Battle Over Pop Tax Layoffs ContinuesThe pop tax repeal leaves a 200 million dollar gap in the county's budget. It lead to the approved layoffs of 328 county workers.
Court Battle Over Cook County Job CutsCounty Board President Toni Preckwinkle long insisted the beverage tax was needed to keep services and jobs intact. She now defends the budget passed by the board last week, saying delays to the reductions will only result in deeper cuts later.
Chief Judge Files Lawsuit To Stop Court LayoffsChief Judge Evans is suing Toni Preckwinkle to keep her from laying off at least 156 court employees.
New Policy Will Set Affordable Bond For Non-Violent CrimesCook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans is telling judges they must set an affordable bond for people accused of non-violent crimes.
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 Courts To Allow Cameras In 2015Court officials say the program will begin Jan. 5 in the felony courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. It's been the site of many high-profile trials. Bond hearings are excluded from the pilot project.
Preckwinkle Wants To Cut Off Nearly Free Insurance For Cook County JudgesCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired another shot at Cook County’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, proposing to cut off the nearly-free health insurance the county offers to judges.
Cook County Opens New Elder Justice CenterSenior citizens in Cook County who need help navigating the court system, or fighting fraud and abuse, now have one place to turn for information.
Evans Hopes Cook County Courts Can Get Cameras SoonWith a high-profile triple murder trial underway in DuPage County with a camera in the courtroom, Cook County’s chief judge was left wondering when Chicago would be able to follow suit within its own court system.
Evans: 'No Question' Witnesses Have Been Killed After Courtroom Cell Phone RecordingsCook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday defended the decision to begin implementing a ban on cell phones and other electronic communication at courthouses, saying he’s concerned about witnesses being intimidated, or worse.
County To Begin Enforcing Courthouse Cell Phone Ban At 26th & CalFollowing a three-month grace period, Cook County will begin phasing in a ban on cell phones and other Internet-capable electronic devices at courthouses next week, starting with the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.
Confusion Over Start Of Cell Phone Ban At Cook County CourthousesMonday was supposed to be the beginning of the no-cell phone policy, but on Friday the chief judge's office said there would be a three-month grace period. Thus, perhaps, the confusion.