Cook County State’s Attorney

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

Chicago police Detective Dante Servin listens as Judge Dennis Porter reads his decision at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Chicago, for Servin's trial on manslaughter charges in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd. The defense asked the judge for a directed verdict after the prosecution finished making its case last Thursday. Porter found Servin not guilty on all counts. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Attorney: “Very Disturbing” That Officer Not Charged With Murder In Death Of Rekia Boyd

A longtime criminal defense attorney said Monday’s acquittal of a Chicago police officer in the off-duty shooting of an unarmed woman appears to be the result of prosecutors giving the officer a break.

04/21/2015

Anita Alvarez

Cook County Prosecutors To Focus On Treatment Over Prison For Small-Time Drug Cases

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was scheduled to announce reforms to how her office handles minor drug cases, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases. The move also is expected to cover how prosecutors handle cases involving small amounts of other drugs; including ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin.

04/20/2015

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Brothers Get Prison In Burr Oak Grave Scandal

Two former Burr Oak Cemetery workers found guilty of desecrating bodies at the historic southwest suburban cemetery were both sentenced to prison Friday.

04/17/2015

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, and Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault director Polly Poskin announce a new joint working group seeking to improve prosecution rates of sexual assault cases throughout Illinois. (Source: Illinois Attorney General's Office)

Prosecutors, Police, Advocates Team Up To Focus On Rape Cases

“One of the priorities of this new working group will be to address the challenges that discourage our victims from reporting sexual assault,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

03/31/2015

Kirk Waishwell (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

After Windows Smashed Outside Daycare, Parents Want Suspect Charged With Felony

Several parents who have children in a daycare center in LaGrange Highlands have banded together to ask prosecutors to file more serious charges against the man who allegedly smashed several car windows in the parking lot this week, fearing his behavior will grow more violent.

02/13/2015

Willie Johnson (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder Case

Gov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.

01/13/2015

Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly

Prosecutors Give Alvarez Arson Award For Prosecuting “NATO 3″

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called “NATO 3″ on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.

12/03/2014

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Alstory Simon Freed In 1982 Murder Case

In another stunning reversal in a 1982 double murder, Cook County prosecutors have thrown out the conviction of 64-year-old Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession freed Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, approximately 48 hours before Porter was to be executed.

10/30/2014

Anita Alvarez

Former Judges, Ex-Prosecutors Urge Alvarez To Drop Perjury Case

The letter to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the prosecution of Willie Johnson could discourage other people from recanting prior testimony.

05/05/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

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

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Prosecutors Interview Man Convicted Of Double Murder After Case Reopened

The Cook County State’s Attorney has been re-evaluating a 1982 murder case to see if the right man is in prison, and WBBM has learned there are developments in the case.

04/03/2014

Anthony Porter walks out of the Cook County Jail  on Feb. 5, 1999, after more than 16 years on death row.  A group of Northwestern University journalism students developed information that led to a Wisconsin man confessing on videotape to the 1982 double-murder for which Porter was imprisoned. (Photo credit: JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Devine: ‘I Don’t Recall’ Any Questions Raised About Freeing Death Row Inmate

Former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine has said he doesn’t remember one of his top prosecutors raising concerns about the innocence of a man who was freed from death row in 1999, in a case that became a catalyst to end the death penalty in Illinois.

10/23/2013

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

State’s Attorney’s Office To Review Conviction In 1982 Double Murder

Alstory Simon confessed to the murders of two people, but has since said his confession was coerced.

10/21/2013

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Police Union Wants Alvarez To Review Landmark 1982 Double Murder Conviction

The Chicago police union has asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to examine a milestone double murder case, to see if the right man is behind bars.

10/08/2013

Anita Alvarez

Alvarez Urges Governor To Review State Panel Investigating Police Torture

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has written a scathing letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, saying the state board that looks into police torture allegations has acted illegally.

WBBM Newsradio–08/27/2013

James Kluppelberg (CBS)

Freed Inmate Fights Prosecutors For ‘Certificate Of Innocence’

Last May, James Kluppelberg stood under the sun for the first time a free man in more than two decades. Ten months later, he’s unemployed with little hope. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

02/18/2013

Convicted killer Steven Robbins is taken back into custody on Feb. 1, 2013, two days after Cook County authorities mistakenly set him free. He had been brought to Cook County from Indiana, where he was serving a 60-year sentence for murder, and was not supposed to go free until 2029 at the earliest. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Mistakenly Released Killer Back In Custody

Authorities have captured a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released from the Cook County Jail earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2013

Steven L. Robbins (Indiana Dept. of Corrections)

After Killer Is Mistakenly Released, Cook County Officials Play Blame Game

Alvarez said there were no Illinois charges pending against convicted murderer Steven Robbins, because a January 1993 arrest warrant for armed violence and cocaine possession had been dismissed in 2007.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2013

Thornton Township High School District 205 board president Kenneth Williams (Credit: District 205)

Alvarez Files Suit Seeking Ouster Of Thornton HS Board President

Last month, Kenneth Williams received a letter from the state’s attorney’s office demanding he resign because he’s a felon. He was convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985.

01/16/2013

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