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Dominic Pacyga shares his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago history and answers questions about everything from “gin joints” to stockyards.
Community activists and a university representative reflect on why the relationship has been difficult in the past and where it stands now.
In high-crime neighborhoods, many parents say they keep their kids inside during the summer. But for a couple of hours a week, Chicago police are making it safe for kids in Englewood to play ball.
A South Side pastor is offering a $10,000 reward for information in a shooting that wounded a toddler last night.
A 3-year-old boy is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Father’s Day. Chicago police arrested the man they say pulled the trigger -- but that’s not enough for the people who live on the block where Devon Quinn was shot.
Once unthinkable, the Chicago Bulls traded away former league MVP Derrick Rose. But not to make way for a new king.
It’s been more than six months since the Justice Department first announced it was looking into the Chicago Police Department’s use-of-force policy and how it responds to citizen complaints. Now, they want to hear from the community. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien has more.
The city spent $116 million dollars on overtime last year. The head of Chicago’s police union says that money would be better spent on more officers. Union president Dean Angelo says he wants his members to have more quality of life, time away from the job, especially officers working in high-crime districts. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien has more.
Chicago police say they are investigating a video posted to Facebook that appears to show a West Side man capturing his own fatal shooting.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Tuesday placed an officer on desk duty after a video emerged that appears to show the officer kicking a suspect in the head during an arrest.
It’s usually late July or early August before Illinois has its first human case of West Nile. Health officials say an adolescent in west-central Illinois became severely ill in late May. Local health officials are quick to point out that the mosquitos that spread the Zika virus are a different breed, known as house mosquitos, and are rarely found in Illinois. Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services want fewer kids in institutions. But an attorney for the ACLU worries the agency is “putting the cart before the horse.” WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court is again, refusing to hear an appeal from former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien reports.
FBI Director James Comey is clarifying earlier comments he made about how viral videos are affecting policing across the country. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien reports.
The Director of the FBI says the bureau continues to work with the Chicago Police Department as violence here remains high. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien reports.
A Chicago alderman plans to restrict alcohol sales on the Cubs forthcoming outdoor plaza. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien reports.
State regulators are giving the green light to the University of Chicago’s plan to bring an adult trauma center back to the South Side. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien reports.