With news that Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald, we talk with activists and faith leaders about the charge and what reactions they expect from their communities.

Author Gillian O'Brien joins us to discuss her book Blood Runs Green, a non-fiction account of the largely forgotten murder of a prominent Irish-American doctor who was also the member of a secretive Irish Republican organization.

As prosecutors wrap up their case against former Chicago cop Steve Mandell, accused in a murder plot, Eddie Arruza brings us up to date on the grizzly details of the case.

Since the high-profile murder of her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother has jumped head first into the national debate on guns. She joins us to explain why.

State's attorneys outline their case against two young men charged in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton. Paris Schutz has more on what prosecutors say happened that day, and what they believe it says about Chicago's homicide problem.

James "Big Cat" Williams shares his thoughts about the murder-suicide tragedy involving a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, and answers some viewer questions in our web extra video.

Opening statements are underway in the trial of Drew Peterson, who is accused of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

Jury selection begins today in the murder trial of Chicago suburb police officer Drew Peterson, charged with murdering his third wife in 2004. Elizabeth Brackett reports. 


Aldermen Demand Faster Results

After yet another weekend of shootings, the city is pushing back, calling out 37 businesses that officials say foster crime. But aldermen are calling for more aggressive tactics, including an amped use of stop-and-frisk.

William Balfour; Image credit: Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Homegrown actress Jennifer Hudson was present for Day 8 of testimony in the trial involving the murder of three family members. WBEZ's Natalie Moore has the latest.

William Balfour; Image credit: Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Is justice near for the slain family members of singer Jennifer Hudson? And how much does her celebrity complicate the case? We have details from the murder trial.

Former United States Senator Charles Percy died this weekend at the age of 91. We revisit Percy's 1984 appearance on Chicago Tonight, and hear about his political philosophy and his presidential aspirations.

Valerie Percy

Former Senator Charles Percy died just one day before the 45th anniversary of his daughter's notorious murder in their Kenilworth home. From our archives, we take a look back at the story of this high-profile and unsolved crime.