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County Commissioner Wants Sheriff’s Police To Help CPD Patrol West Side

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Oak Park) has written a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking him to allow the Sheriff’s Department deploy additional officers on the streets of the Austin neighborhood.

04/16/2015

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Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.

03/27/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart discusses his push to get low-level jail inmates released more quickly. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Sheriff Wants Low-Level Inmates Released From Jail Faster

One woman at Cook County Jail has been incarcerated since last summer, awaiting trial for stealing about $4 worth of plums and candy. She was pregnant at the time, and Sheriff Tom Dart said her incarceration has cost the county $20,000.

03/10/2015

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Sheriff Advertises Prostitution Sting, But Johns Still Arrested

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police told them they were coming. The agency took an ad out on Backpage.com and warned it was “investigating and arresting” human sex traffickers and those who enable them by answering escort ads. “They still did it,” Sheriff Tom Dart said. “We knew they would.”

02/03/2015

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Dart: Concealed Carry Law Fell Short On Review Process

A year after the state began allowing people to carry firearms in public in Illinois, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart suggested some counties might not be as thorough in reviewing concealed carry applications as Cook County.

01/19/2015

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More Than 91,000 Applied For Concealed Carry Permits In 2014

A sizeable chunk of the 91,651 applications were submitted last January, when the concealed carry law went into effect. Illinois State Police said more than 34,000 people applied last January. In all, nearly 2,400 people were turned down for concealed carry permits.

01/16/2015

Jorge Figueroa (left) and Ricardo Martinez (right) are accused of stealing firearms from a gun collector's garage and selling them across Cook County. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Pair Charged With Stealing Collector’s Guns, Selling Them Across Cook County

Two Elmwood Park men have been arrested on gun trafficking charges after allegedly stealing at least 30 firearms from a collector and selling the guns all over Cook County.

09/03/2014

Officials unveil a monument to the victims of the Burr Oak grave reselling scandal on the grounds of the Alsip. In 2009, authorities discovered hundreds of graves had been dug up, and bodies dumped in mass graves, to resell burial plots. (Credit: Mai Martinez/CBS)

Burr Oak Monument Honors Victims Of Burial Scandal

After touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.

08/29/2014

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Police, Prosecutors, Welfare Groups Launch New Campaign Against Sex Trafficking

Although numbers are vague, the crime of human trafficking presents a real challenge to law enforcement and welfare agencies, who have teamed up to try to raise awareness of troubled children who end up being manipulated or forced into prostitution.

05/20/2014

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Botched ‘Dixmoor 5′ Case Re-Opened

Authorities have reopened the botched investigation into the 1991 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, which was wrongfully blamed on the so-called “Dixmoor 5,” some of whom spent two decades in prison.

05/07/2014

The Cook County Sheriff's office and mental health advocates released green balloons outside of the Cook County Jail on Friday to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Month. Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the nation's largest mental health hospital, because of how many detainees who suffer from psychological problems. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Sheriff Calls For More Mental Health Clinics

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the largest mental health hospital in the country.

05/02/2014

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning owners of foreclosed buildings not to send out illegal eviction notices ordering renters to move out before the 90-day timeframe required by law. (Credit: CBS)

Officers To Collect $2.4 Million In Settlement With Cook County

They say they were reprimanded for supporting Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s opponent and now 21 Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers are preparing to collect a $2.4 million settlement.

02/18/2014

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Cook County To Settle Deputies’ Suit Vs. Sheriff Dart For $2.4M

The Cook County Board is expected to settle a federal lawsuit brought by 21 deputies who allege Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against them because they backed his political opponent when he was running sheriff in 2006.

02/14/2014

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Sheriff Fears Motorists May Be Driving With Counterfeit Airbags

Could you be driving around with fake airbags and not know it? That’s what Cook County investigators want to know after they found two dozen counterfeit airbags at a southwest suburban auto shop.

02/13/2014

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Sheriff Dart Objects To 240 Concealed Carry Applications

Of the sheriff’s objections, 77 are based on the applicants’ gun crimes, 88 are based on applicants’ domestic violence records, and 52 are based on applicants’ battery and assault records.

02/06/2014

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Sheriff Using Inmates To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.

12/20/2013

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Dart ‘Keeping All Options On The Table’ On Policing Robbins

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart met with two trustees from the village of Robbins Wednesday, but deferred any decision on taking command of the suburb’s police department.

11/21/2013

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Dart Plans To Take Over Police Duties In Robbins

Dart announced the plan after Robbins police and village officials failed to remove a police administrator whose policing credentials have been challenged by a state regulatory agency.

11/20/2013

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Dart: Prosecute Bullies Who ‘Have Crossed Every Conceivable Line’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he favors criminal prosecutions of school bullies who take things too far.

10/16/2013

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Dart Pushes To Replace Prisoner’s Paperwork With Computer System

Three times in the last year, inmates have been mistakenly released from Cook County Jail.

10/09/2013

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