Prosecutor asks for review of how Smollett case was handled

U.S. 04/12/19, 14:58

The Cook County state's attorney said Friday that she has asked the county's inspector general to review how her office handled "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have criticized the decision by Kim Foxx's office to drop charges against Smollett accusing him of filing a ...

City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigative costs

Entertainment 04/11/19, 18:12

Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the "Empire" actor as a publicity stunt. The 12-page civil lawsuit , filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a ...

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett for costs of investigation

Entertainment 04/04/19, 20:22

Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the "Empire" actor for money spent investigating what officials say was a phony racist, anti-gay attack that Smollett staged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law chief sent Smollett a March 28 ...

Smollett case tests relationship between police, prosecutors

Entertainment 03/30/19, 11:22

When prosecutors dropped the charges that accused Jussie Smollett of orchestrating a fake attack, the outrage was swift and overwhelming. Smollett saw his record wiped clean without offering so much as an apology. Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the decision as a "whitewash of justice" and billed Smollett $130,000 for the cost ...

Chicago prosecutor open to investigation into Smollett case

U.S. 03/29/19, 23:09

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is open to an outside investigation into her office's decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, the prosecutor wrote in a newspaper editorial. Foxx said in a Friday night op-ed for the Chicago Tribune that a review about prosecutors' decision to dismiss all 16 ...

Upsides, downsides for Smollett, city in looming fines fight

Entertainment 03/29/19, 19:12

A brewing battle over Chicago's demand that Jussie Smollett recoup the city more than $130,000 for an investigation into his report of a racist, anti-gay attack and the "Empire" actor's apparent determination not to pay it could ultimately land in a civil court, where a jury could have to answer ...

Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions

Entertainment 03/26/19, 23:58

Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago. But with little explanation, authorities on Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges ...

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

U.S. 02/27/19, 01:14

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.Political ...

Update: 2 black women advance in Chicago mayor race

U.S. 02/26/19, 23:21

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.FILE - In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference ...

Judge approves Chicago’s court-monitored police reforms

U.S. 01/31/19, 15:40

A federal judge on Thursday approved a far-reaching plan for court-supervised reforms of the Chicago Police Department, nearly two years after a U.S. Justice Department report found a history of civil rights violations by officers. Judge Robert Dow's decision to approve the consent decree is a culmination of a process that ...

Cold forces Thursday closing of public schools

U.S. 01/29/19, 21:00

The frigid weather blanketing Illinois means Chicago Public School students will get to spend another day at home.District officials announced Tuesday that in addition to Wednesday, schools also will be closed Thursday. Public school buildings will be closed and those who need alternatives should consider warming centers provided by the ...

Powerful Chicago alderman steps down from finance post

U.S. 01/04/19, 10:32

Longtime Chicago Alderman Ed Burke is resigning from the City Council's finance committee a day after he was charged with attempted extortion.Investigators allege the 75-year-old Burke tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Burke has denied any wrongdoing.Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Friday ...

Funeral held for Chicago police officer killed by train

U.S. 12/22/18, 15:58

Hundreds crowded into Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side to remember the second of two officers struck and killed by a train . Officer Eduardo Marmolejo was celebrated as a humble hero during his funeral Saturday. Gov. Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attended the funeral. To ...

Funeral held for Chicago police officer killed by train

U.S. 12/21/18, 14:38

One of two Chicago police officers struck and killed by a train is being remembered as a devoted father and husband, loyal friend and dedicated police officer.Hundreds of officers on Friday crowded into a Roman Catholic Church on the city's South Side where Cardinal Blase Cupich helped celebrate a funeral ...

Slain Chicago officer remembered as a ‘guardian’

U.S. 11/27/18, 07:56

A Chicago police officer who was killed in a shoot-out after he chased a gunman into a hospital last week has been remembered as a "guardian" who was devoted to helping others long before he joined the police force.Chicago Police officers salute as pallbearers place Officer Samuel Jimenez's casket into ...

Update: Suspect dead, 4 critical after Chicago hospital shooting

U.S. 11/19/18, 18:13

The Latest on a shooting at a Chicago hospital (all times local): 5 p.m. Police say the suspected gunman is dead and four people are in critical condition following a shooting at a Chicago hospital. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says a police officer and at least one hospital employee are among those ...

Kanye West makes cameo showing for Chicago mayoral hopeful

Entertainment 10/24/18, 12:43

Fresh off his bizarre Oval Office visit with President Donald Trump, hip-hop megastar Kanye West drew a crowd when he joined a Democratic mayoral hopeful and Chance the Rapper in a sidewalk appearance on Chicago's South Side.West didn't say anything during Amara Enyia's event in Woodlawn Tuesday afternoon. He looked ...

Chance the Rapper weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

Entertainment 10/16/18, 14:01

Chance the Rapper is weighing in on the Chicago mayor's race.Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, endorses Amara Enyia for mayor of Chicago during a press conference at City Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)The Grammy Award-winning artist from Chicago on Tuesday endorsed Amara ...

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