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Jussie Smollett Attorney Can Stay on Case Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns

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

In a 10-page ruling, Judge James Linn ordered that Jussie Smollett may continue using attorney Nenye Uche to represent him in the actor’s disorderly conduct case, despite a push from Special Prosecutor Dan Webb to have Uche removed.

Suspect in Fatal Puerto Rican Day Shooting Allegedly Bought Plane Ticket Within 45 Minutes of Incident

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Anthony Lorenzi was held without bail Friday following his arrest earlier this month in San Diego. He has since been extradited back to Cook County on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of 24-year-old Gyovanny Arzuaga.

Elected School Board Officially Coming to Chicago After Pritzker Signs Bill

Supporters of an elected school board demonstrate in April 2019. (WTTW News)

It’s official: The Chicago Board of Education will transition from being an appointed body to an elected one — over the objections of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 

Lollapalooza Organizers Donating $2.2M to Expand Arts Education in CPS

Lollapalooza will return to Chicago at full capacity from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2021. (WTTW News)

As the massive four-day music festival gets underway in Grant Park, event organizers announced the launch of a fund that will support arts education over the next five years for more than 100,000 students within Chicago Public Schools.

Interim CPS CEO Wants to Engage With 100K Students at Risk of Not Re-Enrolling This Fall

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Speaking Wednesday at his first Board of Education meeting since he was appointed as interim Chicago Public Schools CEO, Jose Torres said the district’s “true north” goal before reopening schools must be to make sure at-risk students are prepared to return to CPS.

Special Prosecutor Chosen to Investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Handling of Jackie Wilson Case

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)

A Cook County judge has appointed Lawrence Oliver to serve as special prosecutor in the case of Jackie Wilson, who wrongfully spent decades behind bars for a double murder he didn’t commit.

Cicero Man Arrested, Charged With Arson of Chicago Walgreens Last Summer

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Federal authorities on Tuesday announced that Jose Valdovinos had been arrested earlier this week after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with maliciously damaging and destroying a building in June 2020.

12 Killed, 70 People Shot Over Weekend in Chicago

Police Superintendent David Brown talks about the city’s efforts to reduce gun violence on Monday, July 26, 2021. (WTTW News)

There were 52 separate shooting incidents between Friday evening and Sunday night, according to data from the Chicago Police Department. That includes a police shooting Sunday in the Kenwood community that left one person wounded.

CPS Will Require Students, Staff to Wear Masks Indoors When School Resumes Next Month

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Chicago Public Schools students and staff must continue wearing masks inside facilities and maintain 3 feet of social distancing where possible when in-person learning resumes at the end of August.

Shooting of Party Bus Riders Marks Third Mass Shooting Within 6 Hours Wednesday: Police

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Eight people who had been around a party bus were shot on the North Side late Wednesday, marking the third shooting in Chicago with at least five victims in just a six-hour span, according to the Chicago Police Department.

No Bail for Second Alleged Gunman Charged in Murder of 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams

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

Devontay Anderson allegedly used an AK-47 style weapon to fire more than two dozen shots into a car carrying a 7-year-old girl at a West Side McDonald’s in April, and then fled the state to avoid arrest.

Getaway Driver in Hadiya Pendleton Murder Sentenced to 42 Years in Prison

Cleopatra Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton, delivers her victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of Kenneth Williams for the murder of Hadiya Pendleton at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on July 20, 2021. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

During a sentencing hearing Tuesday, family members of the slain teen made clear they feel the man who served as the getaway driver was just as responsible as the man who fired the fatal shots in 2013.

Second Alleged Gunman in Killing of 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams Arrested in Chicago

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Two months after federal authorities posted a $10,000 reward for his arrest, the second man accused of fatally shooting 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams as she sat in a McDonald’s drive-thru on the West Side has been found.

City, Chicago Police Were ‘Unprepared’ for Protests, Unrest in Wake of George Floyd Killing Last Summer: Report

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

The city and Chicago Police Department did not have the “policies, reporting practices, training, equipment, data analysis, community engagement, or inter-agency coordination required to respond effectively” to widespread protests and unrest last summer, according to a new report.

‘We Are Coming For You’: Chicago Police Launch New Gun Investigations Team

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown talks about the flow of illegal guns into Chicago on Monday, July 19, 2021. (WTTW News)

Chicago police have recovered a record number of illegal firearms so far this year, but the city’s top cop on Monday said his department is now launching a team that will target those who buy the guns for others.

11 Killed, More Than 50 Shot in Chicago Shootings Over the Weekend

A file photo shows Chicago police SUVs. (WTTW News)

According to the Chicago Police Department, 56 people were shot in 44 shooting incidents between Friday evening and Sunday night. Eleven of those victims died.

Ex-Ald. Joe Moreno to Avoid Prison After Guilty Plea in 2019 Case

In this file photo, Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno speaks with WTTW News.

The former 1st Ward alderman pleaded guilty to multiple charges Friday, but will avoid jail time, following a highly publicized 2019 incident in which he loaned his vehicle to a woman and then falsely claimed it had been stolen.

Teen Charged in Death of Veteran During Attempted Carjacking Held Without Bail

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

Frank Harris will remain in jail following his arrest on charges of murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking, stemming from the death of Keith Cooper, 73, who was struck in the head during an attempted carjacking.

ACLU of Illinois Suing Police Department for Records on Social Media Monitoring Program

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According to a 41-page complaint filed Thursday, the Chicago Police Department has refused to share information about its social media monitoring task force, including the reason for its expansion, which accounts are tracked and what is done with that information.

Pritzker Signs Bill Making Illinois 1st State to Ban Police From Lying to Minors During Interrogations

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law before signing into law new criminal justice legislation on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (WTTW News via Governor’s Office)

Working to reverse a notion that Chicago and Illinois have become false confession capitals in the U.S., Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday that prohibits the use of deceptive tactics by law enforcement officers when interrogating juveniles.

Ex-CPS Principal Hit With Federal Charges Over Alleged Overtime Scheme

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A former Chicago Public Schools principal who was removed from her post two years ago amid allegations of financial misconduct is now facing federal charges alleging she authorized overtime for her employees and then collected back that cash for her own use.

No Bail for Chicago Man Charged With Shooting at Acquaintance, Postal Carrier

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

Caleb Del Toro, 24, will remain in jail after he allegedly wounded an acquaintance and shot at a postal carrier during an incident on the Northwest Side earlier this month.

CPS Says Equity, Student Supports at Center of $9.3B Budget Proposal

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The school district on Tuesday released its budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year, which includes $672 million for priority facility investments throughout the city and more than $1 billion in federal funding for student supports.

Chicago’s Top Cop Touts ‘Significant and Substantive’ Meeting With Biden on Violence Prevention

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown talks about his Monday meeting with President Joe Biden at a news conference on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (WTTW News)

After meeting with President Joe Biden on Monday, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown reiterated his belief that there must be “real consequences for serious crimes.”

Attempted Dognapping Precipitated Fatal Shooting on Lower West Side: Prosecutors

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

After being chased into his home while out for a walk with his dog, a 22-year-old Chicago man allegedly retrieved a firearm, went back outside and fatally shot a 26-year-old in the head on Friday evening.

11 Killed in Chicago Shootings Over the Weekend

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According to the Chicago Police Department, 40 people were shot in 33 separate incidents over the weekend, including a man who was gunned down as he left the Cook County Jail on Saturday night.