Latest Shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago News

Court lets Chicago cop's sentence stand in teen's shooting

Mar. 19, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a prison sentence of less than seven years for a white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald that many criticized as far too lenient. The high court offered no explanation for its 4-2 decision that denied a...

The Latest: Chicago cop's lawyer heralds ruling on sentence

Mar. 19, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Supreme Court letting Chicago officer's sentence stand (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Illinois' attorney general has acknowledged his office is effectively out of options to get a new sentencing hearing for a white Chicago police officer convicted of slaying black...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Mar. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in...

Judge allows courtroom cameras for trial of R. Kelly

Mar. 15, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the trial and pretrial hearings in R. Kelly's sexual abuse case, but the R&B singer's accusers can't be photographed or filmed without their consent, a judge ruled Friday. The Grammy-winning singer didn't attend the brief hearing in Cook...

The Latest: Judge allows courtroom cameras in R. Kelly case

Mar. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A judge says cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during R. Kelly's sexual abuse trial and pretrial hearings. Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood said during a brief hearing Friday...

Contrasts abound for 2 black women in Chicago mayoral runoff

Feb. 27, 2019 9:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A political outsider who campaigned on reforming Chicago's police department after a white officer's fatal shooting of a black teenager said Wednesday that voters likely had the high-profile case on their minds when they advanced her to an April runoff for mayor, assuring for the first time...

Chicago will elect a black woman as its mayor for first time

Feb. 27, 2019 1:15 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former federal prosecutor and a county board leader will face each other in a runoff to become Chicago's first black female mayor after leading a large field Tuesday that included a member of the Daley family that has dominated the city's politics for much of the last six decades....

The Latest: 2 black women advance in Chicago mayor race

Feb. 26, 2019 11:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will face former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot in a runoff to become Chicago's next mayor. The race will guarantee the nation's third-largest city will be led the next...

Officer's lawyers: No resentencing needed in fatal shooting

Feb. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for the white Chicago police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald say prosecutors have no right to challenge his nearly 7-year prison term. Attorneys for Jason Van Dyke made the arguments in a filing Monday with the Illinois Supreme Court....

14 candidates vie to become Chicago's next mayor

Feb. 16, 2019 1:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The race to succeed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attracted a diverse group of candidates, including businesspeople, a former federal prosecutor, an ex-police superintendent, veteran politicians and community activists. The election will take place Feb. 26. If no candidate gets more than 50...