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Lightfoot Defends North Side Police Staffing Levels But Says 911 Response Time, Community Policing Can Improve

Mayor Lori Lightfoot heard from Devon Avenue business owners who said the police response to burglaries and robberies has been lackluster.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

2 Brothers Killed In Ravenswood Alley Minutes After Other Nearby Shooting, Police Say

The 17-year-old and 20-year-old were standing in an alley when someone in a car fired at them, police said. It was one of two shootings Wednesday near Ashland Avenue.


West Ridge Liquor Store Clerk Fatally Shot In Armed Robbery, Police Say

The 66-year-old store clerk was able to return fire against the assailant but missed.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Police Officer Tied To Proud Boys Keeps Job But Suspended 4 Months After Lying To Investigators, Officials Say

Chicago cop Robert Bakker helped organize Proud Boys meetups in Lincoln Square and bragged about his access to “high police."

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Fatal West Loop Hit-And-Run Was Intentional, Police Say As West Suburban Man Charged With Murder

Joseph Verdone, of suburban Hillside, was arrested Tuesday. Police said he drove onto the sidewalk early Sunday in the West Loop, hitting and killing 22-year-old Enrique Martinez.

West Loop

Controversial West Side Cop Academy Will Have Mock Neighborhood For Training. Here’s What It Will Look Like

Construction on the $33 million “tactical scenario village" used for police and fire training will include a fake city block, a six-story burn tower, a car crash rescue area and other settings and props to simulate real-life emergencies.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Desk Duty Cops Could Be Put On CTA Trains And Platforms To Stop Crime, Top Cop Says

"The average resident would rather see an officer deployed in the field than at a desk if we can still make it work with administration work," Supt. David Brown said.


Chicago Police Stopped Black Drivers 5 Times More Often Than White Drivers In 2021, State Report Says

The number of traffic stops in Chicago has increased exponentially since 2015, following a lawsuit settlement that restricted the use of stop-and-frisk.


Heather Daniel, A Chicago Police Veteran, Sworn In As 16th District Commander

Heather Daniel, a 22-year veteran of the department and a lawyer, takes over for retiring commander Maureen Biggane.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Baby Who Survived Shooting At 1 Month Old Will Celebrate 1st Birthday — And All Of Englewood Is Invited

Terriana Smith was shot in her head in July, but she's recovered well. She's walking and loves "Baby Shark," relatives said. Neighbors are invited to celebrate her birthday Saturday.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

West Ridge Synagogues, Jewish Businesses Defaced With Swastika, Broken Windows: ‘All The Hallmarks Of Hate-Based Crimes’

Two Jewish businesses, two synagogues and a school were defaced in West Ridge since Friday.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

2 Dead After Shooting, Fiery Crash In Ravenswood, Police Say

Two people in a grey SUV were shot near Wilson and Ashland avenues, causing them to lost control of the car and crash, according to authorities.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Shootings Drop, But Carjackings, Robberies Jump On Far North Side

The local statistics mirror citywide trends in escalating crime during the pandemic. In an effort to halt the trend, local alderpeople are opening new offices, partnering with anti-violence groups and asking the city for more police.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

City To Pay $2 Million To Family Of Woman Killed By Fleeing Driver In ‘Reckless’ Police Chase

Curtis Pugh killed Julia Lynn Callaway in 2018 as he fled officers who allegedly smelled cannabis coming from his car. Callaway’s family alleged “it was reckless for the police to pursue" Pugh "when the need to apprehend [him] was minimal."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Driver Kills Pedestrian In Hit-And-Run At Notoriously Dangerous South Shore Intersection

The driver of a black SUV hit a woman early Tuesday as she crossed the street in the 1600 block of 79th Street, then fled the scene.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Cops Rarely Pull Over Drivers In Their Own Neighborhoods, Data Shows. Motorists In Black Neighborhoods Aren’t So Lucky

Drivers are least likely to be pulled over on the far Northwest and Southwest sides, where many first responders live. Ald. Nick Sposato said that's because "white people just know how to talk their way out of a ticket."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Police Contract Approved, Giving Cops A 20% Raise Over 8 Years

Aldermen voted 40-8 to approve the $600 million contract. Reform groups said the agreement “fails to make many of the changes we know we need.” 


Downtown Pot Sale Expansion, Police Union Contract On Tap For Last City Council Meeting Before Budget Battle

The $600 million police union contract would give cops a 20 percent raise over its eight-year life.


Pivot Gang’s Squeak Killed In West Side Shooting: ‘This One Hurts’

Javunte Wheeler, 26, was best known for his work as a DJ and producer for West Side hip hop collective Pivot Gang.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

At Vigil Honoring Slain Chicago Police Officer Ella French, Cops Say They Feel Ignored, Unvalued By City And Department

"At the end of the day, I am a wife, I am a mother and I am a neighbor before I am police," an officer said. "We want to serve and protect the people that we love — even people we don't know."

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park
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