Cohen memoir casts him as ‘star witness’ against President Trump

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen’s tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his former fixer in federal prison, offering a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scandal that once overshadowed his presidency. Of all the crises Cohen confronted working for Trump, […]

Amber Heard tells court she feared Depp would kill her

LONDON — Amber Heard has accused ex-husband Johnny Depp of abusing her both physically and verbally while he was allegedly bingeing on alcohol and drugs, claiming that at various times during their tempestuous relationship she feared for her life. On the first day of her testimony Monday at Britain’s High Court in London, Heard also […]

Logan Jaffe on the memorial for police torture victims project

The initiative, approved by the city council in May 2015, is designed to address wrongs perpetrated in one of the nation’s longest-running  police brutality scandals. For almost two decades, from the early 1970s to the early 1990s, former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge led a crew of officers who tortured more than 125 individuals —  most of […]

Pritzker: Madigan ‘must resign’ if allegations true

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “must resign” if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker. Federal prosecutors said electric utility ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery […]

There’s a growing call to defund the police. Here’s what it means

 There’s a growing group of dissenters who believe Americans can survive without law enforcement as we know it. And Americans, those dissenters believe, may even be better off without it. The solution to police brutality and racial inequalities in policing is simple, supporters say: Just defund police. It’s as straightforward as it sounds: Instead of funding a […]

Chicago sees most violent weekend of 2020 with 82 shot, 19 fatally

CHICAGO — Chicago saw its most violent weekend of 2020, which also saw protests, riots and looting in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Eighty-two people were shot, 19 fatally — with more than half of the weekend’s victims shot on Sunday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the latest fatal shooting happened […]

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged

The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody. Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in the death […]

Man shot by police at CTA Red Line station sues city, officers

CHICAGO — Lawyers for a 33-year-old man shot and seriously wounded by Chicago police in a downtown subway station filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging officers used excessive force in violation of policies laid out in court-monitored police reforms. Neither officer seeking to detain Ariel Roman — whose Feb. 28 shooting was captured in bystander video — was […]

Illinois House OKs partial red-light camera ban

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House approved a ban Wednesday on some Chicago suburbs’ red-light enforcement cameras, an unpopular program with motorists and now part of a federal bribery investigation. Rep. David McSweeney’s plan to prohibit red-light cameras in non-home rule cities where the Legislature has more power was OK’d 84-4, a margin bigger than when identical […]

Church shooter Dylann Roof complains about treatment inside Indiana prison

WASHINGTON — White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.” The 25-year-old Roof, who killed nine black church members during a Bible study […]

Former state senator Martin Sandoval charged with red-light camera bribery

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors filed bribery and tax charges on Monday against a former Illinois state senator who led the powerful transportation committee, alleging he accepted payments in exchange for supporting costly red-light camera programs across the state. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago listed the charges against Sen. Martin Sandoval in a two-page filing […]

Police in California warn residents to leave convicted sexual predator alone

REDDING, California (WJW) – Police in Redding, California are warning residents not to act out against a convicted sexual predator who is once again living in their city. Daniel Selovich, who legally changed his named to Pirate, was arrested in New Mexico back in 2010 for a Redding rape case, KRCR reported. He pleaded no […]

Trump warns of sanctions if Iraq tries to expel US troops

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also warned Iraq that he would levy punishing sanctions if it expelled American troops in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike […]

Chicago crime rates down in 2019 from previous year

CHICAGO — The city is touting three consecutive years of a decline in gun violence with a significant drop in murders. According to Chicago police, gun violence is down for a third consecutive year. However, 2020 is already off to a violent start. Since midnight, there have been at least six shooting incidents, leaving four […]

Number of homicides in Chicago set to drop for 3rd straight year

CHICAGO — Chicago is set to close out 2019 with a drop in the number of homicides for the third consecutive year, police said Tuesday. Preliminary numbers early in the day showed there have been 490 homicides in 2019, the first time the yearly number has dipped below 500 since 2015 when it was 491. […]

Iran vows revenge for US attack that killed powerful general

BAGHDAD — Iran promised to seek revenge for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed the mastermind of its interventions across the Middle East, and the U.S. said Friday that it was sending thousands more troops to the region as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. The death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head […]

Marijuana arrests plummet in Illinois’ 5 largest suburbs

Marijuana arrests dropped significantly in Chicago’s largest suburbs, a change many say is caused by decriminalization and a change of attitude toward the drug. Arrests for marijuana-related crimes plummeted by a range of  63% and roughly 80% from 2015 to 2018 in the five largest suburbs — Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Joliet and Waukegan. The Aurora […]

Lawyers: Robert Durst wrote incriminating ‘cadaver’ note

LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for New York real estate heir Robert Durst acknowledge he penned a note tipping off police to the location of the body of a friend he’s accused of killing, according to court documents. In a court filing last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, lawyers for Durst conceded he had written […]

Judge tosses Paul Manafort’s fraud case in New York

NEW YORK — A New York judge threw out state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort, ruling Wednesday that the criminal case was too similar to one that has already landed President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman in federal prison. The move was a blow to what had widely been seen as an attempt by […]

Google unveils top searches of 2019

NEW YORK – In 2019, people across the country turned to Google for all the answers. Now, Google has unveiled its 2019 Year In Search, a look at the top trending searches of the year. From the viral sensation of Lil Nas X’s song “Old Town Road” to Billy Porter’s extravagant red carpet ensembles, the year’s most popular searches […]

Prince Andrew steps back from public duties after his much-criticized interview about Epstein ties

Prince Andrew has said that the Queen has given him permission to step back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” following a firestorm of criticism over an interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. In a statement on Wednesday evening, the Duke of York said he “unequivocally” regretted his relationship with the disgraced financier and […]

Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the Democrats’ case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment streamed from Americans’ TVs Wednesday, including a new contention that he was overheard asking about political “investigations” that he demanded from Ukraine in trade for military aid. On Day One of extraordinary public U.S. House hearings — only the fourth formal […]

Upcoming Interim Supt. Beck spends Saturday with mayor, CPD leadership

CHICAGO — Upcoming CPD Interim Supt. Charlie Beck didn’t waste time learning more about the Chicago Police Department on Saturday. Beck spent Saturday with Mayor Lightfoot and Supt. Eddie Johnson at the 7th District Headquarters to meet more city leaders and job shadow. Chicago’s mayor on Friday named former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck […]

Lightfoot responds to reports of Supt. Eddie Johnson possibly retiring

CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson may retire by the end of the week, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot is responding to the speculation. Lightfoot attended the ground breaking ceremony Wednesday for a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, 130,000-square foot facility at 119th Street and Marshfield Avenue in Morgan Park. During the ceremony, Lightfoot […]

Chicago stop and frisk disproportionately affects black people: data shows

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is doing far fewer stop and frisks, since an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union a few years ago. However, new data shows the targets of the stops haven’t changed. The findings are part of an agreement reached between police and the ACLU. Among its findings found by […]

John Conyers, longest serving black congressman, dies at 90

DETROIT — Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90. Conyers, among the high-profile politicians topped by sex harassment allegations in 2017, died at […]

39 people found dead in truck container in southeast England

GRAYS, England —Authorities found 39 people dead in a truck in an industrial park in England on Wednesday and arrested the driver on suspicion of murder in one of Britain’s worst human-smuggling tragedies. Police were reconstructing the final journey of the victims as they tried to piece together where they were from and how they […]

Fort Worth police shooting shatters community trust

FORT WORTH, Texas — Yashunn Hale isn’t sure he would call the police to report a crime. Not since an officer killed Hale’s neighbor in her home. Residents of Atatiana Jefferson’s Fort Worth neighborhood said they were hesitant to dial 911 even before a white officer shot the 28-year-old black woman through a bedroom window […]

Jury finds Corey Morgan guilty of first-degree murder in fatal shooting of Tyshawn Lee

CHICAGO — A jury on Friday convicted a man who prosecutors said plotted then tried to cover up the 2015 slaying of a 9-year-old boy who was lured into a Chicago alley with the promise of a juice box. Corey Morgan was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder of Tyshawn Lee. The verdict came after […]

‘Making a Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey seeks pardon, commutation

MADISON, Wis. — A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series “Making a Murderer” asked Wisconsin’s governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence on Wednesday. Brendan Dassey was 16 years old when he confessed to Wisconsin authorities that […]

Is ‘professor’ who helped with Michael Brown autopsy who he says he is?

The last thing an attorney might expect to receive at a deposition is a brain, but that’s what the man said he was handing over. A brain. In a bucket. Sliding the bucket across the table and opening the lid, the man urged the lawyer, Michael Hodges, to take it. Hodges declined. The deposition continued. […]

2 New York police officers shot in Bronx identified

An armed robbery call nearly turned deadly for two New York police officers, leading to an exchange of gunfire that ended with the officers hospitalized, a manhunt and fresh scrutiny surrounding the United States’ most populated city — specifically, about the safety of police on the street. The wounded officers spent Tuesday morning in the […]

Here are the Netflix arrivals, departures for October 2015

Netflix is adding a long list of movies and shows this October. Here’s a list of everything that’s coming and going: Arrivals: Avail 10/1/15 A Christmas Carol (1938) Briskly helmed by Edwin L. Martin, this adaptation of Charles Dicken’s yuletide classic stars Reginald Owen as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets a last chance to redeem himself […]

Father of slain Muslim women says Chapel Hill killings a hate crime

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Authorities in North Carolina say they’ll be trying to find out whether the killings of three members of a family near the University of North Carolina were a hate crime. The three victims were Muslims, and the shooting deaths prompted speculation about possible religious bias. Police say the three victims — a […]

Two months later, still few answers in Fox Lake lieutenant’s death

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Nearly two months after the death of Fox Lake police officer Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz, there are few answers. A victimology report is underway to discover everything they can in the lieutenant’s life. The idea is a profile could provide clues to his killer. Tonight, WGN Investigates takes you closer to the […]

In Chicago, less than 1% saw a lawyer after arrest

CHICAGO — On the south side of this wounded city, young black men and women fill a youth center on a recent weekend to learn how to exercise their civil rights. “Who watched the Laquan McDonald shooting?” asks civil rights instructor Charles Jones, referring to the infamous October 2014 episode in which a black teenager […]

Could Caribbean kidnapping be key to honor student’s cold case murder in NYC?

NEW YORK – Ever since a Brooklyn honors student’s body was discovered stuffed inside a trash can in 2006, New York City authorities have been trying to find her killer – now, that hunt has led them to the Caribbean island paradise of St. Vincent. New York City detectives have long eyed Veron Primus, a […]

Preventing suicides in the black community

CHICAGO — Shame, isolation, embarrassment. These are just some of the emotions facing families who have lost loved ones to suicide.  It’s tough to talk about. But in tonight’s Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to a mother who says it’s a conversation that has to happen, especially in the Black community. On Elm […]

The 15 states with the highest cost per prisoner

Incarceration is part of the American identity. As Vice reported in 2014, with over 2.4 million people behind bars, one in every 100 U.S. citizens is serving time. According to a 2014 report by the Hamilton Project, the United States’ world-leading incarceration rates make it “an international outlier” and the country spends over $80 billion […]

Police: April was a deadly month in Chicago

CHICAGO –  There was one more murder in Chicago in April than the same month last year. Sunday, the Chicago Police Department released the overall crime statistics for April 2016.  Overall for the month, there were 36 murders, 253 shootings and 311 shooting victims. That’s a 3 percent increase in murders from April 2015.   […]

Chicago off to deadliest start in more than 15 years

CHICAGO – Chicago Police have released new crime statistics and the numbers show the first quarter of 2016 is the deadliest start to a year the city has had in nearly two decades. There were 141 murders in Chicago between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016. That’s the deadliest since 1999 when there were […]

Chicago-area serial thief gets 22 years in prison for stealing TV remote control

WHEATON, Ill. — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for stealing a TV remote control. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin says 35-year-old Eric Bramwell of Melrose Park was eligible for a sentence of up to 30 years because of his criminal history. He says that regardless of what was […]

Full list of 64 individuals pardoned and 209 sentences commuted by President Obama

WASHINGTON – President Obama commuted the sentences of 209 individuals and pardoned 64 others Tuesday as one of his last acts as president. According to the White House website, Obama has now commuted more sentences than any president in the country’s history, with a total of 1,385 including 504 life sentences, and he has issued […]

California mayor’s stolen gun used in murder of 13-year-old: DA

STOCKTON, Calif. — A gun stolen from Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva’s home was linked to several crimes, including the killing of a 13-year-old, according to the District Attorney’s office. The Beretta pistol, which is in the Stockton Police Department’s possession as evidence, was used in the Feb. 15, 2015 in a drive-by shooting which killed […]