Judge Charles Burns

Cook County drug court's “RAP” program stands for Rehabilitative Alternative Probation. (CBS)

County Program Helps Addicted Felons Get Sober And Crime-Free

Candidates are hand-picked — without their knowledge — by a team and presiding Judge Charles Burns. CBS 2’s Dana Kozov reports.


Courtroom sketch of Jennifer Hudson (center) and her sister Julia Hudson (right) sitting in court during the trial of William Balfour, accused of killing the Hudsons' mother and brother, and Julia's 7-year-old son. (Credit: Cheryl Cook)

Hudson 911 Tape: “Somebody Killed My Mama!”

The trial judge has agreed to release a 911 tape that was played in court in the trial of William Balfour, the man charged with killing three members of Jennifer Hudson’s family.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2012

Darnell Donerson, 57; Jason Hudson, 29; and Julian King, 7; were all shot and killed in 2008. Authorities say William Balfour, the estranged boyfriend of King's mother, Julia Hudson, killed them. (Credit: CBS)

High Court Justice Weighs In On Tweeting Ban At Hudson Murder Trial

The chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is weighing in on the restrictions the trial judge has placed on tweeting from the courtroom in the trial of William Balfour.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2012

William Balfour, 30, is on trial for allegedly killing three members of Jennifer Hudson's family in 2008. (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

14 Jurors Picked In Hudson Family Murder Trial

Fourteen people have been selected to serve on the jury in the trial of the man accused of killing three members of Jennifer Hudson’s family.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012