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CHICAGO - A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called President Donald Trump "clueless" for reviving criticism of Chicago and encouraging more stop-and-frisks by police. 

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CHICAGO  - The white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says he had never before fired his gun at anyone and maintains the criminal case against him stems from political pressure.

Chicago has announced a plan to implement far-reaching police reforms under federal court supervision.

  CHICAGO - Chicago has paid out more than $650 million in police misconduct cases over the past 15 years or so, and that expenditure is expected to increase.

In recent months, a growing number of men who say they were framed for murders they didn't commit or convicted on trumped-up drug charges have seen their convictions overturned. And now they're suing the city.

Maureen Malloy is a criminal analyst for the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Her job is to try and stop gun violence before it happens...every workday she combs a database of Concealed Carry License applications looking for red flags.

On a recent weekday afternoon she pulled up the arrest history of one Cook County applicant.

MALLOY:  “So that one is OK,. it's just driving on a suspended license. Here is UUW, unlawful use of a weapon. That’s what we are objecting to. ”

The Chicago Police Department is planning to expand a pilot program that gives detainees arrested for drugs the option of treatment or jail time.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says all patrol officers are now equipped with body cameras.

An investigation shows that the Chicago Police Department has failed to closely monitor the way it handles officer overtime.

The union representing Chicago police officers is asking the Illinois Labor Relations Board to stop the city from implementing a new use-of-force policy.

July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.

Several community groups have sued the city of Chicago to bypass or even scuttle a draft deal between Chicago and the Justice Department that seeks to reform the nation's second largest police force without federal court oversight.

A study of the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures reveals a dramatic decrease in the number of stops.  The drop is since the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois found officers were targeting blacks and other racial minorities in hundreds of thousands of the stops.

The Justice Department and the city of Chicago have signed a joint statement in which the nation's third largest city commits to police reforms under a court-enforced agreement, called a consent decree.  The document, along with the findings of a yearlong Justice Department civil rights investigation of the police force,was released Friday. 

Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Dick Durbin, is raising questions about President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Durbin met yesterday with nominee and fellow Senator Jeff Sessions.  Durbin, a Democrat, says his first priority was to ask Sessions about violence in Chicago. There were 762 murders reported there last year.

 NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump says Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor and President Barack Obama's former chief of staff, should ask for federal assistance if he can't bring down the city's rising homicide tally.

The nation's third-largest city had 762 homicides in 2016 - the most in two decades and more than the largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, combined. The Chicago Police Department says the city had 1,100 more shootings last year than in 2015.

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November was another bloody month in Chicago, ending with more than twice as many homicides as during the same month last year.  The 77 homicides recorded in November 2016 mark the highest death toll for that month in nearly a quarter century. 

A new study shows that Illinois law enforcement confiscated more than $319 million in cash and property from individuals over the past 10 years, using a system that doesn't require convictions to validate the forfeitures.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will push ahead with police reforms, regardless of the outcome of a U.S. Justice Department probe.  Thursday is the anniversary of the release of a video showing a Chicago officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

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A jury has ruled the city of Chicago must pay nearly $2.5 million to a Chicago Transit Authority train operator who was injured after a police car chasing a bicyclist ran into a Brown Line train.  A Cook County jury ruled last week in favor of CTA worker Jeffery Bryant, who suffered a serious spinal injury after the August 2012 crash in the Albany Park neighborhood.

The Chicago Police Department has proposed a new policy that would require officers to use the least amount of force necessary, and centers on the "sanctity of life."  Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the policy will undergo 45 days of public comment which he called a department first, and a step toward a promised improvement in transparency. 

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A Chicago man who spent more than a decade in prison on a drug conviction has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was framed by a corrupt city police sergeant.  Ben Baker was freed earlier this year after he petitioned for a new trial and Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges against him. 

The city of Chicago is asking a judge to overturn an Illinois attorney general's ruling that police officers' personal emails are a matter of public record.  The city filed the complaint arguing that officers' personal emails concerning the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer aren't subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Chicago Police Department is expanding the use of a gunshot detection system and surveillance cameras in areas of the city that are dealing with high rates of gun violence.  Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says in a statement the expanded ShotSpotter system and crime cameras will be in police districts on the city's south and west side. 

A pregnant Chicago woman who was shot in the abdomen during another violent holiday weekend in the city later delivered a nearly full-term baby boy.  The shooting Monday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood also wounded the woman's boyfriend. 

Rahm Emanuel's floor leader in the Chicago City Council says the mayor plans to hire "hundreds" more police officers after the city's deadliest month in decades.

The head of the Fraternal Order of Police says the Chicago Police Department is violating the due process of seven officers who could lose their jobs for allegedly covering up Laquan McDonald's 2014 shooting.  A report by Chicago's inspector general following the release of video of McDonald's fatal police shooting prompted Superintendent Eddie Johnson to move last week to fire the officers.

Community leaders are praising Chicago's police superintendent for recommending that seven officers accused of filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald be fired.  Activist Jedidiah Brown says Superintendent Eddie Johnson's announcement shows he's serious about reforms. 

Two University of Chicago research teams are analyzing big data to determine whether a police officer will have improper interaction with a citizen.  The university's Crime Lab is working with the Chicago Police Department to build a predictive data program to improve the department's Early Intervention System.  Which attempts to determine if an officer is likely to engage in aggressive conduct with a civilian.

A senior member of the Chicago Police Department who served as interim superintendent during the upheaval over the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald is leaving to become police chief at Northeastern Illinois University.  The school says First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante will assume the post Sept. 7.

A judge has appointed a suburban Chicago state's attorney as the special prosecutor in the case against a Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
At a hearing on Thursday, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan swore in Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon to handle the prosecution of Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with murder last year in the 2014 killing of McDonald at the same time authorities released the dashcam video that shows McDonald being shot 16 times.