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1st black woman sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

May. 20, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago ain't ready...

Illinois lawmakers vow to fix lapses in child welfare system

May. 7, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state's Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect and is in the spotlight again following the beating death of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy with a long...

Report: Chicago officer distraught after killing black teen

Apr. 25, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer convicted of killing a black teenager was emotionally distraught in the days that followed the 2014 shooting, according to a newly released psychologist's report. The report was among nearly 90 unsealed court filings related to Jason Van Dyke's...

Smollett case could undermine prosecutor's reform efforts

Apr. 23, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

Chicago's top prosecutor drew heavy criticism after she recused herself from the case against Jussie Smollett and then complained in text messages to a subordinate that her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor. But anyone who has followed Kim Foxx's work recognized in the texts the same reforms she has been...

Minnesota cop's trial raises questions about code of silence

Apr. 16, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Testimony in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home has shined a light on officers' actions at the scene and raised questions about whether they were trying to protect...

4 Chicago police officers fighting McDonald-related firings

Apr. 10, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A hearing is set for four Chicago police officers who are fighting their dismissals following accusations they covered up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. A Chicago Police Board hearing officer has set aside three days for testimony starting Wednesday....

Mayor-elect wants re-examination of code of silence case

Apr. 4, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot wants her former colleagues at the U.S attorney's office to re-examine the acquittals of three police officers accused of covering up the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. A judge in January found the officers not guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of...

Lightfoot's win stirs hope for change in a divided Chicago

Apr. 3, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot's victory in the Chicago mayor's race signaled hope among voters that the nation's third-largest city may someday move beyond long-entrenched divides, racial and otherwise, that have left large parts of the metropolis feeling ignored by people in power. Lightfoot became the...

Lightfoot wins Chicago mayor race; pledges end to corruption

Apr. 3, 2019 4:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor's race Tuesday, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become the first black woman and openly gay person to lead the nation's third-largest city. Lightfoot, who had never...

2 major cases add up to big doubts about Chicago prosecutor

Apr. 2, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police officer in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Then Foxx, who is a survivor of sexual assault as a child, grabbed national...