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Community Commission on Public Safety

The Community Commission on Public Safety (Commission) is one of the campaign promises that Mayor Lightfoot just has not been able to deliver on and seems to do nothing but take wrong step after wrong step trying to implement this legislation. Recently, the Mayor announced she was walking away from the negotiating table with the Read more about Community Commission on Public Safety[…]

Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend

On Monday, CBS Local reported that at least 25 people were injured and three people were killed by gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. As in past weekends, CBS Local, the Chicago Sun-Times and Fox Chicago kept track of shootings in Chicago over the weekend and published a final tally of incidents on Monday. Read more about Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend[…]

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Clerk Martinez’s Transparency Flip Flop

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Martinez pulled what was always expected and flip flopped here campaign pledge to make her office be responsive to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Instead Martinez backed an Illinois Senate bill to make the office responsive to what is called the local records act. The Read more about Clerk Martinez’s Transparency Flip Flop[…]

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FOP President’s Baseless Claims on Adam Toledo Shooting

The Fraternal order of Police (FOP) has long be known be a force working against reform even when it is in the best interests of their membership. They are also known for backing up a single officer no matter the long-term consequences for the organization and its membership. The Adam Toledo case may turn out Read more about FOP President’s Baseless Claims on Adam Toledo Shooting[…]

Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend

On Monday, CBS Local reported that at least eight people were killed and 34 people were injured in shootings in Chicago over the weekend. Consistent with past weekends, Fox Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CBS Local kept tallies of gun violence incidents and published the final tallies on Monday morning. As per usual, these outlets Read more about Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend[…]

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FOIA: Calls for Service 2020 Data

This request for what is traditionally called calls for service data covers the year 2020. This data is generated every time someone calls 911 seeking police services. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) receives these calls and generates the data. We have been engaged with the Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) Read more about FOIA: Calls for Service 2020 Data[…]

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Exploring CPD’s Response to George Floyd Protests

The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) response to the George Floyd protests turn out to be chaotic, unorganized, and under prepared. This comes from a review of the CPD”s response from a report recently released by the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (DPSIG), Deborah Witzburg. Floyd was murdered on a Monday and despite spreading protests Read more about Exploring CPD’s Response to George Floyd Protests[…]

Analyzing Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

On Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that four people were killed and 32 people were injured in shootings across the city this past weekend. Just as in previous weekends, CBS Local, Fox Chicago, and the Chicago Sun-Times published updated tallies of violent incidents over the course of the weekend. These outlets published a final tally Read more about Analyzing Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]

Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

This past weekend in Chicago, CBS Local reported that at least 21 people were injured and 4 people were killed in shootings between 5pm on Friday and 5am on Monday. Media coverage of gun violence over the weekend focused heavily on three incidents from the weekend: a 10-year-old boy who was injured in a shooting Read more about Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]