Stories by Matt Masterson

Ex-Ald. Ed Burke Found Guilty of Racketeering, Bribery, Attempted Extortion in Landmark Trial

Former Chicago Ald. Ed Burke makes his way through security at the Dirksen Courthouse on Nov. 6, 2023. (WTTW News)

Former Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) was convicted Thursday of 13 of 14 counts of racketeering, bribery and extortion, bringing his landmark corruption trial to an end with a verdict that delivered a searing indictment of Chicago’s political system, which Burke used to amass power for half a century.

‘A New Chapter’: Larry Snelling Introduced as Chicago’s Next Top Cop

Larry Snelling and Mayor Brandon Johnson shake hands while addressing the media during a press conference announcing Snelling’s appointment as the Chicago Police Department’s superintendent Aug. 14, 2023. (WTTW News)

“This is an extremely important day for the city,” Snelling said Monday. “For people who grew up like I did — a resident of Englewood and a student of the Chicago Public Schools — I want you to know the possibilities are limitless.”

Mayor Brandon Johnson Picks Chicago Police Veteran Larry Snelling to Serve as Top Cop

Larry Snelling (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Larry Snelling, a longtime Chicago Police Department insider with a decades-long career in law enforcement, has been tapped to lead the department as the city’s next top cop.

Chicago City Council Runoff Results Determine Balance of Power

A student at the University of Illinois-Chicago casts their ballot for the April 4 Chicago runoff election at the UIC Student Center polling location. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Nearly a quarter of the city will get new political leadership in 2023, a result of an unprecedented exodus of veteran alderpeople that will herald — along with the election of a new mayor — the start of a new era at City Hall.

Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot in Exchange of Gunfire on Southwest Side, Officials Say

Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said the officer was a five-year veteran who had responded to a call of a woman being chased by a man with a gun. “This is something that no family should have to face.”

2 Killed, 7 Wounded in Shooting Blocks from Michigan Avenue as Spate of Downtown Violence Continues

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

Two people were killed and seven people were wounded in a mass shooting late Thursday blocks from Michigan Avenue amid a continuing surge in violence downtown. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the incident “an outrageous act of violence.”

Court Orders Jussie Smollett Be Released From Jail During Appeal

Jussie Smollett raises his hand while proclaiming his innocence as he is taken out of the courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building to begin his 150-day jail sentence on March 10, 2022. (WTTW News)

The ruling came after a Cook County judge sentenced Smollett last week to immediately begin serving 150 days in jail for his conviction on five felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police. The appeals court said Smollett could be released on a personal recognizance bond of $150,000, meaning he does not need to post any money to be released.

Police Board Set to Weigh Charges Against Police Union Boss at Center of Vaccine Mandate Fight

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

The Chicago Police Board on Monday will hold the first in a series of hearings that could lead to the termination of police officer and union head John Catanzara for defying the department’s brass and ignoring its rules.

No Deal in Sight, 4 Years After Police Contract Expired

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The roadblocks preventing a new deal between the police union and city officials are unchanged since the contract expired on June 30, 2017 — and both sides are dug in and unwilling to compromise.

CTU, CPS Reach Framework to Allow In-Person Learning to Resume

(WTTW News) of the Chicago Teachers Union are reviewing the framework of a deal that would allow in-person learning to resume at Chicago Public Schools for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close in March 2020 — and avert the second strike in 15 months.

Brown Defends Officers’ Handling of Downtown Protests That Sparked Clashes

A still image taken from a video released by the Chicago Police Department shows a confrontation between protesters and police at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (WTTW News via CPD)

Facing criticism from aldermen and progressive groups, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown on Monday defended the department’s handling of a protest downtown Saturday evening after officers and demonstrators clashed.

‘The Jury is Still Out’: Police Superintendent David Brown Marks 100 Days Amid Multiple Crises

David Brown is sworn in as police superintendent by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after unanimous approval by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Brown’s wife and daughter are also pictured. (@Chicago_Police / Twitter photo)

After nearly 100 days at the helm of the Chicago Police Department, the superintendent’s tenure has been anything but average, as he faces an ongoing pandemic, protests and a surge in gun violence. 

Federal Monitor: CPD Lagging Behind in Consent Decree Compliance

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Federal monitor Maggie Hickey on Friday released the first semiannual report for the Chicago Police Department’s consent decree, saying that the department is not in compliance with a majority of the reforms.

Mercy Hospital Gunman Was Kicked Out of Chicago Firefighting Academy

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel speak Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, during a news conference at the University of Chicago Medical Center after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The gunman who fatally shot his ex-fiancee outside a Chicago hospital before killing two people inside the building was once kicked out of the city’s firefighting academy after threatening a female cadet, officials said Tuesday.

Chicago Police Officer Among 4 Killed in Mercy Hospital Shooting

Law enforcement officials work near Mercy Hospital in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune via AP)

A Chicago police officer, two female medical professionals and the suspected gunman are dead following a shooting rampage Monday afternoon at Mercy Hospital on the city’s Near South Side.