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  • Historians stage criminal trial for Eastland disaster

     Historians stage criminal trial for Eastland disaster
    Early on a Saturday morning in 1915, thousands of workers and family members from Western Electric Co. gathered on the Chicago River for a lake excursion and an employee picnic.
  • Eastland group to commemorate centennial of disaster

     Eastland group to commemorate centennial of disaster
    On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland listed to its side in the Chicago River and sent hundreds of frantic passengers careening and tumbling into the water. When the waves settled, 844 people were dead, including nearly two dozen families that were wiped...

    Improving justice in Cook County

    Improving justice in Cook County
    Two years ago, Cook County's top officials sat side-by-side for an interview on Channel 11 WTTW's weeknight program, "Chicago Tonight." It was a grab-the-popcorn moment. Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, County Board President Toni...

    Illinois Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Chicago's red light cameras

    Illinois Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Chicago's red light cameras
    The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to Chicago’s red light camera program Thursday after two judges recused themselves for unspecified reasons and the rest of the court declared it was divided. The unusual circumstances made it...

    Illinois Supreme Court rules Burge can keep his pension

    Illinois Supreme Court rules Burge can keep his pension
    A dry, technical ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court that allows disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge to keep collecting his pension despite his felony conviction drew emotional responses Thursday from some of the men he and his crew tortured....