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.
Stories by Matt Masterson
Chicago City Council Runoff Results Determine Balance of PowerMatt Masterson | Apr 4, 2023
Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot in Exchange of Gunfire on Southwest Side, Officials SayMatt Masterson | Mar 2, 2023
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 ContinuesMatt Masterson | May 20, 2022
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 AppealMatt Masterson | Mar 16, 2022
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 FightMatt Masterson | Nov 15, 2021
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 ExpiredMatt Masterson | Jun 30, 2021
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 ResumeMatt Masterson | Feb 7, 2021
https://news.wttw.com/2021/02/08/ctu-delegates-ok-deal-allow-person-learning-resumeMembers 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 ClashesMatt Masterson | Aug 17, 2020
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 CrisesMatt Masterson | Jul 29, 2020
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 ComplianceMatt Masterson | Nov 15, 2019
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 AcademyMatt Masterson | Nov 20, 2018
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 ShootingMatt Masterson | Nov 19, 2018
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.