Cook County Sheriff
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.
Authorities found more than $10 million worth of marijuana last week, hidden in a shipment of frozen avocado pulp at a west suburban cold storage facility.
One woman at Cook County Jail has been incarcerated since last summer, awaiting trial for stealing about $4 worth of plums and candy. She was pregnant at the time, and Sheriff Tom Dart said her incarceration has cost the county $20,000.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office said it is exploring use of so-called “visitation technology,” which would provide friends and family another option for communicating with inmates, by allowing them to visit remotely via computer.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Police told them they were coming. The agency took an ad out on Backpage.com and warned it was “investigating and arresting” human sex traffickers and those who enable them by answering escort ads. “They still did it,” Sheriff Tom Dart said. “We knew they would.”
A year after the state began allowing people to carry firearms in public in Illinois, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart suggested some counties might not be as thorough in reviewing concealed carry applications as Cook County.
A sizeable chunk of the 91,651 applications were submitted last January, when the concealed carry law went into effect. Illinois State Police said more than 34,000 people applied last January. In all, nearly 2,400 people were turned down for concealed carry permits.
A federal judge says “what happened here was extremely serious,” as she sentences a former sheriff’s deputy for brutalizing a prisoner in the Maywood lockup, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
Fernando Rodriguez, 52, was charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault; aggravated unlawful restraint; and official misconduct — all felony counts, Chicago Police said.
People facing eviction from their homes have been getting a small break for the holidays. Sheriff’s officials in Cook and Lake counties have placed an annual moratorium on evictions until early January.
A veterinarian is facing felony animal cruelty charges after four dogs were found starved to death at a south suburban facility. Dr. Amardeep Sangha, 54, faces three counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.
John Michael Cunningham, 27, was last seen “in a fit of work-related frustration” about 10:45 a.m. Thursday in a forest preserve area near 104th Avenue and McCarthy Road.
Cook County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the murders of two people in the south suburbs.
Facing a massive financial crisis, the Harvey City Council on Monday will vote on an ordinance that would allow the Cook County Sheriff to conduct an audit of its police department in what appears to be a revolt by aldermen against Mayor Eric Kellogg.
Two Elmwood Park men have been arrested on gun trafficking charges after allegedly stealing at least 30 firearms from a collector and selling the guns all over Cook County.
After touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.
CBS 2’s Pam Zekman helps Cook County authorities set up some fake-ticket makers.
Authorities have reopened the botched investigation into the 1991 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, which was wrongfully blamed on the so-called “Dixmoor 5,” some of whom spent two decades in prison.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the largest mental health hospital in the country.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.