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With 6 inches of rain in 4 days, Chicago on pace for wettest May on record

Across the Chicago area, the storms Sunday wreaked havoc: submerging the popular downtown Riverwalk; flooding highways, streets, parks and basements; and causing power outages that knocked some radio and TV stations off the air and closed the city’s tallest building. → Read More

‘Why not Chicago?’ New Police Supt. David Brown is eyeing history

Brown, the former police chief in Dallas, wants to see fewer than 300 murders a year along with reforms that go "above and beyond" what’s required by the CPD’s consent decree. All the while, he plans on staying "true north." → Read More

Midlothian won’t let COVID-19-positive wards of the state stay in nonprofit facility: suit

Aunt Martha’s alleges that the village of Midlothian is arbitrarily — and illegally — trying to stop the agency’s plan to temporarily house and care for underage wards of the state at the property during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Stripped of his police powers, new CPD union president wants to chart a new course

"There is obviously large support for my style of calling it like I see it," said John Catanzara. "But I also realize there’s some other people within the Lodge who think I’m just some carnival barker who’s just out to put on a show. I know I have work to do to change their minds, which I have three years to do." → Read More

Chicago police union chooses new president in runoff election

Oft-disciplined Chicago police officer John Catanzara won a runoff election against incumbent Kevin Graham, the Fraternal Order of Police announced Friday. → Read More

Nonprofits distribute thousands of pounds of food, PPE in Bronzeville

"We have to recognize that a lot of the pain that’s being caused is because of a lack of information, because of a lack of access to resources," said Todd Belcore of Social Change, one of the groups that organized the distribution. → Read More

Results of CPD union runoff election expected in coming days

Two months after an election in which no candidate received at least 50% of the vote, the choice is between union President Kevin Graham and John Catanzara. → Read More

Bitter pill: Pritzker says without vaccine, treatment or immunity ‘option of returning to normalcy doesn’t exist’

Tempering that message even more, the governor released his "Restore Illinois" plan on the same day the state suffered its largest number of COVID-19 deaths in single day — 176 more Illinois residents lost to the coronavirus. → Read More

Reopen Illinois rally draws hundreds to the Thompson Center

Protesters want statewide rules lifted so people can return to work and businesses can open. → Read More

CPD Supt. David Brown wants to keep Chicago under 300 murders in 2020

The city hasn’t seen fewer than 300 murders in a single year since 1957. → Read More

Youngsters deliver homemade PPE to CPD Supt. David Brown

"Thank you so much for being here and sharing your innovations and public service with us," Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said. "What you are doing for us is saving lives." → Read More

COPA releases 18 videos of CPD shooting on Red Line

Several newly released videos show Officer Melvina Bogard shooting Ariel Roman, who, police say, was walking from train car to train car while carrying cocaine and an illegal amount of marijuana. → Read More

Police cite owner of Chicago townhome that was site of packed weekend party streamed live on Facebook

"Millennials aren’t children," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. "They’re fully functioning adults. And we expect adults to act responsibly — particularly at a time of pandemic." → Read More

Chicago domestic violence calls up 18% in first weeks of coronavirus shutdown

Everyone is stuck at home and stressed out. For those living with an abuser, it can be even worse. → Read More

West Side violence persists amid a pandemic and stay-at-home order

The Chicago Police Department’s Harrison District has seen more violence than any of the other 21 districts citywide in 2020. → Read More

In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

"He came out and apologized immediately and said ‘I’m sorry that I blindsided you guys with this,’" said Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st). Despite his apology, Brown plans to continue with his new strategy. → Read More

At customers’ behest, South Shore grocery requiring face masks for all who enter

Local Market Foods on Wednesday began requiring everyone — customers and staff — to wear some form of facial covering before entering the store. → Read More

For the 2nd time, R. Kelly ordered to remain in jail during COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly, of the Eastern District of New York, on Tuesday denied a motion from Kelly’s attorneys that sought a bail hearing and an order for his temporary release. → Read More

Community groups call for health care equity as black Chicago grapples with COVID-19

"The spread of COVID-19 to the heart of Chicago, which is the black community, has shown and uncovered every dark and ugly disparity that my community faces daily," Action Now Chicago Executive Director Debra Harris said. → Read More

Third CPD officer dies of COVID-19, decorated veteran who ‘never shied away from the difficult assignment’

Officer Ronald Newman was assigned to the South Chicago District on the South Side, the department said. He joined the CPD 19 years ago. → Read More