Stories by Matt Masterson

Family of Mercy Hospital Shooting Victim Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Dayna Less, center, with her father Brian and mother Teena. (Provided photo)

The father of slain pharmacist Dayna Less is suing Mercy Hospital and its security firm, claiming their “systemic failures” allowed a domestic violence incident “escalate into a triple homicide.”

Federal Prosecutors to Participate in ‘Project Guardian’ to Target Chicago Gun Crime

U.S. Attorney John Lausch appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 13, 2019. (WTTW News)

Federal prosecutors in Chicago say their office is entering into a new Department of Justice initiative aimed at reducing gun violence through coordinated prosecutions and new or improved background check enforcements.

Smollett Says He Was Maliciously Prosecuted in Counterclaim Against City

Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett has filed a federal counterclaim against the city of Chicago claiming he owes the city no more money and was maliciously prosecuted for the alleged hoax attack police say he orchestrated on himself.

Expungement Request Denied for Ex-CPD Detective Dante Servin in Rekia Boyd Case

Former Chicago police Detective Dante Servin, right, exits the Leighton Criminal Court Building following his expungement hearing Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

The family of Rekia Boyd erupted into applause Tuesday after a judge denied a request from the man who was charged and acquitted in her killing – a former Chicago police detective – to expunge any record of his criminal case from the public’s view.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Will Seek Re-Election in 2020

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2019. (WTTW News)

In her first campaign ad for 2020, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges missteps in the Jussie Smollett case and calls out critics like President Donald Trump and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.

Board of Education to Vote on New Budget, Strike Make-Up Days

Days after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to approve a new five-year contract with the city, the Chicago Board of Education is expected to follow suit at its regular monthly meeting this week.

CTU Members Vote to Ratify 5-Year Contract

Chicago Teachers Union members ended their strike last month after 11 missed days of class. (WTTW News)

Two weeks after ending their historic work stoppage, more than 25,000 rank-and-file Chicago Teachers Union members ratified their new contract with the city.

Ex-Chicago Detective Acquitted in Rekia Boyd Killing Wants Court Records Expunged

Judge will rule on Dante Servin’s petition at a hearing next week

Martinez Sutton, center, speaks at City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 about the killing of his sister Rekia Boyd by former Chicago police Detective Dante Servin in 2012. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Former Chicago police Detective Dante Servin was found not guilty of Rekia Boyd’s killing in 2016. Now he wants any record of his criminal trial removed from the public eye – a move family members call a “terrible slap in the face.”

CTU’s Strike Remains Suspended. To End it, 25,000 Teachers Must Ratify New Contract

The Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 hold a massive demonstration in the Loop on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 -- day five of the Chicago teachers strike. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Teachers Union’s 11-day strike is suspended, but it’s not officially over until rank-and-file members vote to ratify a five-year tentative contract agreement reached with the city. That vote begins Thursday.

Heating Issues Hit Kenwood Academy High School for 2nd Straight Day

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Chicago Public Schools said heating issues at the school had been fixed Tuesday. But on Wednesday the district said several classrooms were suffering from insufficient heat circulation as temperatures across the city remained below freezing.

Kenwood Academy Suffers Heat Loss During Record Cold Spell in Chicago

Kenwood Academy High School (TonyTheTiger / Wikimedia Commons)

A broken heater inside a South Side high school left students in classrooms without normal heat circulation on a day with record cold temperatures.

1 Dead, 3 Others Stabbed After Argument Over Minor Car Crash

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Chicago police say a 28-year-old man is dead after he was stabbed in the chest during a confrontation on the 5300 block of West Irving Park Road just after 2 a.m. Monday morning.

CPS Enrollment Declines By 6,000 Students

Fewer students are enrolled at Chicago Public Schools this year compared to last year, according to figures released by the district Friday. But CPS says the drop-off is “significantly” smaller than declines in recent school years.

Ex-LAPD Top Cop Charlie Beck Named Interim Chicago Police Superintendent

Charlie Beck, right, speaks during a press conference in 2018 while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, looks on. On Friday, the former LAPD chief was named Chicago’s interim police superintendent. (Eric Garcetti / Flickr)

Charlie Beck, who led the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly a decade, has been tabbed to serve as the interim Chicago police superintendent following Eddie Johnson’s retirement at the end of the year.

Top Cop Eddie Johnson Announces Retirement: ‘It’s Time’

Police superintendent will serve through the end of 2019

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement during a press conference at police headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (WTTW News)

It’s official: Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will retire at the end of the year. He made his announcement Thursday flanked by family members and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, celebrating what he says has been a reduction in crime on his watch.

Mayor Lightfoot on Eddie Johnson Retirement Reports: ‘He’s Still Here’

Still images from appearances of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on “Chicago Tonight.” Lightfoot spoke to reporters Wednesday about Johnson’s possible retirement this week. (WTTW News)

Earlier this week, Eddie Johnson said he’s been “toying” with the idea of stepping down after three years as police superintendent. But Lightfoot wouldn’t say Wednesday if she expects that to happen soon.

CPS Announces Dates of 5 Make-Up Days Following Teachers Strike

Chicago Teachers Union members ended their strike last week after 11 missed days of class. (WTTW News)

The school district says it will spread five make-up days across the rest of the year. CPS Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade joins us to discuss the 11-day strike, recent negotiations and a new teachers contract.

Chicago Man Who Says He Was Tortured Into False Confession Now Suing City, Police Officers

Arnold Day speaks to the media on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (WTTW News)

Arnold Day claims he was tortured into falsely confessing to two murders in 1991. After 26 years in prison, he’s now suing the city of Chicago.

Chicago Police Publish New Data on Civilian Complaints

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The Chicago Police Department on Monday released data on each of the 40,497 total officer misconduct complaints filed between January 2007 and February 2019. What that data shows.

CPD Releases New Crime Data as Trump Again Attacks Eddie Johnson

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on “Chicago Tonight” in 2018, left, and President Donald Trump in Chicago on Oct. 28, 2019. (WTTW News, left, AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, right)

On the same day the Chicago Police Department unveiled its latest crime data showing downward trends in 2019, President Donald Trump on Twitter blasted the city’s “crime wave” under Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Police Seek Gunman in Halloween Shooting That Critically Injured Child

A police supervisor and officer stand inside a cell phone store in the 3700 block of West 26th Street, where a 7-year-old girl was shot while trick-or-treating Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson condemned the Thursday shooting that critically injured a 7-year-old trick-or-treater. “I’m disgusted, but committed to doing everything we can to find the cowards who engaged in a gun battle in the early evening hours while children were trick-or-treating,” he said.

Chicago Teachers Strike Comes to an End, Classes Resume Friday

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks about the Chicago Teachers Union strike during a press conference at City Hall on Thursday morning, Oct. 31, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago Public Schools students will return to class Friday following the district’s longest teachers strike in more than 30 years. What finally brought an end to the 11-day standoff. 

CTU Reaches Tentative Deal But Won’t Return to Work Thursday

Chicago Teachers Union members hold a rally at the Lincoln Yards development on day nine of the strike, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (WTTW News)

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union won’t head back to school Thursday morning and their strike will last at least one more day after the union’s House of Delegates accepted a tentative agreement with the city, but refused to return to work.

Police Department Accepts New Recommendations to Boost Homicide Clearance Rate

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says his department has accepted guidance from a Washington D.C.-based research firm offering a “comprehensive assessment of best practices and policies” for solving crimes more quickly.

Another No-Show for R. Kelly, This Time in Federal Court

In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

The R&B singer’s attorney said his client has been hobbled by a toe infection and was worried about aggravating the injury by appearing in court for a hearing Wednesday.