Cook County

Cook County's public guardian office latest casualty of budget cuts

When the woman’s foster child first came to her home she knew she was a “medically-complex” infant.<p>A foster mom for over a decade often takes in …

Medicine

Opinion

On Oct. 11, the Cook County (Ill.) Board of Commissioners voted, 15-2, to repeal the county’s unfair, excessive, and overreaching penny-per-ounce …

Philadelphia

ONTIVEROS: I think I miss that soda pop tax

The ticket made me think maybe we were too hasty in axing that Cook County pop tax.<p>When the penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax was implemented, I …

Indiana

Daily Herald: Suburban Education Lab

DAILY HERALD<p>Sunday, November 19, 2017 09:13AM<p>You can read the full story in the Daily Herald's edition from Sunday, November 19, 2017, or online at …

LaVar Ball

15 men were framed by corrupt Chicago cops. Now they’re being exonerated. – VICE News

In what’s said to be the first mass exoneration in history, an Illinois judge has thrown out the convictions of 15 men who were framed by a corrupt ex-police sergeant and several of his officers in the Chicago Police Department between 2003 and 2008.<p>The police officers, led by then-Sgt. Ronald …

Crime

Men Allegedly Framed By Corrupt Cop, Get Justice Through Exoneration

A judge in Chicago on Thursday overturned the convictions of 15 people, who alleged they were wrongfully indicted on drug charges by a corrupt police …

Justice

#ThisWeekInData | Data-Smart City Solutions

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the Civic Analytics Network hosted the Summit on Data-Smart Government. Bringing together experts on innovations in …

Big Data

15 convictions linked to corrupt Chicago cop are thrown out

CHICAGO (AP) — One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn't pay, they would find themselves in handcuffs with drugs stuffed in their pockets.<p>A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony drug convictions of 15 black men …

News (U.S.)

Boy, 2, Fatally Beaten: Police

<b>(CBS) —</b> The medical examiner in Cook County says the death of a 2-year-old DeKalb boy was a homicide.<p>The case began last Friday night, when police in …

Crime

Cook County Prosecutors Vacating 15 Tainted Convictions

<b>(CBS) —</b> The Cook County State’s Attorney is vacating the convictions of 15 men accused of narcotics offenses – convictions all linked to an …

Justice

SNEED EXCLUSIVE: Convictions to be tossed for 15 framed by corrupt cop

It’s a done deal.<p>Sneed has learned Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has given the green light to tossing out the convictions of 15 men who …

Crime

Map Monday: Forest Preserves of Cook County Web Map

{sidebar1}This week’s Map Monday is a reminder that data visualization is not only a tool to help policymakers to craft responses to pressing …

Harvard

Feds investigating exposure of patient data at Cook County Health and Hospitals System

The federal government is investigating a security lapse that exposed the personal information of more than 700 patients at Cook County Health and Hospitals System this year.<p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has listed the data exposure among its current …

Business

Former Ald. Bob Fioretti challenging Toni Preckwinkle

Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti wants Toni Preckwinkle’s job.<p>And Fioretti made it clear Monday as he officially announced his candidacy that he …

Police: Man shot dead in Uptown

A man was shot dead Monday evening in the Uptown neighborhood on the North side, according to Chicago Police.<p>At 6:03 p.m., a teenage boy between 15 …

Policing

Curious buck, hunting Cook County, saugeye: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.<p><b>FIELD NOTES</b><p><b>WILD OF THE WEEK</b><p><b>Gerald Gorski</b> spied this curious buck last week in his backyard in Glenview.<p>Wild of the …

Teen charged in Halloween shooting in Montclare neighborhood

Bail was set at $60,000 Saturday for a 17-year-old accused of wounding another teenager on Halloween night at a bus stop in the Montclare neighborhood on the Northwest Side.<p>During the hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Judge Mary C. Marubio also ordered Sergio Perez held on home …

Crime

KADNER: Longtime advocate of legalizing pot sees his case go mainstream

Jim Gierach can’t believe it has taken so long for elected leaders to conclude that drug prohibition doesn’t work.<p>Some Cook County lawmakers and …

Cannabis

The improv group Cook County Social Club says no to good taste

On the first-floor stage of iO Theater eight years ago, the members of Cook County Social Club started performing scenes about fellatio. Why?…

Are affluent Americans willing to pay a little for a fairer society? A test case in Chicago

By Alaina J. Harkness, Richard V. ReevesThere are many reasons to be concerned about the wide and growing inequalities in U.S. society, not least …

Social Justice

Former president Barack Obama reports for Cook County jury duty, and other Chicago news

Welcome to the <i>Reader</i>'s morning briefing for Thursday, November 8, 2017.…

Barack Obama

Public defenders sue Cook County over sexual harassment by inmates

Female public defenders have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in Chicago, saying Cook County officials failed to protect them from inmates who …

Northern Nightscapes Calendar 2018 ⋆ Bryan Hansel Photography

By Bryan Hansel<p>In Newsletter, Picture<p>0<p>2018’s Northern Nightscapes Calendar features images of the night sky, the Milky Way and northern lights from …

Lake Superior

AG: Chicago sex offender ruled sexually violent, will stay in custody

A Cook County jury has ruled that a registered sex offender from Chicago, with a long history of attacking girls and women, is a sexually violent …

Crime

President Obama shows up to jury duty—but he doesn’t get picked

Turns out being a former president doesn’t get you out of being summoned for jury duty—but it does help get you dismissed from serving.<p>President …

Barack Obama

Detainees regularly expose themselves to female public defenders, suit alleges

Six female Cook County assistant public defenders filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging authorities have not done enough to stop male detainees from exposing themselves, masturbating and threatening the attorneys in courtroom lockups and two maximum-security divisions in the county jail.<p>The women …

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Former President Barack Obama reports for jury duty in Chicago

Former President Barack Obama arrived in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday morning for jury duty.<p>The 44th president departed from his home in the city's South Side and arrived at the Richard J. Daley Center downtown shortly after 10 a.m, the Associated Press reported.<p><b>See photos from Obama's jury duty</b> …

Barack Obama

Obama Reports to Jury Duty in Chicago Wednesday: Source

Former President Barack Obama will report to jury duty in Chicago Wednesday, a source confirms to NBC 5.<p>Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said …

Barack Obama

Cook County commissioner wants to add marijuana legalization referendum to March 2018 ballot, and other Chicago news

click to enlarge<p>Welcome to the <i>Reader</i>'s morning briefing for Wednesday, November 8, 2017.<p><b>Cook County commissioner wants to add marijuana legalization</b> …

George Papadopoulos

Obama dismissed from Cook County jury duty

Even a former president can't escape jury duty. Barack Obama returned to Chicago Wednesday to perform a civic duty.<p>The lobby of the Daley Center was …

Barack Obama