Mentally Ill

Alison Parker and Adam Ward (Credit: WDBJ7)

Alvarez: Journalists’ Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background Checks

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the televised shootings of reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward heightened the need to find better ways to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.


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.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Mentally Ill Jail Inmate Crawls Into Ceiling Vent

Officials in the area where inmates are held right after being dropped off at the facility noticed a man climbing up in the ceiling Friday morning. Jail director Cara Smith said the man suffers serious mental illness, and this just highlighted some of the problems jail officers handle every day.


Jawaun Woods, suspect in South Shore train station stabbing. (Credit: Police provided photo)

Homeless Man Gets 20 Years For Knife Attack At East Chicago Train Station

Jawaun Dontell Woods, 25, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the charge in the Nov. 26 assault at the South Shore station.


Cook County Jail

Sheriff’s Office Releases Shocking Video Of Mentally Ill Inmates

Sheriff Tom Dart says he wants you to be shocked by it because he says it proves there are people behind bars who should not be there.


Artist's rendering of Myers Place, an independent living complex for the physically disabled and mentally ill, being built in Mount Prospect. (Photo courtesy Daveri Development Group)

Ground Broken On $13M Independent Housing Center For Disabled

A first-of-its-kind groundbreaking was held in Mount Prospect on Monday, as community leaders, developers, and other partners turned the dirt for $13 million independent living complex for the disabled and mentally ill.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Audit: Unstable People Could End Up Getting FOID Cards In Illinois

An audit has been conducted on the rules governing Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards, and officials say the results raise troubling questions.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2012

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Will County Officials: Closing Mental Health Facility Would Be Devastating

Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Facility is getting a big thumbs down from officials in Will County.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Defends Plan To De-Institutionalize Mentally Ill, Disabled

Gov. Pat Quinn is defending his administration’s plan to move people out of state institutions for the mentally and physically disabled and into community care settings.

CBS Chicago–01/25/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Signs Bill To Improve Mental Health Services

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help people dealing with mental health issues.

CBS Chicago–08/19/2011

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Mental Health Transition Program Won’t Be Cut

At least one mental health initiative will not be cut back, even after the Gov. Pat Quinn predicted looming budget cuts across the Illinois Department of Human Services.

WBBM Newsradio–02/25/2011

Lakariah Thompson

Police Searching For Missing Mentally Ill Woman

Chicago police were asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 19-year-old woman who is mentally ill.


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Change Coming In Housing Choices For Mentally Ill

An Indiana University administrator has been recommended to oversee a sweeping transition in housing choices for mentally ill people in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2010