Stories by Heather Cherone

4 Chicago Police Officers Fired at Dexter Reed 96 Times in 41 Seconds After He Shot Officer in Arm: COPA

COPA calls for officers to be relieved of police powers during investigation

 Chicago police officers surround an SUV driven by Dexter Reed moments before shots are fired on March 21, 2024. (Civilian Office of Police Accountability)

COPA in a statement said preliminary evidence “appears to confirm” that Reed fired first before officers responded by firing 96 shots in a matter 41 seconds. The agency has recommended to CPD Superintendent Larry Snelling that four of the officers involved be relieved of their police powers during the pendency of this investigation.

Pritzker Pulls State Funding From Migrant Base Camp in Brighton Park, Citing Environmental Concerns

Work is underway at a base camp for migrants in Brighton Park on Dec. 1, 2023. (WTTW News)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday rejected using state funds to continue building a migrant base camp in Brighton Park, citing environmental concerns.

Jury Picked in Corruption Trial of Former Ald. Ed Burke

Lawyers and defendants in the Ed Burke trial appear before Judge Virgina Kendall on Nov. 16, 2023. (WTTW News)

After a weeklong delay after an attorney tested positive for COVID-19, a jury was picked Thursday to decide the federal corruption trial of former Ald. Ed Burke and his two co-defendants.

Alleged Shooter Charged With 7 Counts of First-Degree Murder in ‘Carefully Executed’ Highland Park Attack

Brooke and Matt Strauss, who were married Sunday, pause after leaving their wedding bouquets in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb, near the scene of Monday's mass shooting, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

If convicted of those charges, Robert Crimo III faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, said Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart. Crimo will also face “dozens” of more charges to account for each of the 38 victims who were wounded, as well as those who were “psychologically harmed,” Rinehart said.

Former State Sen. Tom Cullerton Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charge

(Illinois Senator Tom Cullerton / Facebook)

Former state Sen. Tom Cullerton pleaded guilty to embezzlement Tuesday morning, more than two years after he was charged with fraudulently receiving salary and benefits from a labor union despite doing “little or no work.”

Former House Speaker Michael Madigan Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

Michael Madigan, who served as speaker of the Illinois House for 36 years, led a criminal enterprise disguised as a political organization that was devoted to enriching himself and his associates, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

CPS to Cancel Wednesday Classes if Teachers Union Votes to Work Remotely

Students at Chicago Public Schools walk along a hallway in this file photo. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Teachers Union is set to vote Tuesday evening on a labor action that would see its 25,000 members work fully remotely beginning Wednesday. If that measure is approved, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said he’ll have no choice but to cancel classes.

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.

CPS to Bring Back Some Students for In-Person Learning As Soon As Jan. 11

(WTTW News)

Though Illinois will soon see increased restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some Chicago Public Schools students and teachers are set to head back to the classroom. The head of CPS and Mayor Lightfoot discuss the plan.