Tom Dart

An inmate who receives treatment for mental health at Cook County Jail. (CBS)

Inside Look: Cook County Jail’s Mental Health Dorm

For many, the only psychiatric care they ever get is when they are incarcerated. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

10/04/2013

A total of 20 guns were taken from a person who had a revoked FOID card. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sheriff’s Deputies Seizing Guns From People With Revoked Permits

A new team from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has launched an effort to seize guns from thousands of people whose state gun permits have been revoked.

07/26/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Summer Jail Crowding Not As Bad As Feared

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart predicted several months ago that summer would bring a dramatic increase in the population of the jail, and that’s come true, but he said they’re managing so far.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

Larry Ankum and Denzel Edwards (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sheriff Dart Hails Online Crime Tips As “Wave Of The Future”

Cook County Sheriff’s police credited a new online crime tips feature with helping solve the murder of a college student.

WBBM Newsradio–07/23/2013

Nikki Bostic-Jones

Cook County Jail Guard Remembered A Year After Fatal Hit-And-Run

A memorial service was held Thursday morning for a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy killed by a hit-and-run driver as she was crossing the street to go to work exactly one year ago.

WBBM Newsradio–07/18/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dart Slams 30-Day Deadline For Concealed Carry Background Checks

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said his department doesn’t have the manpower, the time, or the money to properly conduct background checks for those who want to carry concealed weapons within the time required under a new state law.

07/10/2013

Still photos of the basement of a building where John Wayne Gacy's mother lived. (provided photo)

VIDEO: The Home, And Basement, Where Gacy Visited His Mother

John Wayne Gacy was known to have worked inside and around a home where his mom once lived. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli has exclusive video from inside that building.

05/16/2013

Sheriff Dart On Chess

Russian Prisoners Take On Cook County Inmates In Chess Match

This was not Boris Spassky vs. Bobby Fischer. First, it was a match between prison inmates, not world class chess masters. Second, the Russians won this time.

05/15/2013

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Sheriff Dart Proposes Concealed Carry Ordinance

Dart said he’s worried about a stalemate in the General Assembly on a law to license people to carry concealed guns. If legislators don’t meet a June 9 court deadline to pass such a law, anyone with a state firearm owner’s identification card could legally walk anywhere in public with a concealed weapon.

05/06/2013

Chicago police display some of the more than 300 guns seized in the city in the first two weeks of 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Dart Pushes Suburbs To Sign Up For Gun-Tracing Program

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants all suburban police departments in the county to be part of a federal tracing program for guns seized during crimes.

04/29/2013

Timothy Evans

Evans: ‘No Question’ Witnesses Have Been Killed After Courtroom Cell Phone Recordings

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday defended the decision to begin implementing a ban on cell phones and other electronic communication at courthouses, saying he’s concerned about witnesses being intimidated, or worse.

04/12/2013

John Wayne Gacy

FBI Checking Gacy Travel Records For Links To Unsolved Murders

The search for more possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy is now in the hands of the FBI.

WBBM Newsradio–04/10/2013

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)

Dart Demands Halt To Illegal Eviction Notices

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and neighborhood groups teamed up Wednesday to fight against companies they claim are trying to deceive renters and even board up the foreclosed buildings where they still legally live.

03/20/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Nearly Full Now, Cook County Jail Could Be Packed This Summer

Cook County Jail is now eight inmates away from full capacity and, we haven’t even hit the summer crime wave.

03/19/2013

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Correctional Officers Charged With Organizing Attack On Prisoner

Two Cook County correctional officers were charged Thursday with gathering a group of inmates to beat anther prisoner inside the jail last year.

02/21/2013

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

Illinois And Indiana Law Enforcement To Hold Gun Summit

Illinois and Indiana law enforcement officers plan to team-up to go after gun-runners.

02/10/2013

Convicted killer Steven Robbins is taken back into custody on Feb. 1, 2013, two days after Cook County authorities mistakenly set him free. He had been brought to Cook County from Indiana, where he was serving a 60-year sentence for murder, and was not supposed to go free until 2029 at the earliest. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Mistakenly Released Killer Back In Custody

Authorities have captured a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released from the Cook County Jail earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2013

Steven L. Robbins (Indiana Dept. of Corrections)

After Killer Is Mistakenly Released, Cook County Officials Play Blame Game

Alvarez said there were no Illinois charges pending against convicted murderer Steven Robbins, because a January 1993 arrest warrant for armed violence and cocaine possession had been dismissed in 2007.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dart Seeking Authority To Seize Guns When FOID Cards Revoked

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday that a former top aide, now serving in the Illinois Senate, will sponsor legislation allowing police to confiscate guns from homes of people who have lost their state permit.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2013

The iWatch app allows smart phone users to send tips about crime to authorities, including photos. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Getting High-Tech Crime Tip App

A new crime-fighting tool in Cook County might soon be in the palm of your hand.

CBS 2–01/09/2013

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