| Jul 1, 2013
| 9:54 AM
A mother and her 1-year-old son were wounded as they sat in a van packed with women and children near a South Side park, according to police and family.
Leslie Freeman was in the front passenger seat with Demonte Freeman on her lap, enjoying the cool...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 8:46 PM
Six months after Chicago ended a bloody 2012 with more than 500 slayings, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Monday delivered some encouraging news about the homicide number: It's at its lowest total in nearly half a century.
"To date, we've had...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Violence and crime may be in the headlines, but homicides in Chicago have been edging towards some of their lowest levels in years, and the Chicago Police Department has been touting its overtime strategy as a key contributor in tamping down the violence....
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:28 PM
The top leaders of one of Chicago’s most violent street gangs have been charged in a sweeping racketeering case that alleges they controlled their West Side drug empire through pattern of intimidation, kidnappings, shootings and murder dating back...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:39 PM
As she headed out the door Sunday morning, Adrianne Wilberton put on a brave face. It was time to tell her son the news, and she didn't want him hearing it from anyone else.
But her composure unraveled as she walked toward the car, a barrage of...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:53 PM
The longtime head of an anti-violence group that works to stem gang shootings in Chicago was dismissed Monday, just days after his arrest on a charge that he beat up his wife.
The University of Illinois at Chicago, which operates CeaseFire Illinois,...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:54 PM
Tio Hardiman, director of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois, was arrested Friday morning on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge at his home in west suburban Hillside.
The arrest clouds the future of Hardiman's leadership at the organization,...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 7:39 PM
Federal authorities today announced a series of indictments on drug and weapons charges against 17 people following a multiple-agency investigation underway since 2012.
Chicago police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents used federal wiretaps on at...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 5:28 PM
Chicago police officers were taking Thadeus Ridley to get medical attention after a fight inside his apartment, officials said Saturday, when he uttered three unexpected words: “I murdered someone.”
The “someone” Ridley was...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy his “100 percent support” Monday despite complaints from some aldermen fed up with the department’s inability to bring down violence in their neighborhoods.
| Feb 8, 2013
| 11:59 AM
The city of Chicago is expected to pay $4.1 million to the family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by police while on the ground.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has the proposed settlement on Monday’s City Council Finance Committee...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 9:52 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez today called for more prison time for those convicted of gun crimes.
The two politicians, joined by Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, made their call for state legislation as...