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Chicago Murder Toll Breaks 700

The beginning of December in Chicago tolls a more somber bell than simply the start of the holiday season. As the month began, there had been more than 700 murders in the city since the beginning of ...
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Why do the Majority of Chicago's Violent Crimes Go Unsolved?

Over the past year, Chicago has seen more than its fair share of violence and heartbreak. January through August saw the murder rate rise a staggering fifty per cent. And the vast majority of those ...
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Was an Illinois Daycare Worker Wrongly Convicted of Murder?

A former daycare worker, convicted of murder in the 2009 death of a toddler under her care, may have the verdict reversed on her guilt. Melissa Calusinski, who was only 22 at the time of the alleged ...
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Chicago Police Subject to Grand Jury Investigation

It has been nearly two years since Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by a police officer on the streets of Southwest Chicago. On October 20 th, 2014, Officer Jason Van Dyke shot the seventeen-year-old ...
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White House Concludes Bite Mark Analysis is Unscientific

The criminal justice system aims to be representative of the ultimate in fairness. A determinant of truth, beacon of righteousness. Defending the innocent from painful subjugation. Sentencing the ...
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Chicago Violence Spurs Emanuel to Hire Hundreds of Cops

Chicago saw 90 homicides in August —that's a shocking rate of three every single day. This dramatic month of violence close out the worst summer Chicagoans have faced in more than a decade. ...
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August Chicago's Most Violent Month in Decades

The past month has been Chicago’s deadliest in nearly twenty years. August 2016 saw at least 78 homicides—rivaling the 79 recorded in October of 1997. In the past weekend alone, 67 ...
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'Reader' Investigation Finds 10 Cases of Police Fatalities Blamed on Civilians

'Reader' Investigation Finds 10 Cases of Police Fatalities Blamed on Civilians A new investigation by the Chicago Reader has found that there have been ten cases in the last five years which ...
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Is College Hazing Still Defying the Law?

This semester, another 20 million students will be arriving back on their college campuses – and with the return of students comes more fraternities, clubs and sports teams opening up membership ...
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Chicago Murder Rate Overwhelms Waning Police Force

Tyjuan Lewis was killed nearly one year ago, and his family is still searching for answers. Tyjaun's sister Cynthia reaches out to detectives every two weeks, hoping for new information about the ...
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Claiming Self-Defense in an Illinois Murder Charge

Often, two people become engaged in a verbal altercation which quickly turns physical. When one of the people die, the other person can face manslaughter or murder charges. This can even happen when ...
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Five Teenagers Arrested for Murder in Botched Robbery

Five teenagers have been arrested in suspicion of the fatal shooting of one male high school student and injuring a female student. All five of the teens have been charged with armed robbery, ...
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Two Killed, Four Wounded in Chicago Shooting

According to the Chicago Times, two people were killed and four more were injured in overnight gun violence all throughout the city of Chicago. One shooting occurred on July 2 nd at 6:25 a.m. when a ...
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Teen Under House Arrest in Cook County for Gun Charges

Thursday, May 8, a teen was ordered under house arrest by a Cook County judge. The 17-year-old boy is looking at charges that include weapon crimes such as unlawful possession of a firearm and ...
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Man Exonerated of Murder Charges to Receive $6 Million from Settlement with Lake County

The Chicago Tribune reports that in 2005, a man was arrested for the murder of his 8-year-old daughter and her friend. After more than 24 hours of interrogation by Lake County law enforcement, the ...
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Woman Convicted of Murder Asks for New Trial After Coroner Realizes He Made Wrong Diagnosis

In 2009, a woman was convicted of first degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of a 16-month old. He had died while at a day care center in a northern suburb of Chicago. A jury decided that ...
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Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Shootings, Over 200 Homicides This Year

In our windy city just two weeks ago, there were a number of homicides in just the four day period of the weekend, causing the city officials to acknowledge a grim milestone for their city of 200 ...
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At Least 9 Victims Shot in Chicago, Blocks from President Obama's Home

Breaking news reports share that at least 9 victims have been shot between Monday afternoon and this Tuesday morning in Chicago; one of them being a 15 year old boy. The scene of the first crime is ...
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Man Released from Prison After 22 Years

After 22 years behind bars for convictions of second degree murder, David Ranta was released after evidence left the court with overwhelming proof of his innocence. In 1991 a rabbi was shot and died 4 ...
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Courthouse Shooting Over Child Custody, 3 Dead

Delaware news reports share the shocking news of a courthouse child custody battle, gone wrong. After allegedly spending years in court over different custody battles with his wife, the gunman brought ...
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Cartel Leader Scheduled to Appear in Court

According to NBC Chicago, two alleged leaders of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel are schedule to appear in a Chicago court sometime in the near future. At Tuesday’s status hearing, a federal ...
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Suspect Questioned in Slaying of Volleyball Star

Megan Boken was known for her skills on the volleyball court in St. Louis, and was a resident of Wheaton, Illinois. The beautiful blonde had recently moved back to St. Louis for a university alumni ...
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Babysitter Charged with Death of Infant in her Care

When parents leave their child with a babysitter, they assume the caretaker will watch and monitor the baby so that he or she will be safe and healthy in the parent’s absence. Yet a ...
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Teens "Knock 'Em Out" Ends in the Death of a Passing Dad

Delfino Mora was a 62-year-old father collecting cans in an alleyway to make some extra money. On the streets of Chicago, a group of teenagers decided to play a dangerous game known as “Pick ...
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Terrorist Discovered in Chicago Still Waiting For Trial

Shaker Masri has been in and out of court frequently since he was discovered in 2010. The 29-year-old intended to travel to Somalia on a suicide bombing mission but was apprehended by the U.S. ...
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