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FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. A grand jury revived criminal charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, just weeks before an election in which Foxx's opponents are using her handling of the Smollett case against her. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Smollett case could complicate reelection of top prosecutor

Feb. 13, 2020 7:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The decision to restore charges against Jussie Smollett could bedevil the reelection bid of the first black woman to hold Chicago's top law enforcement job and potentially alter the trajectory of a prosecutor once seen as a rising star in Illinois politics. The charges drew a stinging public...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A special prosecutor decided to prosecute Smollett again, 11 months after county prosecutors dropped charges that the “Empire” actor hired two men to fake the attack to further his career. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Smollett case revives questions on Laquan McDonald, justice

Feb. 13, 2020 1:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When a grand jury revived the criminal case against Jussie Smollett, the indictment for many people called to mind two nights on two different streets in the same big city. On one Chicago street was a wealthy, famous black man who claimed he was a victim of a racist, anti-gay attack. On the...

In this undated photo provided by the Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff's Office is former Chicago police Officer Lowell Houser. Houser, found guilty of second-degree murder in the off-duty shooting of an unarmed man in 2017 was sentenced Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, to 10 years in prison. (Cook County Sheriff via AP)

Ex-Chicago officer gets 10 years for fatal off-duty shooting

Feb. 10, 2020 7:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed man in 2017 was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. Lowell Houser, 60, sat slumped in a chair between his lawyers as Cook County Judge William Gamboney handed down the sentence. The charges carried a...

FILE - In this July 24, 2014 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The former head of the Chicago Police Department is advising a local cannabis company on security after more than $200,000 was stolen from it during a burglary last month.  Danny Marks, the co-owner of MOCA Modern Cannabis, told the Chicago Tribune that he brought on former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy as a consultant as he seeks a license to open a new recreational pot store in the River North neighborhood.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Chicago's former top cop consulting local cannabis company

Feb. 1, 2020 12:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former head of the Chicago Police Department is advising a local cannabis company on security after more than $200,000 was stolen from it during a burglary last month. Danny Marks, the co-owner of MOCA Modern Cannabis, told the Chicago Tribune that he brought on former police...

Chicago Police unveil sweeping department reorganization

Jan. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's interim police superintendent announced sweeping changes to the force on Thursday, including a plan to move more than 1,100 detectives and narcotics and gang officers from the city's five regional headquarters to its 22 smaller districts, putting them in closer contact with the...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign event,  in Des Moines, Iowa. Warren is creating a team of religious leaders from a variety of backgrounds to serve as an interfaith council for her presidential campaign. Her new slate of 16 interfaith advisers includes a Baptist pastor from Boston as well as a rabbi for a Reform Jewish congregation in North Carolina and a sensei in the Zen Buddhist tradition. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Warren rolls out council of interfaith advisers

Jan. 24, 2020 11:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Warren on Friday tapped religious leaders from a variety of backgrounds to serve as an interfaith council for her presidential campaign, making her one of several Democratic contenders to invest in outreach to voters of faith. Warren's new slate of 16 interfaith advisers includes...

Chicago aldermen reject settlement with McDonald witness

Jan. 14, 2020 12:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago aldermen have rejected a proposed $125,000 legal settlement for a woman who witnessed the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer. Some aldermen on Monday questioned why the city should pay Alma Benitez, who filed a federal lawsuit in 2016...