| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:25 PM
As an investigation into the Cook County Adult Probation Department ordered by the county's chief judge begins, a focus will be the department's little-known and controversial partnerships with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
| Jun 9, 2014
"The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center has spiraled into a wasteful, disorganized, abusive cesspool. The people who have run the place ... have little or no experience for their lofty jobs." — Sept. 7, 2005, Tribune editorial
| Jun 9, 2014
If Samuel V. Jones wasn't a law professor, he might have put away his pen and pad when a deputy in Cook County Circuit Judge Laura Sullivan's courtroom told him, "There is no note-taking in here."
Instead, Jones ended up giving court officials a...
| 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....
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 25, 2013
It didn't matter how many times Elaine Cornett walked in and out of Leighton Criminal Court Building without saying hello. The volunteers for Courtside Ministries Chicago who prayed outside every day would not give up.
Sure enough, one day Cornett...
| 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...
| 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 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...