| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 7:21 PM
Eight times since 2011, Cook County Circuit Judge Gloria Chevere has thrown someone in jail for "sagging" in her courtroom.
The defendants — charged with misdemeanors or violations of city ordinances — were handcuffed and hauled away...
| 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 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....
| 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,...
| 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...
| Feb 3, 2011
| 5:05 AM
As of 6 a.m. today, about 5,800 ComEd customers were still without power, according to a company news release. Of those, 5,000 were in Chicago.s
The company expects all power to be restored by mid-day today. Officials late Wednesday night said crews...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 9:23 AM
A former child care attendant for the Cook County Circuit Court has sued the court, its chief judge and her former supervisor, alleging they harassed her because she's Muslim.
In a suit filed last month, Fozyia Huri, a Muslim of Saudi Arabian origin,...
| Jul 6, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Cook County government employees took an average of 6.7 hours a month in sick time last year, amounting to nearly 10 extra days of paid time off, according to a first-of-its kind county management report County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 3:39 PM
At a time when more than 75,000 mortgage foreclosures are pending in Cook County, commissioners are asking for more scrutiny of a mediation program designed to help homeowners navigate the foreclosure process.
Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans&...