Cook County State's Attorney Takes On Critics In McDonald Case Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez blasted her critics who are demanding that she resign over her handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting case.
Rauner Addresses Laquan McDonald Case; "Why Would It Take So Long?"In his first public comments on the growing controversy around the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, Gov. Bruce Rauner questioned why it took so long to deal with the case, while stopping short of directly criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Activists Deliver Petitions To Anita Alvarez's Office, Demanding Her ResignationProtesters angry over the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald are not giving up their fight to convince Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign for her handling of the case, organizing a sit-in at her Loop office on Thursday.
Commentary: McCarthy's Firing Doesn't Even Begin To Fix Chicago's ProblemsChange won’t come from the the Mayor’s Office. Change will come from Chicago’s citizens, and the Mayor will be lucky if he's allowed to help.
Alvarez Says She Has "No Intentions Of Resigning"Amid mounting pressure for her to resign, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is standing firm in her defense of how her office handled the Laquan McDonald case, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.
Mother Of Ronald Johnson, Killed By Police In 2014, Wants Dashcam Video ReleasedThe family of a young black man shot and killed by Chicago police in October 2014 has repeated their demand that the city release dashboard camera video of the shooting, a week after authorities released video of the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
More Calls For Alvarez, McCarthy To Resign Over Laquan McDonald CasePressure continued to mount Monday for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to step down over their handling of the Laquan McDonald case.
Activists March On Magnificent Mile To Protest Laquan McDonald ShootingActivists shut down part of Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, and planned to march to Water Tower Place, to protest the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
State's Attorney Candidate Pushes Idea Of Dedicated Gun CourtOne of the two challengers running against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez next year has said she wants to do better to crack down on gun violence, but she can’t agree with the cornerstone of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wish list for new state gun laws.
Loyola Launches Associate Degree Program For Those Who Can't Afford CollegeArchbishop Blase Cupich gave a special blessing at the launch of a new two-year associate degree program for students who can't afford to go to college.
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.
Cook County Creates New Court To Focus On Prostitution, Human Trafficking CasesWith the stroke of a pen, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans set June 1 as the start of the new Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court. Evans said state law already treats prostitution as a misdemeanor, and not a felony. The new intervention court takes that approach a step further.
Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In JailFour top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.
Attorney: "Very Disturbing" That Officer Not Charged With Murder In Death Of Rekia BoydA longtime criminal defense attorney said Monday’s acquittal of a Chicago police officer in the off-duty shooting of an unarmed woman appears to be the result of prosecutors giving the officer a break.
Cook County Prosecutors To Focus On Treatment Over Prison For Small-Time Drug CasesState’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was scheduled to announce reforms to how her office handles minor drug cases, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases. The move also is expected to cover how prosecutors handle cases involving small amounts of other drugs; including ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin.