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Chicago Attorneys Blast ‘Reprehensible’ Suit Targeting Las Vegas Shooting Victims

More than 50 people were killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lawyers say victims of an October 2017 mass shooting have been “targeted twice” following multiple lawsuits filed this week by Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International.

Van Dyke Case: Judge Sets September Trial Date

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, May 4, 2018.  The media was later ordered to leave the courtroom. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will stand trial Sept. 5 in the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald.

CPS Pledging to Add 250 New Social Workers, Case Managers

The district says it will spend $26 million to add 160 social workers and 94 special education case managers in schools across the city. 

Chicago Police Release Bodycam Footage of Officer-Involved Shooting

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to the press on Sunday, July 15, 2017. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Police officials waited less than 24 hours after a fatal shooting in the South Shore neighborhood to publish video footage of the incident involving 37-year-old Harith Augustus.

Attorney General Madigan Sues DOJ Over Withheld Federal Funding

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Aug. 29, 2017.

The U.S. Department of Justice is violating federal law by refusing to distribute millions in funding to Illinois due to a dispute over immigration policies, according to a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general.

CPS Watchdog Adding Staff for New Sex Abuse Investigations Team

CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler during a Dec. 11, 2017 appearance on Chicago Tonight.

CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler is looking to hire a dozen employees to staff a new dedicated unit tasked with investigating sexual abuse allegations made by district students.

Van Dyke Case: Defense Expert Believes Change of Venue Necessary

Witness Bryan Edelman, a trial consultant hired by the defense to conduct change-of-venue polls, answers questions at a hearing in the Jason Van Dyke case at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago on April 18, 2018. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Three-quarters of Cook County residents familiar with the high-profile case believe suspended police Officer Jason Van Dyke is guilty, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the defense.

After Dan Ryan Shutdown, Pfleger Looks to Meet with Politicians, Candidates

Protesters on the Dan Ryan Expressway on July 7, 2018. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The Rev. Michael Pfleger says the response to Saturday’s massive anti-violence march has been extremely positive, calling the protest “a huge success.” What his follow-up plan is.

Dan Ryan March: Pfleger, Activists Shut Down Expressway for Anti-Violence Protest

Protesters move into the home stretch Saturday under a 71st Street overpass filled with hundreds more onlookers. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

A controversial plan for an anti-violence march along a portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway got a green light Saturday from the Illinois State Police.

CPS Plans For New High School, Full-Day Pre-K and Facility Improvements in $1B Capital Budget

The school district says this will be its largest capital spending plan in more than two decades. But the Chicago Teachers Union believes it’s a “hollow and dishonest” election-year stunt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Mayor Emanuel: Anti-Violence Protesters Should be Allowed to March on Dan Ryan

Days after Illinois State Police said they could arrest protesters who march Saturday along a portion of the busy expressway, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the protest should be allowed to go on as planned.

CPS Releases Building Inspection Results. Did Your School Pass or Fail?

One in four CPS schools failed a recent round of blitz inspections designed to examine things like overall cleanliness and pest control. See if your school passed or failed its inspection.

‘Reckless’ Anti-Violence March on Dan Ryan Expressway Could Lead to Arrests: State Police

Anti-violence protesters plan to shut down a portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway on Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Illinois State Police are asking the Rev. Michael Pfleger to reconsider a planned gun violence march on the Dan Ryan expressway this weekend, telling protesters they could face arrest and calling the potential for injury or loss of life “enormous.”

Lawsuit: Chicago State University Officer Threatened to Shoot Woman After Concert

Karen Coruthers claims a CSU officer pointed his gun at her and her young daughter “without justification.” Now she’s suing the university’s Board of Trustees and others in federal court.

Van Dyke Case: ‘Prejudicial’ Media Coverage Cited in Defense Change of Venue Motion

Jason Van Dyke, left, sits with his attorney Daniel Herbert at his hearing at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago Wednesday April 18, 2018.    (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Attorneys for Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke say prejudicial and inflammatory comments made by public officials have amounted to a "public execution" of their client.

CPS Calls for ‘Over-Reporting’ of Sexual Abuse Allegations in Schools

CPS CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a press conference on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

District officials wants employees to "over-report" anything they believe could be sexual abuse inside schools. But educators worry about the practicality of that proposal.

CPS Pulls 2 Principals From Schools After Sexual Abuse Investigation

The announcement comes as CPS continues to deal with blowback from a Chicago Tribune series that detailed how the district repeatedly failed to protect students from sexual abuse and misconduct.

US Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dassey Appeal in ‘Making a Murderer’ Case

Footage from the interrogation of Brendan Dassey, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Attorneys for Brendan Dassey say he was coerced as a teen into a murder confession. But with the high court's decision, he will remain in prison serving a life sentence.

CTU President Karen Lewis to Retire

Karen Lewis appears on Chicago Tonight on Sept. 5, 2017.

The powerful head of the Chicago Teachers Union cited her ongoing battle with brain cancer as the reason for stepping down, according to a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

CPS to Continue Free Lunch Program Over Summer Break

Beginning Monday, children and teens across Chicago will have access to free lunches during the summer.

‘How Do We Trust You With Our Children?’ Lawmakers Grill CPS Leaders on Sex Abuse Scandal

CPS officials Doug Henning, left, Matt Lyons, center, and Jadine Chou attend a hearing Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Nearly two dozen legislators grilled Chicago Public Schools officials for more than two hours Wednesday over the district’s mishandling of sexual abuse allegations going back at least a decade.

NTA Families Sue CPS, Claim School Transition Plan Violates Civil Rights

National Teachers Academy parent Elisabeth Greer, center, and Candace Moore, right, of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, discuss their lawsuit outside the school Tuesday afternoon. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Why parents are hoping to reverse a decision that would turn their Level 1-plus elementary school on the city’s Near South Side into high school.

Northwestern Trustees Revoke Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

(Rdsmith4 / Wikimedia Commons)

The university’s board unanimously approved a resolution Monday removing the comedian’s honorary degree – the first time it has taken such action in its 167-year history.

CPS Partnering With Children’s Advocacy Center to Better Protect Students

“This really is an opportunity to improve the culture within our district,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Monday, June 18, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced Monday the school district will launch an “extensive” partnership with a local nonprofit to help build safer and more responsive school environments for children.

Family Announces Funeral Services for Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackett

Funeral services for the Emmy Award-winning journalist and world-champion triathlete will be held Wednesday in Kenilworth, Illinois.