| 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.”
| Apr 17, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Two days after Cook County rolled out the first phase of its cellphone ban, a former convict from Chicago was taken into custody today after he used his phone to take photos of a circuit judge in a suburban courthouse, authorities said.
| Apr 25, 2013
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans kept hearing complaints from his judges about street gangs in their courtrooms using cellphones to photograph witnesses.
"They're bold and they're brash," Evans told me the other day. "They think they can do it in...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Cook County's chief judge is giving the thumbs up to a new policy that will allow cameras and recorders inside courts on an experimental basis. …...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Cook County should demolish its long-troubled juvenile temporary detention center and needs to address an array of problematic trends in how it detains youths, such …...
| 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......
| Mar 10, 2012
| 11:10 AM
A Cook County judge is free following her arrest on charges of misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving a sheriff's deputy and tossing a set of keys at a security checkpoint in the Daley Center downtown.
Judge Cynthia Brim was taken into custody by...