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Chicago will test out updated bus routes on West Side

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will test updated buses routes on the city's West Side under a pilot program recently approved by the Chicago Transit Board. City officials tout the change as part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's promise to invest in neighborhoods outside the downtown core. The pilot program is designed...

Chicago bolsters sanctuary protections, activists want more

Jan. 15, 2020 3:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago again bolstered its sanctuary policies Wednesday as aldermen approved a plan requiring police to document any requests for assistance from federal immigration agents. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called it “the first step in a longer process of strengthening the city’s...

23 people apply to be Chicago's next police superintendent

Jan. 13, 2020 8:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Board has received applications from 23 people who want to become the city’s next police superintendent, officials said Monday. Applications for post were sent in by job seekers from across the nation as well as locally, said board president Ghian Foreman. There was...

This Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 photo provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control in Chicago shows an injured coyote after it was successfuly located and safely darted with a tranquilizer. A Chicago animal control official says DNA tests to determine if the coyote captured on the city's North Side is the animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy will take weeks to complete. Jenny Schlueter of the Chicago Animal Care and Control says the coyote that was captured Thursday night will be held at an animal rehabilitation center until the tests are completed. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

Official: DNA test to determine if coyote bit Chicago child

Jan. 10, 2020 5:05 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — DNA tests to determine if a coyote captured on Chicago's North Side is the same animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy will take weeks to complete, a city animal control official said Friday. Jenny Schlueter of the Chicago Animal Care and Control said the coyote that was captured Thursday...

MOVE PHOTO SAT. JAN. 4 TO ACCOMPANY STORY BY JOHN O'CONNOR - FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Chicago. Pritzker enjoyed one of the more successful legislative sessions in 2019 of any first-year Illinois executive in recent memory, winning approval for virtually his entire campaign platform. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP File)

After successful debut, Pritzker has work on taxes, ethics

Jan. 4, 2020 10:57 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Last June, as the Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its spring session, first-year Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked whether he would simply kick back and wait for his re-election campaign. After all, he had accomplished virtually everything on which he had campaigned: A balanced...

Chicago mayor says $11.5M in vehicle sticker debt forgiven

Dec. 28, 2019 9:37 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials said $11.5 million in city vehicle sticker debt has been forgiven in three months from a program started by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Nearly 11,500 motorists applied for the program which began in October and followed an amnesty program for late penalties on sticker purchases....

Health officials: New HIV diagnoses on decline in Chicago

Dec. 23, 2019 12:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — New HIV diagnoses in Chicago continue to go down and have declined for four consecutive years, according to figures released by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago’s health department. The 734 new diagnoses reported in 2018 among Chicago residents are the lowest number since 1988, health...

Chicago police guard a crime scene in the 5700 block of S. May Street in Chicago after several people were shot there on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP)

13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

Dec. 22, 2019 9:25 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — One person has been charged in connection with a shooting early Sunday at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at the memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at a news conference. He said shots...

Chicago police reduce publicly funded security for ex-mayor

Dec. 21, 2019 10:32 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have reduced taxpayer-funded security for a former city mayor but eliminated detail for current city officials. The Chicago Police Department conducted threat assessments for former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Clerk Anna Valencia and Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, the Chicago...

Chicago council rejects bid to delay Jan. 1 marijuana sales

Dec. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday rejected an effort to delay marijuana sales until July 1. The ordinance was defeated by 10 votes, a day after a council committee approved a delay amid complaints that minorities were being left out of ownership of Chicago marijuana businesses....