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Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some Inmates

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.

04/09/2014

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Dart Tells Congress ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has taken his appeal for more help for mentally ill jail inmates to Capitol Hill.

03/26/2014

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Sheriff’s Deputies, State Comptroller Checking Harvey’s Financial Records

Cook County Sheriff’s deputies and auditors with the Illinois State Comptroller’s office took the unprecedented step of going into Harvey’s city hall to check financial records, and make sure it files overdue audits.

03/21/2014

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning owners of foreclosed buildings not to send out illegal eviction notices ordering renters to move out before the 90-day timeframe required by law. (Credit: CBS)

Officers To Collect $2.4 Million In Settlement With Cook County

They say they were reprimanded for supporting Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s opponent and now 21 Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers are preparing to collect a $2.4 million settlement.

02/18/2014

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Cook County To Settle Deputies’ Suit Vs. Sheriff Dart For $2.4M

The Cook County Board is expected to settle a federal lawsuit brought by 21 deputies who allege Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against them because they backed his political opponent when he was running sheriff in 2006.

02/14/2014

Counterfeit air bags (CBS)

Sheriff Fears Motorists May Be Driving With Counterfeit Airbags

Could you be driving around with fake airbags and not know it? That’s what Cook County investigators want to know after they found two dozen counterfeit airbags at a southwest suburban auto shop.

02/13/2014

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sheriff Dart Objects To 240 Concealed Carry Applications

Of the sheriff’s objections, 77 are based on the applicants’ gun crimes, 88 are based on applicants’ domestic violence records, and 52 are based on applicants’ battery and assault records.

02/06/2014

Cuauhtemoc Estrada (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

Suspects In Custody In Fatal Shooting Of Sheriff’s Officer

Cuauhtemoc Estrada, 50, was gunned down Friday night in a VFW parking lot in Bellwood while trying to stop his daughter from being robbed.

12/22/2013

Prison fence

Sheriff Using Inmates To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.

12/20/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Part Of County Jail Loses Heat; Inmates Moved

Part of the Cook County Jail has been without heat for days.

11/26/2013

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Dart ‘Keeping All Options On The Table’ On Policing Robbins

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart met with two trustees from the village of Robbins Wednesday, but deferred any decision on taking command of the suburb’s police department.

11/21/2013

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Dart Plans To Take Over Police Duties In Robbins

Dart announced the plan after Robbins police and village officials failed to remove a police administrator whose policing credentials have been challenged by a state regulatory agency.

11/20/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Brawl Erupts On Cook County Jail Bus Transporting Inmates

A sheriff’s spokesman says an inmate was injured this afternoon when a brawl broke out on a Cook County jail bus with 52 inmates on board.

10/23/2013

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Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office: Concealed Carry Likely By Mid-April

Cook County Sheriff Tom Darts top policy aid briefed Cook County Commissioners on movement toward compliance with the new concealed carry law.

10/23/2013

Tom Dart

Dart: Prosecute Bullies Who ‘Have Crossed Every Conceivable Line’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he favors criminal prosecutions of school bullies who take things too far.

10/16/2013

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Jail Officer Suspended After Penning ‘Graphic’ Letters To Inmate

The Cook County Sheriff’s office has suspended a high-ranking jail officer who kept up a secret relationship with a female inmate awaiting trial for the alleged murder of her 6-year-old daughter

09/10/2013

A Cook County sheriff's officer walks off with a confiscated gun. (CBS)

When Gun-Owner Cards Are Revoked, Sheriff’s Police Go After Weapons

More than 5,000 Cook County residents are illegally holding guns after their firearms ownership cards were revoked. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

08/22/2013

Christopher Plouffe (Cook County Sheriff)

Colorado Man Charged With Meeting Chicago Girl For Sex

Christopher Plouffe, 31, of Grand Junction, Co., was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three counts of indecent solicitation of a child, grooming and traveling to meet a minor.

08/22/2013

These evidence kits were found inside the Robbins Police Department.  Some of the kits used to collect evidence after sexual assaults sat unprocessed since the 1980s.

Pursuit For Justice After Robbins Failed To Pursue Hundreds Of Rape Cases

A total of 200 rape kits that Robbins police either never sent to the crime lab or never fully investigated have now been analyzed, and authorities say there are known suspects walking the streets.

08/20/2013

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Sheriff’s Officers Take Over Midnight Shift In Dixmoor

In 2008, Sheriff Tom Dart took over patrols in south suburban Ford Heights after that village disbanded its police department because of budget woes. The sheriff’s office also has a regular police presence in south suburban Dolton.

08/06/2013

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