Know of something uncovered? I can cover it.
UPDATE. By popular request, here's how to get one:
Contact the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs at 312-745-6110 or at email@example.com and ask for an application form. Freelancers need to provide a letter from a news organization for which they've worked. (In my case, a letter from the chair of a university journalism department was sufficient.)
Details here. Key passage:
Freelance personnel are eligible for media credentials when a media outlet within the Chicago market extends a letter of authorization.You're welcome.