| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| May 5, 2014
| 8:29 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans has been a vocal advocate of cameras in the courtroom ever since the Illinois Supreme Court cleared the way for the change in a landmark decision in early 2012.
But while dozens of other Illinois counties won the...
| Jul 25, 2014
Cook County prosecutors on Thursday dropped felony gun charges against a Chicago man amid questions about whether the FBI had improperly teamed up with probation officers to search his home.
The case of Orangelo Payne was spotlighted in a Tribune...
| 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...
| 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.”
| May 21, 2014
| 6:28 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Wednesday hired a well-known law firm to investigate allegations that the court’s probation department has improperly teamed up on searches of probationers’ homes with Chicago police and the FBI....
| 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...