| Dec 16, 2014
| 5:47 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court has approved a long-awaited pilot program allowing cameras in courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building beginning next month.
Cook County's bid languished for more than 2 1/2 years as a behind-the-scenes debate...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 7:15 PM
One by one, a series of weapons cases have fallen apart in Cook County criminal courts.
In two cases, prosecutors dropped charges. In another two, a judge or a jury found defendants not guilty. The cases have one aspect in common: the Cook County...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 1:09 PM
Taxpayers won’t be hit any harder by next year’s Cook County government spending plan, but they may not be so fortunate in 2016.
That admission by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday came after her annual budget speech,...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 5:37 PM
Voters in Cook County will find the usual sea of judicial candidates on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. Here's the maddening thing: You'll find more than 80 candidates seeking election or retention, but you'll have few chances to affect the outcome....
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:46 AM
A North Side business owner slapped a 79-year-old Cook County judge in the face, spit on her and called her “Rosa Parks” after becoming angry that she was smoking near him outside the Daley Center, authorities said.
Monday's attack outside...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The shooting of an elderly man in May was not unlike many other gang-related shootings across Chicago — except in this case, the suspected triggerman was on probation and working as a paid FBI informant.
A Tribune investigation has found that...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke out Wednesday against mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes — a key legislative initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his effort to tamp down a stubbornly high level of city violence.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:25 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to close a $152 million budget gap next year by getting more federal health care funding, cutting spending and hoping more tax money is collected. It's a good-news budget, without higher taxes, fines or...
| May 21, 2014
Cook County probation officers have for years quietly teamed up with law enforcement to go into probationers' homes without warrants, looking for guns, drugs and information and leading to questionable and illegal searches, the Tribune has found....