Posts tagged "Murder"

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows
We might need to add $10.25 million to Chicago’s long tab of legal settlements paid out to people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. The city’s council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the payment to Alton Logan, a man who spent 26 years behind bars for murder while police swept evidence under the rug that he was innocent, the... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Rogers Park group honors 500 victims of violence on Chicago's streets

On the day of the December vigil, Occupy Rogers Park hung 499 wooden stars on a tree at the east end of Lunt Avenue by Lake Michigan. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.
As the nation mourned the loss of children and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, residents of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood gathered to remember a different kind of massacre — the hundreds of people killed each year on the city’s streets. The Facebook invitation for the Dec. 15 vigil was titled “496 Stars:... Read more »
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Signed into law: Drew Peterson bill, PTSD training, more financial transparency for Illinois

Signed into law: Drew Peterson bill, PTSD training, more financial transparency for Illinois
Domestic violence priors to be admitted in murder cases – HB 5264 – The recently concluded Drew Peterson trial used a history of domestic violence as evidence, a piece of information that may have played a key role in his conviction for murder. Now HB 5264 would mandate that the information used in Peterson’s trial... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter investigation reveals troubling child abuse trends

Every year, an average of 18 children in Illinois die at the hands of adults. Our child homicide rate hasn’t budged in the last 11 years, despite our state’s overall homicide rate is down 26 percent. What may be even more disturbing is that in many of those cases, state officials were warned. That’s the... Read more »

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?
All of us at The Chicago Reporter are big fans of the Chicago Reader’s Steve Bogira, and this week, Bogira’s got a great cover story and some shocking data on the relationship between poverty and Chicago’s homicide rate. As we reached 300 homicides this year so far, a milestone we met nearly two months earlier... Read more »
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Ald. Burke urges Congress to 'get real' on gun control; U.S. Reps. Quigley, Davis like the idea but expect no progress

Ald. Burke urges Congress to 'get real' on gun control; U.S. Reps. Quigley, Davis like the idea but expect no progress
Before the city council approved a revised gun ordinance Wednesday, 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke wondered aloud when Congress would finally have municipal government’s back when it comes to gun reform. Burke–who often gives lengthy, anecdotal speeches when commenting on legislation–pointed to last week’s shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. to illustrate that local gun laws... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Black ex-CPD officer shot 28 times sentenced; janitors ready to strike; Urban Prep under fire and more...

Howard Morgan, an off-duty black police officer shot 28 times by white cops was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday on charges of attempted murder. The Chicago Sun-Times called Morgan’s case Chicago’s “own Trayvon-like scandal.” The sentencing comes amid a growing public conversation about police accountability following a spike in shootings by officers. Howard... Read more »

Weather heats up; so does Chicago violence

I was reminded of an ugly trend this morning when I looked at the news: as the weather gets warmer in Chicago, the shootings multiply. It’s not as if there’s no violence in the winter, but the warm weather that brings people out of their homes seems to also create more opportunities for people to... Read more »
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Violence prevention should be at the top of the campaign agenda in some aldermanic races

While they accounted for slightly more than a quarter of the city’s population, 15 majority African-American wards on Chicago’s South and West sides accounted for nearly two-thirds of the city’s homicides from 2008 through 2010, according to an analysis of homicide data by The Chicago Reporter. More at chicagoreporter.com In all, there were 931 murders committed... Read more »