Sheriff Tom Dart

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart Tells Congress ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has taken his appeal for more help for mentally ill jail inmates to Capitol Hill.

03/26/2014

Robbins Police Department (CBS)

Sheriff Aide: ‘Things Are Very Unstable’ In Robbins

This week in south suburban Robbins, the police chief is expected to be gone, and a police captain was fired: accused of claiming he once carried LAPD Badge Number 714, which is a fictional badge from the 1950s TV show “Dragnet.”

11/21/2013

Jeremiah Harris. (Credit: Department of Corrections.)

Dart: Paperwork To Blame For Inmate’s Accidental Release

He was brought back into custody after the mistaken release was discovered. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot takes a look at how this could even happen.

09/19/2013

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

Cell Phone Camera

Cook County Sheriff: Enforcing Cell-Phone Ban At Courthouses Will Be Challenging

Beginning Jan. 14, cell phones will be banned for most people at Cook County courthouses. Sheriff Tom Dart is concerned about the logistics of the policy shift.

12/17/2012

One of the dogs rescued from a dog fight in south suburban Dolton. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Police Bust Dolton Dog Fight, 8 Arrested

A call to police from a concerned resident in Dolton led police to a dog fighting ring, and a man wanted for attempted murder.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2012

Four of ten guitars donated to the Cook County Jail for the "Jail Guitar Doors" program, offering weekly guitar lessons to inmates. (Credit: CBS)

Dart Introduces Guitar Lessons For Jail Inmates

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart used the friendliest possible tone on Thursday to deliver the harshest possible message to inmates as he welcomed another training program to Cook County jail, this one providing guitar lessons.

WBBM Newsradio–10/11/2012

A wooden casket containing unclaimed remains.  (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Embattled Cemetery Wins Contract For Indigent Burials

The same cemetery that has been handling indigent burials for Cook County will continue to do so despite earlier criticisms of its operations.

10/03/2012

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Jury Awards $1.6M To Sheriff’s Employees Who Claim They Were Unfairly Demoted

A federal jury awarded $1.6 million Tuesday to 21 Cook County sheriff’s employees who claimed they were demoted by Sheriff Tom Dart for supporting his main opponent in the 2006 election.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

Dart Lawsuit

Trial Underway For Deputies Who Say They Were Punished For Backing Dart’s Opponent

A trial is underway at the Federal Building in a lawsuit against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

CBS Chicago–08/06/2012

Cook County Sheriff's investigators arrested 80 "deadbeat dads." (CBS)

Cook County Arrests 80 ‘Deadbeat Dads’

A total of 80 “deadbeat dads” who owe more than $1.7 million in child support were arrested in a two-week Cook County Sheriff sting.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011

Transgender Pride Flag

Jail To House Transgender Inmates Based On Gender Identity

The Cook County Jail is now housing transgender inmates based on their gender identity, rather than their sex at birth.

CBS Chicago–04/08/2011

Image from a body scan. (CBS)

Cook County Jail Installs Body Scanners For Prisoners

In an effort to improve safety for inmates and officers, the Cook County Jail has installed new high-tech body-scanning machines, Sheriff Tom Dart said Tuesday.

03/15/2011

Cook County Jail

Blizzard Lockdown Lifted At County Jail

A lockdown was lifted Thursday morning at the Cook County Jail, after part of the facility lost power during the blizzard this week.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2011

File Photo Of A Facebook Page  (Photo Illustration by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Charges Possible After Child Porn Forwarded On Facebook

Cook County Sheriff’s investigators are considering charges against everyone who forwarded a photo of a teenaged girl engaged in a sex act with a 24-year-old man.

CBS Chicago–01/15/2011

Cook County Jail

No Christmas Celebrations For Jail Inmates

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he will provide spiritual guidance, but not holiday celebration, for 10,000 inmates in the jail under his control.

WBBM Newsradio–12/24/2010