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by Matthew Blake
Mon Aug 27, 2012

What To Make Of The Chicago Murder Rate

The homicide rate is probably the top political story in Chicago so far this year, with an approximately 30 percent citywide increase in murders between 2011 and 2012 and a succession of new pronouncements from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on how they are responding to the problem.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Jun 27, 2012

Pot Ticketing Plan Clears City Council

Earlier today, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to let the Chicago Police Department issue $250 to $500 tickets to people caught with 15 grams or less of pot, instead of arresting them. The ordinance passed by a 44-3 vote. Most aldermen who spoke on the council floor gave the same talking points: Black residents are a disproportionate target of marijuana arrests, the Cook County court dismisses most pot arrests, and ticketing will save police resources.

“We are running on a treadmill,” said Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd). He pointed out that about 90 percent of arrests are dismissed.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Jun 21, 2012

Black Caucus Aldermen Voice Concerns As Pot Ticketing Plan Advances

The Chicago City Council committee on public safety voted 13-1 today for an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to change possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by fine.

The committee hearing raised questions about how fines would be implemented, particularly if they might disproportionately hurt black residents in low-income neighborhoods who make up about 75 percent of the of Chicago Police Department's pot arrests.

“This will raise dollars on the backs of poor people,” said Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) at the hearing. Dowell and other black caucus aldermen, such as Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), raised these concerns, but did not vote against the legislation.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Jun 7, 2012

Police Union Partly Settles With City Over NATO Overtime Pay

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police reached a deal with the Chicago Police Department, which will allow members to receive compensation for overtime worked during the NATO summit.

However, there are still three outstanding grievances and lingering acrimony between the city and FOP, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, even as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council continue to deify Police Department head Garry McCarthy for his work during the summitt.