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.

Dozens of protesters have shut down the final public meeting of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's task force on police accountability.

The Chicago Tribune reports that about 40 people moved toward the stage where task force members sat, forcing an abrupt end to the meeting at a high school in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

Emanuel formed the panel in response to the public outrage over the 2014 killing of black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

The anger erupted in November when the city was forced to release video of the killing.

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Bernie Sanders will bring his Democratic presidential campaign to Chicago Thursday. He's scheduled to hold a rally at Chicago State University at 6:00 p.m.

Chicago State is eliminating spring break to ensure students finish the semester. The school may be forced to close because of dire finances. Chicago State and other schools haven't received state money for months because of the budget stalemate.

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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.

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.

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

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.