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Jessica Bealer (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Chicago Woman Set Up Prostitute In Hotel Room: Sheriff’s Office

Jessica Bealer of the 4700 block of South Calumet placed an ad on Backpage.com, rented a room in a Schiller Park hotel, and made a profit from another woman’s prostitution, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

08/27/2015

Authorities respond to a "hazmat" call in unincorporated Des Plaines Thursday. (CBS)

2 Dead, 1 Seriously Ill, 4 Officers Hurt Following ‘Hazmat’ Call In Northwest Suburbs

Two men died, one woman was critically injured, and four Cook County Sheriff’s police officers were hospitalized Thursday afternoon, after a hazardous materials situation in a townhouse near northwest suburban Des Plaines.

08/27/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

“Rocket Docket” Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In Jail

The new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.

08/25/2015

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin discusses his proposal to appoint a "gun violence czar" to coordinate efforts to reduce gun violence in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

County Commissioner Wants “Gun Violence Czar” To Coordinate Crime Reduction Efforts

A Cook County Commissioner has proposed the county appoint a “gun violence czar” as a new tool to stem the tide of violent crime in the Chicago area, by coordinating efforts between the Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies; and knocking down political barriers.

07/23/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks to reporters after taking Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Tours Cook County Jail

Sheriff Tom Dart led Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail on Tuesday, and highlighted the “disproportionate amount of Cook County’s poor, sick, vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals” who are being held there.

07/14/2015

Vincent Saraceno (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Chicagoan Caught Selling Illegal Fireworks, Including ‘Threat To Society’ Brand: Sheriff

Officials seized roughly 1,900 pounds of illegal fireworks, some of which were sold under the names “Silver Salute” and “Threat to Society,” according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

07/03/2015

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

Police In Illinois, Indiana Join Forces To Battle Illegal Sex Trade

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said there are numerous examples of young women being taken across state lines for prostitution.

06/19/2015

Jeff Huang. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Elk Grove Business Owner Charged With Selling Merchandise With Counterfeit Blackhawks Logos

The owner of the Max Warrant International Trading Corp. in Elk Grove Village was arrested and charged with selling items with counterfeit logos including Chicago Blackhawks items, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

06/10/2015

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Durbin Urges More Police Departments To Use Federal Gun Tracing Tool

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has renewed his push for local police departments to take advantage of what he believes is a critical law enforcement tool: electronic tracing of guns.

06/08/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Sheriff Appoints Psychologist To Run Cook County Jail

Having repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.

05/19/2015

Prison fence

Dart Expanding Program To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings With Inmate Labor

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.

05/12/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In Jail

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.

05/08/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Guard Paid $30,000 For One Day’s Work

The officer worked 6.75 hours of overtime on June 15, 2014, but 675 hours were mistakenly entered into the sheriff’s payroll system.

05/06/2015

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

County Commissioner Wants Sheriff’s Police To Help CPD Patrol West Side

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.

04/16/2015

Patrick O'Connor (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Driver Charged With DUI In Crash That Killed Woman, 94

Sheriff’s detectives learned that Patrick O’Connor had consumed alcohol and had been administered methadone before he collided with another vehicle.

04/13/2015

Faiz Ikramulla (Courtesy: Cook County Sheriff)

Arrest Warrant Issued For Father Of Girl Found Alone In Forest Preserve

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.

04/09/2015

The girl was found in a forest preserve in Prospect Heights Tuesday. (Source: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Father In Custody After Girl Found Alone In Forest Preserve

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.

04/08/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

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.

03/27/2015

Sheriff's police found $10 million worth of marijuana at a Lyons cold storage facility last week.  (Credit: Cook County sheriff's police._

Over A Ton Of Marijuana Found In Frozen Avocado Shipment

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.

03/11/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart discusses his push to get low-level jail inmates released more quickly. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Sheriff Wants Low-Level Inmates Released From Jail Faster

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.

03/10/2015

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