Cook County Jail Running Transition Center For Mentally Ill InmatesThe county's jailers are trying a new approach, says Sheriff Tom Dart. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli reports.
Sheriff's Office Lends Hand At Neglected Part Of Jewish CemeteryBut will someone step in to permanently solve maintenance issues at Jewish Graceland Cemetery? WBBM's Steve Miller reports.
Sheriff Appoints Psychologist To Run Cook County JailHaving repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.
Dart Expanding Program To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings With Inmate LaborMore than a year into a program to train jail inmates a useful skill while providing a service to the community, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the effort is “an outrageous success,” and is expanding.
Legislation Would Change Statute Of Limitations In Rape CasesA bill once again before lawmakers would start the clock ticking once a rape kit is processed. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.
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.
County Commissioner Wants Sheriff's Police To Help CPD Patrol West SideCook 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.
Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health TreatmentCook 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.
Sheriff Wants Low-Level Inmates Released From Jail FasterOne 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.
Sheriff Advertises Prostitution Sting, But Johns Still ArrestedThe 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.”
Dart: Concealed Carry Law Fell Short On Review ProcessA 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.
More Than 91,000 Applied For Concealed Carry Permits In 2014A 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.
Pair Charged With Stealing Collector's Guns, Selling Them Across Cook CountyTwo 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.
Burr Oak Monument Honors Victims Of Burial ScandalAfter touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.
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.