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46th Ward Alderperson James Cappleman, elected in 2011,  routinely walks the ward and intervenes in public disorder. Now, Cappleman's interventions go beyond just telling people they should stop doing what they are doing to physically interveni
A recent NBC 5 Chicago interview of former Deputy Mayor Susan Lee is just another demonstration of the short comings of the Chicago media to hold powerful people's feet to the fire. The interview by reporter Chris Hush was a total softball fest
The misconduct of former Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara just cost the city another $20.5 million in a settlement of the wrongful conviction case of Jose Montanez and Armando  Serrano who were convicted of a 1993 murder of Rodrigo Var
Few politicians in Chicago attract such levels of hatred and misogyny as does Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Foxx was elected in a direct response to the murder and coverup of Laquan McDonald. While the McDonald case was definitely the
Today on our show we feature an interview with Dr. Dave Olsen who is the Co-director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice and a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Loyola University Chi
Today's show features our discussion with Deborah Witzburg who is the Deputy Public Safety Inspector General in the Office of the Inspector General for the City of Chicago. Witzburg recently published a report analyzing internal Chicago Police
On this episode we sit down with Lauren Cole to discuss her two recent reports about Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown's hidden suspension for lying in internal misconduct investigation during his time in Dallas. The suspensi
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara responded to Mayor Lightfoot's announcement of a vaccine mandate for all city employees in the worst way imaginable. He compared the mandate by the Mayor to the atrocities carried out b
In today's show we sit down with Jennifer Vollen-Katz who is the Executive Director of the John Howard Association. We discuss issues around the accountability and transparency of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Vollen-Katz was the perf
The Better Government Association's David Greising sits down with the Chicago Justice Show to discuss a recent post he authored on the BGA's website. Greising's post was titled "Finger Pointing Isn't a Crime-Fighting Plan, Mayor". The post gets
Today we speak with Sharon Fairly, former Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority and Citizen Office of Police Accountability, about what if any possibilities exist to use the police accountability system in Chicago to se
According to a recent Fox 32 report that cited Geraldo Rivera gang members in Chicago outnumber police officers by a ratio of 10-1. You can tell this was a very serious report as it cited one of the most respected journalists in the country wit
After five years of pushing from activists and communities of color the community commission has finally passed the City Council. Its passing has been hailed by many on the left as the transformative reform that Chicago has been waiting for man
Mayor Lightfoot established a fund to incentivize people from the community to come forward and provide tips on people that possess guns illegally. At initial blush the fund doesn't seem like the horrific program it is but once you spend some t
Chicago police officer John Catanzara has a history with the police accountability system in Chicago that is exhibit number one in why the system is broken. The failure of the system to remove him from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has al
The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board authored what can only be described as an extremest editorial where they call for everyone to support Chicago's families by offering them nothing but condemnation and "constructive nudges" to instill discipli
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell appeared on Chicago Tonight to discuss the never ending dis-information coming from Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown about the i
Today's main segment we feature part two of our interview with extremely frequent social media poster and former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools Paul Vallas. Vallas does not keep his opinions to himself. He is also a very public supporter of
Paul Vallas, former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, is a very frequent poster to social media and all too often those posts cover issues of crime and justice. Vallas also is volunteering his time to help the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) i
A new direction for the Office of the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk would be most welcomed. The Office is an public body few people know exists and rarely pay attention to unless they somehow end up involved in the court system.
The Chicago Police Department's broken grievance system has allowed abusive officers to either greatly reduce their exposure to discipline and in some case completely remove it form their records. The rules governing the system are outlined in
Unsurprisingly residents of the City of Chicago appear to be divided on the issue of defunding the police. We know this because of a poll the MacArthur Foundation had conducted and an OpEd they published in the Chicago Tribune. It is very obvio
Chicago Police Department (CPD) officials are experts at using the promotion of officers to the maximum benefit of the agency. Of course when the script if flipped and they have to announce a demotion of a high ranking commander their lips are
The city has moved to get the court to throw out the civil suit by Anjanette Young despite public promises by the Mayor to resolve the matter quickly. This move by the city is about trying to leverage a better bargaining position with Young in
The appointment of a second special prosecutor to look in to the actions of members of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office (SAO) demonstrates the problems within the SAO but also the great bias within the the Cook County Courts. Kim Foxx,
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