WBEZ | Frank Main http://www.wbez.org/tags/frank-main Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Frank Main investigates the ins and outs of Chicago's marijuana culture http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-03/frank-main-investigates-ins-and-outs-chicagos-marijuana-culture-93725 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/AP photo eric risberg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Ald. Danny Solis introduced an ordinance to decriminalize marijuana possession this week. If the legislation passed, people caught carrying a small amount of the drug would pay a fine rather than face arrest. However, possession only represented one part of the overall marijuana economy in Chicago. The city has become a drug trafficking hub for cartels operating out of Mexico and medical marijuana growers out West also got in on the action. <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a> reporter Frank Main has been investigating marijuana in Chicago in a four-part series. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about his reporting. <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/" target="_blank">Pulitzer Prize</a>-winning <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> reporter Frank Main’s <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/8397315-418/pot-dealers-hurry-west-to-make-fortunes-off-medical-marijuana.html" target="_blank">third installment</a> in his series on marijuana was out Thursday.</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-03/frank-main-investigates-ins-and-outs-chicagos-marijuana-culture-93725 A closer look at new CPD chief Garry McCarthy's policing experience http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/closer-look-new-cpd-chief-garry-mccarthys-policing-experience-85997 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-03/Garry McCarthy AP Paul Beaty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel named his choice to lead the Chicago Police Department. <a href="http://www.newarkpd.org/mccarthybio.htm" target="_blank">Garry McCarthy</a> comes with big city policing experience. Before he led Newark, New Jersey’s, police force, McCarthy helped bring down crime in New York City. He was also on the scene in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.<br> <br> How will those experiences help McCarthy navigate Chicago crime and politics? For answers, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Frank Main. He reports on crime for the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: James Farm, "1981", from the CD James Farm, (Nonesuch)</em></p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/closer-look-new-cpd-chief-garry-mccarthys-policing-experience-85997 Allegations of misconduct trouble Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/allegations-misconduct-trouble-chicago-police-department-84760 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/CPD Flickr Thomas Hawk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police interim Superintendant Terry Hillard has had a rough few weeks. He’s had to deal with at least two public cases of police misconduct. The first was broken by WBEZ, after uncovering a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086" target="_blank">video</a> which appears to show police allowing the intimidation of a young man in their custody. Then came allegations of sexual assault--two officers are being investigated for the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman on the far North Side.</p><p>To find out what these cases mean for the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd.html" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a>, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a> crime reporter Frank Main.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/allegations-misconduct-trouble-chicago-police-department-84760