THE WATCHDOGS: Police deny requests from undocumented immigrant crime victims to certify they helped investigators — a key step to get a special visa.
Six Republicans, including Senate GOP leader Christine Radogno, joined with 34 Democrats in voting for the bill. It passed the House last month.
Supt. Eddie Johnson said the list has helped some people escape a violent “lifestyle” but backed away from saying it has been used for enforcement.
THE WATCHDOGS: After long legal fight, the Chicago Sun-Times gets exclusive look at what gets people on Chicago Police Department’s secret watch list.
Illinois House passes bill that would mean police could no longer arrest parolees just for having contact with a gang member, only for gang activity.
Even being seen with a gang member sends 1,000s to jail, as the Chicago police increasingly cite ties of family, friends, neighbors to bust parolees.
Eighteen city employees made more than $100,000 in overtime in 2016 — most of them more than doubling their salaries, records show.
Feds filing more gun cases in Chicago, but few involve gun-trafficking, and prosecutions still lag behind other big cities, Sun-Times analysis finds.
The city spent $18.8 million-plus on overtime for public safety, traffic management and street cleanup during the Cubs’ march to a World Series title.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel took 10 out-of-town trips in as many weeks after Donald Trump’s election, a return to his role as a national political operator.