Coming on the heels of his sentencing in New York, the trial marks a new low for Kelly, whose popularity had remained undiminished even after he was indicted in 2002. That shifted sharply after the 2019 airing of the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”
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The former R&B star is set to go to trial in Chicago — again — on Aug. 15. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening and why.
A young mother with postpartum psychosis pleaded guilty to a horrific killing. Should her plea be tossed?
An appeals court is ordering a review after Kimberlynn Bolaños harmed herself in prison, showing the severity of her illness.
The order of contempt alleges IDOC has not met standards set in a 2018 settlement.
The mayor’s latest attempt to reclaim the police support that has abandoned her since her landslide victory in 2019 came during a graduation ceremony Tuesday.
The murder convictions were connected to a retired Chicago police detective accused of framing others who were sent to prison.
Despite differences, police unions endorse Bailey for governor, because he backs officers ‘unlike any of the politicians in this state’
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara endorsed Bailey — but later said no candidate is “going to check every single box that you agree with.”
After the Highland Park shooting, officials are ‘really focused’ on rooftops along Bud Billiken Parade route, top cop says
Supt. David Brown said officials have ramped up discussions about “various aspects of security,” including the police resources at the country’s largest African American parade.
Highland Park bans assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Mayor Nancy Rotering says it’s time for the state to take the same action.
A Sun-Times analysis finds the number of violent crimes on L and subway trains and CTA buses has risen to a level not seen in more than a decade.