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Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge (Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

City Accepting Torture Reparation Applications Through Early August

City officials have begun taking applications from former criminal defendants seeking financial reparations for torture by police from the 1970s through the early 1990s, but advocates for torture victims said they doubt many additional credible cases will be found.

05/12/2015

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City Council Approves $5.5M Burge Torture Reparations Deal

Aldermen have approved a deal to provide $5.5 million in reparations to police torture victims, a step Mayor Rahm Emanuel said was an “essential step in righting a wrong.”

05/06/2015

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Emanuel Agrees To $5.5 Million Police Torture Reparations Fund

Survivors of torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and victims’ supporters have long called for repayment for the suffering, pain, and often wrongful imprisonment they have suffered.

04/14/2015

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Ex-Police Commander Burge Released From Custody

Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge has been released from a Florida halfway house after 4 1/2 years in federal custody for lying about the torture of suspects.

02/13/2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses new nursing education programs at a news conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Signals He Might Consider City Reparations For Police-Torture Victims

Community activists and torture victims have been stepping up pressure on the city to approve a $20 million fund for victims of police torture dating back to the 1970s.

01/16/2015

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Activists, Police Torture Victims Renew Call For Reparations

Justice advocates have marked Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday by raising their voices for reparations for victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

01/15/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Non-Committal On Reparations For Burge Victims

Mayor Rahm Emanuel side-stepped questions about whether the city should pay reparations to some victims of police torture under notorious former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who recently was released from prison.

10/09/2014

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Alderman Pushes Ordinance To Compensate Torture Victims As Jon Burge Leaves Prison

As former police commander and allleged torturer Jon Burge walks from prison to a half-way house, torture victims are renewing their call for millions in compensation from the city, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

10/02/2014

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules Burge Can Keep His Pension

In a 4-3 vote, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge can keep his pension, despite his conviction for lying about the torture of criminal suspects.

07/03/2014

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Man Convicted During Burge Era—Then Released—Back Behind Bars

A convicted felon who said he was forced to confess to a pair of murders because he was tortured by former Area 2 Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s underlings was back behind bars Tuesday for allegedly failing to register as a violent offender.

05/28/2014

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No Class-Action Suit For Alleged Burge Torture Victims

Judge Paul P. Biebel Jr. also said he came up with a “remedy” for the unfortunate chapter in Chicago history” by assigning David Yellen, the dean of Loyola Law School as a “special master” to identify legitimate claims of torture by incarcerated men

03/13/2014

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New Director Named To Illinois Torture Commission

Barry Miller’s selection as executive director of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission comes three months after the previous director resigned amid criticism that the panel wasn’t properly reporting cases.

12/30/2013

Stanley Wrice (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Rape Case Against Torture Victim Officially Dismissed

Prosecutors on Thursday said they will not retry a rape case against a man who spent 30 years behind bars after he was tortured into confessing to the crime.

12/12/2013

Stanley Wrice (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Police Torture Victim Freed After 30 Years Behind Bars

Stanley Wrice walked out of a central Illinois prison on Wednesday, freed after 30 years behind bars, after his rape conviction was tossed out because he had been tortured into confessing.

12/11/2013

Richard M. Daley (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Daley Won’t Have To Testify In Man’s Bid To Overturn Conviction

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley will not have to take the stand in a post-conviction hearing of a man who said he was forced into confessing to a 1982 gang rape after detectives working under disgraced Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge tortured him.

11/14/2013

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Aldermen Want To Set Up $20M Fund For Police Torture Victims

The city has paid out more than $83 million in settlements to suspects who have claimed they were tortured by detectives under the command of disgraced Cmdr. Jon Burge, but some aldermen are pushing for an ordinance that would provide even more financial aid and other assistance to police torture victims.

10/16/2013

Head Of Commission Investigating Police Torture Accusations Resigns

The Commission that is charged with investigating accusations of torture involving Chicago Police Officers has decided it needs additional information before deciding what to do about three of the cases before it, WBBM’s Bob Roberts explains.

09/26/2013

Stanley Wrice (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Convict Who Claims Police Torture Wants Case Moved Out Of Cook County

Lawyers for a man who has spent 31 years in prison for a rape he claims he did not commit have requested the case be moved out of Cook County, after the judge hearing the politically-charged case recused herself.

09/11/2013

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Council Committee OKs Another Burge Torture Settlement

The City Council Finance Committee cleared the way for the city to pay another $12 million to settle two cases involving torture victims of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

09/06/2013

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Alvarez Urges Governor To Review State Panel Investigating Police Torture

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has written a scathing letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, saying the state board that looks into police torture allegations has acted illegally.

WBBM Newsradio–08/27/2013

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