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.
Prosecutors Give Alvarez Arson Award For Prosecuting "NATO 3"Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called "NATO 3" on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.
Alstory Simon Freed In 1982 Murder CaseIn another stunning reversal in a 1982 double murder, Cook County prosecutors have thrown out the conviction of 64-year-old Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession freed Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, approximately 48 hours before Porter was to be executed.
Alvarez Hopes Focus On Domestic Violence Leads To Better Services For VictimsCook County's top prosecutor says she hopes the focus on domestic abuse due to problems in the NFL brings changes for victims here, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.