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The Chicago Police Department has released a statement in response to Dwyane Wade's call for tougher gun laws, saying officers are waging an "unwavering" fight against criminals but need help.

The statement from department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says making the city safer will depend on strong partnerships with the community.

He says the "fight against violent offenders who torment neighborhoods with gun violence is unwavering."

Guglielmi adds that police "need help to ensure these individuals stay off our streets after repeated arrests for guns."

Test400k Sends Rape Kits To Every US Governor

Aug 8, 2016

A Chicago non-profit dedicated to getting rape kits tested is sending sample kits out today to every governor in the country.


Julie Smolyansky describes herself as a survivor of sexual assault.


She and her husband co-founded the non-profit Test400k to draw attention to this country’s estimated 400,000 untested rape kits.

Abner Mikva, a former congressman, Illinois legislator, federal appellate judge and presidential adviser, has died. He was 90.

Brian Brady, the head of Mikva Challenge, a leadership organization Mikva founded, says Mikva died Monday in hospice care at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Brady says he learned of the death from Mikva's daughters.

Mikva, a liberal voice and stalwart of Illinois' political landscape for decades, was most recently active in pushing for the U.S. Senate to consider the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

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.