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Police, Prosecutors, Welfare Groups Launch New Campaign Against Sex Trafficking

Although numbers are vague, the crime of human trafficking presents a real challenge to law enforcement and welfare agencies, who have teamed up to try to raise awareness of troubled children who end up being manipulated or forced into prostitution.

05/20/2014

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Prosecutors To Again Interview Man Convicted Of 1982 Double Murder

Cook County prosecutors were taking another step Wednesday toward possibly releasing a man from prison – 15 years after he confessed to two murders.

05/07/2014

Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. (Credit Chicago Police/CBS)

Prosecutor Who “Threw Away” Koschman File Resigns

The prosecutor who declined to charge former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew in the killing of David Koschman — and apparently “threw away” the case file — has left the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

02/11/2014

Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. (Credit Chicago Police/CBS)

Special Prosecutor’s Report On Koschman Case To Be Released Tuesday

Special prosecutor Dan K. Webb will release a 162-page report Tuesday morning that’s expected to shed light on whether clout kept police and prosecutors from charging Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, with killing David Koschman.

02/03/2014

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State’s Attorney Offering Free Internet Monitoring Software For Parents

The software, called “ComputerCop,” provides a quick and easy way for parents to review what their children are doing while using the internet and to assess if kids are being exposed to inappropriate or harmful content.

11/05/2013

Urooj Khan. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Authorities Seek To Exhume Body Of Poisoned Lottery Winner

It’s a fascinating mystery, with more questions than answers. Authorities have been trying to determine who poisoned a man who died days after winning a $1 million jackpot in a lottery instant game.

01/08/2013

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City, County Hold Vigil For Victims Of Domestic Violence

For seven years, Shemaraya Mannie was a victim of domestic violence.

WBBM Newsradio–10/24/2012

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County Prosecutor Accused Of Biting Man’s Leg Outside Lingerie Shop

An off-duty Cook County prosecutor has been placed on administrative duty after allegedly biting a man on the leg during a scuffle outside a lingerie shop in the Lakeview neighborhood over the weekend.

09/25/2012

Jessie Adams, Willard Elam

Men Accused Of Stealing Over $50K In Checks From Obama Campaign HQ

Two south suburban men were due in bond court Saturday, charged with stealing checks from President Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2012

Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney Gets $500,000 To Fight Human Trafficking

A total of $500,000 in federal grant money will allow a program to combat human trafficking to continue in Cook County.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

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Hospital Worker Charged With Using Patients’ Credit Cards To Pay Bills

The Cook County State’s Attorney has charged a hospital worker with paying her bills with credit cards stolen from cancer patients.

WBBM Newsradio–05/15/2012

Robert Buchanan, a former Cook County corrections officer, is charged with raping an 11-year-old girl in 1997. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Rape Victim Sues Harvey Over Untested Rape Kit

A 25-year-old woman whose rape kit went untested for 10 years sues the city of Harvey.

CBS Chicago–02/07/2012

Matthew Hermann

Teen Charged With Hate Crime In Attack On Classmate

An African-American teenager says he was attacked, strangled with a noose and racially taunted by three white youths because of his relationship with a suspect’s family member.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2012

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Report: Campus Sex Crimes Rarely Prosecuted As Felonies

A new report is shedding light on the prosecution of sex crimes on Chicago area college campuses.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

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Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Shooting 2 Cops

Cook County prosecutors have dropped all charges against a 27-year-old man who had been accused of shooting two Chicago police officers last month.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

A voter casts a ballot during early voting. (AP Photo)

Fraud Patrols Out For Election Day

Election Day in Chicago means fraud patrols.

WBBM Newsradio–02/22/2011

Juan Vanga

CPS Student Charged With Murder For Hire Plot

A Cook County Jail inmate has been charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill a witness as he awaited trial on a burglary charge, authorities said.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2011