| Jan 1, 2012
The traffic stop began peacefully three hours into New Year's Day 2010, with the woman driving the SUV telling the officer that she hadn't been drinking and her husband merrily exclaiming he was the source of the alcohol smell.
But the situation soured...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 4:05 PM
The city Public Building Commission approved a plan today to connect three South Loop buildings to the city's extensive surveillance camera network.
After chairing the commission for the first time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it made sense to add the...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 9:57 AM
Chicago aldermen are balking at a proposal to impose random drug tests on all city employees as the American Civil Liberties Union raises questions about whether it would survive a court challenge.
A City Council committee that was scheduled to...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 12:18 PM
An Illinois organization trying to intervene in a lawsuit that claims the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional presented oral arguments today in Cook County Circuit Court.
Bryan Beauman, an attorney representing the Illinois Family...
| May 30, 2012
| 1:58 PM
On Wednesday morning, the gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois each filed a lawsuit against Cook County Clerk David Orr, saying the state’s ban on issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples...
| Jun 10, 2012
Clifford Triplett understands the impact his tortured past had on Illinois' child-welfare system and doesn't want to see it lose ground.
As a 5-year-old, he was burned with cigarettes, whipped with a belt buckle and starved for months....
| Jun 14, 2012
| 2:24 PM
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office concedes in a court filing today that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, according to a spokeswoman.
Two recent lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr claim that...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 9:20 AM
Budget cuts that are often cited as a reason for failures by the state agency charged with protecting children have fallen disproportionately on front-line child abuse and neglect workers, a Tribune analysis has found.
Less than half the agency's overall...
| Jul 4, 2012
Casting doubt on an ambitious state plan to move thousands of mentally ill adults out of nursing homes and into community-based programs, a federal court monitor reported this week that many of the patients don't want to leave the facilities while...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 3:29 PM
A Cook County judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit that alleged inequalities in how Chicago police deploy officers in predominantly black and Hispanic communities.
In a 10-page ruling last week, Judge Neil Cohen ruled that the court does not have...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 2:30 PM
A recent Cook County court ruling makes it possible for transgender people in Illinois to correct the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing genital surgery, but advocates say there’s more work to do and that the current law still...