A three-year investigation into Chicago’s Finest Deli on Wheels resulted in drug-conspiracy charges against three men in October.
Frank Main has been covering crime in Chicago since 1999, reporting on everything from the evolution of street gangs to the “no-snitch code” that keeps witnesses from cooperating with detectives. He's a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In 2011, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
This is the story of a young man from Austin who caught a break, got out of jail and, with help, is aiming never to go back.
In 1966, Dorothy Gautreaux, a fiery community organizer, became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that changed public housing in Chicago.
A 24-year-old was charged with firing a gun near railroad tracks on the Far South Side where two Chicago police officers were investigating the shots.
Ex-Chicago prosecutor’s top witness testifies against El Chapo. Onetime Chicago druglord Pedro Flores details Sinaloa cartel’s U.S. distribution.
“We were not contacted . . . we were not asked to stop trains before” the tragedy occurred, a Metra spokesman said.
Police based that account on a body camera that one of the officers was wearing that was later recovered.
A former Harvey schools superintendent who said a school board member told her she was “itching for an ass kicking” has won $400,000 in a lawsuit.
In three decades, there hasn’t been a deadlier shooting spree in which a Chicago police officer was among those killed.
Officers arrived at Mercy Hospital about a minute after Dr. Tamara O’Neal called 911. By then, she already had been shot.
Juan Lopez made threats, harassed his estranged wife and slept with a gun under his pillow, court records show. Still, he bought guns legally.
THE WATCHDOGS: Number of federal gun-crimes prosecutions in Chicago rose 75 percent March 2016-March 2017, another 29 percent through March 2018.
Federal prosecutors in Chicago are targeting gun crimes more.
THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago police applicants who initially get rejected are having a harder time winning appeals to be put on the police eligibility list.