Chicago police are debunking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that department officials told him they can reduce crime by being tougher.  During a Monday interview on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor," Trump said Chicago's police force doesn't have "the right people in charge." He added he met "very top police" who told him if a specific person were put in charge, violence could be stopped "in one week."

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Anti-abortion activists are challenging a Chicago ordinance that stops protesters from getting within 8 feet of anyone entering a health care facility.   The complaint was filed in federal court in Chicago by anti-abortion groups and "sidewalk counselors" who want to hand out literature near abortion clinics. 

Federal prosecutors want a 10-year prison sentence for a former Chicago official convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.  Federal prosecutors filed a memo with the court asking U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall to consider a 10-year sentence "as a floor" for John Bills. 

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The agency responsible for investigating complaints against Chicago police is looking into last year's arrest of a Muslim woman whom officers mistakenly identified as a potential terrorist as she walked from a subway station. 

Former Governor Pushes for More Consumer Advocacy

Aug 2, 2016
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Few politicians can be defined by a single strategy, but organizing voter initiatives has been a repeated ‘go-to’ for former Governor Pat Quinn. The Chicago Democrat led the campaign that created the Citizens Utility Board more than 30 years ago. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with Quinn recently about his push to create a new independently-elected Consumer Advocate in Chicago:

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One person is dead and another wounded following two separate shootings by Chicago police. The police shootings happened less than an hour apart early last night on the city’s South Side.

Police say a little before 7:00 P.M., officers responding to a robbery in progress saw a man fleeing with a weapon near Ogden Park. When he did not follow their orders to drop it,  they shot him twice in the legs. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

A person familiar with the selection process says an exact location for President Barack Obama's presidential library has been chosen.

The individual says Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side for the library and presidential center.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the individual wasn't authorized to discuss the choice before a formal announcement.

Activist Turned Attorney Observes RNC Protests

Jul 21, 2016
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Republicans have been in Cleveland this week for their national convention. And so have protesters. Those activists are kept away from the arena where the convention is happening. They’ve been gathering in a public square a couple blocks away. That’s where Chicagoan Jerry Boyle has also spent the week, not to take part in the protests, but to watch them. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold reports.


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A city watchdog report says the Chicago government lacks a centralized program to keep down the hundreds of millions of dollars it pays out each year for things like police misconduct cases and workers' compensation claims.

Police statistics show that nearly 15 people were shot in Chicago every day during June, including a daily average of more than two who died.  The department says there were 315 homicides in Chicago in the first six months of the year, or more than 100 more than during the same period last year.

A judge says he hopes to name a special prosecutor by Aug. 4 in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

Barack Obama's presidential library on Chicago's South side will be designed by a New York architectural firm that designed the David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.  The Barack Obama Foundation announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has been chosen for the library that will be built near the university where Obama once taught constitutional law. 

The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week.   The city joins about 170 local jurisdictions around the country that have made the change, including New York City and Boston. Health advocates have pushed the policy to discourage teenagers from starting a harmful habit.

Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump at Chicago Luncheon

Jun 27, 2016

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wasted no time attacking her Republican rival Donald Trump during a speech in Chicago this afternoon at McCormick Place.   Clinton spoke before the Women’s Luncheon for the Rainbow Push Coalition.

"Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas says Chicago won't be home to his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  Lucas Museum officials say it will no longer consider Chicago as a potential site for the museum because of an ongoing federal lawsuit from a parks advocacy group. Instead, museum officials say the museum will be located in California.

A judge in Chicago has agreed to release former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds from jail as he awaits trial on misdemeanor tax charges.  Today's ruling requires the Illinois Democrat to wear an electronic-monitoring device so authorities can keep tabs on him. 

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Amtrak is making plans to unveil improvements at Chicago's Union Station, including the new Metropolitan Lounge.  The $7 million-dollar lounge opens to the public on Monday. Customers will be greeted by Amtrak customer service representatives who will check their baggage and later help them board their trains. 

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Chicago's City Council has approved rules to address complaints that short-term rental companies like Airbnb are turning residential buildings into virtual hotels and party hotspots.  Council members passed the measure after weeks of debate and a compromise that failed to fully satisfy critics on either side.

Chicago has approved less restrictive regulations on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft after the city council member who crafted the rules dropped an insistence on fingerprint background checks.  The City Council passed the measure after months of debate and intense lobbying by the companies. 

Transgender people in Chicago will be able to use a public bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity under an ordinance passed by the city's aldermen.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the change in Chicago's human rights ordinance closed a legal loophole that could "inadvertently" allow restaurants, hotels and other "public accommodations" to discriminate against transgender people.

Lil Rel Howery of NBC's "The Carmichael Show" has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.  The 36-year-old Chicago comedian was arrested Sunday night after a collision involving a car in which he was riding. Chicago police say that when the other driver called 911, Howery punched him in the face. 

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Don't call it Tribune anymore: The newspaper company has officially changed its name to Tronc. The company behind the Chicago Tribune is shedding its name to rebrand as a high-tech journalism company as it tries to avoid being bought by USA Today owner Gannett Co.  Tronc stands for Tribune online content.  

The head of the Chicago Park District says demands from a group suing to block "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum on Chicago's lakefront are "outrageous."

A Chicago City Council committee has advanced plans to increase regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.  The proposal requires similar regulations on Uber and Lyft drivers as taxi drivers, including fingerprinting as part of a criminal background check. Drug tests and city debt checks would also be required. 

Federal authorities have arrested 331 people in six Midwest states including Illinois and Indiana as part of a sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.

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The coordinator for Chicago's upcoming gay pride parade says organizers will hire dozens more off-duty police officers than they did last year after city officials asked them to beef up security in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

Chicago Public Schools says that high levels of lead in water have been found at 11 more Chicago elementary schools.  The district says high lead levels have been found at the schools. Test results from many other buildings haven't yet come in.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there's "a lot more work to do" on transparency as the city publicly released information about 100 cases of alleged police misconduct.

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In 2012, Chicago closed half its mental health clinics and the state closed three mental health centers. Since then, hospital psychiatric ER visits have doubled.

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A rash of shootings on Chicago area expressways has authorities promising that they will keep an especially close eye on the roadways on the Memorial Day weekend.