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Jun 18, 2018
State lawmakers hope to crack down on sexual predators in Illinois’ schools after a investigation showed repeated problems with sexual abuse and assault in Chicago’s public schools. State Rep. David McSweeney’s filed legislation Wednesday that would make a number of changes, including banning any type of sexual relationship between a...
Jun 14, 2018
First passed in Illinois in 2011, the law requires public school districts statewide to provide sexual abuse prevention education each year to staff and students in pre-K through 12th grade. More than 30 other states have since passed similar versions of the law. The goal is to help children understand...
Jun 13, 2018
The inspector general for the Chicago Public Schools is expected to review hundreds of sexual abuse cases and take over future investigations from the district’s Law Department, pending approval from the school board. Following the Tribune’s “Betrayed” series, Nicholas Schuler said it should be his office, not the city’s law...
Jun 12, 2018
On Monday, the district launched a new website, cps.edu/protectingstudents. The website will provide updates over the summer on the CPS plan of action. CPS already had announced it would re-check the background checks of all employees, and retrain workers on their obligations to report any physical or sexual abuse of...
Jun 11, 2018
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Jun 7, 2018
llinois lawmakers this week introduced a set of legislative proposals and began planning hearings in response to the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal. A bill proposal filed Tuesday listed child protection shortfalls highlighted in a Tribune investigative series and outlined more than a dozen changes to state law. Those...
Jun 6, 2018
Beth Thomas’ federal complaint against the city of Blue Island and Detective Michael Cornell accuses the officer of engaging in a cover-up that included misrepresenting the results of an alibi witness’ polygraph examination during the investigation of a hit-and-run accident that killed her 11-year-old son, Robert...
Jun 4, 2018
Police departments in several cities with large Hispanic populations, including Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego, experienced a decline in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in their Hispanic communities. In Houston, Latino domestic violence reports went down even as the city’s Hispanic community, now 44 percent of the...
Jun 4, 2018
Harvey Weinstein’s legal problems multiplied on Friday as three women filed a lawsuit in federal court, accusing him of using his power as a movie producer to lure them into hotel rooms where he sexually assaulted...
May 29, 2018
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of the ride-hailing company, last month said an emergency button that connected riders directly with police via 911 would soon be added to Uber’s mobile app. That button is now incorporated within the app so riders can quickly call police for help in an emergency. An additional...