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DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. 

A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court. 

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

The Illinois attorney general has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies in the state on a law to improve response to sexual assault and abuse. 

Cook County officials warn that a 10% budget cut is possible if a judge doesn't allow a sweetened beverage tax to take effect by August.

Two commissioners have proposed creating an identification card for anyone living in Cook County, including those in the U.S. illegally.

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

Cook County's state's attorney's office will stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because there is not enough staff to handle all the cases. 

An appellate court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse.

A program in Cook County to help non-violent offenders with drug or alcohol problems is receiving a federal grant of more than $324,000.

A former legislator has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when state lawmakers voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay adjustments. Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit. He says the state constitution prohibits midterm salary changes. 

A Chicago jail has started offering gourmet Italian pizzas to inmates.  For the past few weeks, inmates have been able to order a pizza made by fellow inmates in a fancy $16,000 pizza oven.  It's part of a training program designed to give inmates skills that can land them jobs when they are released. Inmates pay no more than $7 per pizza.

Authorities say 24-year-old Chynna Stapleton of Chicago has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly slamming an 18-year-old into a tree with her car after an argument. 

A lack of interest in running for local office has been underscored by the situation in the Chicago suburbs where there are a number of local races without enough candidates.  Election records show at least 150 races on suburban ballots don't have enough candidates. That amount is more than double the number in 2009.

Democratic Governor Candidates Attack Rauner Agenda

Mar 27, 2017

Cook County Democratic leaders heard from the six candidates thinking of running for governor today ahead of a potential endorsement later this year, each candidate attacked Governor Bruce Rauner.

An Illinois man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing and mistakenly released from state custody last month has been captured in Georgia.   Authorities found Garrett Glover in Atlanta's suburb of Lithonia late Friday. He was at the apartment of a relative's girlfriend.  

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Cook County prosecutors will no longer oppose the release of some detainees who are held on nonviolent offenses because they can't afford to pay cash bonds of up to $1,000 at a time.  Sheriff Tom Dart's policy chief, Cara Smith, quickly praised the decision. Dart has focused on the issue for the past two years in order to reduce the county jail's population.

A judge has ordered that the juvenile records of a black teen slain by a white Chicago police officer be released to the officer's attorneys.  Jason Van Dyke is charged in the October 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.

A penny-an-ounce tax on sugary and artificially sweetened drinks has been adopted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in Chicago.  The board split eight-to-eight on the new tax designed to raise millions in revenue.  It was promoted as a way to reduce soda consumption and in turn improve public health. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cast the tie-breaking vote for the tax. 

The Illinois Supreme Court is committing to a redesign of pretrial justice procedures, the system in place to deal with individuals from the time they're arrested, until their case is resolved.

The state is working with the national Pretrial Justice Institute, which is trying to get 20 states on board. Its CEO, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, says Illinois is the second.

The hourly minimum wage in suburban Chicago will be increased to $13 in action taken by the Cook County board.  The action will gradually raise the minimum wage. The first increase, to $10 an hour, takes effect July 1, 2017. The wage rises to $11 a year later and to $12 in July 2019. It becomes $13 an hour in 2020.

A newly filed lawsuit says thousands of poor, largely African-American inmates are being held improperly at the Cook County jail because they cannot afford to post cash bail.  The lawsuit filed by attorneys for two inmates, Zachary Robinson and Michael Lewis, seeks class-action status on behalf of others in jail custody. It names several Cook County judges and Sheriff Tom Dart as defendants. 

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Starting next month, the Circuit Court of Cook County will hold juvenile probable cause hearings on holidays and weekends.  It is in response to a federal lawsuit filed last month by four parents who contended the county violated the constitutional rights of juveniles who spent more than two days in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center waiting for a hearing. 

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Cook County attorneys say it will take a few weeks to implement a proposal to hold juvenile probable cause hearings on weekends and holidays.  Attorneys for the county, and for Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, presented a proposed administrative order requiring juvenile probable cause hearings every day of the year.

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A Chicago man who spent more than a decade in prison on a drug conviction has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was framed by a corrupt city police sergeant.  Ben Baker was freed earlier this year after he petitioned for a new trial and Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges against him. 

Juveniles Spend Weekends Locked-Up

Sep 13, 2016
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A federal judge says it is quote “mind boggling” that Cook County forces juveniles to wait more than 48 hours locked up over the weekend before they get a hearing. The parents of four teenagers are suing the county for keeping their kids in jail for more than two days without seeing a judge. 

Fifty years after a 21-year-old woman was killed in her home in a suburb north of Chicago, police are fighting the release of documents in the case, arguing the investigation remains active.  A Cook County judge ordered Kenilworth officials to hand over some of the paperwork so she can determine whether the large case file should be allowed to remain confidential.

Cook County officials say they expect to issue the 10 thousandth marriage license to a same-sex couple this week.  Cook County Clerk David Orr held a news conference along with state lawmakers and civil right groups to mark the milestone. 

Health officials have confirmed the season's first human case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Cook County.  Cook County Department of Public Health officials say a woman in her 50s from the northwest suburbs got sick in late July. 

Prosecutors are investigating if a crime was committed when an Illinois judge allegedly allowed a law clerk to don a robe and preside over two court cases.   A State's Attorney's office spokeswoman says the office learned of the allegations when court officials announced that Cook County Judge Valarie E. Turner had been removed from the bench indefinitely. 

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