Cook County Sheriff
Having repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.
More than a year into a program to train jail inmates a useful skill while providing a service to the community, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the effort is “an outrageous success,” and is expanding.
Four 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.
The officer worked 6.75 hours of overtime on June 15, 2014, but 675 hours were mistakenly entered into the sheriff’s payroll system.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Oak Park) has written a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking him to allow the Sheriff’s Department deploy additional officers on the streets of the Austin neighborhood.
Sheriff’s detectives learned that Patrick O’Connor had consumed alcohol and had been administered methadone before he collided with another vehicle.
Cook County Sheriff’s police have taken steps to bring a 35-year-old man back from Michigan, after he showed up there a day after allegedly leaving his 3-year-old daughter alone in a forest preserve in northwest suburban Prospect Heights earlier this week.
The girl, whose name is Aliya, was found around 6:30 p.m. walking along Palatine Road, on the western edge of the Allison Woods Forest Preserve.
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.