| 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...
| Feb 10, 2012
At the sentencing for the man who killed her daughter, Barbara Manhart testified about devastating loss. Minutes later, the defendant's mother also testified, offering condolences to Manhart.
And in between those statements, the woman injured in the...
| 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&...
| 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
| 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...
| 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...