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Chicago drops police union lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Dec. 01, 2021 22:09 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago dropped its lawsuit Wednesday against the police union in its fight over city employee COVID-19 vaccine orders, saying the complaint became unnecessary as more officers complied. The move follows a judge's ruling last month to suspend...

Man pleads guilty to spitting on cop who body-slammed him

Nov. 19, 2021 13:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who was body-slammed by a Chicago police officer during a 2019 arrest that was caught on video and sparked outage pleaded guilty to spitting in the officer's face just before the incident. Bernard Kersh, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor...

Controversial Chicago police union president retires as cop

Nov. 16, 2021 13:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of Chicago's largest police union officially submitted his paperwork to retire from the police department on Tuesday, after saying he would rather leave the force than go through with a disciplinary hearing that he called a “farce." John...

Chicago police union chief to retire amid board hearing

Nov. 15, 2021 20:06 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of Chicago’s largest police union said Monday he'll retire from the department amid a disciplinary hearing that could have ended with his firing. John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, said he felt the outcome of...

Agency report critical of slain Chicago cop sparks outrage

Nov. 12, 2021 20:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police review agency that recommended eight officers involved in the botched 2019 raid of a social worker be suspended or fired is being harshly criticized for including the name of the officer who was fatally shot during an August traffic stop. ...

McDonald's CEO faces growing criticism after gun victim text

Nov. 11, 2021 20:39 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The CEO of McDonald’s faced increasing criticism and calls for resignation Thursday following text messages he sent to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot where he seemed to blame the deaths of two Black and Latino children killed in gun violence on their parents. ...

Agency calls for Chicago police firings in botched 2019 raid

Nov. 10, 2021 20:35 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police oversight agency recommended suspension and in some cases potential termination for more than half a dozen officers following a botched 2019 raid on the home of a Black woman who wasn’t allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed, according to a...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Nov. 09, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Chicago Sun-Times. November 6, 2021. Editorial: The world needs more trees. Chicago and Illinois must help. Planting and preserving trees takes carbon dioxide out of the air instead of letting it escape into the atmosphere, where it warms the planet...

Judge suspends deadline for Chicago cops to get vaccinated

Nov. 01, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Monday suspended a Dec. 31 deadline for Chicago police officers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but didn't interfere with a requirement that they be regularly tested. Disputes over vaccinations should be handled as a labor grievance with an...

Chicago's city schools see continued enrollment dip

Oct. 31, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s public school system has seen another enrollment drop with 10,000 fewer students this academic year since last year for a total of approximately 330,000 students. The enrollment decline, which has been happening each year for the past decade,...