Cook County

Willie Strong (Chicago Police Department)

Dad Who Took Smoke Break While Baby Son Drowned Gets 2 1/2 Years

Willie Strong pleaded guilty to child endangerment Thursday.

07/11/2013

Same Sex Marriage

Same-Sex Couples Seek Illinois Court Ruling On Gay Marriage

Attorneys representing more than two dozen same-sex couples say they plan to ask a Cook County judge for a quick ruling in favor of gay marriage in Illinois.

07/10/2013

Ana Claudia Gomez (Cook County Sheriff)

Courthouse Officers Find Loaded Gun In Indiana Woman’s Purse

Ana Claudia Gomez was in Chicago to help her father in an eviction case Friday morning when deputies at a courthouse screening station discovered a semi-automatic 9-mm handgun in her purse, Cook County police say.

07/08/2013

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Ex-Commissioner Moreno Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charges

Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, for allegedly taking kickbacks to direct business to county hospitals, and for backing a waste transfer station in Cicero.

07/01/2013

Jean Juste (Cook County Sheriff)

Prosecutors: Driver Of Special-Needs Students Did Not Disclose He Was A Sex Offender

Jean Juste, 57, of Skokie, was charged with making a false application or affidavit and presence in a school zone by a child sex offender, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. He was ordered held on a $300,000 bond.

06/06/2013

Still photos of the basement of a building where John Wayne Gacy's mother lived. (provided photo)

VIDEO: The Home, And Basement, Where Gacy Visited His Mother

John Wayne Gacy was known to have worked inside and around a home where his mom once lived. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli has exclusive video from inside that building.

05/16/2013

A resident of Des Plaines walks through floodwater to get to his home on Friday. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Governor Asks For 11 Counties To Be Named Federal Disaster Areas

On Thursday, the entire Illinois congressional delegation and Gov. Quinn asked President Obama for federal flood-relief funds.

05/09/2013

Cook County government seal (CBS)

‘Injury King’ Suspended In Workers Comp Probe

A Cook County corrections officer who claimed to be so prolific at faking injury that he nicknamed himself the “Duty Injury King” has been suspended without pay.

04/24/2013

Flood waters poured into many homes in north suburban Northfield. (Courtesy: Brian Bell)

Red Cross Providing Shelter For 200 Affected By Floods

The American Red Cross has opened seven shelters to provide relief for nearly 200 people who were forced from their homes this week by flooding in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and DeKalb counties.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

Workers pile up sandbags outside a Gurnee barbershop on Thursday. (Credit: Ed Curran/CBS)

Governor Declares 38 Counties Disaster Areas Due To Floods

The designation will help speed and expand access to state emergency resources and allow the governor to pursue federal relief and support, a statement from the governor’s office said.

04/19/2013

Cook County government seal (CBS)

County Sued For Not Allowing Army Reservist To Make Pension Contributions

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Cook County and its employee pension fund claiming they violated federal law by failing to allow a U.S. Army Reserve member to contribute to her pension while serving in the armed forces.

04/17/2013

Timothy Evans

Evans Hopes Cook County Courts Can Get Cameras Soon

With a high-profile triple murder trial underway in DuPage County with a camera in the courtroom, Cook County’s chief judge was left wondering when Chicago would be able to follow suit within its own court system.

WBBM Newsradio–04/16/2013

Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

County To Begin Enforcing Courthouse Cell Phone Ban At 26th & Cal

Following a three-month grace period, Cook County will begin phasing in a ban on cell phones and other Internet-capable electronic devices at courthouses next week, starting with the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Cook County’s $25 Gun Tax Goes Into Effect

Gun sellers and owners haven’t been able to stop it, so a new $25-per-gun tax in Cook County went into effect on Monday.

04/01/2013

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Suit: Workers Sprayed With ‘Bodily Fluid’ During Morgue Cleaning Job

Two men are suing Cook County because bodily fluid was allegedly accidentally dumped on them when they were hired to clean a drainage pit last year at the medical examiner’s facility on the West Side.

03/20/2013

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Cigarette Taxes In Chicago Up To $6.67 Per Pack, After County Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the projected $25 million in new annual revenue from the tax increase will go to the county’s hospitals and health centers, which treat more than 300 lung cancer patients each year.

02/28/2013

Cold Thermometer

Man Who Collapsed In Roseland Is County’s 12th Cold Death

A man who collapsed in the Far South Side Roseland neighborhood Monday is Cook County’s 12th cold-related death of the season.

02/27/2013

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Correctional Officers Charged With Organizing Attack On Prisoner

Two Cook County correctional officers were charged Thursday with gathering a group of inmates to beat anther prisoner inside the jail last year.

02/21/2013

Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

Probationer Grabs For Officer’s Gun At Courthouse

CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports the incident has probation officers renewing calls for more staff.

02/14/2013

Early voting sign (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Early Voting Begins For 2nd District, Suburban Races

Early voting has begun for the February 26 special election to fill the seat of resigned Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, but WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports it’s not the only seat up for grabs in the Chicago area.

02/11/2013

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