who Allegedly Set House Ablaze, Killing a Woman and Injuring Her Granddaughter

Cordale Nichols, 37, will be detained pending trial following his arrest on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, attempted murder and arson stemming from the June 15 fire that left Charnette Walker dead.

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13-Year-Old Boy Among 7 People Killed by Gunfire Over Weekend Across Chicago: Police

According to the Chicago Police Department, the boy was standing on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of South Independence Boulevard just before 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was shot.

Former Ald. Ed Burke in federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall on Dec. 5, 2023. (WTTW News)

Ex-Ald. Ed Burke Seeking to Delay June Sentencing if US Supreme Court Hasn’t Yet Ruled on Separate Bribery Case

Ed Burke’s attorneys are seeking to delay his upcoming sentencing date until sometime in mid-July after the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on an appeal filed by James Snyder, the former mayor of Portage, Indiana, who was convicted in 2021 of accepting a bribe.

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CPS Elementary Students Show Gains in English, Math on State Assessment

Chicago Public Schools on Thursday announced that preliminary state assessment figures show students in grades 3-8 achieved gains in both subjects on the spring Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) exam.

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

Harry Leinenweber, Longtime Federal Judge Who Presided Over High-Profile Trials of R. Kelly, ‘ComEd Four,’ Has Died

“Judge Harry D. Leinenweber was a friend, mentor, and model jurist,” Rebecca Pallmeyer, chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois, said in a statement. “My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by Judge Leinenweber’s passing.”

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Facing Shortfall of Nearly $400M, Chicago Public Schools Pushes Back Budget Release to July

CPS on Tuesday announced the CPS CEO Pedro Martinez had informed network and school leaders the final draft of its FY25 budget would now be presented in July as the district continues “finalizing the total budget.”

Former President Barack Obama posed for a photo with construction workers at the Obama Presidential Center construction site in Chicago on June 20, 2024. (WTTW News)

‘I Just Want Everybody to Know That I See You’: Barack Obama Visits Presidential Center Construction Site in Chicago as Structure Reaches Full Height

The former president shook hands with construction workers and signed a beam that will be used in the ongoing construction of the center in Jackson Park.

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CPS, CTU to Hold First-Ever Contract Negotiation Session Open to the Public Friday

The CTU announced the sides have agreed to schedule an open contract bargaining session Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Marquette Elementary School, 6550 S. Richmond St., in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

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8 People Killed by Gunfire Over Weekend Across Chicago: Police

An 18-year-old woman fatally shot as she sat in a vehicle early Sunday morning in West Englewood was among eight people killed by gunfire over the weekend across Chicago.

Urban Prep Englewood campus (artistmac / Flickr)

Appellate Court Finds CPS Did Not Violate School Closure Moratorium When It Revoked Charters of Urban Prep Academies

An Illinois appellate court this week ruled that Chicago Public Schools did not violate a moratorium on school closures when it voted down charter renewals for a pair of South Side high schools.

Chicago police officers training at McCormick Place on June 6, 2024, ahead of the upcoming Democratic National Convention. (WTTW News)

‘Our Officers Will Be Ready’: Chicago Police Detail Protest Response and Safety Plans Ahead of DNC

The Chicago Police Department held an open training session at McCormick Place, where police demonstrated for media the different measures and strategies the department is planning to deploy during the August convention.

Chicago police officers responded to a fatal shooting in the 3100 block of West Carmen Avenue on May 27, 2024. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Living Near Violence Can Negatively Impact Academic Performance. A New Study Looks at What Schools Can Do to Mitigate That

“There’s no silver bullet here,” study author David Johnson said. “But there is some really solid evidence that the work that schools are doing matters. And I think that’s really exciting and important.”

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

2 Men Face Murder Charges After Young Father Killed on Way to Work on Chicago’s Northwest Side

Chicago police officials on Tuesday announced first-degree murder and armed robbery charges against 32-year-old Divonte Calhoun and Justin Redmond, 41, nearly a month after the killing of 24-year-old Zet Rodriguez.

The office building at 100 North Western Avenue in Chicago, on Monday, May 6, 2024, where an office of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is located. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

New Lawsuit Details More Allegations of Sex Abuse in Illinois Youth Centers Over 2 Decades

“This is abuse that occurred at the hands of those who were hired to protect and educate the residents of these facilities,” attorney Todd Mathews said Monday. “Instead, they created a horrific environment and performed unspeakable acts on these survivors.”

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Shootings, Homicides in Chicago at Lowest Levels Since 2019: Police

Through the end of May, there have been 204 homicides and 979 shootings, both of which are the lowest totals for any year in Chicago since 2019.

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At Least 3 People Killed by Gunfire Over Weekend Across Chicago: Police

A man who was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Sunday was among at least three people killed by gunfire across Chicago over the weekend.

Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks outside Roseland Mental Health Center on May 30, 2024. (WTTW News)

Johnson Announces Plans to Expand Chicago’s Mental Health Services, Reopen Roseland Mental Health Clinic

Mayor Brandon Johnson announced plans to reopen the city-run Roseland Mental Health Center by the end of this year, and open two other mental health service sites at the Legler Regional Library on the West Side and at the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Lower West Side vaccine clinic in Pilsen.

Protesters and police officers wearing riot gear have a standoff near Daley Plaza on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Chicago Police Show Signs of ‘Significant’ Improvements in Mass Gathering Response Plans, but Concerns Around ‘Outdated’ Draft Policies Persist Ahead of DNC: Watchdog Report

Chicago police are better prepared to handle the large protests and crowds expected during the upcoming Democratic National Convention, but concerns still exist around the police department’s ability to put those preparations into action, a new watchdog report found.

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

2 Men Convicted of Disguising Themselves as Law Enforcement to Kidnap, Rob Victims in Chicago Suburbs

Sedgwick Williams, 47, and Tai Hon La, 34, were each convicted on kidnapping charges this month following a two-week trial in Chicago’s federal court building. Both men face a possible sentence of up to life in prison.

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CPS Releases New School Budgets, Showing ‘Tighter’ Resources for Some Amid Budget Shortfall. Find How Your School Fared

Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday published individual school-level budgets amid as some have expressed concerns about how the district’s new funding model could affect its selective enrollment and magnet schools.

Chicago police officers responded to a fatal shooting in the 3100 block of West Carmen Avenue on May 27, 2024. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

5-Year-Old Girl Among at Least 9 People Killed by Gunfire Over Memorial Day Weekend Across Chicago: Police

The 5-year-old, Reig Ware, was fatally shot at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Campbell Avenue.

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Chicago Police Intend to Be More ‘Judicious’ in Canceling Officers’ Days Off as City Announces Summer Safety Plans

Mayor Brandon Johnson, speaking Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center, joined Chicago police Supt. Larry Snelling and other department leaders to unveil the city’s summer safety plans ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

The Rev. Ira Acree holds a news conference to withdraw his nomination to the RTA board on Friday, May 24, 2024. (WTTW News)

Mayor Johnson’s Pick for RTA Board Withdraws From Consideration After Aldermanic Pushback

The Rev. Ira Acree, who was selected by Mayor Brandon Johnson to serve on the board, announced Friday he is no longer seeking that seat due to aldermanic resistance that began after he faced pointed questions during his confirmation hearing earlier this month.

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Chicago School Board Approves New 4-Year Contract With Support Staff Backed by SEIU Local 73

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved a new agreement with unionized staffers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 73.