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Chicago Police Board to Review LeGrier Shooting After Member Sides With COPA

The Chicago Police Board may seek to fire an officer who shot and killed two people during a domestic disturbance call in 2015.

Appeals Court Backs Chicago in Federal Immigration Case

(Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Chicago won’t have to give up its “sanctuary city” policies in order to receive federal grant money, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Van Dyke Case: Documents Could be Unsealed, Change of Venue Motion Pending

Jason Van Dyke, left, sits with his attorney Daniel Herbert at his hearing at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago Wednesday April 18, 2018.    (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

The judge in the high-profile murder case could unseal documents not yet seen by the public later this month. A defense expert witness also testified Wednesday about a possible change of venue in the case.

Tribune Tower Site Redesign Could Include Chicago’s 2nd Tallest Skyscraper

Proposal details 1,400-foot tower, 300 new condos

A rendering of the proposed skyscraper on the Tribune Tower site. If built, the building would be the second tallest in Chicago. (Golub & Co. / CIM)

The site of the Tribune Tower will include nearly 300 condominiums and what would be one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers under a new redevelopment proposal developers believe will both revitalize and preserve the international landmark.

US Supreme Court Won’t Hear Blagojevich Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will not be taking up former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his 14-year prison sentence.

Chicago Aviation Officers Sue City, Claim Job Histories Were ‘Erased’

Class action suit comes a year after incident on board United flight

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Nearly 300 Chicago aviation officers are suing to reclaim their status as law enforcement officers, a title they lost following a highly publicized incident on board a United plane last year.

Aviation Officer Fired After United Dragging Incident Suing City, Airline

(Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)

The former security officer claims he was improperly trained and later defamed by the head of the Chicago Department of Aviation.

CPS Students Shrink Achievement Gap, But Overall Progress Remains Stable

The achievement gap between white and minority students within Chicago Public Schools has shrunk, according to a national assessment, but the shift wasn’t caused by higher student scores.

Emanuel: Rauner Abdicated ‘Primary Responsibility’ With Gun Dealer Veto

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks about the gun dealer licensing bill during a press conference on March 13, 2018.

Advocates of a bill aimed at strengthening state gun dealer regulations continue pushing for its passage, even after it was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

UChicago Student Shot By Campus Police Now Facing Criminal Charges

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The University of Chicago student shot by campus police this week now faces a felony charge of assaulting an officer, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Van Dyke Case: Defense Seeking New Trial Venue, But Request a Tall Order

Jason Van Dyke, left, with his attorney Daniel Herbert inside the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Have Cook County residents been so inundated with media coverage of the Laquan McDonald shooting case as to be incapable of rendering a fair verdict? A look at change of venue motions.

Chicago Top Cop Stands by Letter in LeGrier Investigation

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to the press on Monday, April 2, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

“At the end of the day I don’t have the luxury of basing my decisions on public pressure, political pressure,” CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said, explaining why he rejected COPA findings in the death of Quintonio LeGrier.

Chicago Crime Drops for 13th Straight Month

There have been 22 percent fewer homicides and 25 percent fewer shootings citywide in 2018 over the same period last year, according to Chicago Police Department data.

CPS: Most Incoming Freshmen Matched With Top 3 High School Choices

Eighth graders in Chicago Public Schools will find out Friday afternoon what high schools they’ve been matched with as part of the district’s new online application system.

Rare ‘Head of Christ’ Originals Found in Chicago Thrift Store Sell for $135K

Two years after finding a pair of rare artworks in a Chicago thrift store, Paul Beaty has sold them for a combined $135,000 to an author in Colorado. The two connected after seeing a Chicago Tonight story in February about the discovery.

Van Dyke Case: Judge Planning for Summer Trial

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, foreground, stands in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

It’s been more than two years since Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of Laquan McDonald. The judge in the case now says he wants the trial to get moving in the coming months.

Apple Brings New iPad, Education Software to Lane Tech Event

CEO Tim Cook: CPS among most diverse, forward-thinking school districts

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Chicago's Lane Tech High School.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had nothing but praise for the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools during one of the company’s signature product reveals Tuesday morning in Roscoe Village.

Cook County Sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for Consumer Fraud

The sign outside the main entrance to Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California. (Photo courtesy Facebook)

Facebook’s “disregard and misuse” of users’ personal data allowed a foreign firm to profile 50 million voters without their consent prior to the 2016 election, and according to a new lawsuit, it may have violated Illinois state law.

Police Name Successor to Slain CPD Commander Paul Bauer

Flowers and balloons were left as a makeshift memorial to CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer outside his 18th District precinct. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The 18th Police District has a new commander more than a month after Paul Bauer was gunned down outside the Thompson Center.

Chicago Teen to Victims of Gun Violence: ‘I Cry With You, I Scream With You’

Local teens heading to D.C. on Saturday for March For Our Lives

Students march outside Lake View High School on Wednesday, March 14 in a call for strict gun law reforms. (Chicago Tonight)

Students calling for an end to gun violence will lead hundreds of marches across the country this weekend. Meet a Chicago teen invited to speak at the national March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

CPS Adds STEM Magnet Programs at 3 More Elementary Schools

The Board of Education voted Wednesday to add STEM-focused magnet programs at Brown, Claremont and Jungman elementary schools beginning this fall.

Police: Men Sought in String of Northwest Side Robberies

More than a dozen robberies reported early Monday morning

A group of men carried out more than a dozen armed robberies in the Albany Park neighborhood early Monday, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Activists Say ‘No Amazon,’ Call on Mayor to Restore Shuttered CPS Schools

(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Community organizers opposing a new wave of school closures criticized Chicago’s pursuit of landing Amazon’s second headquarters, saying minority residents are being pushed aside to make way for the tech giant.

ISBE Announces Hearings on CPS Special Education Practices

State education officials interested in examining Chicago Public Schools’ special education offerings will hold open hearings this month after families, stakeholders and a media report stoked concerns last year of possible “systemic issues.”

Chicago Students Call for Gun Reform in Massive Walkout

Students at Lake View High School joined their peers across the city and the nation Wednesday in a walkout protest demanding an end to gun violence. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Thousands of students from Chicago schools, including Lake View High School, joined in the nationwide protest held one month after a shooting left 17 dead inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.