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.
Prosecutors, Police, Advocates Team Up To Focus On Rape Cases“One of the priorities of this new working group will be to address the challenges that discourage our victims from reporting sexual assault,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
After Windows Smashed Outside Daycare, Parents Want Suspect Charged With FelonySeveral parents who have children in a daycare center in LaGrange Highlands have banded together to ask prosecutors to file more serious charges against the man who allegedly smashed several car windows in the parking lot this week, fearing his behavior will grow more violent.
Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder CaseGov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.
Prosecutors Give Alvarez Arson Award For Prosecuting "NATO 3"Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called "NATO 3" on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.
Alstory Simon Freed In 1982 Murder CaseIn another stunning reversal in a 1982 double murder, Cook County prosecutors have thrown out the conviction of 64-year-old Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession freed Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, approximately 48 hours before Porter was to be executed.
Alvarez Hopes Focus On Domestic Violence Leads To Better Services For VictimsCook County's top prosecutor says she hopes the focus on domestic abuse due to problems in the NFL brings changes for victims here, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.
Police, Prosecutors, Welfare Groups Launch New Campaign Against Sex TraffickingAlthough 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.
Prosecutors To Again Interview Man Convicted Of 1982 Double MurderCook County prosecutors were taking another step Wednesday toward possibly releasing a man from prison - 15 years after he confessed to two murders.
Former Judges, Ex-Prosecutors Urge Alvarez To Drop Perjury CaseThe letter to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the prosecution of Willie Johnson could discourage other people from recanting prior testimony.
Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some InmatesCounty Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.
Prosecutors Interview Man Convicted Of Double Murder After Case ReopenedThe Cook County State's Attorney has been re-evaluating a 1982 murder case to see if the right man is in prison, and WBBM has learned there are developments in the case.
Devine: 'I Don't Recall' Any Questions Raised About Freeing Death Row InmateFormer Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine has said he doesn’t remember one of his top prosecutors raising concerns about the innocence of a man who was freed from death row in 1999, in a case that became a catalyst to end the death penalty in Illinois.
State's Attorney's Office To Review Conviction In 1982 Double MurderAlstory Simon confessed to the murders of two people, but has since said his confession was coerced.
Police Union Wants Alvarez To Review Landmark 1982 Double Murder ConvictionThe Chicago police union has asked the Cook County State's Attorney’s office to examine a milestone double murder case, to see if the right man is behind bars.