Marijuana Possession Decriminalized in Chicago

A ordinance passed this week in the city of Chicago reduces the penalty you’ll face if you are caught in possession of marijuana. The change follows similar such ordinances in several large cities across the nation. Now, if you are found in possession of less than 15 grams (or a half-ounce) of marijuana, police can issue a ticket rather than arresting you. [Read more…]

Judge Rules Chicago Gun Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge struck down part of the Chicago firearm ordinance this week. U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan said the ordinance, which bans weapons permits for those convicted of “unlawful use of a weapon,” is vague and unconstitutional. Now the city can appeal the ruling or change the ordinance. [Read more…]

Troubled Chicago Cops Not Being Held Responsible for Abuses

The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) was created in 2007 to replace the Office of Professional Standards. Their job since their creation has been to review allegations of police misconduct and restore the public’s confidence that troubled officers would be handled swiftly. So far, they’ve fallen short—taking up to 6 years to investigate cases resulting in several of them being dismissed altogether. [Read more…]

Chicago Police Crack Down on Gangs, Use Facebook

Memorial Day weekend was a deadly one for the city of Chicago. Ten people were killed and 43 were shot over the long weekend. This is a marked increase from last year, when four were killed on the holiday weekend. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced city police will be focusing more on gangs in an effort to reduce gun violence in the city. [Read more…]