Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has kept a low profile since delivering an impassioned speech last week on policing in the city. 

A federal civil rights investigation of the nation's largest police departments has begun in earnest.  Department of Justice agents are expected to sit down with top Chicago police brass.

Chicago aldermen are holding a hearing on the police-involved fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald with an agenda that features a resolution calling for a special prosecutor. 

Chicago Teachers Union members overwhelmingly have voted to authorize their leaders to call a strike, although a final decision on a walkout would be months away.

A federal judge has ruled that a Chicago police officer used excessive force by dragging a man from his jail cell after he was subdued with a stun gun.

Officials with Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History say an employee allegedly stole about $900-thousand in cash over seven years.

A group of protesters is calling for justice for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald fatally shot by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times.  

The Chicago Teachers Union says official vote totals for a strike authorization will likely be available early next week. CTU's contract expired over the summer, but talks haven't progressed.

A federal judge has ruled against a group of Chicago police officers who argued they should be paid overtime for responding to work-related calls and emails on their smartphones when they're not on duty.

A new cyber-security squadron will be headquartered with the Illinois National Guard.  The 39-person unit will be based in Springfield with Illinois team members also in Bloomington and Chicago. 

Protesters upset about the conduct of Chicago police have another target beyond Mayor Rahm Emanuel. That target is an agency that was created to investigate complaints against officers, but has rarely ruled against them.

The Chicago Police Board says it's launching a nationwide search to find a new police superintendent after the forced resignation of the chief.

A group of protesters is marching down one of Chicago's most well-known business districts and blocking traffic. This, hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the 2014 death of a black teenager killed by a white officer.

The family of a man who died after being held in the custody of Chicago police in 2012 says Philip Coleman's death wasn't accidental. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that an independent body that investigates police-involved shootings will resume looking at the death of Ronald Johnson III, who was fatally shot by police in 2014. The Cook County state's attorney announced that she wouldn't charge the officer involved.

The White House is expressing support for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he struggles with the fallout from a police shooting. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the Chicago Police Department's practices violate federal and constitutional law.

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Protest groups returned to the streets of Chicago today, one day after the city released a squad-car video showing a white police officer fatally shoot a black teenager.

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Chicago officials have released a video of a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year.  The move follows a judge's order last week to release the squad car dash-cam footage. Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Police say he refused to drop a knife.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has invited ministers and community activists to City Hall to discuss the upcoming release of a police car dashcam video that shows a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center Saturday was accidental. Five people were injured.

Flames and thick smoke poured out of an east side window on the 50th floor Saturday. Authorities said the fire did not leave the residential unit where it began but the apartment was gutted and other residents on the floor would be displaced.

The Fire department said the fire was accidental. 

 The iconic 99-floor building also has offices, shops and an observation floor popular with tourists. 

Congressman Bobby Rush says he’s seeking re-election to take on the many challenges facing Chicago’s African-American community. In his re-election announcement Friday, Rush made it biblical.

The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has announced an indictment in what it describes as an ongoing investigation of the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk's office.

The two owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were crushed to death in a stairwell in 2003 have been sentenced to two years of probation.

Bobby Rush is running for re-election, and he says he won’t be resigning any time soon.  Democrat Bobby Rush has represented Chicago’s South Side in Congress since 1993.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to 16 years behind bars for putting dozens of guns in the hands of known street-gang members. 

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Walter Freeman of Lisle often exchanged crack cocaine for guns. He'd then later sell the weapons to gang members. 

 U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman sentenced Freeman Wednesday in Chicago. Prosecutor Jennie Levin said Freeman had "directly contributed to ... violence" and had "victimized the entire Chicago community."      

Illinois utility regulators are launching a formal investigation into whether Peoples Gas executives misled them about the price tag of a pipe replacement project that could cost Chicago consumers about $8-billion.

A member of the band "Survivor" has sued Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign for allegedly violating the copyright of the 1980s' hit, "Eye of the Tiger." 

The Illinois Supreme Court is taking on another pension case six months after justices unanimously tossed out the state's landmark pension law.  Today they heard arguments as to whether a law affecting thousands of City of Chicago employees is constitutional or not.

Officials say their plan to save Chicago's pension system from insolvency helps participants by ensuring there's money in the future to pay them, even if annual benefits are cut.