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Chicago State University

Chicago State University has announced the elimination of spring break this year to ensure its students will finish the semester before the school may be forced to close due to a lack of state funding.

 

University President Thomas J. Calhoun said Tuesday in a memo to faculty and students that the semester will end April 28. It had been scheduled to end May 13.

 

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Chicago officials say they're expediting the demolition of three vacant buildings located in an area riddled with crime.

The Chicago Police Department and the Department of Buildings say they began demolition of the buildings Tuesday.

The structures are located in the city's West Pullman neighborhood.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the demolitions are a way to fight gang activity and crime.

So far this year the city has demolished 14 structures and boarded up more than 400 buildings.

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Chicago police say the bodies of four men, one woman and a child have been found inside a home on the city's South Side in what they say could be a murder-suicide.

Interim police Superintendent John Escalante says there is “no known threat'' to the neighborhood.

Authorities are still working to identify the dead. Escalante says it's probable they were all family members.

He says police entered the house in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood after receiving a call from a co-worker to check on person who lived there.

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Chicago's interim police superintendent says he doesn't know why homicides and shootings climbed so dramatically in January compared with the same month last year.

But John Escalante said Monday that one concern is the significant decrease in the number of investigatory stops in January that coincides with a change in the policy regarding such stops.

Officers now must fill out far lengthier documents than the brief “contact cards'' they previously used.

Chicago police say an officer involved in a shooting that left one dead will be shifted to administrative duties.

Police say they received calls of an armed person and a home invasion around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said “shots were exchanged'' with police and a weapon was recovered. No officers were injured.

An Independent Police Review Authority spokesman says the male victim was pronounced dead inside a South Side home.

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Revelers ringing in the new year in Chicago will be able to ride the bus and train for free.

The Chicago Transit Authority announced Wednesday that free rides will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday and run through 4 a.m. Friday. The CTA will increase the frequency of service on some popular routes that night.

The free rides are sponsored by MillerCoors. Organizers say it's a safe travel option for people celebrating.

Riders shouldn't use their fare cards during the free ride period because no refunds will be issued. Signs will remind riders about the free rides.

Emanuel: Recent Chicago Firefighter Death Raises Questions

Dec 17, 2015
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The recent death of Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano brought some strong emotions out of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday.

He told reporters the building’s owner didn’t get the proper permit to do construction on the elevator in which the firefighter fell to his death.

“I hope that gentleman carries that the rest of his life on his conscience. The Capuano children deserve better than what he did,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel says the city is referring the case to the state’s attorney for possible prosecution.

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Police protests are resuming in Chicago, with several students staging a "die-in'' on the sidewalk near Daley Plaza in downtown.

WLS-TV reports that the protesters lay on the ground Thursday morning for 16 minutes to represent the number of times a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager in October 2014.

The latest protest comes after a day of marches Wednesday in which hundreds took part.

Lawmakers Suggest Bill To Recall Chicago Mayor

Dec 10, 2015

Two Chicago Democrats are proposing legislation that would allow city voters to recall their mayor.

Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation Wednesday outlining a lengthy process for a city special election. Ford tells Chicago's WBBM-TV that people have lost confidence in Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

State Representative Mary Flowers says the recall bill probably couldn’t apply to Emanuel, since it hasn’t been passed and he’s already elected.

Flowers represents the Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side, where she says Emanuel hasn’t brought enough jobs.

Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police officers face discipline if they don't make sure the video and the audio of their dashboard cameras are working. That’s according to the department's interim superintendent.

The department was harshly criticized when it reported the audio was not functioning on the dashcam that recorded the October 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke. Days later, the city released four more dashcam videos from other squad cars at the scene … none of which included audio.

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