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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...

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 overhauling detective divisions

Dec. 17, 2019 5:26 PM EST

The Chicago Police Department said Tuesday that it is beefing up its detective ranks and spreading them around the city in the hope that it can catch up to departments in other major cities that solve a far higher percentage of homicide and other violent crime cases. Tuesday’s announcement comes about six...

Chicago Police interim Superintendent Charlie Beck speaks during a press conference at police headquarters, Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 2019 in Chicago. Beck says he’s getting oriented in the job, a day after Superintendent Eddie Johnson was fired and he took over the post. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago police halt controversial merit promotion system

Dec. 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s interim police superintendent is discontinuing a so-called merit promotion system that rank-and-file cops have long complained rewards officers for who they know and not what skills they have to do the job. In a letter to the 13,400-member department obtained by the Chicago...

Democratic presidential candidate and Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign stop at the Danceland Ballroom Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Davenport. (Meg McLaughlin/The Dispatch - The Rock Island Argus via AP)

Consulting firm allows Buttigieg to release names of clients

Dec. 9, 2019 11:12 PM EST

The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm said Monday that it will allow Pete Buttigieg to identify the clients he served more than a decade ago while the Democratic presidential contender also pledged to open his fundraising events to the news media and provide the names of key fundraising organizers. The moves...

Democratic presidential candidate and Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign stop at the Danceland Ballroom Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Davenport. (Meg McLaughlin/The Dispatch - The Rock Island Argus via AP)

Facing new test, Buttigieg pledges openness — with caution

Dec. 8, 2019 8:48 PM EST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — In his rise to the top tier of the Democratic race for president, Pete Buttigieg has impressed voters with his unflappable demeanor. But that moderate bearing is being tested as his opponents challenge him to reveal more about his two years working for an international consulting...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, file photo,  Chicago Police Department Supt. Eddie Johnson, right, announces his retirement as Mayor Lori Lightfoot looks on during a press conference at CPD headquarters in Chicago. The unceremonious firing of Chicago's police chief just weeks before his retirement has rattled a department that, under his leadership, was seeking to restore public confidence. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago chief's firing again rattles confidence in force

Dec. 7, 2019 10:57 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The unceremonious firing of Chicago's police superintendent just weeks before his retirement has rattled a department that, under his leadership, was seeking to restore public confidence since the release of a 2014 video showing a white officer killing a black teenager with 16 gunshots. ...

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Iowa Farmers Union Presidential Forum, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Buttigieg calls on McKinsey to release list of his clients

Dec. 6, 2019 10:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is calling on his former employer McKinsey & Co. to release a list of the clients he served and to free him from a nondisclosure agreement he signed when he worked there a decade ago. In a statement Friday, he also included a summary of...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. When fellow officers discovered Johnson asleep behind the wheel of his running SUV, they did not conduct any sobriety tests and let their boss drive home, a decision that has thrown a spotlight on what happens when one officer confronts another on patrol. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Evidence tampering alleged in police chief firing case

Dec. 6, 2019 5:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A female Chicago police officer who was reportedly seen on video drinking with and kissing the now-fired police superintendent the night he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV has been accused of tampering with a cellphone investigators wanted to examine, a police department...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. When fellow officers discovered Johnson asleep behind the wheel of his running SUV, they did not conduct any sobriety tests and let their boss drive home, a decision that has thrown a spotlight on what happens when one officer confronts another on patrol. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Report: Officer recorded kissing Chicago chief reassigned

Dec. 5, 2019 4:50 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A female officer who was reportedly caught on video kissing then-Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a popular restaurant in October was transferred weeks later from his personal security detail to another role on the police force, a department spokesman said. Police spokesman...