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

City Colleges Teachers, Faculty Avoid Strike, Reach Tentative Deal on New Contract

The City Colleges of Chicago Teachers Union Local 1600 called off a planned Nov. 2 walkout after tentatively reaching a four-year contract agreement late Sunday.

(WTTW News)

2 Teens Among 5 People Killed in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 35 people were shot in 32 individual shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday evening and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. Those victims included a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old who were each killed.

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

Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of West Ridge Convenience Store Clerk

Sean Dunnavant, 53, was denied bail during a hearing Friday after he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the fatal shooting of 66-year-old Salim Khamo.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Police Officer Faces Felony Charges After Taser Incident Last Year

Marco Simonetti, 58, was issued a $5,000 D-bond during a hearing Thursday following his arrest on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from an incident in Aug. 2021.

(WTTW News)

7-Year-Old Killed by Errant Bullet Was Washing Hands in Own Home When Shot: Police

The boy was one of two juveniles killed in separate shootings in Chicago Wednesday night.

Urban Prep Englewood campus (artistmac / Flickr)

CPS Board Votes to Take Over Urban Prep Academies After Financial, Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted to revoke the charters for Urban Prep Academies campuses in Englewood and Bronzeville, with CPS itself set to step in and begin managing those schools.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Man Charged in Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault of Postal Worker

Cesar Ramirez, 44, was ordered held without bail Wednesday following his arrest on numerous felony charges stemming from an incident Saturday.

(WTTW News)

Pregnant Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of Man After Argument in Austin Home

Keshia Golden, 33, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder after she allegedly killed a 30-year-old man inside the home they shared in the 5100 block of West Augusta Boulevard.

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

City Colleges Teachers, Faculty Set Nov. 2 Strike Date

The Cook County College Teachers Union said its contract expired in July, but negotiations on a new deal began last October, with teachers pushing for smaller class sizes, greater access to remote learning and student support, increased wraparound services and fair salary increases.

Michael Madigan file photo (WTTW News)

Ex-AT&T President Pleads Not Guilty to Charges He Tried to Illegally Influence Michael Madigan

Paul La Schiazza, 65, entered the plea through his attorneys during a brief hearing Friday morning, one week after federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy and other crimes.

(WTTW News)

7 Chicago-Area Residents Charged in $16M COVID Relief Scheme

Feds allege they used shell companies to draw CARES Act funds

According to a 33-count indictment, the defendants paid to have previously dissolved businesses reincorporated in order to use them as shell companies through which they could apply for small business loans and grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Police Warn of Numerous Armed Robberies Stemming From Online Marketplace Scam

According to a community alert issued by Chicago police, there have been 19 such robberies reported — many of which have occurred in the 6700 block of South Elizabeth Street — between July and October.

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Acquitted at Trial, R. Kelly’s Ex-Business Manager Seeking $850K to Cover Attorneys Fees

Derrel McDavid on Monday filed an 18-page motion through his attorneys seeking a court order that would grant him the fees following what his attorneys called a “vexatious, frivolous, and bad faith” prosecution.

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

Clerk Killed During Attempted Robbery at Far North Side Store: Police

A 66-year-old man — identified through Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office records at Salim Khamo — was killed after he was shot once in the chest inside a store in the 6300 block of North Western Avenue.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Teen Charged With Attempted Murder After Alleged Shootout at Green Line Station

Ohday McCamury, 19, was held without bail during a hearing Monday afternoon following his arrest on the attempted murder charge, as well as two additional counts of robbery and a misdemeanor count of obstructing identification.

(WTTW News)

2 Teens Among 8 People Killed in Chicago Shootings Over the Weekend: Police

Chicago police said 31 people were shot in 26 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Two more people were killed in separate shootings early Monday morning.

(WTTW News)

AT&T Illinois Charged With Attempting to ‘Unlawfully Influence’ Michael Madigan, Agrees to Pay $23M

U.S. Attorney John Lausch’s office on Friday announced AT&T Illinois entered into a deferred prosecution agreement after prosecutors filed a one-count criminal information charging the company with using an interstate facility to promote legislative misconduct.

(WTTW News)

No Bail For Chicago Woman Charged in Landlord’s Killing After Dismembered Remains Found in Freezer

Sandra Kolalou, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder, concealing a homicidal death and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the death of Frances Walker.

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

Teen Charged in Fatal 2021 Shooting of 15-Year-Old Simeon High Schooler

Kentrell McNeal was one of two Simeon students killed in separate shootings just hours apart

A Chicago teen was arrested this week on a murder charge, more than a year after he allegedly killed a 15-year-old boy and wounded a 14-year-old in a shooting outside a Hyde Park gas station.

(WTTW News)

Security Guard Accused of Killing Co-Worker Outside Downtown Chicago Club

Devontrell Turnipseed, 23, was ordered held without bail Tuesday following his arrest on a single count of first-degree murder following the early Sunday morning shooting of a 38-year-old colleague.

(WTTW News)

30 People Shot, 2 Killed in Holiday Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

Twenty-eight people were wounded and two killed by gunfire in shootings across the holiday weekend.

Cooper Roberts (Provided by family)

8-Year-Old Seriously Wounded in Highland Park Mass Shooting Returns to School

Three months after he was seriously wounded during the Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park, 8-year-old Cooper Roberts has returned to school, his family said in a statement Monday.

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

Chicago Man Charged With Killing Friend During Attempted Robbery in Rogers Park, Prosecutors Say

Isaias Salas, 20, was arrested this week and charged with first-degree murder, murder via other forcible felony and armed robbery stemming from the May 3, 2022 killing of 21-year-old Julbert Hernandez.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Police Shoot Man Inside West Side Police Station

The shooting occurred inside the CPD’s 10th District Station located at 3315 W. Ogden Ave. No officers were wounded, but one person was struck and and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police spokesperson Tom Ahern said.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Man Charged in Sunday Shooting That Wounded 7-Year-Old Boy

Kentrell Gayden, 22, was ordered held without bail during a hearing Wednesday afternoon following his arrest on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery stemming from the Sunday morning shooting.

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Murder Charges Filed Against Woman Accused of Pushing 3-Year-Old Nephew Into Water at Navy Pier

A spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on Tuesday said it has modified the attempted murder charge filed against 34-year-old Victoria Moreno into a charge of first-degree murder after her 3-year-old nephew Josiah Brown died of his injuries.