NEWS articles

"Getting drugs is as easy as getting toothpaste"

Nearly 80 percent of Chicago men who have been arrested test positive for illegal drugs - the worst record of 10 major cities studied in a recent White House report. Experts say easy access to drugs is one factor that puts Chicago at the top of the list.

over 6 years ago | Alex Parker

Morgan Park residents urge cops to take action

over 6 years ago | Natasha Wasinski

Cops: Effort to curb Sullivan High School violence a success

In response to an uptick in gang-related incidents, police and school officials recently changed dismissal procedures and began an effort to keep suspended students away from campus.

over 6 years ago | Emma Jackson

Cops promote pedestrian safety

Police officers pose as pedestrians on the Far North Side in order to nab drivers who don't yield to people in the crosswalk.

over 6 years ago | Alex Parker

Chicago police to pose as pedestrians to nab drivers

Chicago police are cracking down on drivers who don't yield to pedestrians. The city's Safe Streets program kicks off again on Monday, with plainclothes officers enforcing pedestrian safety laws.

over 6 years ago | Alex Parker

Residents voice concerns over Jefferson Park home

A dispute over stolen rims erupted in gunfire earlier this year. At a CAPS meeting, residents complained the house was being used as a chop shop.

over 6 years ago | Antony Caldaroni

Bomb threat shuts DePaul library

The library at DePaul University's Lincoln Park campus was shut down this morning after officials found a note in a bathroom saying there were two bombs in the building.

almost 7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Sobczyk to tackle gang crime as new Rogers Park commander

Rogers Parks police commander David Sobczyk was picked for the job to help deal with gang-related crimes, which statistics show are on the rise.

almost 7 years ago | Tasneem Nomanbhai

Rogers Park residents, police mobilize to fight gangs, public drunkenness

Rogers Parks residents are trying to get a handle on crime in some pockets of the neighborhood. They are coming up with ideas to deal with problems like drug and gang activity and public drinking.

7 years ago | Tasneem Nomanbhai

Opponents plan second protest over M4 rifles

Members of a Chicago youth advocacy group are planning to stage another protest tonight against a city police proposal to arm street cops with military-style assault rifles.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Police pushing ahead with plan to buy M4 rifles

The Chicago police superintentdent says the department is buying military-style rifles for street cops even though members of the community are against it.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Protest slated over police assault rifle plan

Some city residents, led by a youth empowerment group, will demonstrate against Chicago police plans to let street cops carry assault rifles similar to those carried by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Warrant issued in Bell School attack

Police name a suspect in connection with an attack on a woman near an elementary school in North Center. Parents met with school officials and cops to learn more about the case and talk safety tips.

7 years ago | Megan Cottrell

Despite safety questions, Chicago cops to receive combat rifles

Experts say bullets from the M4 can travel nearly twice as far as those from a handgun, potentially posing risks for bystanders. Even so, Chicago patrol officers will soon receive the assault weapons.

7 years ago | Steven Chaitman

Top cop defends personnel moves, plans new tactical unit

Police Superintendent Jody Weis has been criticized in recent weeks for his handling of violence around the Taste of Chicago, the city's rising crime rate, and his decision to remove most of the department's top brass.

over 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar