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A Cook County judge makes a surprise ruling that he says will end the Burge torture saga once and for all in Chicago. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy joins us to discuss the increased use of the so-called Hug-A-Thug interventions, whether the severe weather has played a role in Chicago’s declining crime rate, and the impact that the capture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán may have on drugs and gangs in Chicago.

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Unions representing city employees announce a coalition to protect pensions called We Are One Chicago. We discuss the details with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and AFSCME's Anders Lindall.

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Illinois State Police demonstrate the concealed carry application process in advance of the law going into effect on Jan 5, 2014. Brandis Friedman has the details. Watch a web extra video.

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The murder rate in Chicago is down compared to last year, but some community members are concerned over police tactics used. We talk with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy about the crime rate in Chicago, gun legislation and police initiatives for the coming year. Read an article.

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The Chicago Police Department announced crime is down, but its overtime costs will be three times higher than expected. Is the drop sustainable or just a band-aid on a longer term problem?

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the possibility of an African American candidate running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the prospect of ADM moving to Chicago. Watch the web extra video.

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In this week’s web extra segment, Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists dive deeper into the Jon Burge police torture case. How did Burge’s actions increase mistrust of the police? And what about the “no-snitch” culture both on the street and on the police force? Charles Thomas says that while there aren’t necessarily more bad cops than bad journalists, the “no-snitch” culture has to change. Watch the web extra video.

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Former Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin died at age 84. Watch a 1988 interview with Martin from WTTW's archives.

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Is Chicago’s epidemic of violence slowly improving? Are police strategies as effective as the city insists they are? We talk with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

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The city's inspector general says the police department could save big if it replaced some sworn officers with civilians. But what does the mayor think? Paris Schutz has the story.

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More potential victims of torture under convicted former police commander Jon Burge come forward and say they want justice. Paris Schutz has the story.

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The teachers' strike is over, but the city must now negotiate contracts with police and fire unions. How will the city afford what's coming? Paris Schutz has the story.

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Aldermen Demand Faster Results

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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.

NATO Media Coverage

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We have your thoughts about our NATO coverage when we read some of your Viewer Mail.

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We hear from the Chicago Police and Fire unions about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's so-called "Roadmap to Retirement Security" and what the rank-and-file think about the plan to change their pensions.