| Apr 14, 2013
Another collection of dispatches from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist
Dear members of the Illinois General Assembly:
While I admire the principle and spirit of thrift behind the overwhelming vote last...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 5:07 AM
A crackdown on cellphones and other electronics in Cook County criminal courthouses begins Monday at the busiest criminal court facility in the country.
The ban on smartphones, computer tablets and other electronic devices takes effect Monday at the...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 9:50 AM
J.F.'s marriage was crumbling in 2010, but he didn't want that public.
J.F. is a well-known Chicago politician, and when he and his wife ended up in divorce court, he asked that their names be kept secret to avoid a “media frenzy.”
| 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...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 4:32 PM
For those in Cook County who care about the state of our politics — and I’ll offer evidence in a moment to demonstrate how depressingly small your number is — here’s a helpful slogan to remember as you prepare to......
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Earlier this week, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans wisely delayed implementation of a policy that, with few exceptions, will prohibit the public from bringing cellphones into county courthouses. Wiser still would have been a decision to scrap the...
| Jan 18, 2013
Earlier this week, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans wisely delayed implementation of a policy that, with few exceptions, will prohibit the public from bringing cellphones into county courthouses.
Wiser still would have been a decision to scrap...
| Sep 30, 2012
On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault.
Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of...
| 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...