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Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

July 18, 2019

Four police officers were fired by the Chicago Police Board Thursday night for their involvement in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officers allegedly attempted to cover up...

EDITORIAL: Young people need spaces and understanding, not policing

EDITORIAL: Young people need spaces and understanding, not policing

April 26, 2019

Since about 30 teenagers were arrested in the South Loop the night of April 17, police reports and eye-witness accounts have been mixed. The Chicago Tribune reported that about 500 teens were traveling...

EDITORIAL: CPD must fix its spying by increasing transparency

EDITORIAL: CPD must fix its spying by increasing transparency

March 9, 2019

The Chicago Police Department has been monitoring the social media accounts of Chicagoans for five years beginning in 2014, according to documents released Feb. 27 by the department after a lawsuit, according to television station...

EDITORIAL: Abortion must be accessible, not just legal

EDITORIAL: Abortion must be accessible, not just legal

February 28, 2019

The Trump administration announced a new rule Feb. 22 that will prevent any organization that provides abortions or abortion referrals from receiving Title X family planning funding unless they provi...

Organizations not thrilled with new CPD license plate readers

Organizations not thrilled with new CPD license plate readers

January 28, 2019

A new program that allows the police to scan license plates and digitally track their data, to help combat the city's high numbers of carjackings, has come under fire by nonprofit groups that are worr...

Muslim Student Association reinstated in hopes of creating community

Muslim Student Association reinstated in hopes of creating community

January 22, 2019

The Muslim Student Association is making a comeback on campus after being on hiatus since 2014. The desire to resurrect the organization came when junior fashion studies major Oula Yassine wanted to have a place for Muslims on campus. “It is an organization for Muslims a...

Proposed LGBT history bill triggers controversy

Proposed LGBT history bill triggers controversy

By Blaise Mesa

April 22, 2018

Elementary school students could soon learn about LGBT history if legislation to incorporate the subject into public school classes is approved. Introduced Feb. 16 by state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chi...

Superintendent Johnson: CPD will continue technology programs, training reforms

Superintendent Johnson: CPD will continue technology programs, training reforms

April 16, 2018

Following a historic period of violence, the Chicago Police Department has been rolling out reforms, new equipment and training initiatives for the last two years to better prepare officers to handle situ...

Wearden to step down as provost in June 2019

By Ariana Portalatin, Managing Editor

April 6, 2018

Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden will be stepping down from his position in June 2019, according to an April 6 collegewide email from President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim. Wearden was appointed provost by Kim on Feb. 26, 2014, and began his role in June 2014 following a nationwide search and the position being filled on an interim basis for three years, as reported Feb. 28, 2014, by The Chronicle. Kim sta...

Decriminalization may be road to legalization in Illinois

Decriminalization may be road to legalization in Illinois

By Savannah Eadens

February 19, 2018

Chicago police made fewer than 3,200 marijuana-related arrests in 2017—the lowest number since 1968, according to an analysis of Chicago Police Department data. While Illinois has made steady progr...

GoFundMe can show what we get wrong about charity

By Editorial Board

February 5, 2018

Does a Chicago Police Department officer with a history of harming civilians deserve your donation?Officer Robert Rialmo and his attorney think so. Attorney Joel Brodsky posted a GoFundMe campaign Jan. 23 to cover his client’s legal fees as Rialmo faces misdemeanor charges for an alleged Dec. 17 bar fight. The city refused to cover the cost of Rialmo’s legal representation after he fired the law firm provided to him by the...

CPD attributes gun violence reduction to new tech

CPD attributes gun violence reduction to new tech

By Savannah Eadens

January 22, 2018

After a year littered with news headlines about Chicago’s gun violence, the city reported a 21.55 percent reduction in shootings for 2017 compared to 2016. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Depart...

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