Stories by Matt Masterson

City Colleges Staffers Threaten Strike Over In-Person Learning Plan

Malcolm X College (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

The Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, which represents nearly 2,000 CCC staffers, has an emergency meeting Friday to discuss a no-confidence vote, which could lead to a safety strike later this month.

‘That Boy Was Loved’: Family, Friends Gather to Remember Slain Teen Activist Caleb Reed

Family and friends of teen activist Caleb Reed gather outside Mather High School Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Reed, 17, died Sunday after he was shot days earlier. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

The 17-year-old worked as a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and had sought the removal of police officers from Chicago schools. He died Sunday, two days after he was shot in Rogers Park.

Murder Charge Filed in Slaying of 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy

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The man accused of gunning down Janari Ricks last week was “hunting” for a victim, Cook County prosecutors said, after he was seen on surveillance footage peering over fences in the area while “looking for somebody to shoot.”

Chicago Police: Arrest Made in Friday Murder of 9-Year-Old Boy

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Chicago police have a suspect in custody in connection with the shooting death of Janari Ricks near the Cabrini Rowhouses on Friday night. Criminal charges are expected to be filed in the coming days.

Man Charged With 6 Counts of Attempted Murder After Shootout With Chicago Police

Chicago Police investigate at the 25th District station on the Northwest Side, after several officers were shot outside the station, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times)

The man accused of wounding three Chicago police officers in a shootout outside a Northwest Side police station Thursday morning has been charged with six counts of attempted murder and multiple other felonies.

At Least 3 Chicago Police Officers Wounded in Shooting at CPD Station Thursday

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Three Chicago Police officers were shot, including one who was struck in the neck, outside a Northwest side police station Thursday by an offender who had been arrested as a suspect in a June carjacking.

CPS: More Than 400 Daily COVID-19 Cases Could Trigger Full-Time Remote Learning

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In order for schools to move to fully remote instruction this fall, the city of Chicago must hit a rolling average of 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, according to new guidance from Chicago Public Schools.

Activists File Suit to Protect Protesters With Federal Agents Coming to Chicago

Federal officers use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Attorneys representing Black Lives Matter Chicago and several other groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction to halt the feds from interfering with peaceful protests or making arrests without probable cause.

‘Put Your Guns Down,’ Lightfoot, Police Implore After Tuesday’s Mass Shooting

Chicago police investigate the scene of a mass shooting where more then a dozen people were shot in the Gresham neighborhood, of Chicago, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The morning after a shooting injured at least 15 people, police Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with community members to come forward with information and help break the ongoing cycle of gang violence in Chicago.

Chicago Police: 15 People Shot Outside Funeral Home Tuesday Evening

Chicago police investigate the scene of a mass shooting where more then a dozen people were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

More than a dozen people were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in what has become one of the city’s largest mass shootings in years — at a time when President Donald Trump is planning to send federal agents to Chicago.

How Will CPS Improve Remote Learning? Track Attendance? Schools Chief Talks Reopening Plan

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (WTTW News)

It’s become one of the most pressing questions of the summer: Will schools reopen this fall, and if so, how will they do it safely? We speak with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson.

Trio Allegedly Defrauded Victims Out of $750K Through Romance, Inheritance Scams

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Two men and a woman with Chicago-area ties could face decades in federal prison after they allegedly swindled dozens of victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars through inheritance and romance fraud schemes.

CDC Study Finds Measures Taken by Cook County Sheriff Mitigated COVID-19 Spread in Jail

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Through the use of aggressive strategies and widespread testing, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was able to successfully mitigate the spread of COVID-19 inside the Cook County Jail, according to a new study.

Police, Lightfoot Call Friday Protest ‘Ambush,’ ‘Anarchy’ as Protesters Decry Police Brutality

Surveillance footage released Monday, July 20, 2020 by the Chicago Police Department shows protesters marching toward the Christopher Columbus statue Friday evening. (Chicago Police Department)

Police Superintendent David Brown said officers faced organized mob action “designed to provoke violent responses” during a protest that started peacefully but turned violent, leaving several officers and protesters injured.

CPS Pitches Hybrid Learning for Fall, But Parents Can Opt Out of Sending Kids Back Into Schools

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CPS released its long-awaited reopening framework on Friday. But these plans are just preliminary recommendations, and a final decision on in-person instruction will not be made until late August.

Chicago Parents, Teachers Concerned About Return to School Ahead of CPS Reopening Plan

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Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said Thursday the school district must begin the 2020-21 academic year with remote learning until there are firm guidelines and protocols in place to ensure kids and staff alike are protected from COVID-19.

CPS Issues New Guidance as Local Councils Vote on Cops in Schools

Demonstrators march in Chicago on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to show their support for removing police officers from schools. (WTTW News)

Chicago Public Schools is recommending school leaders schedule community town hall meetings as more and more local school councils consider votes to eliminate their resource officer programs.

CPD Entering ‘Next Generation’ of Policing as 2 Senior Leaders Retire

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Chicago’s top cop says his department is heading into the “next generation” of policing as two of its most senior leaders head into retirement and more than a dozen others have been promoted into command staff positions.

City Colleges Launches Debt Forgiveness Program to Offer Former Students a ‘Fresh Start’

Malcolm X College (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

Students held back by debt who dropped out of the City Colleges of Chicago system before completing their studies can now re-enroll and finish their degrees through a relief program that promises to forgive those unpaid dues.

Chicago Police Add Language Access Coordinator to Better Engage Non-English Speakers

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To better communicate with residents who have limited English proficiency, the Chicago Police Department has hired Roxana Cortes, a former Chicago Public Schools translation specialist.

Police: 64 Shot, 11 Killed as Weekend Violence Continues in Chicago

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Chicago’s top cop David Brown is again calling for community partnerships and additional investments in South and West Side neighborhoods after yet another violent weekend that saw dozens of people shot.

Chicago Man Accused of Killing 1, Wounding 2 Who Tried to Stop Looting

Andrew Sneed (Chicago Police Department)

“These victims, I’m just going to classify them as good community members who were trying to do the right thing,” Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said of the three men who were shot on May 31.

Chicago Man Charged in Fatal Pitchfork Stabbing of Elderly Grandmother

Dujuan Randle (Chicago Police Department)

Dujuan Randle, 41, was held without bond Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, two days after allegedly carrying out the fatal attack in broad daylight in front of neighbors.

Kim Foxx’s Office Creates Online Process to Report Police Misconduct Allegations

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The Police Criminal Misconduct Complaint form, launched Tuesday, will allow residents to submit claims of criminal misconduct against law enforcement officers and upload photo and video evidence of any alleged incident.

Northside College Prep LSC Votes to Pull School Resource Officers

Northside College Prep (Facebook)

A Chicago public high school on the Northwest Side has voted to remove its school resource officers amid a nationwide push to rethink police in schools following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.