| 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...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 4:48 PM
Henry A. Budzinski was the longtime presiding judge of Cook County's probate division and oversaw cases involving the estates of the son of Chicago Bears founder George Halas, vanished candy heiress Helen Brach and Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad....
| Feb 23, 2015
| 3:17 AM
Cook County judges ordered record numbers of criminal defendants onto electronic home monitoring last year — a 70 percent increase that has eased overcrowding in the jail but has also created new concerns for the sheriff's office, which must watch...
| 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 5, 2015
| 6:29 PM
The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, which has endured a reputation for being crowded, unclean and poorly staffed, has a new leader, officials announced Thursday.
A 15-member Cook County Court advisory committee has selected Leonard...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 1:57 PM
If you are charged with a felony in Chicago, chances are you'll find yourself in a scuffed-up, sunlit courtroom on the Southwest Side known as Central Bond Court.
Dozens of defendants shuffle through Courtroom 100 every day, where a judge hears a few...
| 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....