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.
Botched 'Dixmoor 5' Case Re-OpenedAuthorities 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.
Sheriff Calls For More Mental Health ClinicsCook County Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the largest mental health hospital in the country.
Officers To Collect $2.4 Million In Settlement With Cook CountyThey 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.
Cook County To Settle Deputies' Suit Vs. Sheriff Dart For $2.4MThe 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.
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.
Sheriff Dart Objects To 240 Concealed Carry ApplicationsOf 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.