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The agency that investigates police misconduct in Chicago says the city's police department needs a policy that prohibits officers from engaging in any kind of discrimination.

The recommendation from the Independent Police Review Authority's chief administrator, Sharon Fairley, came after the agency suggested firing an officer who was accused of using a racial slur about President Barack Obama.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Fairley said other officers "were not as forthcoming as they should be" about the remark when IPRA interviewed them.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there's "a lot more work to do" on transparency as the city publicly released information about 100 cases of alleged police misconduct.

    

Emanuel said in a statement that releasing the videos Friday morning was an "important next step" in the city's efforts to be more transparent with police issues.

The Independent Police Review Authority released videos, audio recordings, police reports and other materials.

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The sheriff who oversees one of the nation's most crowded jails has voluntarily released video showing half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

The videos show violent encounters between jailers and inmates. In one, three officers drag an inmate with blood spattered on his shirt through hallways to a cell.

Another shows an officer throwing a punch during a take-down of an inmate.

Thirteen officers were disciplined over the incidents.

CTU To Hold Friday Strike

Mar 29, 2016

  The Chicago Teachers Union plans to strike Friday in a full day of teach-ins and rallies. 

The demonstrations will take place at Chicago State, the University of Illinois at Chicago, City Hall, and the Thompson Center. 

They are designed to bring attention to district contract disputes, as well as put pressure on state government to increase funds for public education. 

While the Thompson Center protest is set to begin at 4PM, the union says some members will be picketing their schools as early as 6:30 in the morning.   

 

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Justices had some harsh words Thursday for city officials in a ruling.

For years, the City of Chicago skipped putting money into pension funds. And now, attorneys say two pension accounts will run out of money in a decade.

Mayor Emanuel had come to an agreement with several unions to reduce employee benefits to make sure they even have a retirement account, but Illinois Supreme Court justices said the state constitution won’t let them do that.

Chicago Borrowing $220 Million for Pensions

Mar 23, 2016
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The city of Chicago is borrowing $220 million to show it has enough money for pension payments later this year.

The mayor’s office is banking on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a bill that would reduce this year’s big police and fire pension payment. That payment isn’t due just yet, but the city’s budget office says state law requires them to show there’s enough money. The city decided to draw from a line of credit that has a 3 percent interest rate.

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The union representing Chicago police officers – The Fraternal Order of Police -- filed a lawsuit against the inspector general's office regarding the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old LaQuan McDonald.

    

The claim says the inspector general violated the union's collective-bargaining agreement by refusing to guarantee Officer Jason Van Dyke or any other officer being investigated their constitutional rights against self-incrimination.

The inspector general's office is not conducting a criminal investigation. But it can recommend the firing of police officers.

Chicago Eliminates 'Tampon Tax'

Mar 16, 2016
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The Chicago City Council eliminated a city sales tax on feminine hygiene projects this week.

The vote followed a recommendation by the City Council’s finance committee last week, which was made without opposition.

The items are taxed at 10 and a quarter percent in Chicago.

The vote will remove Chicago’s portion of the tax, which is about 1 and a quarter percent. It will still include state and Cook County sales tax.

As a result of the vote, tampons and sanitary napkins are now characterized as medical necessities so they can be exempted.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating the use of racial slurs over its radio channel.

In an exchange captured Saturday, two men could be heard referencing the Black Lives Matter movement and using an obscenity referencing sex and a racial slur.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Monday it is unclear whether the transmission came from a Chicago police radio or another source. Guglielmi says a breach of the system has happened before

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Chicago's former police chief says he was the fall guy for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration as it faced protests over the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer.

Emanuel fired police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Dec. 1, a week after a judge forced the release of a video showing the officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

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