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Summer Safety Plan Focuses on ‘Flooding’ Resources Into Historically Violent Areas: Lightfoot

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

As Chicago hits the unofficial start of summer this weekend, city officials have announced a citywide strategy aimed at preventing summer shootings and homicides by focusing resources in historically violent areas on South and West sides.

CPD Unveils New Foot Pursuit Policy After Fatal Shootings of Adam Toledo, Anthony Alvarez

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Two months after the fatal police shootings of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, the Chicago Police Department unveiled a new policy on foot pursuits it says will better prioritize the safety of officers, the public and those being pursued.

17 People Charged in Sweeping Narcotics Investigation ‘Operation Tragic Blow’

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Chicago Police Department relied on “extensive” undercover and covert surveillance operations during the multiyear probe targeting those distributing or attempting to distribute heroin and cocaine across Chicago, authorities said Thursday.

Family of Adam Toledo Launching Nonprofit to Help At-Risk Boys

Adam Toledo’s mother Betty, second from right, wipes away tears as family members of the 13-year-old fatally shot by police on March 29, 2021 announce the launch of a nonprofit honoring their son and brother on May 26, 2021. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Members of Adam Toledo’s family wiped away tears on what would have been his 14th birthday as they announced a new program for boys to develop skills and values in a rural environment away from city streets.

CPS to Promote All Elementary, Middle School Students to Next Grade Level

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All elementary and middle school students in Chicago Public Schools will advance to the next grade level, regardless of their academic success during the current academic year, under a new resolution to be considered by the district.

CPD Planning to Have ‘Additional Resources’ Ready on Floyd Anniversary, Memorial Day Weekend

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

Following one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends of 2021, and with the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and Memorial Day ahead, police Superintendent David Brown says he plans to continue limiting time off for officers this week.

2 Men Charged, Held Without Bail in Shooting of 2-Year-Old Girl

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The alleged shooter, 18-year-old David Contreras, has been charged with four counts of attempted murder, along with single counts of aggravated battery and unlawful use of weapon stemming from the May 14 shooting.

FOP Members Issue No-Confidence Vote in Lightfoot, Brown

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on May 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

In a video message, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara announced that his union membership spoke “loud in clear” during a general meeting Wednesday in issuing the vote against city leaders.

ISBE Passes Resolution Calling for In-Person Learning in Illinois Schools This Fall

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The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution in support of an upcoming declaration that will make it a requirement that schools reopen their doors in the fall, with only limited options for remote learning.

75-Year-Old With 2 Past Murder Convictions Charged in East Garfield Park Homicide

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Bernard Barry has been charged with first-degree murder and other gun charges for the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Tyran Evans on Monday afternoon. He was ordered held without bond during a court hearing Wednesday.

13-Year-Old Boy Shot Sunday While Riding Bike Has Died

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

One of the weekend’s youngest victims of gun violence, 13-year-old Eric Crawford, who was shot in the head while riding his bike Sunday morning on Chicago’s South Side, has died.

Children, Police Officers Wounded During Violent Weekend in Chicago

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Forty-eight people were shot across Chicago over the weekend, including a 2-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and two police officers, as the city continues to outpace last year’s shooting and homicide totals so far in 2021.

Suspect in Shooting of 2 Chicago Officers Held on $10M Bail

In this image taken from video, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown is joined by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to speak about two officers shot earlier Sunday, May 16, 2021. (Chicago Police Department / Facebook)

Bruce Lua, 45, was ordered held on $10 million bond Tuesday during a hearing following his arrest on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

CPD Unveils Revised Search Warrant Policies Following Botched Raids

A still image from a Chicago Police Department body camera video shows a police raid at the home of Anjanette Young in February 2019. (WTTW News via Ja’Mal Green)

The Chicago Police Department has announced changes to its search warrant policy that will go into effect later this month following widespread calls for reform after a botched raid at the home of Anjanette Young in February 2019.

FBI Offering $10,000 Reward for Information on Missing Suspect in Jaslyn Adams Killing

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

The FBI is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest of Devontay Anderson, who authorities believe has fled the state of Illinois following his alleged involvement in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams last month.

CPS Expects to Have New CEO Selected by Late July

Officials say search process will be the most inclusive in recent history

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Chicago Public Schools officials say the district will host dozens of focus groups in the coming months to gather community feedback before making any decision about its next CEO. Current CEO Janice Jackson will be leaving the district when her contract expires at the end of June.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Coming to CPS Schools Over Next 3 Weekends

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Converted CTA buses will visit 15 Chicago Public Schools to provide COVID-19 vaccines to students over the next three Saturdays, city health officials announced Thursday.

Alleged Gunman in Killing of 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams Charged With Fleeing Illinois

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Devontay Anderson has been charged in federal court with fleeing Illinois to avoid prosecution for the killing of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams outside a West Side McDonald's last month, according to an FBI affidavit.

Former Charity Director Pleads Guilty to Misappropriating $800K on Trips, Bulls Tickets

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Stuart Nitzkin, the former head of a suburban nonprofit supporting physically and psychologically challenged children, pleaded guilty to stealing money from the organization and using it to pay for golf, family vacations and tickets to sporting events.

IDPH Pledges $225 Million to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Middle, High Schools

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As schools across Illinois welcome back more students for in-person learning, state officials have announced a new investment to increase access to COVID-19 testing “at low or no cost.”

3 US Army Soldiers Allegedly Bought, Supplied Guns Used in Chicago Shootings

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A trio of U.S. Army soldiers in Tennessee have been charged with funneling illegal firearms to Chicago that were found after a mass shooting earlier this year that left one person dead and several others wounded on the city’s Southwest Side.

Grandfather Charged in Stabbing Death of Man in Englewood Home

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

Anthony Moody, 55, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder stemming from the Sunday death of Robert Webster, and was ordered held on $200,000 bail during a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Judge to Decide if Smollett Attorney Can Stay on Case After Summer Hearing

Jussie Smollett appears at a hearing for judge assignment with his attorney Tina Glandian, left, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Pool / Chicago Tribune)

A Cook County judge has scheduled a hearing this summer to determine if an attorney that actor Jussie Smollett has hired will be allowed to represent him following allegations of a possible conflict of interest involving that attorney and the two brothers Smollett allegedly hired to carry out a hoax attack.

CPS Pledging $7.5 Million to Expand High-Quality Educational Programming

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The district said the investment will support staffing, training and learning resources for International Baccalaureate, STEM/STEAM, fine and performing arts, and dual language programs at seven elementary schools over the next six years.

Lightfoot Promises ‘Unprecedented’ Public Participation in Search For Next CPS CEO

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While the final decision on a new Chicago Public Schools CEO is ultimately up to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, she said she doesn’t want to make that decision behind closed doors.

Report: ‘Breakdown of Communication’ Led to Mischaracterization of Toledo Shooting in Court

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 18, 2020. (WTTW News)

An internal investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office found a “breakdown of communication” and other issues were responsible for the inadvertent mischaracterization of the Adam Toledo shooting in a hearing last month.