| Dec 25, 2013
It didn't matter how many times Elaine Cornett walked in and out of Leighton Criminal Court Building without saying hello. The volunteers for Courtside Ministries Chicago who prayed outside every day would not give up.
Sure enough, one day Cornett...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans shook up the court's beleaguered adult probation department Monday by removing the agency’s longtime head — a change of leadership he said would better serve the public.
The move comes after a Tribune...
| Mar 19, 2014
Michael J. Howlett Jr., son of a former Illinois secretary of state, was an accomplished attorney, popular law professor and a Cook County judge.
"He was one of the best judges and nicest men I ever met," said Judge William Bauer of the 7th U.S. Circuit...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 6:08 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court released a critical and unprecedented report Friday into how Cook County’s court system handles criminal suspects, pointing to a lack of leadership and basic understanding of certain court services that has contributed...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 7:21 PM
Citing an increasing concern that gang members are using handheld electronic devices to influence courtroom proceedings, the top judge in Cook County announced today the general public will be barred from bringing cell phones, tablet computers and other...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 10:33 AM
The special prosecutor in the case of Richard Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley, is asking that a judge from outside Cook County be assigned to the case to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Cook County Judge Arthur Hill has recused...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 3:47 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said today he has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to name a judge from outside of Cook County to preside over the trial of a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley in a 2004 death of David Koschman.
Evans agreed to a...
| Feb 24, 2013
A Northwestern University student filed a lawsuit against the school in 2008, alleging top administrators failed to discipline a student who raped her.
But what happened in the case is a secret.
The student's complaint, filed under a pseudonym to...
| Nov 18, 2012
The death of Chicago's first black mayor was marked by tears of sorrow, words of praise — and down-and-dirty politicking.
A few days after Harold Washington had a fatal heart attack in his City Hall office, 25 years ago Nov. 25, a Tribune reporter...
| Sep 8, 2013
Seven-year-old Cristina Zvunca watched in horror as her mother was crushed beneath the wheels of a Greyhound bus. As her mother lay face down dying in the street, Cristina screamed "Mommy" and collapsed over the body.
The 2002 fatal accident led to what...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 5:25 AM
A crackdown on cellphones and other electronics in Cook County criminal courthouses begins next week at the busiest criminal court facility in the country.
The ban on smartphones, computer tablets and other electronic devices takes effect Monday at...