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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

Jon Burge

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

Jon Burge

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

Jon Burge

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

Jon Burge

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

Jon Burge

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

Anita Alvarez

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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State Commission Probing Police Torture Backpedals On 2 More Cases

The commission had found evidence that the convicted killer was tortured, but the commission admitted it failed to show due diligence, required under law, to try to notify the family of the victims.

08/06/2013

Jerry Mahaffey (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

State Commission Probing Police Torture Withdraws Decision In 1983 Case

A state commission set up to right the wrongs of police torture has now withdrawn a decision in a high profile case – because the commission left the victims’ family out of the process.

08/02/2013

Jon Burge

Appeals Court Upholds Burge Conviction For Lying About Torture

A federal appellate court has upheld the 2010 conviction of a former Chicago police commander for lying about the torture of suspects.

04/01/2013

Jon Burge

Class-Action Suit Filed On Chicago Police Torture Claims

A group of attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday to demand new hearings for scores of imprisoned men who claim their confessions were extracted through torture at the hands of Chicago police officers.

10/16/2012

Jon Burge

City To Pay $7 Million To Burge Torture Victims; Daley Won’t Have To Testify

Chicago will pay millions to two victims of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s torture, while former Mayor Richard M. Daley will not have to testify in the cases.

07/23/2012

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80-Year-Old Pardoned Convict Settles With City Over Torture Claim

An 80-year-old man pardoned for a rape he says he didn’t commit finally feels vindicated after settling his lawsuit against the city.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2012

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