Father gets 30 years after plea in death of Illinois boy, 5

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in pri...

'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit ...

Absent details, police shooting narratives seek to distract

CHICAGO (AP) — A familiar narrative emerged in the days that followed Jacob Blake’s shooting by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, one seen many times after a Black man or woman is killed or grie...

Lack of body cameras fuels suspicion in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A police force with a history of brutality and racism created a new crime-fighting team, but on one of its first forays into the streets, the group did not wear body cameras, which woul...

Chicago Police: Suspect arrested in slaying of 9-year-old

CHICAGO (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy in Chicago and police hope to secure charges against him in the coming days, the city's police superintendent said ...

Illinois woman faces up to 60-year term in slaying of son, 5

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of her 5-year-old son faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in state prison when she returns to c...

Chicago's July Fourth weekend ends with 17 dead, 70 wounded

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago's bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effo...

2 brothers threaten to stop cooperating in Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who have said they helped actor Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago last year no longer intend to cooperate with authorities, according to their...

Lawsuit: Chicago Police using virus to deny suspects' rights

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges the Chicago Police Department has used the coronavirus pandemic and recent protests as “cover” to deny criminal suspects their legal right to speak with ...

Chicago investigating officers 'lounging' during unrest

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a dozen Chicago police officers and supervisors were captured on video “lounging” inside a congressional campaign office last month as people vandalized and stole from nearby ...

Protesters invoke different names to decry police treatment

CHICAGO (AP) — In Baltimore, protesters shouted the name of Freddie Gray. In Topeka, Kansas, T-shirts were emblazoned with the name of Dominique White. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, people gathered in a spot wh...

Chicago mayor takes hard line fighting coronavirus outbreak

CHICAGO (AP) — As large American cities try various strategies to keep people home to limit the coronavirus's spread, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has balanced a blend of stern — and occasionally scol...

Virus sends Holocaust survivors behind doors, back in time

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — For Olga Weiss, the order to stay at home is about much more than simply locking her door to the coronavirus. It has awakened fears from decades ago when she and her parents hid ...

Chicago, other cities, cancel St. Patrick's Day parades

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago on Wednesday joined the ranks of cities around the world to scrap St. Patrick's Day parades amid concerns about spread of the new coronavirus, calling off an event that attracts...

Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike

CHICAGO (AP) — A spike in crime on Chicago's rail system and some recent high profile outbursts of violence has prompted the city's police department to put 50 more officers in trains and on platforms...