Alvarez: Journalists' Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background ChecksCook 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.
Sheriff Appoints Psychologist To Run Cook County JailHaving repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.
Mentally Ill Jail Inmate Crawls Into Ceiling VentOfficials 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.
Homeless Man Gets 20 Years For Knife Attack At East Chicago Train StationJawaun Dontell Woods, 25, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the charge in the Nov. 26 assault at the South Shore station.
Sheriff’s Office Releases Shocking Video Of Mentally Ill InmatesSheriff 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.
Ground Broken On $13M Independent Housing Center For DisabledA 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.
Audit: Unstable People Could End Up Getting FOID Cards In IllinoisAn audit has been conducted on the rules governing Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification Cards, and officials say the results raise troubling questions.
Will County Officials: Closing Mental Health Facility Would Be DevastatingGov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Facility is getting a big thumbs down from officials in Will County.
Quinn Defends Plan To De-Institutionalize Mentally Ill, DisabledGov. 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.
Quinn Signs Bill To Improve Mental Health ServicesGov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help people dealing with mental health issues.
Mental Health Transition Program Won't Be CutAt 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.
Police Searching For Missing Mentally Ill WomanChicago police were asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 19-year-old woman who is mentally ill.