In Chicago, drug arrests have plummeted 42% in the weeks since the city shut down. Part of that decrease, some criminal lawyers say, is that drug dealers have no choice but to wait out the economic slump.
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Update: Lorenzo Davis is not able to join "Chicago Tonight" on Thursday.
Chicago’s top cop is expected to be in the hot seat today as the City Council holds a hearing on the police department’s proposed 2016 budget. We'll hear from some aldermen about what they think of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s testimony at City Hall, what they want to see in the police department’s budget, and how crime has affected their wards.
The Illinois General Assembly passes Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s long-anticipated changes to police and fire pensions. But will it stave off a massive property tax hike? And will Gov. Bruce Rauner sign on? Paris Schutz has the latest.
African-American teenagers are talking about how standard police practices like stop and frisk affect them in the long term, and the police are listening. We hear about the groundbreaking work to bring kids and police together to hear each other's experiences and to make changes.
Could spiking crime numbers hurt Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election chances one week from the April 7 runoff? According to challenger Jesús "Chuy" García, the uptick in homicides mean that "Rahm has not prioritized public safety." On Wednesday, García said "the numbers look really grim" and that if he is elected mayor, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy would have to go. We have the details.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he has reached a tentative agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police for a new contract for rank-and-file police officers.
We talk with an Al Jazeera correspondent about being on the ground in Ferguson and the impact police presence is having on protesters and the press.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says he favors a different set of retirement benefits for state police and fire personnel. Read an article.
Today, Chicago magazine published the first article in a two-part special report, "The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates", that details an investigation into Chicago’s dramatic fall in crime in recent years and how crimes are being classified. We talk with the magazine's features editor and series co-author David Bernstein about his findings. Read an article and view graphics on Chicago crime stats.
Amnesty International is directing its attention to gun violence in Chicago and its human rights impact, while the Better Government Association investigates the cost of alleged police misconduct in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Brandis Friedman has the details. Read Amnesty International's 10-Point Human Rights Agenda, the BGA story, and watch a web extra video.