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BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shots fired near administration building, all advised to stay away from the area

BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shots fired near administration building, all advised to stay away from the area

September 15, 2020

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. with an interview from Ron Sodini, associate vice president of Safety and Security. Shots were fired at the intersection of Harrison Street and Michigan Avenue...

Campus closed following night of looting and violence downtown

Campus closed following night of looting and violence downtown

August 10, 2020

Dozens of businesses and storefronts—including one Columbia building—were looted and vandalized as hundreds of people descended upon the Magnificent Mile and other downtown areas, leading to conf...

Protesters demand school board remove cops from CPS, but they will stay put for now

Protesters demand school board remove cops from CPS, but they will stay put for now

June 26, 2020

Shouts of “no justice, no peace, defund the police” echoed between buildings downtown as hundreds of activists, teachers, students, health care workers and Chicago residents marched demanding s...

A group of protesters destroy a police vehicle, slashing its tires and jumping on the dash to shatter the glass.

Columbia buildings damaged, thousands march downtown for George Floyd protests

May 31, 2020

Residents in the South Loop woke up to businesses and buildings damaged by broken glass, looted storefronts and spray-painted messages after protests escalated and riots broke out Saturday night. ...

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...

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...

Judge Gaughan: ‘One act, one sentence, one crime,’ Van Dyke sentenced

January 18, 2019

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the murder of Laquan McDonald, concluding one of the most racially charged trials in Chicago history. Co...

“We the jury find the defendant, Jason Van Dyke, guilty”

October 8, 2018

Demonstrators rallied across Chicago Oct. 5 after Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. “My sons, like me, they’re afraid of...

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...

CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson discusses gun violence reductions at an April 10 Chicago City Club meeting, 111 W. Grand Avenue. 

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...

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