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Despite a freeze on police discipline cases, the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department late Thursday issued a lengthy, stern critique of the city agency that probes police misconduct, accusing investigators of leaning on “personal opinions and speculation.”

That leads to unfairness, Chicago police Superintendent Larry Snelling said.

In the last eight weeks, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability has recommended the Chicago Police Department fire 28 officers — an “unprecedented” number, CPD’s top attorney told the Chicago Police Board. But the avalanche of new disciplinary cases now sitting with Snelling is a byproduct of the City Council’s decision to approve most of the new CPD union contract last year — unanimously, without a single question posed to city negotiators.

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Dolton Village Trustee Jason House, holding microphone, speaks a public meeting Thursday in a Dolton Park District building. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune)
Dolton Village Trustee Jason House, holding microphone, speaks at a public meeting Thursday in a Dolton Park District building. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune)

Dolton trustees call for outside probe of Mayor Tiffany Henyard, accuse her of misusing village funds

Some Dolton trustees are calling for an outside investigation into Mayor Tiffany Henyard, accusing her of misusing village funds and causing Dolton to be in a multimillion-dollar deficit. Read more here.

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A sign indicating that a home is under contract is shown on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, in Kennesaw, Ga.

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A sign indicating that a home is under contract is shown on Jan. 16, 2024, in Kennesaw, Georgia. (Mike Stewart/AP)

Home sales rose in January as easing mortgage rates, more homes for sale enticed homebuyers

The modest sales increase is an encouraging start for the housing market, which has been mired in a slump the past two years. Read more here.

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Cubs pitcher Jordan Wicks delivers against the Rockies on Sept. 24, 2023, at Wrigley Field. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)
Cubs pitcher Jordan Wicks delivers against the Rockies on Sept. 24, 2023, at Wrigley Field. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago baseball report: It’s City Series Southwest today as Cubs face White Sox in Cactus League opener

After Thursday’s workout, manager Pedro Grifol declared the White Sox “are ready for games.” Read more here.

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Artist Cori Lin, left, and Christina Snee, of the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice, work to hang prints and posters for an upcoming exhibit “Art in Action: How Artists Helped Illinois End Money Bond” at the Dragonfly Gallery & Creative Spaces on Chicago’s West Side on Feb. 15, 2024. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice art exhibit highlights the ongoing fight for pretrial fairness

Years of work to reform Illinois’ cash bail came to pass in September of last year. And now almost six months later, the artists who helped in the effort’s passing are in the spotlight. Read more here.

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This image provided by Intuitive Machines shows its Odysseus lunar lander over the near side of the moon following lunar orbit insertion, Feb. 21, 2024. (Intuitive Machines via AP)

Lander ‘alive and well’ after company scores first US moon landing since Apollo era

The moon’s newest arrival was said to be “alive and well” a day after making the first U.S. landing in half a century, but flight controllers were still trying to get a better handle on its bearings. Read more here.

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