Posts tagged "Jon Burge"

Chicago aldermen seek $20 million reparations fund for police torture victims

Chicago aldermen seek $20 million reparations fund for police torture victims
A little more than a month after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for torture committed by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and detectives under his command, Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (21st) filed an ordinance in Chicago’s City Council Wednesday that would allocate $20 million toward redress to torture victims... Read more »

Fifty years later, marching for another cause

Fifty years later, marching for another cause
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, brought attention to the disparities faced by African Americans in employment and education. On its 50th anniversary, Chicago activists took to the streets to protest another disparity–in how people of color are treated by law enforcement. The idea behind The Peoples March on... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »
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Terrill Swift's experience as a 17-year old shows how Illinois could lead nation in overturned convictions

You can deny the crime and die in jail with a 100-year sentence. Or you can cooperate and go home tonight. Those were the options laid out for then-17-year-old Terrill Swift in 1994, after being accused of the rape and murder of 30-year-old Nina Glover in Englewood. After hours of interrogation and ultimatums, Swift signed... Read more »

Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

What’s making headlines on Elections 2012, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn delivered a state of the state address in which he focused mostly on job creation and the state’s ailing economy. Quinn suggested a higher tax credit for businesses that hire returning veterans and an abolishment of the natural utility tax.... Read more »
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Tillman torture suits adds Daley as a defendant

Tillman torture suits adds Daley as a defendant
There’s a new name listed as a defendant on a federal civil lawsuit about police torture in Chicago, one that anyone remotely familiar with the city will recognize: Richard M. Daley. Veteran Chicago journalist Carol Marin broke the blockbuster news yesterday, reporting in the Chicago Sun-Times that the city’s former mayor is sued as part... Read more »

News Roundup: Seventeen million American children can't get balanced diet

Fifty million people, including 17 million children, don’t have access to a nutritious diet, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twelve percent of Illinois households were “food insecure” at least some time in the past three years, the report says. More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news… Federal prosecutors are... Read more »

There's a little bit of Jon Burge in all of us

OK, I’m not talking about the part of Jon Burge that would apply electric shock to someone’s genitals, suffocate them, or force them to play Russian roulette. I certainly don’t think most people could bring themselves to commit such despicable acts to another human being. But the most astonishing part of the story about Burge’s... Read more »
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Man on the street: What do you think about Jon Burge's conviction?

After former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, the Reporter asked Chicago residents about the former cop. Burge and his officers allegedly used electric shocks, beatings and suffocation to elicit confessions. Burge was found guilty on charges that he lied during a civil trial about his teams’... Read more »