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Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

Report Critical Of Cook County Pretrial Services

A new report says staff shortages and other problems have undermined the office that helps Cook County judges decide if a suspect should remain in jail pending trial.

03/21/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Expert: Courts Need Monitor To Oversee Boot Camp Sentences

Reports that Cook County judges have been improperly sentencing violent criminals to a boot camp reserved for non-violent offenders have prompted a criminal justice expert to call for a fix.

11/22/2013

Cook County Seal

County Panel Backs Switch To Electronic Records For Court System

The Cook County Board’s Technology Committee has voted that it’s time to stop tracking court cases, prisoners, and trials using carbon paper and sticky notes.

10/11/2013

U.S. Army National Guard Maj. Christopher Bonds was arrested in 2008 for allegedly assaulting his elderly aunt, but prosecutors dismissed the charges. However, they've denied requests to have his record expunged, even though the charges were dropped and he had no previous criminal record. (Credit: CBS)

Four Years After Charges Dropped, Soldier Still Trying To Clear His Name

A local Iraq War veteran has been trying to clear his name, after he was accused of attacking a family member.

CBS 2–10/23/2012

Court Case Graphic

Workers At Clerk’s Office, Morgue Charged With Corruption

A Cook County Circuit Court employee has been charged with stealing $3,500 in traffic ticket payments, the fourth clerk’s office employee to face criminal charges this year, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

10/16/2012

Jeannette Neibauer (Credit: Handout Photo/ Sun-Times)

Cook County Court Staffer Held On $750K Bail For Allegedly Shredding Court Files

A veteran Cook County Circuit Court employee was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bail Saturday for allegedly taking court files from work and then shredding them at her kitchen table.

07/21/2012

Cook County Board

County Considers New Fines For Drug Paraphernalia, Snow Dumping, Public Urination

The Cook County Board is considering enacting new fines for a variety of offenses from public urination to illegal refrigerator dumping.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Timothy Evans

Report: Evans Hiring New Judges Despite Lack Of Need For Them

Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans appears to be moving ahead with his plan to hire more trial judges when they may not be needed.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Circuit Court Clerk’s Staffer Reassigned Amid Gang Allegations

A man who says he was a gang member at age 13 has been reassigned from a court job at age 46, after the Chicago Crime Commission identified him as a current gang leader.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2012

A Metra Commuter Train (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Wife Of Man Killed By Metra Train Sues For Wrongful Death

The wife of a Joliet man struck and killed by a Metra train last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the rail agency and its partners.

04/15/2011

Warren Cooper

Man Risking Jail Over Drug Testing Data

The owner of a local medical testing lab was due in court on Thursday to face potential contempt charges for refusing to provide more detailed results of random drug tests on convicted criminals.

CBS 2–02/09/2011

Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Residency Fight Heads To Court

Another ruling is expected in a short time in the residency fight for mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.

CBS Chicago–01/04/2011