Cook County

Killing 'Kato': the story of Latin Kings boss Rudy Rangel Jr.’s murder

Rudy Rangel Jr. liked to keep his hair short. So Rangel, a leader of the Latin Kings, one of Chicago’s biggest street gangs, had been going several …

Crime

Download the Gang Databases We Got From Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Chicago Police Department — ProPublica

This story was first published in ProPublica Illinois’ weekly newsletter. Sign up for that here.<p>I’m Celeste LeCompte, and today I work on the …

Civil Rights

Prosecutors quietly dropping dozens of criminal cases tied to two indicted Chicago cops

The last raid by Chicago police Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado unfolded in early January like hundreds of others before it.<p>Acting on an informant’s tip about drug sales, the veteran gang crimes officers secured a warrant from a Cook County judge to search an apartment in the city’s …

Corruption

Woman killed, 5 others shot Thursday in city gun violence

Thursday began and ended with fatal shootings, one of which killed a 27-year-old woman in the Washington Park neighborhood. Other shootings during …

Crime

Judge accused of bringing gun into courthouse has 'tough' 1st day in court

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office was given more time to seek a special prosecutor at a hearing Thursday for a judge who allegedly brought a …

Crime

Protect prisoners from profit-hungry phone companies

SOME PRISON inmates rely on letters or visits from family and friends to keep in touch with the outside world. But for countless others, the only viable way to communicate with loved ones is through phone calls. These calls are often timed, recorded and prohibitively expensive. It can cost up to 21 …

Opinion

Democrats need to fix their own voter suppression problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every wing of the Democratic Party is rightfully outraged at voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Onerous voter ID laws, voting roll purges, felon disenfranchisement and more exist, or are springing up in one "red" state after another, with only one real goal -- keeping poor and …

Government

23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Jonathan Bachman / Reuters<p>An aerial photo shows the site of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 6.<p>Rick …

Baptist Church

New budget gives CPS CEO Janice Jackson a chance to play offense

Running Chicago’s schools might be the toughest tour of duty in town for a public sector CEO. There have been eight chiefs in a decade – to be fair, …

Education

Buffalo Grove family plagued by asbestos nightmare

A family driven from their home for months by an asbestos nightmare is blaming two well-known companies for their frustrating situation.<p>Asbestos was …

Asbestos

Judge unhappy with pace of DCFS investigation 11 days after boy, 3, dies in fire

A Cook County judge and a Department of Child and Family Services lawyer continued to spar in court Thursday over questions that remain unanswered in …

Chicago

Morning Spin: Moody’s has some good news for Illinois' credit

<i>Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p>Topspin<p>Moody’s Investors Service has a rare bit of good news regarding Illinois’ bond rating and clearly backs the revenue from the …

Chicago

Deadline Announced for Appealing Property Taxes in Orland Township - Orland Park, IL Patch

The window for appealing residential property taxes in Orland Township at the Assessor’s office has opened. The deadline for homeowners in the …

Home Ownership

Schaumburg man charged with child pornography

A 49-year-old Schaumburg man was ordered held on $50,000 bail Thursday after prosecutors say police recovered more than 200 images and videos …

Crime

Man, 23, fatally shot in Chicago Heights

A 23-year-old man died Wednesday morning after being shot in south suburban Chicago Heights.<p>Reginald Sweet, of South Holland, suffered a fatal …

Crime

Boundary lines of proposed South Loop high school drive wedge between communities

The parent, wearing an “I Love NTA” T-shirt, said it loudly and directly toward the end of the public comment section Thursday night. “It sickens me …

High School

Village recommends tax incentive for Elk Grove Technology Park

The village board voted this week to give Elk Grove Technology Park a property tax break for 85 acres at the former Busse Farm between East Higgins …

Bruce Rauner

John Marshall merging into UIC for city's first public law school

The John Marshall Law School will fold into the University of Illinois at Chicago under a plan approved by trustees at both schools Thursday to …

Education

Florida parks foundation inherits $19 million from Wisconsin farmer who romanced a Ukrainian woman

Don Philpott is a writer and willing conversationalist who all but stuttered when asked how his volunteer-based Florida State Parks Foundation is …

Florida

Chicago officials have an irresponsible idea: give away money to create a universal basic income

Chicago – the city known for high homicide rates, legendary political graft, a patronage system second to none, and Al Capone – can now be recognized for a bold proposal for centralized planning: universal basic income.<p>Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and 36 of the 50 city aldermen want to launch a …

Opinion

Man In Courthouse Bathroom Overdose Video Shares Story On Opioid Podcast

<b>CHICAGO (CBS)–</b> Opioid-related overdoses kill 83 percent more people compared to 2015–and claim more lives in Cook County than gun violence or car …

Opioids

Chicago Boat Rentals sues Groupon, alleging fraudulent refund scheme

Groupon is facing a lawsuit alleging the Chicago-based online deals site kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds from boat rental vouchers without reimbursing the rental company or its customers.<p>In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago Boat Rentals alleges Groupon …

Groupon

Dump truck driver went 76 in a 30-mph zone, prosecutors say. The outcome was deadly

Caleb Rallings’ behavior seemed strange to community service workers the morning of the deadly crash in suburban Chicago, Illinois prosecutors said …

News (U.S.)

Trump misses property tax deadline on Chicago tower, four other properties

President Donald Trump's company missed deadlines to pay property-tax bills in five states over the past year — and those delays cost the company $61,800 extra in penalties, interest and missed discounts, according to government records and local officials.<p>This spate of missed deadlines was out of …

Real Estate

Chicago judge orders serial stowaway's release from jail

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge has ordered the release from jail of a woman dubbed a "serial stowaway" for repeatedly trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket.<p>The Cook County State's Attorney office says Cook County Judge Maura Slattery-Boyle determined Wednesday that Marilyn Hartman …

News (U.S.)

Tell State Attorney Kim Foxx: Charge the officers who killed Harith Augustus

<b>Chicago police prove once again they have no regard for Black people's lives.</b> On Saturday evening, Harith "Snoop the Barber" Augustus, a young Black …

Law Enforcement

PETA Seeks Records On 54 Stingray Deaths At Brookfield Zoo

<b>CHICAGO (AP) —</b> An animal rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Brookfield Zoo located outside Chicago in a search for documents that could …

Fish

The Police Officer Who Killed 17-Year-Old Laquan McDonald Is Finally Headed To Court

It's official, Officer Jason Van Dyke — the cop charged with the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald — is going to court.<p>According to the …

Crime

Hack an election? These kids will try

Hackers plan to teach children how to break into state election-results websites, hosting a workshop in Las Vegas to demonstrate states’ vulnerabilities and foster civic engagement among hacking-minded youth.<p>The workshop, part of next month’s massive DEFCON hacking conference, will offer children …

Politics

$3M payout in deadly chase among several deals tied to alleged police wrongdoing

Chicago taxpayers will spend $3 million to compensate the family of a 66-year-old man mowed down by a car fleeing Chicago Police during a 2015 …

Chicago