Articles by Don Babwin

10th Child Dies After Chicago Fire

The deadliest residential fire in years in Chicago claimed its tenth and final victim on Tuesday, as a 14-year-old boy who barely survived the blaze died at a hospital. Although authorities initially believed that two of the people killed by …

Official Says Fireworks, Cigarettes May Have Caused Deadly Chicago Blaze

Investigators seeking the cause of Chicago’s deadliest fire in well over a decade were searching the porch area where the blaze started for evidence of fireworks, cigarettes or other smoking materials, a fire official said. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford …

Chicago Aldermen Back $20M Settlement in Police ‘Code of Silence’ Case

A Chicago City Council committee has recommended paying a total of $20 million to families of two men who were killed when a drunken off-duty police detective slammed into their car nine years ago. The committee backed the settlement after …

Judge in Chicago Tosses Ex-NHL Player’s Parents’ Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by former NHL player Derek Boogard’s parents, who blamed the league for their son’s brain damage and addiction to prescription painkillers. Boogard, a feared enforcer during six seasons …

Chicago Airport Police Scrutinized after United Passenger Dragging Incident

The video of a passenger being dragged by an officer from a United Express flight shined an unwanted spotlight on the little-known police force that guards Chicago’s two main airports and could threaten the agency’s future. Chicago’s aviation officers are …

Chicago Closer to Settling Police Misconduct Suits for $32M

A Chicago City Council committee has preliminarily approved settlements in two police misconduct cases that would cost the city nearly $33 million, including $22.5 million for a California woman that apparently would be the largest payout to a single such …

9/11 Brought Some Changes to Skyscrapers and High-Rises But More Should Be Done

What if it should happen again? A decade after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, could any of the nation’s 21,000 high-rises withstand an attack like those that caused New York’s twin towers to collapse? Could the thousands of people inside …

Cameras Make Chicago Most Closely Watched U.S. City

In less than a decade and with little opposition, Chicago has linked thousands of cameras in a network covering most of the city, creating the most extensive and sophisticated video surveillance system in the United States and one that is …