TWO MARIST HIGH SCHOOL seniors claim they were “used as scapegoats” by administrators who expelled them from the Far Southwest Side school for being part of a racist group text message conversation that sparked protest and tension last month in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood.
THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT should revamp its psychological exam and forgive minor drug offenses to attract minority police officers at a time of high crime and deep distrust, an influential alderman said Monday.
MISTRIAL: A panel of one black and 11 white jurors said Monday they were unable to reach a unanimous decision. Former officer Michael Slager was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott.
HER DADDY'S HEART, she’s plastered in photos on his social media pages, a 3-year-old who preens in boxing gloves and robe in one picture, her expressive eyes and pout the spitting image of her father, Ed “Bad Boy” Brown. A vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Garfield Park gym, where he trained.
Each morning, 18-year-old Ming Chen gets up about 6 a.m. to take a 30-minute bus ride to school. Thomas Kelly High School is the most popular school for him and most high-school age kids in Chinatown because it is one of the closest neighborhood schools.
FAKE NEWS is not funny. On Sunday, D.C. police arrested a North Carolina man with an assault rifle and said in a statement, “During a post arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate “Pizzagate.”
HOBOS TRIAL: Prosecutors formally rested their case Monday afternoon after a federal agent read aloud the “beyond the grave” grand jury testimony of FBI informant Keith Daniels, who testified before he was gunned down in April 2013.
STILL FIGHTING: “A lot of people are too scared to come out with us, too scared to say anything,” says Adriana Alvarez, whose Fight for $15 efforts have taken her to the White House as well as to Brazil and France. “I feel like I’m their voice."
A top mayoral aide on Monday defended the Chicago Park District’s decision to award a 10-year contract to renovate and operate the historic Theater on the Lake — to a company run by the brother of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s newly departed chief of staff.
TRUMP TRANSITION: Emanuel is uniquely qualified to give Trump advice after serving as a political operative under former President Bill Clinton and as President Barack Obama’s first White House chief-of-staff.
FOOD FIGHT: A Cook County judge on Monday ruled against food-trucks operators who have waged a long court battle to overturn a 2012 city ordinance that keeps the trucks at least 200 feet away from brick-and-mortar restaurants.