More Calls For Alvarez, McCarthy To Resign Over Laquan McDonald CasePressure continued to mount Monday for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to step down over their handling of the Laquan McDonald case.
Activists March On Magnificent Mile To Protest Laquan McDonald ShootingActivists shut down part of Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, and planned to march to Water Tower Place, to protest the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
State's Attorney Candidate Pushes Idea Of Dedicated Gun CourtOne of the two challengers running against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez next year has said she wants to do better to crack down on gun violence, but she can’t agree with the cornerstone of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wish list for new state gun laws.
Loyola Launches Associate Degree Program For Those Who Can't Afford CollegeArchbishop Blase Cupich gave a special blessing at the launch of a new two-year associate degree program for students who can't afford to go to college.
Alvarez: Journalists' Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background ChecksCook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the televised shootings of reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward heightened the need to find better ways to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.
Cook County Creates New Court To Focus On Prostitution, Human Trafficking CasesWith the stroke of a pen, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans set June 1 as the start of the new Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court. Evans said state law already treats prostitution as a misdemeanor, and not a felony. The new intervention court takes that approach a step further.
Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In JailFour top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.
Attorney: "Very Disturbing" That Officer Not Charged With Murder In Death Of Rekia BoydA longtime criminal defense attorney said Monday’s acquittal of a Chicago police officer in the off-duty shooting of an unarmed woman appears to be the result of prosecutors giving the officer a break.
Cook County Prosecutors To Focus On Treatment Over Prison For Small-Time Drug CasesState’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was scheduled to announce reforms to how her office handles minor drug cases, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases. The move also is expected to cover how prosecutors handle cases involving small amounts of other drugs; including ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin.
Prosecutors, Police, Advocates Team Up To Focus On Rape Cases“One of the priorities of this new working group will be to address the challenges that discourage our victims from reporting sexual assault,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
After Windows Smashed Outside Daycare, Parents Want Suspect Charged With FelonySeveral parents who have children in a daycare center in LaGrange Highlands have banded together to ask prosecutors to file more serious charges against the man who allegedly smashed several car windows in the parking lot this week, fearing his behavior will grow more violent.
Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder CaseGov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.