A mix up at Cook County Jail led to the mistaken release of a man charged with threatening violence at gay bars in Chicago.

Courts across Illinois have had about a month to adjust to the requirements of the new bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1.

An 88-year-old Illinois election judge has pleaded guilty to casting a vote as her late husband.

Communities in Illinois are adopting their own penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana now that state law has eliminated the possibility of jail time.  The law passed last year provides that people caught with 10 grams or less of the drug be issued citations carrying a fine of $100 to $200. Possession of such an amount was previously a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,500.

Federal prosecutors say a former Chicago police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison for taking cash in exchange for government information.  Prosecutors say 53-year-old Ray M. Ramirez of Chicago admitted in a plea agreement to obtaining information from law enforcement databases and passing it to a liquor store clerk in exchange for $150 to $200 payments. 

The consequence for possessing marijuana may change from possible jail time to a small fine.   Representative Kelly Cassidy wants to change the criminal code for people caught with marijuana. 

Representative Ford pleads guilty of misdemeanor

Aug 4, 2014

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have dropped almost all charges against a sitting Illinois politician. State Representative LaShawn Ford pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of lying on his taxes.