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Illinois Justice Project News Summary

May 21 - June 3, 2018

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Chicago Tribune: BETRAYED: "Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse and assault, leaving lasting damage" . . . "The Tribune sent its findings to CPS in early May. The district responded with a 25-page statement that confirmed a litany of shortcomings in its current practices and outlined a series of policy changes that it is now pushing urgently to implement. Acknowledging the bureaucratic failure to make abused students and their families a priority, the district pledged reforms in hiring, criminal background checks, investigative processes, disciplinary decisions, staff training and support for victimized students."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Letting sexual predators prowl CPS" . . . "Instead of ramping up protections for children, CPS officials did what we’ve seen too often in the #MeToo era — little to nothing. The repercussions of these sexual assaults often haunt victims — schoolchildren — for the rest of their lives."


GUNS
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Putting squeeze on gun-makers could help curb Chicago’s gun violence"

Chicago Tribune: "Illegal guns 2 or 3 'handshakes' away from Chicago arrestees, research shows"


GUN LEGISLATION
Crain's Chicago Business column by Greg Hinz: "Our long nightmare of gun violence ends when pols finally lead"

State Journal-Register: "Gun bills advance in Illinois legislature" . . . "Some of the less-controversial proposals in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s public safety package have begun to move through the Illinois General Assembly as standalone bills ahead of the body’s adjournmenton Thursday. Among them, Senate Bill 3256, mandating a 72-hour waiting period following the purchase of a firearm, passed the Illinois House 72-44, a veto-proof majority, and heads to the Senate for approval."

State Journal-Register: "72-hour gun purchase wait period bill heads to Rauner's desk"


"CARJACKING" LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Rep. Kelly Cassidy: "Don’t lock up teens for car theft if it’s unclear they knew the car was stolen"

Public News Service: "Carjacking Crackdown Bill Means More Detention for Juveniles"

Daily Line: "With no evidence teens are driving up carjackings, lawmakers pass Emanuel’s juvenile lock-up bill"

Alton Telegraph editorial: "Tougher carjacking laws could be wake-up call juveniles need"


LEGISLATION
WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "General Assembly Pushes For Voting From Jail"

Chicago Reader: "Groups fight huge expansion of police drone monitoring of protests"

BoingBoing.net: "Illinois votes to eliminate inmates’ doctor visit co-pays, equivalent to one month’s wages"

Chicago Tribune: "General Assembly passes bill to protect nurses from violence"

The Trace: "Illinois Lawmakers Pass Revised Bill to Regulate Gun Stores, Setting Up a Veto Showdown"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Special Training For School Police: How Do Young People Feel About It?"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Sun-Times: "Emanuel's private emails filled with complaints about crime"


CHICAGO POLICE
New York Times: "Can 30,000 Cameras Help Solve Chicago’s Crime Problem? Armed with advanced gadgets and mapping, officers can get to crime scenes 'in time to see the guy still shooting.' But what does it mean for residents’ privacy?"

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Instead of more policing, a model to provide more services" . . . "The Chicago Police Department has concluded a pilot diversion program offering the option of treatment rather than prosecution and jail for people arrested for buying and selling heroin. Now it is preparing to roll out a similar district-wide program involving patrol officers as well as narcotics units, with the goal of expanding citywide."

Associated Press: "Chicago police crack down on gangs ahead of holiday weekend"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Five things to know about Chicago's proposed police and fire academy — and the controversy surrounding it"

Chicago Tribune: "Trump tweets support for Chicago police union members who protested Emanuel" . . . "The president said the city won’t allow 'tough police work' to stop Chicago violence, which he falsely said is at a 'record pace.'"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police lieutenant, married to top cop, files discrimination complaint against CPD"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Wife of Chicago’s top cop files complaint accusing CPD of discrimination"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop’s girlfriend: He taunted me to shoot myself with his gun, so I did"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Justice Department Hears Stories Of Police Abuse At North Side Forum"


CHICAGO'S GANG DATABASE
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Suit claiming false inclusion on gang database tossed"


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Chicago Tribune: "After being cleared in fatal shooting, Chicago cop fired for lying about unrelated arrest"

Chicago Tribune: "Two Chicago cops suspended for lying about an unauthorized chase that injured teen girl — 14 years ago"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "State's high court sets judge straight" . . . "The justices ruled that Vincent Gaughan overstepped his bounds in imposing secrecy on a controversial murder trial involving a Chicago police officer."

Associated Press: "Judge hear arguments on evidence in Chicago police shooting"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Van Dyke Case: State Supreme Court Orders Case Filings Be Made in Public"


CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY
Chicago Reader: "Hundreds of Illinois prisoners languish behind bars waiting for Dorothy Brown to do her job"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Justice delayed 16 months — until a reporter starts nosing around"


COURTS
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "African-American legal leaders call out judge selection process"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$38.5B budget passes; courts get same amount as last year" . . . "The Supreme Court is set to receive $344.8 million from the state’s checkbook under the Senate’s amendment to House Bill 109. Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier petitioned the General Assembly for $410.6 million, which would have been nearly a 20 percent increase in resources."


BROCTON LOCKWOOD
Southern Illinoisan: "Southern Illinois judge known for role in '80s FBI bust of Cook County corruption dies at 74" . . . "In August 1983, Lockwood told Cathy Monroe of The Southern Illinoisan that he was the "mole" in Operation Greylord, a three-year FBI sting that uncovered widespread corruption in the Cook County court system. At the time, downstate circuit judges were required to spend time serving on the bench in Chicago. Judges from rural areas were considered to be “ignorant hillbillies,” according to Lockwood. He used that image to disguise his role and hid a recorder in his cowboy boots."


TREATMENT OF MENTALLY ILL PRISONERS IN ILLINOIS
Bloomington Pantagraph: "Judge: IDOC must comply with prison mental health plan"

Uptown People's Law Center: "Mentally Ill Prisoners Win Injunction; Judge Declares IDOC's Failure To Provide Mental Health Care An 'Emergency Situation'"

Associated Press: "Prison officials might appeal US judge's order"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Lawmakers: When will prison mental health costs end?"


ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Associated Press: "Students develop virtual reality program to help ex-inmates" . . . "Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created “immersive reality scenarios” to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside."

Injustice Watch: "After prisoners debate parole before Illinois lawmakers, state halts class"

Southern Illinoisan: "Offenders at Shawnee Correctional build doghouses, playhouses to support Southern Illinois nonprofits"

Here & Now, WBUR, Boston: "Lack Of Books Hits Illinois Prison Libraries"


JUVENILE LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Danville murderer among those whose sentences are getting second look"

WQAD-TV, Davenport, Iowa: "Judge will decide if Gregory gets a “reconsideration” of his sentence in Adrianne Reynolds murder"


WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
PBS Newshour, produced by students at the University of Maryland’s Capital NewsService, in collaboration with Injustice Watch of Chicago: "Why defendants plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit"

Chicago Tribune: "Settlement reached in wrongful conviction lawsuit against Northwestern and former professor"


COOK COUNTY SHERIFF
Associated Press: "Judge dismisses Backpage lawsuit against Illinois sheriff"


DRUGS
Chicago Sun-Times: "A 4-block radius on the West Side is at the heart of Chicago’s opioid epidemic"

Associated Press: "Can medical marijuana help combat Illinois' opioid crisis?"


AROUND THE STATE
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "(Grundy County) Jail-death suit earns Loevy firm $3.3M in fees"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Once a heroin user, former Judge Cook is now counseling addicts at Betty Ford clinic"

Daily Herald: "Elgin begins 'talking as a city' after police shooting"

Daily Herald: "14 charged after 11-month Aurora, FBI undercover drugs, guns sting"

May 7 - May 20, 2018

GUNS
WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Police Data Show Gun Violence A Chronic, Growing Problem Across Illinois"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "30 years after Laurie Dann, our schoolchildren keep dying" . . . "Thirty years ago this Sunday, a woman named Laurie Dann walked into a school classroom in Winnetka and started shooting children. One precious boy, Nicky Corwin, was killed."

The Trace: "Chicago Felons Busted for Gun Trafficking Bought Weapons Via Armslist and Facebook" . . . "According to a criminal complaint filed in the Northern District of Illinois, three men were accused of buying guns through private sales near Louisville, Kentucky, and reselling them in Chicago, where the weapons were linked to violent crimes."


DIXON HIGH SCHOOL
CBS News: "'Countless lives were saved' Officer hailed for confronting gunman at Dixon High School in Illinois"

Chicago Tribune: "Officer honored at Dixon High School graduation"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge refuses to lower bail for 19-year-old accused in Dixon High School shooting"

WQAD-TV, Davenport, Iowa: "Mom: Dixon High School gunman was bullied and beaten this school year"

CBS News: "Dixon, Illinois High School shooting: Police say mom bought gun used by suspect"


GUN LEGISLATION
Chicago Tribune: "Rauner proposes reinstating death penalty in Illinois, which outlawed it earlier this decade"

Associated Press: "Illinois governor seeks to reinstate death penalty"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Rauner's death penalty ploy"

State Journal-Register editorial: "Don’t play politics on death penalty"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Bruce Rauner plays pure politics with death penalty and guns" 

WMAQ-TV, Ward Room: "Pfleger Suggests Rauner 'Should Be Charged With a Hate Crime' for Proposing Return of Death Penalty"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Three bills to make Illinois safer from gun violence"

State Journal-Register: "Illinois lawmakers trying again with new version of gun dealer bill"

NRA-ILA: "Illinois: Senate Passes Another Bill to Shut Down Your Gun Store Despite Veto of Previous Two"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Rauner dismisses bipartisan gun bill compromise as ‘political grandstanding’"

Chicago Tribune: "Madigan sets up vote on Rauner death penalty plan, creating political minefield"


"CARJACKING" LEGISLATION
Daily Line: "Jacked: Report says only 3 juveniles were repeat carjackers when released last year, but Illinois poised to pass law keeping more youth in lock-up"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Amy Ozinga: "Carjacked — by a boy who reminded me of my son"

WBBM-TV: "Lawmakers Push Back Decision On Carjacker Penalties Bill" . . . "Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others supporting the legislation say juveniles in possession of a stolen vehicle would get help, while in detention, after a psychological evaluation. Opponents say that could take weeks in custody."

Chicago Tribune commentary by Cook County Public Defender Amy P. Campanelli:"Tougher 'carjacking' bill simply a smokescreen" . . . "If passed, the bill will not have a significant impact on preserving public safety. Rather, it will result in the continued practice of unnecessarily incarcerating young people of color for nonviolent acts, setting them on a path toward future incarceration at a cost that we simply cannot afford in financial resources or human capital."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
District Sentinel, Washington, DC: "Sessions Claims “ACLU Effect” Caused Chicago Murder Rate Increase"

Crain's Chicago Business column by Joe Cahill: "Our lawless downtown is threatening our city's economy"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Tweak Illinois law to help crack down on Chicago area carjackings"


SHOOTING OF ATF AGENT
Chicago Tribune: "Reputed gang member charged in Friday shooting of ATF agent"

New York Times: "Shooting of Agent Shines Light on a Federal Fight Against Chicago Gun Crime"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune: "Laquan McDonald's past has no place in Jason Van Dyke's trial"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge closes courtroom again in hearing over Laquan McDonald's shooting"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Two Chicago gang cops indicted on federal charges they stole cash and drugs"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lawsuits, citizen complaints dog 2 CPD cops charged with stealing cash, drugs"

Chicago Sun-Times: "FOP protests Emanuel's decision to 'turn his back on the police'"

Chicago Tribune: "Civil rights groups issue 10-point plan for anti-violence training, other reforms for Chicago police"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Message to FOP: Police staging political theater is not what Chicago needs"


CHICAGO'S GANG DATABASE
WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Police Gang Databases Under Fire In Statehouse Bill"


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Chicago Tribune: "First public hearing on civilian oversight of CPD abruptly breaks up amid protest"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot goes on the offensive after Emanuel allies impugn her integrity" . . . "Former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said Thursday she “didn’t agree to a personal loyalty oath to Rahm Emanuel” when she accepted his reappointment and it’s the “ultimate red herring” for the mayor’s minions to question the integrity of the cases she handled."


BOND REFORM
Chicago Tribune: "Electronic monitoring the latest battleground in the fight to reform bond" . . . "Electronic monitoring — instituted nearly three decades ago as a safety valve for an overcrowded county jail — has emerged as the latest battleground in the fight to reform bond court in Cook County, sparking heated debate over public safety in a city struggling to contain gun violence."

WBBM-TV: "The Bracelet Cutters: 25 Violent Or Gun Offenders Are On The Loose From Electronic Monitoring In Cook County"


COURTS
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Justice Freeman to retire next month; Neville to take seat"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Justice Freeman's legacy — and his chosen successor"

Injustice Watch: "Illinois Supreme Court hears argument to extend juvenile protections to age 18"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Attorneys to Blanket Chicago Police Stations Saturday Offering Free Aid"


MENTAL HEALTH
WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Illinois Cleared for New Mental Health, Addiction Pilot Programs"


LEGISLATION
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "State Senate mulls unified court fee system"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Court-fee overhaul had unlikely advocate: Chief Justice Karmeier"

Belleville News-Democrat: "No, the state wouldn't have to kill police dogs if Illinois legalizes pot, chief says"

Better Government Association: "Police Shooting Bill On Fast-track Because It Changes Little" . . . "A BGA/WBEZ probe revealed suburban police are never disciplined for shooting people despite dozens of questionable incidents. Legislation to address the problem is meeting little resistance in Springfield but imposes only minor reforms."


ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria murder trial delayed when state can’t buy gas to transport witness"

Peoria Journal Star column by Chris Kaergard and Nick Vlahos: "State of Illinois' denials on gas woes stretch credibility"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Illinois DOC Keeps People With Disabilities In Prison Beyond Release Dates"

Washington Post: "This central Illinois prison is allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment a good idea?"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Technology removes barriers for moms behind bars
Email, video links help inmates share milestones, feel connected" . . . "Emails are 30 cents for each message. Video visits are $6.25 for 25 minutes or $13.75 for 55 minutes."

Illinois Public Radio, The 21st: "Nearly half of all people in Illinois who are released from prison are back behind bars within three years. It’s a statistic well-known to both prison advocates and state officials alike. One prison in northwest Illinois is trying to change that. It’s called the Kewanee Life-Skills Re-Entry Center."

The Marshall Report: "Maryland Leads as Prison Populations Continue to Decline" . . . "Maryland saw the largest drop, with 1,916 people exiting state custody, representing a 9.6 percent decrease, according to the report. Louisiana and Illinois, each with larger populations, lost 1,943, or 5.4 percent, and 2,230, or 5.1 percent, respectively."


ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE
DeKalb Daily Chronicle: "Shortages of staff, training, programs help cause riot at IYC" . . . "A riot among youths detained at the Illinois Youth Center on April 19 in St. Charles resulted in a serious head injury to a staff member and renewed criticisms that neither staff nor detainees are safe at the facility."

Courier, College of DuPage: "Incarcerated offenders perform ‘storycatchers’ at COD"

ProPublica Illinois: "Group to Send Lawyers to Help Incarcerated Teens" . . . "The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, which provides low-income Evanston youths with legal and social services, said it is recruiting lawyers to take the cases of youths charged with assaulting staffers at the Illinois Youth Center at Harrisburg. The lawyers also will review cases of youths already convicted and serving adult prison sentences."

Kane County Chronicle: "Illinois Youth Center resident pleads guilty to attacking teacher at St. Charles facility"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Harvey man pleads guilty to beating teacher at St. Charles youth detention center"


JUVENILE JUSTICE LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times by Emily Hoerner and Jeanne Kuang, reporters with Injustice Watch: "167 Illinois prisoners serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles" . . . "Injustice Watch interviewed 11 Illinois inmates serving prison sentences of 50 years or longer for crimes they committed before they were 18. One after another, they described their experiences growing up marred by poverty and violence, and their sense that, despite the growth and progress they said they have made entering adulthood in prison, society has already thrown them away."

Injustice Watch: “Less than life” . . . “Across the country, juvenile offenders are being released from prison based on recognition that human brains continue to develop for the first two and a half decades of life. Nevertheless in Illinois, many who commit crimes as teenagers are likely destined to die in custody.”

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Young offenders with de facto life terms deserve a chance at parole" . . . "Lawmakers should iron out differences with victims-rights advocates and pass SB 3228."

Morris Herald-News: "(Grundy) County Board opposes raising the age of juvenile delinquents"


COOK COUNTY JAIL
Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County Jail detainee indicted for exposing himself to correctional officer"


SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
Associated Press: "Missouri effectively exports sex offenders to surrounding states" . . . "The Columbia Missourian analyzed Missouri State Highway Patrol records of more than 2,500 offenders who moved out of the state in the past two years. Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas are the top destinations for sex offenders."


PEORIA
Peoria Journal Star: "NAACP: Awards for police valor related to fatal shooting are ‘immoral’"

Peoria Journal Star editorial: "In wake of police shootings, no time to take a bow” . . . “The Peoria Police Department arguably has created quite the PR headache — maybe worse — for itself in giving its annual Police Valor Award to the six officers involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill Peoria man last September."


CHAMPAIGN
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign chief aims to reverse middle-schoolers' negative view of police"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "'When you can't trust a cop, who can you trust?'" . . . "Clinton, honored in 2011 as Champaign's police officer of the year, had been put on leaveMarch 13, weeks before the alleged burglaries happened."


AROUND THE STATE
Shaw Media: "Part of Ogle County youth shelter shut down; director fired"

Belleville News-Democrat: "St. Clair County IL jail, detention center inspection report"

Belleville News-Democrat: "The strange case of Trooper Bradley, who claims PTSD because his boss belittled him"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County crime commission releases youth violence report"

KWQC-TV, Davenport, Iowa: "From probation to the garden, local teenagers learn life skills to get back on track"

Belleville News-Democrat: "East St. Louis, IL police officers made $100K+ with overtime"

Rockford Register Star: "Rockford police say plate readers valuable, even if success is hard to measure"

Associated Press: "Program offering chance to avoid prison has 1st graduates"

Daily Northwestern: "(Evanston) Council approves ordinance to expunge juvenile criminal records"

Public News Service: "Report: Overhaul of Juvenile Justice System Needed" . . . "The research showed that young people respond more positively to rewards and opportunities than they do to punishment. Avik Das, acting director and chief probation officer of Juvenile Probation and Court Services for Cook County, said young people need to be allowed to stay in school, and probation officers are better able to guide them in the right direction if they're in their own communities."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Legally Speaking: Joe Gordon" . . . "The job of overseeing people sentenced to probation falls to the Champaign County Probation and Court Services office. Court Services Director JOE GORDON supervises a staff of about 62 at the Juvenile Detention Center and in adult and juvenile probation at the courthouse. With just over 40 years of experience in his rearview mirror, Gordon plans to retire in late June.He talked with staff writer Mary Schenk about the integral role that probation officers play in the justice process."

State Journal-Register: "New Springfield program aims to help gun violence suspects"

Danville Commercial-News: "Aldermen look at extended curfew"

Kansas City Star: "Mass murderer was relocated away from an Illinois school. Now he lives near another

 

April 23 -May 6, 2018

SHOOTING OF ATF AGENT
Chicago Tribune: "ATF agent is 4th officer shot in Back of the Yards in a year: 'You will not get away with this'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Manhunt underway for gunman who shot ATF agent on Chicago's South Side"

CBS Evening News: "Manhunt underway for gunman who shot ATF agent in face"

Washington Post: "ATF agent shot in Chicago ambush is part of new initiative to combat city’s gun violence"

New York Times: "Dispatched by the Trump Administration, a Federal Agent Is Shot on the Streets of Chicago"

WBBM-TV: "Residents upset with raids in connection with ATF agent shooting suspect"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune: "Judge boots reporters, spectators from courtroom for closed-door hearing in Officer Jason Van Dyke case"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge in Van Dyke case holds unusual Saturday session, blasts defense for seeking to unseal filing"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Coming soon: A Laquan McDonald documentary that makes the story even worse" . . . "In fact, director Richard Rowley and producers Jacqueline Soohen and Jamie Kalven have fleshed out the story with fresh interviews and rare archival material that are going to make “The Blue Wall” the must-see film of 2018 in Chicago."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Van Dyke Case: Citing ‘Serious Safety Concerns,’ Judge Seals Courtroom for Witness Testimony"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Despite hiring push, Chicago police still falling short in attracting black officers"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago has fewer beat cops despite police hiring surge, records show"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Top Cop: 10 Officers Banned As Witnesses Remain Fit For Police Powers" . . . "Johnson said he has put the 10 on desk duty but, as WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell reports, he is letting them keep their police powers. That raises the prospect of those officers making arrests in cases later dropped for lack of a credible witness."


CHICAGO'S GANG DATABASE
Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney: "Massive gang database kept by Chicago police under fire as inaccurate, outdated" . . . "Through countless arrests and street stops, Chicago police officers have compiled a database of street gang members that now totals a staggering 128,000 names — and that doesn’t even include juveniles. But now critics in Chicago are joining a nationwide chorus questioning the value and fairness of these massive lists of gang members, saying they are often inaccurate, outdated and racially skewed."


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "New COPA Chief Sydney Roberts Starts at Revamped Police Oversight Body"


CHICAGO CITY HALL
Chicago Sun-Times: "West Side residents plead for stronger anti-gang loitering ordinance"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Back to the drawing board on Chicago’s gang loitering ordinance"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Chip Mitchell: "City Settles Suit In Incident That Put CPD Commander On Trial" . . . "The payouts lift the city tab for settlements and judgments in lawsuits against Evans to at least $621,250, not including tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and at least two lawsuits still pending."


CARJACKING
WUIS, NPR Illinois: "Lawmakers Want To Curtail Car Theft, But Juvenile Justice Groups Say Approach Is Wrong" . . . "But Stephanie Kollmann, policy director for the Children and Family Justice Center legal clinic at Northwestern University’s law school, said the measure doesn’t account for the individual circumstances and instead provides a one-size-fits-all approach. She said lawmakers are ignoring that sometimes minors don’t know they’re using a stolen car."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD adds over 100 new officers, patrol vehicles designed to stop carjackings"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Associated Press: "Police: Gun violence in Chicago continues to drop this year"

The Economist: "Violent crime is down in Chicago"

The Trace: "What’s the Homicide Capital of America? Murder Rates in U.S. Cities, Ranked.
The vast majority of urban homicides are the product of gun violence. But the cities with the highest rates may surprise you. (Spoiler: Chicago falls in the middle of the list.)"


COURTS
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Illinois Case Questions Bullet Analysis By State Police" . . . "State police maintain their conclusions are accurate enough to give as testimony in court, but other experts have argued the test results can be unreliable."

Chicago Tribune: "Charges dropped in 1991 murder investigated by controversial ex-Chicago detective" . . . "A Cook County special prosecutor on Monday threw out charges against a man who spent two decades in prison for murder, saying the evidence falls short of meeting the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt."

Chicago Tribune: "Controversy over ex-Chicago cop Reynaldo Guevara heats up with new trial, lawsuit" . . . "Both cases involved suspects who alleged Guevara manipulated lineups and other witness identifications to finger them for killings that they did not commit. Between them, the men spent more than 45 years behind bars."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Murder convictions vacated after confessions coerced"


GUNS
Capitol Fax: "Why was Travis Reinking allowed to keep his guns?"

State Journal-Register: "Pro-gun advocates crowd downtown Springfield for annual rally"

WUIS, NPR Illinois: "Reporter Finds Carrying A Gun Carries Weighty Responsibility"

Southern Illinoisan: "Perry County mulls declaring itself a 'gun sanctuary' after 4 other counties pass resolutions"

Associated Press: "Illinois counties declare 'sanctuary' status for gun owners"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Bull's-eye on AR-15: Popular rifle at center of debate over gun reform"


GUN LEGISLATION
The Trace: "Supporters of Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Bill Fight for Veto Override"

WLS-TV: "No veto override for gun dealer licensing bill"

Associated Press: "Illinois Democrats' plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles"

Chicago Tribune: "Democrats drop bid to overturn Rauner veto of gun shop licensing bill"

State Journal-Register: "Gun bills have seen mixed success in General Assembly"


LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Respecting voting rights for jail detainees doesn't 'coddle criminals'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "State Senate targets masturbating jail inmates, making ‘sex offender’ "

NPR Illinois: "Jailhouse Informant Bill Clears State Legislature, Heads to Rauner's Desk"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill could expand detained older teens’ right to counsel"

Chicago Reader: "Public outcry kills proposed FOIA law tweak that would’ve hidden police misconduct records"

WUIS, NPR Illinois, by Dusty Rhodes: "Private Working Group Studies Public Safety" . . . "At the invitation of a lawmaker, I attended the first two meetings. There were no signs indicating the meeting was closed, and numerous people in the room recognized me."

Columbia Chronicle: "Legislation could fill need for mental health assistance in Illinois schools"

Associated Press: "Illinois debates effectiveness of racial profile data"

Chicago Tribune: "After hostage incidents, proposed law would protect nurses from violence"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill would let police spy on rallies by drone"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Policing protests with drone surveillance in Chicago reeks of Red Squad"

State Journal-Register editorial: "Our View: State should fund Illinois Innocence Project"

Southern Illinoisan: "Illinois Senate bill would make medical marijuana an alternative to opioids"

Chicago Reader: "Lawmakers push for better training for cops in schools"


MENTAL HEALTH
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police overlooking tool to remove guns from those posing threat, city IG report finds" . . . "The Chicago Police Department has routinely failed to flag people whom it believes may be mentally unfit to legally carry a gun, raising concerns by the city’s watchdog that the department has missed out on a critical tool to remove guns from those who pose a threat to public safety, according to a new report issuedWednesday."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD accused of failing to report people who shouldn’t possess guns to state cops"

WGN-TV: "CPD failing to remove firearms from people who shouldn’t possess guns, report says"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Illinois can do more to keep guns away from the mentally unfit"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Bloomington Pantagraph: "Judge: IDOC violated rights of mentally ill inmates" . . . "The constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates have been violated by the Department of Corrections, a federal judge told attorneys Wednesday, citing the state's failure to comply with an agreement to improve conditions for thousands of prisoners."


JUVENILE JUSTICE
Public News Service: "Report: Incentives Needed for Community-Based Treatment" . . . "A new report called "Detention of Juveniles in Illinois" highlights the need for local communities to be given financial incentives to keep young people from being locked up."

Juvenile Justice Initiative: "Recommendations to Right-Size Detention through Reforms and Fiscal Incentives to Develop Community-Based Alternatives."

Chicago Reporter by Jonah Newman: "Solitary confinement of juveniles on the rise in Cook County" . . . "Mental health professionals, advocates, and even many detention center administrators say the practice should be sharply curbed, if not eliminated. Instead, staff at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, one of the largest juvenile jails in the country, regularly confine kids for hours at a time, the Reporter has found. Youth in the jail say it’s not uncommon for staff to threaten them with solitary for bad behavior."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Report: State should reduce juvenile jail population"


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Tribune: "Ex-prosecutor Anita Alvarez threatens to sue successor for defamation over sexual harassment claims"

Chicago Tribune: "Top assistant to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx leaves abruptly"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "First assistant state’s attorney quits post"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Veteran prosecutors assume top positions after Sussman departure"

Essence magazine: "Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx Isn't Leaving Criminal Justice Reform Behind In 2018"

CityLab: "America's Justice System Has the Wrong Goals"


PRISONER REVIEW BOARD - CARL REIMANN
WSPY-FM, Plano: “Pine Village Restaurant Murderer Carl Reimann Released AfterThursday Granting of Parole”

WSPY-FM, Plano: “School District Issues Alert Over 'Proximity Concerns' As Murderer Carl Reimann Takes Up Residence Across From Elementary School in La Grange”

WSPY-FM, Plano: Audio of Prisoner Review Board hearing and decision

Kendall County News: "Yorkville 'Pine Village' killer paroled after 45 years in prison"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "An Illinois mass killer walks free"

Chicago Tribune: "'Pine Village massacre' shooter will no longer live across street from La Grange elementary school"


AROUND THE STATE
Belleville News-Democrat: "Fairview Heights Police get simulator to train for life-or-death situations"

WUIS, NPR Illinois: "Lea Joy - SPD's First Black Female Officer"

Daily Herald: "Kane County probation officer strike enters 3rd day"

WBBM Newsradio, At Issue: "Suburban Justice: Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel"

Peoria Journal Star: "Saddle Up night club institutes criminal background check policy on customers"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Longtime Madison County public defender is a fighter in the courtroom — and in the ring" . . . "The boxing appeals to his competitive sense, and it helps him clear his mind after a hard day. He usually juggles multiple balls at once — cases, state legislation he’s working on and maybe an angry prosecutor every so often — and needs a chance to de-stress."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "If Illinois legalizes marijuana, what happens to pot-sniffing dogs?"

 

April 9 - 22, 2018

COURTS
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Panel urges state to revisit child sex offender rules" . . . "In the reversal of a man’s sex offense conviction, the 3rd District Appellate Court strongly encouraged the state legislature to revisit its law related to child sex offenders. 'Perhaps it is time to rethink lumping high school sweethearts together with dangerous child predators,' Justice Daniel L. Schmidt wrote in the opinion."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Ex-Cook Co. probation official sues over firing in wake of illegal search probe"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judicial Inquiry Board complaint filed over judge ties to murder suspect"


CHICAGO'S GANG DATABASE
ProPublica Illinois column by Mick Dumke: "Chicago’s Gang Database Is Full of Errors — And Records We Have Prove It" . . . "Over the last year, all kinds of questions have been raised about the way the police department collects and uses its gang data). But it’s become clear to me the database is riddled with dubious entries, discrepancies and outright errors. These are serious problems, because Chicago police and other law enforcement officials regularly cite the database during criminal investigations, immigration enforcement and court proceedings. Information from the database could also surface in background checks for jobs. And getting your name removed is all but impossible."

ProPublica Illinois: "Chicago’s Gang Database Isn’t Just About Gangs" . . . "The gang data is marred by inconsistencies and mistakes — 13 people in it are listed as 118 years old, for instance, and two others are supposedly 132. The errors can lead to lives being upended by incarceration and deportation."

WGN-TV: "Hearing held on use of Chicago gang database" . . . "After testimony from activists and academics, law enforcement and legal experts, the senators say they have serious concern about the way data is being used in the fight against violent crime."

Children and Family Justice Center: "How CPD’s gang database damages the fabric of society"


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Chicago Sun-Times: "City Council to hold hearing on most draconian proposal for civilian oversight"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop still faces potential firing over controversial fatal shooting of teen and bystander"

WLS-TV: "Police board member agrees with COPA, fate of officer involved in 2015 shooting goes to full board" . . . "The full Chicago Police Board will decide if Officer Robert Rialmo will be fired for a 2015 shooting that killed Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones after one member agreed with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability over Superintendent Eddie Johnson."

Chicago Tribune commentary by Sharon Fairley: "The perils of letting Eddie Johnson derail a police-shooting case"

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "In police oversight proposal, mayoral ally cribs off wrong model"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Sun-Times: "3 cops charged in Laquan McDonald cover-up set for trial in July"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge to release some court records in Laquan McDonald case" . . . "Some of the more than 100 motions, briefs and orders filed in the murder case against Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke should become public in a matter of weeks after a group of news organizations— including The Chicago Sun-Times— requested access to court filings that have been under seal."


CHICAGO CITY HALL
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$6.3M settlement package gets approval of finance committee" . . . "The city attorneys were not forthcoming about the fact Salvador was a defendant in another false-arrest lawsuit and had answered written questions in that case, even though Salvador testified he wasn’t involved in any other litigation."

Associated Press: "Chicago body armor ban criticized as too restrictive" . . . "'We've never dealt with body armor before and we are not sure what our strategy will be,' said Richard Pearson, the executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. 'But we're always looking for people who might want to do a lawsuit. We're always open to that.'"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Eddie Johnson touts continued drop in violence, credits data centers now in 12 districts" . . . "After the speech, Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board who was in attendance, noted that Johnson made no mention of what she called the 'historically low' rate at which Chicago police detectives are solving homicides — only 17 percent for last year."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Billionaire Ken Griffin takes on Chicago crime with $10 million donation"

Chicago Reader by Ryan Smith: "The lessons from local media’s softball treatment of the Ken Griffin CPD donation story" . . . "CPD officials partly credit a recent decline in gun violence to the support centers (through March, the number of homicides in Chicago was down 17 percent) but the truth is no one knows for sure why Chicago's homicide rate spiked two years ago and has dropped to pre-2016 levels in the past year."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Supt. Eddie Johnson: CPD leadership will examine all police shootings"

Chicago Tribune: "Man dies after alleged mixup led to his wrongful arrest, attempted hanging and massive brain injuries"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police outline goals for reform for rest of 2018, including stepped-up training"

Chicago Tribune: "'Reminds us all of what we've lost': Slain Cmdr. Paul Bauer, four others honored at police memorial"

Chicago Tribune: "New Chicago police training academy to be named after Cmdr. Paul Bauer"


CEASEFIRE
Chicago Tribune: "Former 'violence interrupter' for CeaseFire handed 27 months in prison for gun offense" . . . "A former CeaseFire employee accused of leading a double life as a boss for a violent street gang was sentenced Tuesday to a little more than two years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun despite his felony conviction."

Chicago Tribune: "CeaseFire boss: Accused gang leader did what was needed to prevent more bloodshed" . . . "At a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge John Lee, Dr. Gary Slutkin described defendant Francisco 'Smokey' Sanchez as a 'gentle, humble and grateful man' who helped save hundreds of lives while working with CeaseFire. But federal prosecutors say CeaseFire was just a front for Sanchez, who went back to a life of crime as a leader of the Two-Six gang after serving 24 years in prison for the murder of a gang rival."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Tribune editorial: "To reduce gun violence, kick-start research"

Chicago Tribune: "Tweets from gang members express grief over violence — but then turn to anger, researchers find"

Better Government Association: "Fact-Check: Is Chicago Gun Violence Really ‘Killing’ the City’s Bottom Line?"


UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Chicago Tribune: "Shooting of University of Chicago student raises questions over use of force by campus police"

Chicago Tribune: "Mother of student shot by U. of C. police had worries about his mental health"


GUNS
WJBC-AM, Bloomington: "High school students speak at gun violence vigil in Bloomington"

State Journal-Register: "Openly carried guns not allowed at Illinois Capitol gun rights rally"

Illinois Times: "Guns, guns and more guns; Rally at Capitol underwhelms" . . . "No one said “wait a second” when a speaker uttered the words “Jewish-controlled media,” then told the gathered horde that we have racial tensions in the United States, so genocide can happen here, and guns make for a civil society. He got as much applause as anyone else, but not as much as Donald Trump, who was cheered in absentia."

Effingham Daily News: "Effingham County now a 'sanctuary' for gun owners"

Chicago Tribune: "Gun rights group suing DCFS over handgun ban at home day cares"

Chicago Tribune: "'How many people have to die before we do something?' Once again, Chicago area students walk out for gun reform"

Rockford Register Star: "ACLU: Hononegah violated pro-gun students’ First Amendment rights" . . . "The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Hononegah High School officials are sharing radically different accounts of how a group of pro-gun students were treated March 14, the day of the National School Walkout to protest school gun violence."


GUN LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times: "Emanuel urges lawmakers to override Rauner veto of gun dealer licensing bill"

WRSP-TV, Springfield: "Durkin: Gun Dealer Licensing Act override doesn't have the votes"

WBBM-TV, Chicago: "Cupich Urges Lawmakers To Override Rauner Veto Of Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation"

Bloomberg: "Even in Chicago, plan to push gun control on Wall Street stalls"


LEGISLATION
Chicago Reporter: "Voting could soon be easier at all Illinois jails"

Chicago Defender: "Voting behind bars"

Better Government Association: "Lawmakers Seek Broader Reviews of Suburban Police Shootings"

Associated Press: "Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Keep up the reporting on cops who hassle for ‘driving while black’" . . . "A law that requires the collecting of data for the report sunsets this year, and a bill to keep the annual count going — and to make it permanent — has shaky support in the state House and Senate."


OPIOIDS
State Journal-Register: "Rural law enforcement, health officials cope with opioid crisis" . . . "Starting in the mid 2000s, drug abuse, particularly methamphetamine use, has ramped up in rural communities, including places like Christian and Macoupin counties. But then opioids, legal or not, started to take hold, compounding into the crisis seen today. It’s had a profound effect on law enforcement and the medical community."

Associated Press: "Illinois receives $16M federal grant to fight opioid abuse"


MENTAL HEALTH
Peoria Journal Star, Part One: "State of mental health care in Peoria continues to evolve" . . . "From a Bartonville insane asylum to the Zeller Mental Health Center to the Brighter Days Ahead drop-in clinic, treatment protocols have changed along with the understanding of mental illness. This is the first of two parts in our series."

Peoria Journal Star, Part Two: "Courts and state made Peoria County Jail a top mental health center" . . . "'This jail has become the largest mental health institution in the area,' said Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell. 'Today, I’m happy to say we have a mental health professional here every day, because treatable mental illness is one of the major causations of crime in our community.'"

Fox Illinois, Springfield: "Springfield Police Department teams up with SIU to help with mental illness"


MARIJUANA
Chicago Reader commentary by Ben Joravsky: "Rauner’s reefer madness rules despite overwhelming support for legal pot" . . . "As if anyone needed another reason to oust Bruce Rauner, consider this: there will never be legalized marijuana in Illinois as long as he's governor."


ILLINOIS PRISONS
State Journal-Register: "Illinois Department of Corrections needs $420 million to get through June"

Illinois Newsroom (Illinois Public Radio): "Illinois Prison System Spent Less Than $300 On Books Last Year" . . . "Last year, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) spent $276 on books for its educational programming across 28 correctional facilities, according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request." . . . "In the last five years, IDOC spent a total of roughly $140,000 on reading materials. That figure represents a 96 percent decrease from what was spent on books between 2000 and 2005. IDOC did not respond to a question asking about the steep drop-off in funding for reading materials."

WUIS, NPRIllinois: "Illinois Prison System's Budget, A 'Five-Alarm Fire'" . . . "The Illinois Department of Corrections says a major cash crunch has it struggling to keep its facilities running."

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Corrections opens Murphysboro Re-Entry Center"

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO): "20 inmates transferred to Murphysboro, IL re-entry center"

WGN-TV by Ben Bradley: "Debate team of prisoners sentenced to life argues for changes in parole policy" . . . "The prison debate team is arguing for the return of parole for serious offenses but are also pushed to see it from the other perspective. Last month, 20 state lawmakers were in the audience as the inmates turned their newly developed debate skills into a forceful argument for parole. These prisoners and their debate coach argue parole gives the prisoner a reason to rehabilitate and victims’ families a reason to re-evaluate."


JUVENILE JUSTICE
Chicago Tribune: "Giving Chicago juveniles in detention a glimpse of a different future"


KANE COUNTY
Daily Herald: "10 charged in Kane County jail fight"

Daily Herald: "Sheriff puts Kane County on alert that court security officers could strike"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Child sex abuse victims in Kane County increasing at 'alarming' rate, state's attorney says"


ANIMAL STORIES
Daily Herald: "How Browser the dog sniffs out child porn in Lake County"

Rockford Registter Star: "Calming or courtroom distraction? A new type of dog is entering Winnebago County courts"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Porkchop the pig captured after O'Fallon police chase"


AROUND THE STATE
Rockford Register Star: "Rockford police to use drones for crash investigations, critical incidents"

Associated Press: "Chicago suburb of Harvey to lay off police, firefighters"

Dailly Southtown: "Harvey lays off 40 police and fire employees, union officials say"

Illinois Times: "From pot to prison to politics; Parolee aims high"

Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "East St. Louis restores hope for less crime, more civic pride"

State Journal-Register: "Local emergency dispatchers save lives behind the scenes"

Skokie Review: "Skokie officer saves man's life at police station: 'His heart stopped'"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Police, fire pensions putting heavy pressure on towns"

Illinois Times: "SEIZED; Cops take cash, cars and sometimes houses" . . . "Local prosecutors and cops, who refer seizure cases to the state’s attorney’s office, almost never go after real estate. More than 150 forfeiture cases were filed in 2017 by the Sangamon County state’s attorney’s office, which sought court permission to seize 51 vehicles and more than $280,000 in cash from alleged drunken drivers, suspected dope peddlers and myriad other purported criminals. Hodges’ home is the only seizure case involving a house or other real property."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Discipline disparity prompts change at Urbana schools"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Saving lives: Pilot project responds to increased student anxiety" . . . "More than 200 McLean County children and teenagers  experiencing a mental health concern or crisis have more people listening to them — and more youth will be helped in the months to come — thanks to an innovative partnership among several area schools, two mental health agencies and the McLean County Health Department."

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March 23 - April 8, 2018

COURTS
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "State high court upholds parks ban for sex offenders"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "(Felony) murder charge reflects rare twist in state law" . . . "Prosecutors like it. Others don’t. Scholars find it hard to justify."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Sex offender gets OK to call teen daughter" . . . "A convicted sex offender barred from having any contact with her 17-year-old daughter since her release from prison a month ago got the go-ahead Tuesday to talk to the girl on the telephone."

Chicago Tribune: "6 witnesses said Chicago man wasn’t the shooter. 16 years later, inmate pins hope of freedom on new DNA results."

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois courts clash: Does limiting juvenile offenders' social media use step on free speech?"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge O'Brien, convicted of fraud, outlines reasons for not stepping down"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Report on Cook County Jail inmate’s death to be released" . . . "The wife of a prisoner who died in Cook County Jail is entitled to see a report generated during an internal investigation into her husband’s death, a federal judge has ruled."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Judge's dissent on case he calls 'parking while black' could get high court's attention" . . . "Asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case usually is a fool's errand — the high court turns down dozens of requests for each one it accepts. But just maybe a Chicago federal appeals court decision will have enough sex appeal — interesting facts and an impassioned dissent — to get the justices' attention."


WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Chicago Tribune: "After 23 years in prison as an innocent man, former White Sox groundskeeper returns to his old job"

BuzzFeed: "A Man Who Says A Chicago Detective Framed Him For Murder Was Just Set Free" . . . "Ricardo Rodriguez’s case was investigated by Detective Reynaldo Guevara. He is the eighth Guevara defendant exonerated since April 2017."

Chicago Tribune: "Man whose murder conviction was overturned files lawsuit, alleging Chicago cops coerced confession" . . . "A man whose conviction in a 1990 double murder was overturned filed a federal lawsuit Sunday alleging corrupt Chicago police detectives coerced his confession as payback for failing to pay kickbacks to protect his drug business. The wrongful conviction suit filed by Jose Maysonet comes four months after Cook County prosecutors dropped criminal charges against him, prompting his release after 27 years in custody."


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Chicago Tribune: "Panel taps law enforcement veteran to lead Chicago police watchdog agency"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge pushes for Van Dyke trial to start this summer"

WMAQ-TV, NBC5: "2 Chicago Cops Resign After Supt. Johnson Moves to Fire Them Over 2014 Shooting"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune: "Trial of cop charged in Laquan McDonald shooting to begin this summer"

New York Times: "The Raw Videos That Have Sparked Outrage Over Police Treatment of Blacks"


QUINTONIO LeGRIER and BETTIE JONES
Chicago Sun-Times: "Some black Council members decry Supt. Johnson’s decision in fatal shooting case"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago Police Supt. Johnson rejects findings, says cop justified in fatally shooting 2"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago top cop rejects watchdog agency recommendation that he fire officer in 2015 fatal shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Top cop’s ruling in Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones shooting disappointing"

WLS-TV: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel deposed in Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones shooting lawsuit"

Chicago Tribune: "After gag order lifted, attorneys blast Chicago top cop Eddie Johnson for calling deadly police shootings justified"

Chicago Sun-Times: "'It's a joke': Attorneys fume at Supt. Johnson's letter clearing Robert Rialmo"

WLS-TV: "Emanuel defends CPD superintendent's decision in officer-involved shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Secret letters make it harder for the public to trust the police"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Sun-Times: "700 dogs have been shot or shot at by police in Chicago in the past decade"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Dogs, cops and the lessons of better police work"

Chicago Tribune column by Phil Kadner: "McCarthy tests our memory of Chicago police cover-up"

Chicago Tribune: "2 Chicago cops resign after facing firing for off-duty traffic dispute that led to gunfire"

Chicago Sun-Times: "City pays $1.5M in death of gang member, while he faced federal scrutiny" . . . "The city of Chicago has paid $1.5 million to the family of a West Side street gang member who was under federal investigation in a major racketeering case when he died of an asthma attack after being taken into police custody in a separate case."

Chicago Tribune: "Lawyers call for independent probe into ex-Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Court takes ax to testimony police won’t defend" . . . "An Illinois Appellate Court ruling last month made it more important than ever that Chicago rein in cops who think they can make up their own rules and violate civil liberties."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Men freed from prison file federal lawsuits against city, CPD detectives"

Chicago Tribune: "Attorneys for city deny intentionally failing to disclose key evidence in code-of-silence trial"


JON BURGE
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Prisoner gets new chance to prove police torture" . . . "The 1st District Appellate Court last week ordered a new evidentiary hearing for defendant James Gibson after finding Cook County Associate Judge Neera Walsh erred in the initial hearing when she did not draw an adverse inference two accused Chicago police officers’ refusal to testify. Because the evidence was so close, an adverse inference could have tipped the hearing in Gibson’s favor."

Chicago Tribune: "Closing arguments cap months of hearings into alleged torture by ex-police Cmdr. Jon Burge" . . . "'Jon Burge was bouncing between torture chambers like the conductor of an orchestra, but the only sounds that were coming out were screams,' Slosar said."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge sets June date for ruling on confession in Burge torture case"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Tribune: "Study blames 'ACLU effect' for spike in Chicago's violence in 2016, but experts differ"

Chicago Tribune: "Feds say CeaseFire worker remained a leader of violent Gangster Two-Six Nation"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD releases March crime stats touting 15 percent drop in overall citywide crime"

NPR: "Chicago Police Tout Decrease In Murders, Shootings"


UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Chicago Sun-Times: "U. of C. protesters demand police disarmament, mental health resources" . . . "University of Chicago students and faculty members on Friday demanded disarmament of campus police and greater funding for mental health resources after the police shooting of a student who ran toward officers during an apparent mental health crisis."

Chicago Sun-Times: "U. of C. officer showed ‘great restraint’ before shooting student, expert says"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "University of Chicago shooting: A campus cop, a college kid and a lesson in not rushing to judgment"

Chicago Maroon: "Mental Health Services Failed Thomas, Activists Say at UCPD Protest"

Chicago Maroon: "GSU Protests Outside Zimmer-Boyer Free Speech Event"

Chicago Reporter: "U. of C. police shooting came at time of increased stops, continued disparities"


GUNS
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Teens ready to lead the way on gun reforms"

Chicago Tribune: "Young activists rally for gun reform at March for Our Lives Chicago march in Union Park"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "We can achieve gun sanity without repealing the 2nd Amendment"

Illinois Times: "Teens rally at State Capitol for gun control"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Thousands Turn Out For ‘March For Our Lives’ In Chicago"

NRA - Institute for Legal Action: "NRA to support Guns Save Life in Illinois Lawsuit" . . . "The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced support for a lawsuit brought by Guns Save Life challenging the Village of Deerfield, Illinois’ gun confiscation ordinance. The lawsuit challenges Deerfield’s recent attempt to criminalize so-called 'assault weapons' and 'high capacity magazines' within village limits."

BuzzFeed: "This Town Just Banned Assault Weapons. Anyone Who Refuses To Give Theirs Up Will Be Fined $1,000 A Day"


GUN LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times: "Gun dealers still don’t need state license, but body armor ban moves forward"

Chicago Tribune: "Bans on bump stocks, body armor move forward in Chicago"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "GOP adds warrant-for-seizure plan to gun-control mix" 

Northwest Herald: "Concealed carry instructor and longtime firearm handler weigh in on gun control proposals"

Chicago Magazine: "How Court Costs Trap People in Poverty—and How Lawmakers Are Trying to Fix It" . . . "Illinois residents who move through either the criminal or civil court system can end up with thousands of dollars in fees owed to dozens of agencies—which carry burdens beyond the financial. But activists and politicians are trying to lift the burden so they can move on."

State Journal-Register commentary by Senate President John Cullerton: "Gov. Rauner, don’t silence gun safety movement"


LEGISLATION
WTVO-TV, Rockford: "A new Illinois bill would remove police officers from schools"

Associated Press: "Illinois lawmakers drafting law to require hospitals have nurses trained to work with sex assault victims"

Chicago Tribune: "Lisa Madigan pushes for bill to require training before treating sexual assault patients "

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Why Chicago shouldn’t ban body armor"


OPIOIDS
Rockford Register Star: "U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin hosts opioid talk at Rockford hospital with treatment providers"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Can expanding the state’s medical cannabis program help curb the opioid crisis?"


RAT POISON
Chicago Tribune: "Synthetic pot leaves 2 dead, dozens hospitalized in Illinois; 3 arrested in Chicago"

Chicago Tribune: "Rat poison likely to blame for deadly side effects of synthetic pot in Illinois"

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria area is now the epicenter for massive bleeding in synthetic cannabis users"

Peoria Journal Star: "Bleeding from synthetic cannabis outbreak unusual, experts say"


MARIJUANA
Chicago Reader: "Another ‘grass gap’ in Chicago opens between blacks and whites on legalization"


IMMIGRATION
Chicago Tribune: "‘I’m not leaving. They’re taking me,’ Afghan War veteran says as ICE prepares to deport him"

WLS-TV: "Rauner denies clemency to veteran facing deportation"

Chicago Tribune: "Man freed after wrongful conviction, only to be taken into custody by immigration authorities"


COOK COUNTY SHERIFF
WMAQ-TV, NBC5: "Sheriff Dart on Seizure of Backpage.Com: 'I Honestly Never Thought I’d See This Day'"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
State Journal-Register: "Corrections sued over missing prisoner transport bus payment"


JUVENILE PRISONS
Children and Family Justice Center: "The Costliest Choice: Economic Impact of Youth Incarceration"


ST. CLAIR COUNTY JAIL
Belleville News-Democrat: "Inmate at St. Clair County Jail dies a day after being found hanging in cell

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Inmate dies after he was found hanging in jail cell, St. Clair County police say"


AROUND THE STATE
WSIU, Carbondale: "Simon Poll: Illinoisans Want Criminal Justice Reform" . . . "What is striking is that there's also a strong view from people that those who've been incarcerated and are being released need to have a chance to get on their feet and to get moving again. So, I was really struck by just how strong the view is. More than 70% said that we need to do more."

Chicago Tribune: "She went to the ER for a rape exam. Her nurse didn't know how to do one."

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois law requires cops to take reports for every sexual assault allegation, get training for sensitivity toward victims"

Rockford Register Star: "Rockford police: Crime is down, tips are up"

Daily Southtown: "At Harvey jail, escaped inmates fall through ceilings and gates do not lock, officers say"

Chicago Tribune: "Northwest suburban police relying more on data to pinpoint patrol needs"

Alton Telegraph: "Alton City Jail does well on inspection of federal detainee cells, practices"

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Crime Stoppers works to make schools safer"

Rockford Register Star column by Georgette Braun: "Rockford cops connect with kids to curb crime"

State Journal-Register: "Police chiefs' group, Illinois NAACP sign resolution of shared principles"

Chicago Tribune: "Deerfield bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Grads: Drug court long road to life, better future"

Southern Illinoisan: "SIUC students stage sit-in to protest police academy; chancellor tables decision"

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March 12 - 22, 2018

CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel doesn't say if he supports civilian police board with power to fire city's top cop"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Johnson declares opposition to sweeping civilian oversight proposal"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot calls Emanuel’s $95 million police academy plan ‘ill-conceived’"

Chicago Tribune: "Activists stand up for proposed civilian power to fire top Chicago cop"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Running tab for DOJ investigation of CPD: $7.4 million and counting"

Chicago Tribune: "Black Lives Matter, other community groups win seat at table in fight over Chicago police reform"

MacArthur Justice Center news release: "In a Major Step toward Federal Oversight of Police Reform, Community Groups Enter into Agreement with City of Chicago and Illinois Attorney General"

ACLU of Illinois news release: "Groups secure rights to enforce consent decree that will focus on CPD’s use of force against people with disabilities, Black and Latino Chicagoans"


CHICAGO POLICE CMDR. PAUL BAUER
Chicago Tribune: "Shomari Legghette, a 4-time felon, pleads not guilty in killing of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Paramedic changed story about bodies' location in Chicago police double fatal shooting after speaking with city lawyers, attorneys allege"

Pacific Standard: "Gang Databases Are a Life Sentence for Black and Latino Communities" . . .  "Ending up on a gang database if you're brown or black is easy—you only have to be suspected of association. Getting off a gang database? That's much harder."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Freed from prison after claiming police abuse, pair want CPD help with visas"


JON BURGE
Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge blasts special prosecutor in Jon Burge case"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "In Chicago, 79 dead of guns so far this year. When will politicians say #enough?"

GUNS
Chicago Tribune: "'If we keep coming together like this we will be unstoppable': Thousands of Chicago-area students walk out of schools to demand gun reform"

WLS-AM: "Rauner: Teachers should not be armed"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Parkland shooting survivors visit CPS students to plan Chicago gun control march"

WTTW-TV, Chicago Tonight: "Chicago Students Call for Gun Reform in Massive Walkout"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Hundreds gather in downtown Decatur for Second Amendment rally"

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Hundreds rally in Decatur for gun rights"

WCIA-TV, Champaign: "Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters hold rally"


GUN LEGISLATION
Chicago Tribune: "Rauner wants to ban bump stocks, doesn't commit on gun retailer licensing"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Gov. Rauner repeatedly dodges questions on signing gun control bill"

WLS-TV: "Mayor Emanuel, Supt. Johnson call on Gov. Rauner to sign gun control bill"

Office of Illinois Governor news release: "Rauner vetoes onerous gun store regulation; Asks legislative leaders to join in broader effort to address crime prevention, school safety and mental health"

Chicago Tribune: "Rauner vetoes gun store licensing bill, saying it would 'do little to improve public safety'"

Chicago Tribune: "Attempt to override Rauner gun veto put off as assault weapons restrictions approved"

Shelbyville Daily Union: "Gun shop owners pleased with Rauner's veto"

Capitol Fax column by Rich Miller: "The politics behind Rauner’s veto and the future of gun bills"


LEGISLATION
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Juvenile adults?" . . . "The idea behind this legislation is a bad one — it's about excusing behavior by people old enough to know better on the theory they aren't old enough to know better. It's a bad precedent to set."

Daily Herald: "Treat people in late teens, early 20s as juveniles? Kane County officials wary"


OPIOIDS
Decatur Herald & Review: "Davis introduces bill to require ID for opioid pickup at pharmacies"

Naperville Sun: "Opioid deaths continue to rise in DuPage County despite prevention efforts: officials"


MARIJUANA
Chicago Tribune: "Cook County voters say 'yes' to legalizing marijuana for recreational use"

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "The complicated answer to a simple question: Should marijuana be legal where I live?"

Forbes: "Voters In Illinois' Cook County Approve Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure" . . . "The measure in Cook County -- the nation's second-most-populous county, which has more residents than 27 states of the union -- is not binding, but its passage sends a strong message to state lawmakers that ending cannabis prohibition is an issue that voters want the legislature to address."


COURTS
Illinois Issues: "Lawsuit: Illinois 'Tortured' Prisoner Into Suicide" . . . "A mother is suing Illinois and Sangamon County officials for failing to prevent her daughter's suicide."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Inmate with prosthesis wins claim for toilet access"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Aurora man resentenced to 66 years in prison for murder of East Aurora student" . . . "Reyes was 16 when he shot at a car with three people inside, killing the driver and injuring a passenger, authorities said. He was tried as an adult for the murder of Jason Ventura, 17, and attempted murders of an 18-year-old he also shot and a third person in the car. A Kendall County jury convicted Reyes in 2012, and Judge John Barsanti, now with Kane County, initially sentenced him to consecutive mandatory minimum sentences totaling 97 years. Reyes appealed. His sentence was unconstitutional, he argued."


WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Loyola Phoenix: "Rogers Park resident, exonerate Juan Rivera on life after prison" . . . "Just a few blocks from Loyola’s Lake Shore campus in Rogers Park, a man named Juan Rivera lives in an ordinary-looking house with his family. But he’s far from ordinary. Rivera spent more than two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and later won more than $20 million in one of the largest wrongful conviction settlements in United States history."

Illinois Times commentary: "Training cops to help stop wrongful convictions"


COOK COUNTY SHERIFF
Chicago Tribune commentary by Alan Mills and Alexa Van Brunt: "Dart's misguided approach to jail reform" . . . "Dart’s recent claims also undermine bedrock principles concerning the separation of judicial and executive function. It is not his job to determine who gets to be released on bond."


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Truthout: "#MeToo Behind Bars: When the Sexual Assaulter Holds the Keys to Your Cell"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Age, criminal history define recidivism; 57% of McLean County inmates released between 2011-2014 were arrested again"

Joliet Herald-News: "Joliet has changed its attitude about an incarceration heritage"


AROUND THE STATE
ProPublica Illinois: "Some States No Longer Suspend Driver’s Licenses for Unpaid Fines. Will Illinois Join Them? Our analysis shows suspensions tied to ticket debt disproportionately affect motorists in largely black sections of Chicago and its suburbs."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Group asks UI trustees to drop criminal-history questions from admissions process"

Illinois Times: "Pack gun, get promoted; Captain set to advance"

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Violent crime climb continued in Quincy in 2017"

Southern Illinoisan: "Poll: Majority of Illinois voters say criminal justice system is biased, but downstate voters disagree"

Elgin Courier-News: "Amid calls for answers, Elgin authorities to share video of police shooting on I-90 that killed local woman"

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Feb. 26 - March 11, 2018

JUVENILE JUSTICE AND MENTAL HEALTH
Illinois Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force news release: "A state task force on Wednesday delivered a final report recommending 14 action steps to deliver needed services and help keep youth with mental health conditions out of jails and prisons."

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Lawmakers looking to give kids better access to mental health services"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Task force offers help to keep youths with mental conditions out of jail"


CHICAGO POLICE COMMANDER PAUL BAUER
Chicago Tribune: "The tragic 7-year journey of a 'Baby Glock' from a Wisconsin gun shop to the slaying of Cmdr. Paul Bauer"

Chicago Tribune: "Plea deal that freed man now suspected in Chicago cop's killing not unusual as courts face crush of cases"


QUINTONIO LeGRIER
Chicago Tribune: "Mom of Quintonio LeGrier, Chicago teen slain by cop, says city went ‘low’ by asking her about prostitution"

Associated Press: "Judge orders Chicago mayor deposed in police shooting suit"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Emanuel must answer questions about 2015 police shooting that killed man, neighbor, judge orders"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "City Council approves $20 million settlement in fatal drunken off-duty cop crash"

Chicago Tribune: "Disciplinary charges dropped against Chicago cop because of Police Department’s yearslong delay"

Chicago Tribune: "Activist says 'racial profiling' behind Chicago's biking tickets disparity; CPD denies it"

Chicago Tribune: "City of Chicago sued over fatal police shooting of 24-year-old man in November"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Aldermen propose elected community safety oversight board"

Chicago Tribune: "Give a civilian oversight board the power to remove police superintendent, set policy, community groups propose"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
USA Today: "Slayings, shootings down in Chicago in 1st two months of 2018"

WGN-TV, Chicago: "Mayor Emanuel, CPD Supt. Johnson say policing strategy led to drop in violent crime"

WLS-TV, Chicago: "Armed guards begin patrolling in Loop"

Chicago Tribune: "Armed private guards will patrol State Street to aid security downtown"

Daily Herald: "School safety more than a calling for archdiocese's new anti-violence chief" . . . "Andrew was a 20-year-old college student in May 1988 when a woman armed with two guns broke into his Winnetka home and held him and his parents hostage for hours."

NPR by Cheryl Corley: "Do Police Officers In Schools Really Make Them Safer?"

Chicago Tribune: "2 Chicago teens face stiff federal carjacking charges: 'We are coming for you,' FBI boss warns"


GUNS
WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Southern Illinois school district aims to arm teachers"

Chicago Tribune: "As student-led gun reform movement swells, schools balance safety with civic engagement"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Teachers: Arming us would spell nothing but trouble"

Washington Post: "An Illinois gun show bans AR-15 sales, landing it at the center of a national gun-control debate"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Miles Bryan: "State Board Regularly OKs Gun Licenses Despite Police Warnings" . . . "Last year, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said it objected to 1,130 applications for concealed carry licenses, mostly filed by residents in suburban Chicago. Most of those objections were for domestic violence or gun arrests. Despite the objections, a state review board ruled 90 percent of those people eligible to legally carry a gun, according to the sheriff’s office."

Chicago Tribune: "In Chicago communities ravaged by gun violence, students hope Parkland movement will finally bring change"

Quad-City Times: "Even gun owners and dealers search for answers in school shootings"


GUN LEGISLATION
NBC5 Chicago, Ward Room: "In Wake of Deadly Shooting, Chicago Police Head to Springfield to Support Gun Legislation"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson Urges Springfield Lawmakers To Approve Gun Control Measures"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cardinal Cupich pleads with lawmakers to pass gun-control measures"

Chicago Tribune: "Cupich says young people are 'shaming the adult world into action' as lawmakers start approving gun control bills"

Chicago Tribune: "llinois lawmakers vote to license gun retailers, ban 'bump stocks,' restrict assault weapons sales; Rauner doesn't commit"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Stay angry, kids, and fight for saner gun laws"

Chicago Tribune: "Park Ridge gun-control supporters react to Illinois House passage of gun dealer licensing bill"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Rauner Tight-Lipped On Statehouse Gun Legislation Positions"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Banner day for gun control in Illinois politics"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Laura Washington: "Politics will dictate Rauner’s decision on gun bills"

Effingham Daily News: "Rauner tells supporter he may veto gun control bills"

CapitolFax: "Rauner claims his gun positions are 'crystal clear' when they actually aren’t"

Chicago Tribune: "Rauner doesn't say whether he'll sign bill to license gun stores"

WLS-TV, Chicago: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls out Governor Bruce Rauner on gun control bill"

Illinois Issues: "Big changes to Illinois' gun laws don't happen often. But a growing movement across the country appears to be resonating in the state's General Assembly."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "'Ghost guns' need to go in Illinois — and everywhere"


LEGISLATION
Chicago Tribune: "Legal marijuana question a step closer to being on November ballots in Illinois"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by Tom Kacich: "Politicians not shying from pot-legalization issue"

WMAY, Springfield: "Illinois lawmakers push to allow 18, 19, and 20-year-olds to be tried as juveniles"


DRUGS
Associated Press: "Lake County Jail inmates complete survey on drug addiction"

Daily Southtown: "Opioid overdose drug hailed for life-saving successes in south suburbs last year"

Chicago Tribune: "Lake County's opioid response continues with new donation of antidote injectors for first responders"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago accuses top three distributors of opioids of 'rampant over-prescribing'"

Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel administration sues top drug distributors over opioid crisis"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois emergency rooms see 66 percent spike in opioid overdose visits: report"

Southern Illinoisan: "Opioid addiction: Who's responsible? How do addicts, doctors and providers move forward?"


COURTS
Mother Jones and ProPublica: "How Does Chicago Make $200 Million A Year On Parking Tickets? By Bankrupting Thousands of Drivers." . . . "In 2007, an estimated 1,000 Chapter 13 bankruptcies included debts to the city, usually for unpaid tickets, with the median amount claimed around $1,500 per case. By last year, the number of cases surpassed 10,000, with the typical debt to the city around $3,900. Though the numbers of tickets issued did not rise during that time, the city increased the costs of fines, expanded its traffic camera program, and sought more license suspensions."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Convicted judge has five weeks to answer call for her law license" . . . "A sitting Cook County judge found guilty by a federal jury nearly two weeks ago for her role in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme has another five weeks to answer calls for her law license."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Anti-gun judge notes 'the evil of access to weaponry' in court days before retirement" . . . "In one of his last decisions from the bench, Judge Randall W. Kelley had a cheerless countenance Monday afternoon as a man convicted of shooting another to death sat before him. While the defendant, Lamarc Garrett, was mentally ill with paranoid schizophrenia, Kelley focused on another aspect of the case: the gun that the six-time felon had in his possession."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Cops can pursue suit over disclosure of personnel files" . . . "A federal judge today declined to throw out a lawsuit accusing the city of Aurora of endangering the lives of seven police officers by giving their personnel files to a felon they helped imprison."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Gun ban in subsidized housing gets court challenge from East St. Louis woman"


WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Innocence Project helps free another man"

Illinois Times: "After 22 years, fire science sets convict free"

Associated Press: "'Certificates of Innocence' Given Wrongly Convicted Men"


BOND SYSTEM
Chicago Tribune: "Preckwinkle says data don't back up Dart's concerns on release of gun suspects on monitors" . . . "'I believe it is our responsibility to keep these matters in context and not contribute to sensationalizing them,' Preckwinkle wrote in a letter dated Monday to Dart. Pat Milhizer, a spokesman for Chief Judge Timothy Evans, who pushed the bond overhaul efforts, echoed that sentiment in a statement Monday, saying judges don’t release defendants who they determine to pose a public safety threat."

Chicago Tribune letter by Dave Baltmanis, Chicago Council of Lawyers; and Alexandra Block, Chicago Appleseed: "Is Cook County's bond reform working?" . . . "Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart recently announced that he was planning to unilaterally re-evaluate and override judges’ decisions to release certain arrestees on electronic monitoring (house arrest with an electronic ankle monitor) because he believed some people accused of carrying guns might be rearrested while on electronic monitoring. The constitutionality of his plan is suspect at best. But more than that, his evidence for his claims, if any, is simply unavailable."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "No need for Tom Dart to be gun-shy on bail reform"


COOK COUNTY JAIL
Chicago Tribune: "16 inmates indicted after fight at Cook County Jail"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Shannon Heffernan: "Sheriff Faces Lawsuit For Holding People In Jail After Release Order"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jailed woman sues Sheriff Dart over delayed release into electronic monitoring"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lawsuit: Sheriff spared 'Director of Acupuncture' from layoffs—Dart says baloney"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
WAND-TV, Decatur: "Life After Prison Special Report"

Illinois Times: "Prison mental health on trial; Prison culture, staff shortages blamed for problems"

WBBM-TV, Chicago: "Transgender Inmate Seeks Emergency Order Of Protection"

Windy City Times: "Transgender Woman Seeks Immediate Protection from IDOC Guards"


AROUND THE STATE
Rockford Register Star column by Georgette Braun: "New program to cut Rockford boys’ trauma faces funding problem"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Board approves new nursing home administrator, juvenile detention center upgrades" . . . "The board also approved resolutions authorizing a security electronics upgrade at the Juvenile Detention Center at a cost of nearly $188,000, and the remodeling of the detention center’s lobby at a cost of $119,000."

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Voters should say yes to address Boone County’s public safety needs"

Peoria Journal Star by Matt Buedell: "Surveillance report on Peoria police chief details alleged relationship"

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Feb. 12 - 25, 2018

CHICAGO POLICE COMMANDER PAUL BAUER
Chicago Tribune: "Complete coverage: Fallen Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer" (Breaking news, columns, editorials and letters)

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Paul Bauer — husband, father, neighbor and good Chicago cop"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s widow writes thank-you letter to Chicago"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Appellate court reinstates $3.5 million jury verdict in fatal Chicago police shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times: "McCarthy says he was victim of ‘witch hunt’ to mask City Hall ‘cover-up’"

Chicago Tribune by Hal Dardick: "McCarthy 'cover-up' accusations on Laquan McDonald case don't square with prior remarks"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Finance Committee to consider $20M settlement after drunk cop plows into 2 men"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Washington Post commentary by Michael Gerson: "How to stop the Chicago massacre"


GUNS
Associated Press: "Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat" . . . "Only five states have laws enabling family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. Supporters of these measures, deemed 'red flag laws' or gun-violence restraining orders, say they can save lives by stopping some shootings and suicides."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "We are complicit in murder when we let the NRA call the shots"

Daily Herald: "Arlington Heights residents call for tighter gun control"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Students at Oak Park-River Forest, Batavia, Schaumburg protest gun violence"

Daily Herald: "Suburban students walk out of school to demand stricter gun control"

Kane County Chronicle: "Kane County students stage unison walkout week after Florida shooting"

Chicago Magazine by Whet Moser: "Can the Parkland Teens Organize a Political Movement? Sure, Just Look at Chicago"


GUN LEGISLATION
WCIA-TV, Champaign: "Gun control measures filed in state legislature; Bans proposed on assault weapons, 'ghost guns'"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "More Gun Legislation Filed At Illinois State Capitol"

Chicago Tribune: "Madigan schedules votes on gun control proposals as Republicans question his motives" . . . "Scheduled for consideration Wednesday is a long-stalled proposal that would require the state to license gun shops, a bill that would allow judges to strip someone of their weapons if they pose an immediate threat, and 'legislation preventing people under 21 from purchasing military-style assault rifles,' a news release from Madigan’s office said."

Chicago Sun-Times: "After Florida massacre, Madigan has gun bills in his sights"

Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "Gun-control forces prepare for key Springfield vote"


CARJACKINGS AND THEFTS
Fox News: " Thieves brag on social media as Chicago carjacking surge leads to highest number in a decade"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Cracking down on armed carjacking in Chicago and the suburbs" . . . "Before a final vote in Springfield, lawmakers must be careful to avoid turning young people into felons — along with the attendant subsequent difficulty in getting jobs and housing — for riding a car they didn’t know was stolen. Illinois also must face up to the effects of drastic budget cuts to programs designed to stop crime before it starts, such as Teen REACH, After School Matters and homeless prevention programs."

Chicago Sun-Times letter by Elizabeth Clarke, President Juvenile Justice Initiative:"The recent editorial (‘Cracking down on armed carjacking in Chicago and the suburbs,’  Feb. 12) correctly points out the need for Illinois to ‘face up to the effects of drastic budget cuts to programs to stop crime before it starts.’ But ‘face up’ must mean more than simply acknowledging that funding cuts have damaged public safety and eviscerated opportunities for youth to avoid delinquent behavior and, in turn, escape poverty and prison. We must do more than face up; we must ‘fund up’ and then ‘drive down’ the proliferation of illegal guns."


OPIOIDS
Chicago Tribune: "Xanax and opioids prove lethal mix as deaths soar: 'It’s a prescription drug, people can rationalize it'"


COURTS
Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Handwritten documents, Manila folders, carbon paper — welcome to Cook County criminal court" . . . "While the throwback methods are the frequent butt of jokes — a county government official must have a relative who owns a carbon paper company, attorneys jest — critics say it is detrimental to the criminal courts’ productivity and keeping vital information out of public view."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Federal judge: Clerk Dorothy Brown ‘cannot end-run the First Amendment’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien found guilty of fraud in mortgage scheme"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge rips special prosecutor for his handling of Jon Burge-related case"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, reported by Brian Mackey: "After Husband's DUI, Supreme Court OKs Seizure Of Wife's Harley"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "A split Illinois high court has upheld the seizure of a woman’s motorcycle after her husband was caught driving it under the influence and without a valid license."

Rockford Register Star by Chuck Sweeny: "Federal Judge Fred Kapala to retire in 2019"

New York Times: "Supreme Court Rules on Terrorism, Whistle-Blowers and Prisoners" . . . "By a 5-to-4 vote that divided the justices along ideological lines, the court ruled that prisoners who win civil rights suits must pay 25 percent of the damages they recover toward awards of attorney’s fees. The case concerned Charles Murphy, an Illinois inmate badly beaten by prison guards, who crushed his eye socket. Mr. Murphy sued the guards, winning about $307,000 and $108,000 in attorney’s fees."


WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
WLS-TV: "'Marquette Park 4' sue CPD after wrongful convictions" . . . "While the men look to the future, their lawyers fixate on the past: an era before videotaped interrogations where they say defendants were coerced into false confessions by detectives under Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. 'What happened in this case is what happened over and over again in our city which is the false confession capital of the world,' said Locke Bowman, of MacArthur Justice Center."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County prosecutors toss more convictions tainted by corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge grants innocence certificates to 9 men framed by CPD Sgt. Ronald Watts"

State Journal-Register: "Free after 22 years: Man visits UIS to thank those who exonerated him"


BOND SYSTEM
Chicago Sun-Times: "Dart sees ‘alarming’ rise in gun defendants freed on electronic monitoring"

Chicago Tribune: "Dart warns of 'dramatic increase' in people charged with gun crimes released on electronic monitors" . . . "Pat Milhizer, a spokesman for the chief judge’s office, noted in a statement that defendants on electronic monitoring are awaiting trial and presumed innocent and that judges do not release those deemed to pose a threat to safety."


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Sun-Times: "Campaign aides weighed in before Alvarez revealed charges against Jason Van Dyke"


COOK COUNTY JAIL
Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County Jail detainees applaud CPD commander's alleged killer"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Jail inmates applaud for suspect in Chicago cop's killing"

Chicago Tribune: "From inside and out of a jail, a DePaul University class bridges two worlds" . . . "This is the fourth class session of a DePaul University course on restorative justice, bringing college students inside the jail once a week to study and learn alongside inmates."


ILLINOIS PRISONS
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Illinois’ prison population dropped a whopping 16 percent in the last five years, a dramatic decrease caused by criminal justice reforms, says a noted professor of criminology."

Prison Legal News: "HRDC files federal censorship suit against Illinois DOC" . . . "According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 'certain prisons within the state of Illinois have withheld all or part of issues of Prison LegalNews, as well as books published and/or distributed by HRDC' in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Further, the IDOC has failed to provide notice of such censorship, or has provided inadequate notice, in violation of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

State Journal-Register: "Springfield clothing drive to collect outfits for departing prison inmates"


JUVENILE JUSTICE
Chicago Tribune commentary by Marshan T. Allen: "Why Illinois needs to restore parole for juvenile lifers"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Laura Washington: "Keep charging ahead on juvenile justice reform so kids aren’t ‘thrown away forever’"


AROUND THE STATE
Peoria Journal Star: "Former Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell is no longer a member of a statewide criminal justice commission. Mitchell, who announced his retirement last Friday amid what sources told the Journal Star is an investigation into complaints of inappropriate behavior involving a female subordinate, has also stepped down as a member of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority."

Daily Herald: "Attorneys for cops convicted in drug ring: Show us evidence that freed Cichy" . . . "Former Schaumburg police officer John Cichy woke Wednesday a free man, no longer burdened by dozens of felony charges that pointed to his involvement in a drug ring. Meanwhile, his two co-defendants, also former Schaumburg officers, are on their way back to Illinois prisons to resume serving 24- and 26-year prison sentences in connection with the same drug operation. And their attorneys want to know why."

Rockford Register Star: "Fentanyl drives surge in Winnebago County overdose deaths"

Rockford Register Star: "‘Drugs were introduced into our community in July and drove the deaths up crazy crazy’"

Daily Southtown: "Anonymous $50,000 donation spurs creation of Will County court foundation"

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Senator should understand detainees are innocent until proven guilty"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County 911 dispatchers 'overworked and underpaid'"

Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "If only bad dudes from St. Louis would stay out of Madison County"


Jan. 29 - Feb. 11, 2018

CARJACKINGS AND THEFTS
Wall Street Journal: "Chicago Makes Strides on Violent Crime but Struggles with Carjackings; Stolen cars are often used to commit other crimes; juvenile offenders often quickly released" . . . "Chicago police blame the surge on lax punishment for juvenile offenders and light punishments for motor crimes in the state. Chicago’s largest police union also cites a pursuit policy that is more restrictive than in other cities, prohibiting officers from chasing a vehicle being driven erratically for fear of injuring bystanders."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Most juveniles charged with armed carjackings let go in 24 hours, records show" 

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police to meet with federal, state officials to combat rise in carjackings"

Chicago Sun-Times: "McCarthy accuses Emanuel of being asleep at the wheel on carjacking spike"

Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel wants carjacking crackdown bill from Springfield following surge" . . . "A new bill filed late Friday would remove the requirement that a person in possession of a stolen vehicle has to know it is stolen and instead set the bar at whether the individual possesses the vehicle without the consent of the owner or “exercises exclusive unexplained possession” of a vehicle."

WMAQ-TV: "Juvenile Arrested for Carjacking 84-Year-Old Woman in Evanston" . . . "When the woman got out of the Lexus, a male from the Acura jumped into it and drove off north on Sheridan, with the Acura following, police said."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Teenage boy charged with attempted carjacking of retired cop arrested again"

Oak Leaves: "Oak Park police: Crime rate increase in 2017 attributed to more burglaries, carjackings" . . . "According to police commander Roger Grivetti, the city of Chicago had close to 1,000 carjackings in 2017, and the crime has spilled over into adjacent suburbs like Oak Park. Oak Park had 17 carjacking incidents reported in 2017, and there were six reported carjackings in just the first month of 2018."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Magazine: "Mothers on Both Sides of Chicago Violence Find Sisterhood in Loss"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Reporter by Kevin Stark and Darnell Little: "More African-Americans apply to become cops, but few make it to finish line"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Murder ‘clearance’ rate in Chicago hit new low in 2017" . . . "In 2017, the police solved 114 of the 650 murders that occurred in that same year — just 17.5 percent, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of police data. That appears to be the worst clearance rate in recent Chicago history for solving same-year killings."

Office of the Illinois Attorney General news release: “Attorney General Madigan launches website on Chicago Police Department consent decree” . . . “Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced her office now has a website that Chicago residents are encouraged to use to find information and provide input as part of the development of a consent decree for reform of the Chicago Police Department.”

Chicago Tribune: "Sources: Several Chicago cops stripped of powers amid criminal probe"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "What Chicago cops have to do — Run into danger, and accept tough oversight"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Drug Arrests Reach Historic Lows, But Those Busted Could Still Fill Stadiums"

Chicago Sun-Times: "COPA pushes back against criticism of LeGrier, Jones investigation"

Invisible Institute: "Officers suspended in federal corruption probe"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Los Angeles-style policing driving down Chicago shootings, city’s experts say"

Chicago Tribune: "Northwest Side alderman files complaint against cops, alleging racially charged language in housing controversy"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Free After 23 Years in Prison, Exonerated Man Files Suit Against City" . . . "A Chicago man is suing the city and several retired Chicago Police officers, demanding dozens of criminal investgations be reopened after he sat behind bars for more than two decades, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit."


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Lawyers for cop charged in Laquan McDonald shooting subpoena newspapers"


CHICAGO LAW DEPARTMENT
Chicago Tribune: "Judge to consider sanctions in case in which city lawyers withheld evidence" . . . "A federal judge says she will hold a hearing on possible sanctions over why the city didn’t turn over crucial reports about Chicago police Detective Joseph Frugoli until his wrongful death trial was already underway, forcing a multimillion-dollar settlement in the midst of closing arguments."

Chicago Tribune: "1 Law Department attorney resigns, 2 others suspended amid controversy"

Chicago Tribune: "Law Department supervisor loses job after city’s latest failure to turn over evidence in police misconduct cases"


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Tribune: "Foxx recalls blatant sex harassment in Cook County justice system, including predecessor Alvarez’s office"


COOK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER
Chicago Sun-Times by Tim Novak and Robert Herguth: "Despite law, medical examiner investigators go to fewer than 1 in 5 death scenes"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Every suspicious Cook County death deserves a proper investigation" . . . "The cause of justice in Cook County — and the public’s confidence in that justice — requires a more hard-working medical examiner’s office. With all due respect for the police, their story of what went down at a suspicious death scene should not be the only story, especially in cases of police-involved shootings."


COOK COUNTY JAIL
WBBM: "Cook County Jail Prepares For Blitz Of ‘Sick Calls’ During Super Bowl"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Bucking trend, Cook County Jail guard attendance unaffected by Super Bowl"

Chicago Sun-Times: "As snow blankets Chicagoland, a third of Cook County jail guards called in sick"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County Jail guards lock down sweet union contract—despite sour budget mess"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Associated Press: "6 transgender inmates sue Illinois Corrections Department"

Illinois News Network (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity): "Illinois incarceration rates decline, but state may be able to do more"

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "State needs $1B more to pay for prisons, more through June"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Natalie Moore: "My Book Is Banned In Illinois Prisons — I Tried To Figure Out Why"


JUVENILE JUSTICE
Associated Press: "California weighs limits to pepper spray in juvenile jails" . . . "Thirty-five states no longer allow pepper spray in juvenile detention halls, while only California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, South Carolina and Texas allow employees to routinely carry canisters, according to the advocates and state officials. The remaining states allow its use in some capacity, but employees do not routinely carry it."

Chicago Defender: "The Gun Stops Here" . . . "Worker Complains About Safety and Due Process in Juvenile Detention Center "

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette commentary by Julie L. Biehl, Director, Children and Family Law Center: "Locking up kids" . . . "Champaign County courts send youths under 17 to state prisons at a rate more than six times as high as the state average. Between 2014 and 2016, only two small Illinois counties — Randolph and Mason — had higher rates."


COURTS
Associated Press by Michael Tarm: "Illinois high court says gun ban near parks unconstitutional" . . . "In his ruling, Karmeier says there are too many scenarios under the park law in which 'innocent behavior could swiftly be transformed into' crimes. People living by parks could be charged simply by walking from their houses to their cars carrying a legal gun. To avoid breaking the law, he says, they would have to disassemble their guns each time they leave home, then reassemble them after driving far enough away."

Chicago Tribune by Steve Schmadeke: "Illinois Supreme Court finds state gun ban near parks unconstitutional" . . . "Thursday’s ruling doesn’t address — and therefore lets stand — other parts of the state’s gun law, which prohibits firearms within 1,000 feet (about a city block) of schools, courthouses, public transportation facilities or public housing. The justices did not rule on guns carried near those locations on technical grounds. The ruling also did not address the state’s broad bans on felons or minors carrying guns or guns carried inside sensitive locations."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "1st District upset over mountain of fees, fines levied" . . . "A state appeals panel on Tuesday criticized the amount of time and energy the Cook County court system spends levying the incorrect amount of fines and fees against defendants."

WBBM: "Illinois Judges Swap Courtroom For Classroom At Education Conference"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Top court lists major cases in special report for lawmakers" . . . "The court also issued rulings that more firmly urged legislative changes. In People v. Brian Pearse, a case in which the defendant was found guilty of failing to re-register his address under the Sex Offender Registration Act after a hospital stint, the court wrote there was too much confusion over what was required under the law."


BOND SYSTEM: 
Quincy Herald-Whig: "New Illinois law could mean cash bail set in fewer cases"


IMMIGRATION
Chicago Tribune, Letter to the Editor by John Rowe and Bill Kinkier, co-chairs, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition: "Illinois is not a sanctuary state" . . . "During the course of the Chicago Tribune gubernatorial candidate debate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Jeanne Ives on Jan. 29, Ives wrongly attacked the Illinois Trust Act, claiming that it was a sanctuary state law and that it was not in compliance with federal law"

Chicago Sun-Times by Andy Grimm: "Freed after almost 2 decades, 2 men now in detention and face deportation" . . . "When prosecutors dropped charges against Arturo Reyes and Gabriel Solache in a decades-old double murder, the two men and their lawyers thought they would walk out of prison within hours. And Solache and Reyes did indeed leave prison — aboard a bus to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, where they await deportation to Mexico."

Chicago Tribune: "ICE detains man at traffic court after DACA status expires, then frees him after outcry"

Chicago Sun-Times by Andy Grimm: "Man cleared in murder case goes free 19 years in prison, month in ICE detention" . . . "A man released from prison in December after serving nearly 20 years for a double-murder, only to land in an immigration detention facility, went free on bond Friday."

Chicago Tribune: "Attorneys: Exonerated immigrants blocked from returning home to Mexico"


OPIOIDS
Quad-City Times: "Rock Island County Safe Passage initiative emphasizes treatment over handcuffs"

Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Opioid Addiction Helpline Sees Influx Of Calls After Launch"

WBBM by Bernie Tafoya: "Suburban Police Departments To Be Trained, Equipped With Narcan"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD addresses heroin epidemic by providing cops with overdose reversal drug"


GUNS
Chicago Tribune: "Cupich names Philip Andrew, victim of Laurie Dann shooting, to new post on gun violence"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Monica Eng: "How Often Do People Defend Themselves With A Gun?"


CANNABIS LEGISLATION
State Journal-Register: "Hopes for pot legalization not high this year in Illinois"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Urbana police: Change in marijuana policy has resulted in fewer charges, more tickets" . . . "(Police Chief Sylvia) Morgan says she knows of good and bad reasons for legalization and believes it's inevitable in Illinois."

Daily Herald: "Rauner slams Ives ad as 'shameful,' criticizes legalizing marijuana for recreational use"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Should Illinois legalize recreational marijuana?"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Don’t count on your local lawmaker’s support.


CAMPAIGN 2018
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Illinois Attorney General Candidates Detail Plans For Police Oversight"


ELGIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chicago Sun-Times: "After more than 7 years, judge drops Elgin’s gang lawsuit against 4 men" . . . "About three years later, their names were purged from the Elgin gang database when police deemed they were no longer active in the Latin Kings, the officer testified. But the judge ruled the Juarez and Sanchez brothers weren’t even members of the gang in 2010 when the lawsuit was filed."


NORMAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Bloomington Pantagraph: "NPD examines new lead in Lockmiller case; Police chief makes decision after learning of tip received two years ago"


MACON COUNTY
Decatur Herald & Review: "Former Macon County sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to weapons charge; attempted murder charge dropped"

Decatur Herald & Review: "SCOTT TO FACE REVIEW: Grand jury: Macon County prosecutor's office has 'toxic and threatening' work environment" . . . "A special prosecutor will not file criminal charges against Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, but a grand jury found the work environment in his office “toxic and threatening,” and recommended an independent review."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Sheriff Buffett to give $1.4 million for drug-related autopsies, jail upgrades"


AROUND THE STATE
Daily Herald: "Document: Des Plaines police party investigation includes sex assault allegation" . . . "An ongoing investigation into potential misconduct by off-duty Des Plaines police officers includes allegations of sexual assault and unwanted physical contact with female officers, according to a city document released Wednesday."

State Journal-Register: "Property crimes drive increase in 2017 Springfield police stats" . . . "The city saw more homicides, fewer aggravated assaults, practically no change in the number of robberies and a slight decline in burglaries."

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Short-term fix of sheriff’s budget OK, but long-term solutions essential"

Chicago Tribune: "No charges filed after probe of cop golf outing, but Des Plaines taking further look" . . . "An investigation in Hoffman Estates into the conduct of Des Plaines police officers at a golf outing in June has ended without criminal charges, and authorities said allegations that a sexual assault occurred were unfounded."

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Victim Service Delivery: Illinois Providers’ Perspectives on Victim Service Barriers and Agency Capacity"

Chicago Tribune: "Some suburbs take only seconds to review red light camera citations, analysis shows"

Jan. 29 - Feb. 11, 2018

CARJACKINGS AND THEFTS
Wall Street Journal: "Chicago Makes Strides on Violent Crime but Struggles with Carjackings; Stolen cars are often used to commit other crimes; juvenile offenders often quickly released" . . . "Chicago police blame the surge on lax punishment for juvenile offenders and light punishments for motor crimes in the state. Chicago’s largest police union also cites a pursuit policy that is more restrictive than in other cities, prohibiting officers from chasing a vehicle being driven erratically for fear of injuring bystanders."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Most juveniles charged with armed carjackings let go in 24 hours, records show" 

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police to meet with federal, state officials to combat rise in carjackings"

Chicago Sun-Times: "McCarthy accuses Emanuel of being asleep at the wheel on carjacking spike"

Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel wants carjacking crackdown bill from Springfield following surge" . . . "A new bill filed late Friday would remove the requirement that a person in possession of a stolen vehicle has to know it is stolen and instead set the bar at whether the individual possesses the vehicle without the consent of the owner or “exercises exclusive unexplained possession” of a vehicle."

WMAQ-TV: "Juvenile Arrested for Carjacking 84-Year-Old Woman in Evanston" . . . "When the woman got out of the Lexus, a male from the Acura jumped into it and drove off north on Sheridan, with the Acura following, police said."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Teenage boy charged with attempted carjacking of retired cop arrested again"

Oak Leaves: "Oak Park police: Crime rate increase in 2017 attributed to more burglaries, carjackings" . . . "According to police commander Roger Grivetti, the city of Chicago had close to 1,000 carjackings in 2017, and the crime has spilled over into adjacent suburbs like Oak Park. Oak Park had 17 carjacking incidents reported in 2017, and there were six reported carjackings in just the first month of 2018."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Magazine: "Mothers on Both Sides of Chicago Violence Find Sisterhood in Loss"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Reporter by Kevin Stark and Darnell Little: "More African-Americans apply to become cops, but few make it to finish line"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Murder ‘clearance’ rate in Chicago hit new low in 2017" . . . "In 2017, the police solved 114 of the 650 murders that occurred in that same year — just 17.5 percent, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of police data. That appears to be the worst clearance rate in recent Chicago history for solving same-year killings."

Office of the Illinois Attorney General news release: “Attorney General Madigan launches website on Chicago Police Department consent decree” . . . “Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced her office now has a website that Chicago residents are encouraged to use to find information and provide input as part of the development of a consent decree for reform of the Chicago Police Department.”

Chicago Tribune: "Sources: Several Chicago cops stripped of powers amid criminal probe"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "What Chicago cops have to do — Run into danger, and accept tough oversight"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Drug Arrests Reach Historic Lows, But Those Busted Could Still Fill Stadiums"

Chicago Sun-Times: "COPA pushes back against criticism of LeGrier, Jones investigation"

Invisible Institute: "Officers suspended in federal corruption probe"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Los Angeles-style policing driving down Chicago shootings, city’s experts say"

Chicago Tribune: "Northwest Side alderman files complaint against cops, alleging racially charged language in housing controversy"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Free After 23 Years in Prison, Exonerated Man Files Suit Against City" . . . "A Chicago man is suing the city and several retired Chicago Police officers, demanding dozens of criminal investgations be reopened after he sat behind bars for more than two decades, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit."


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Lawyers for cop charged in Laquan McDonald shooting subpoena newspapers"


CHICAGO LAW DEPARTMENT
Chicago Tribune: "Judge to consider sanctions in case in which city lawyers withheld evidence" . . . "A federal judge says she will hold a hearing on possible sanctions over why the city didn’t turn over crucial reports about Chicago police Detective Joseph Frugoli until his wrongful death trial was already underway, forcing a multimillion-dollar settlement in the midst of closing arguments."

Chicago Tribune: "1 Law Department attorney resigns, 2 others suspended amid controversy"

Chicago Tribune: "Law Department supervisor loses job after city’s latest failure to turn over evidence in police misconduct cases"


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Tribune: "Foxx recalls blatant sex harassment in Cook County justice system, including predecessor Alvarez’s office"


COOK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER
Chicago Sun-Times by Tim Novak and Robert Herguth: "Despite law, medical examiner investigators go to fewer than 1 in 5 death scenes"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Every suspicious Cook County death deserves a proper investigation" . . . "The cause of justice in Cook County — and the public’s confidence in that justice — requires a more hard-working medical examiner’s office. With all due respect for the police, their story of what went down at a suspicious death scene should not be the only story, especially in cases of police-involved shootings."


COOK COUNTY JAIL
WBBM: "Cook County Jail Prepares For Blitz Of ‘Sick Calls’ During Super Bowl"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Bucking trend, Cook County Jail guard attendance unaffected by Super Bowl"

Chicago Sun-Times: "As snow blankets Chicagoland, a third of Cook County jail guards called in sick"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County Jail guards lock down sweet union contract—despite sour budget mess"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Associated Press: "6 transgender inmates sue Illinois Corrections Department"

Illinois News Network (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity): "Illinois incarceration rates decline, but state may be able to do more"

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "State needs $1B more to pay for prisons, more through June"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Natalie Moore: "My Book Is Banned In Illinois Prisons — I Tried To Figure Out Why"


JUVENILE JUSTICE
Associated Press: "California weighs limits to pepper spray in juvenile jails" . . . "Thirty-five states no longer allow pepper spray in juvenile detention halls, while only California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, South Carolina and Texas allow employees to routinely carry canisters, according to the advocates and state officials. The remaining states allow its use in some capacity, but employees do not routinely carry it."

Chicago Defender: "The Gun Stops Here" . . . "Worker Complains About Safety and Due Process in Juvenile Detention Center "

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette commentary by Julie L. Biehl, Director, Children and Family Law Center: "Locking up kids" . . . "Champaign County courts send youths under 17 to state prisons at a rate more than six times as high as the state average. Between 2014 and 2016, only two small Illinois counties — Randolph and Mason — had higher rates."


COURTS
Associated Press by Michael Tarm: "Illinois high court says gun ban near parks unconstitutional" . . . "In his ruling, Karmeier says there are too many scenarios under the park law in which 'innocent behavior could swiftly be transformed into' crimes. People living by parks could be charged simply by walking from their houses to their cars carrying a legal gun. To avoid breaking the law, he says, they would have to disassemble their guns each time they leave home, then reassemble them after driving far enough away."

Chicago Tribune by Steve Schmadeke: "Illinois Supreme Court finds state gun ban near parks unconstitutional" . . . "Thursday’s ruling doesn’t address — and therefore lets stand — other parts of the state’s gun law, which prohibits firearms within 1,000 feet (about a city block) of schools, courthouses, public transportation facilities or public housing. The justices did not rule on guns carried near those locations on technical grounds. The ruling also did not address the state’s broad bans on felons or minors carrying guns or guns carried inside sensitive locations."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "1st District upset over mountain of fees, fines levied" . . . "A state appeals panel on Tuesday criticized the amount of time and energy the Cook County court system spends levying the incorrect amount of fines and fees against defendants."

WBBM: "Illinois Judges Swap Courtroom For Classroom At Education Conference"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Top court lists major cases in special report for lawmakers" . . . "The court also issued rulings that more firmly urged legislative changes. In People v. Brian Pearse, a case in which the defendant was found guilty of failing to re-register his address under the Sex Offender Registration Act after a hospital stint, the court wrote there was too much confusion over what was required under the law."


BOND SYSTEM: 
Quincy Herald-Whig: "New Illinois law could mean cash bail set in fewer cases"


IMMIGRATION
Chicago Tribune, Letter to the Editor by John Rowe and Bill Kinkier, co-chairs, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition: "Illinois is not a sanctuary state" . . . "During the course of the Chicago Tribune gubernatorial candidate debate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Jeanne Ives on Jan. 29, Ives wrongly attacked the Illinois Trust Act, claiming that it was a sanctuary state law and that it was not in compliance with federal law"

Chicago Sun-Times by Andy Grimm: "Freed after almost 2 decades, 2 men now in detention and face deportation" . . . "When prosecutors dropped charges against Arturo Reyes and Gabriel Solache in a decades-old double murder, the two men and their lawyers thought they would walk out of prison within hours. And Solache and Reyes did indeed leave prison — aboard a bus to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, where they await deportation to Mexico."

Chicago Tribune: "ICE detains man at traffic court after DACA status expires, then frees him after outcry"

Chicago Sun-Times by Andy Grimm: "Man cleared in murder case goes free 19 years in prison, month in ICE detention" . . . "A man released from prison in December after serving nearly 20 years for a double-murder, only to land in an immigration detention facility, went free on bond Friday."

Chicago Tribune: "Attorneys: Exonerated immigrants blocked from returning home to Mexico"


OPIOIDS
Quad-City Times: "Rock Island County Safe Passage initiative emphasizes treatment over handcuffs"

Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Opioid Addiction Helpline Sees Influx Of Calls After Launch"

WBBM by Bernie Tafoya: "Suburban Police Departments To Be Trained, Equipped With Narcan"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD addresses heroin epidemic by providing cops with overdose reversal drug"


GUNS
Chicago Tribune: "Cupich names Philip Andrew, victim of Laurie Dann shooting, to new post on gun violence"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Monica Eng: "How Often Do People Defend Themselves With A Gun?"


CANNABIS LEGISLATION
State Journal-Register: "Hopes for pot legalization not high this year in Illinois"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Urbana police: Change in marijuana policy has resulted in fewer charges, more tickets" . . . "(Police Chief Sylvia) Morgan says she knows of good and bad reasons for legalization and believes it's inevitable in Illinois."

Daily Herald: "Rauner slams Ives ad as 'shameful,' criticizes legalizing marijuana for recreational use"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Should Illinois legalize recreational marijuana?"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Don’t count on your local lawmaker’s support.


CAMPAIGN 2018
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Illinois Attorney General Candidates Detail Plans For Police Oversight"


ELGIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chicago Sun-Times: "After more than 7 years, judge drops Elgin’s gang lawsuit against 4 men" . . . "About three years later, their names were purged from the Elgin gang database when police deemed they were no longer active in the Latin Kings, the officer testified. But the judge ruled the Juarez and Sanchez brothers weren’t even members of the gang in 2010 when the lawsuit was filed."


NORMAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Bloomington Pantagraph: "NPD examines new lead in Lockmiller case; Police chief makes decision after learning of tip received two years ago"


MACON COUNTY
Decatur Herald & Review: "Former Macon County sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to weapons charge; attempted murder charge dropped"

Decatur Herald & Review: "SCOTT TO FACE REVIEW: Grand jury: Macon County prosecutor's office has 'toxic and threatening' work environment" . . . "A special prosecutor will not file criminal charges against Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, but a grand jury found the work environment in his office “toxic and threatening,” and recommended an independent review."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Sheriff Buffett to give $1.4 million for drug-related autopsies, jail upgrades"


AROUND THE STATE
Daily Herald: "Document: Des Plaines police party investigation includes sex assault allegation" . . . "An ongoing investigation into potential misconduct by off-duty Des Plaines police officers includes allegations of sexual assault and unwanted physical contact with female officers, according to a city document released Wednesday."

State Journal-Register: "Property crimes drive increase in 2017 Springfield police stats" . . . "The city saw more homicides, fewer aggravated assaults, practically no change in the number of robberies and a slight decline in burglaries."

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Short-term fix of sheriff’s budget OK, but long-term solutions essential"

Chicago Tribune: "No charges filed after probe of cop golf outing, but Des Plaines taking further look" . . . "An investigation in Hoffman Estates into the conduct of Des Plaines police officers at a golf outing in June has ended without criminal charges, and authorities said allegations that a sexual assault occurred were unfounded."

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Victim Service Delivery: Illinois Providers’ Perspectives on Victim Service Barriers and Agency Capacity"

Chicago Tribune: "Some suburbs take only seconds to review red light camera citations, analysis shows"

 

Jan. 15 - 28, 2018

CHICAGO POLICE TORTURE
Chicago Tribune: "Video played in court shows Jon Burge taking 5th in alleged torture case"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Torture panel delays decision, questions limits"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Citing evidence of torture, judge orders man convicted of double-murder released"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Freedom for one man; 462 torture cases to go for state commission"

WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "Cook County Judge Orders Man Released After 21 Years in Prison" . . . "The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission found there was 'sufficient evidence of torture to merit judicial review' in the case."

Chicago Tribune: "Man convicted of double murder as juvenile is freed after 21 years in prison" . . . "A man who alleges Chicago police sliced the tips of his shoes with a paper cutter during his interrogation for two killings was ordered released from custody Thursdayafter 21 years in prison."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Man to be freed, but murder will be on his record"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune; "Judge tentatively allows testimony at trial on Laquan McDonald's 'violent nature'"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Two Chicago cops recommended for firing in fatal shooting of teen in 2016"

The Nation: "How Gang Policing Is Criminalizing Whole Communities" . . . "“If you look at Los Angeles or Chicago, and their gang databases, which is based on garbage data, this kind of policing may very well create or reinforce gang problems,” (CUNY Law professor Babe ) Howell said."

WLS-TV: "CPD hosts conference on smart policing after 15-percent drop in Chicago murders"

ProPublica: "Chicago Cop Under Investigation Again Over Social Media Posts" . . . "Officer John Catanzara describes himself as a 'give no f#$%s, say it like it is man.' His Facebook and Instagram posts have prompted investigations."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Retired Chicago Detective: Police Diversity Needed To Solve More Murders"


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Tribune: "Cook County prosecutors decline charges in fatal Chicago police shooting of teen"


DOJ
WGN-TV: "New U.S. Attorney John Lausch lays out priorities"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "U.S. attorney Lausch vows independence in role"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Not behind bars: County models goal to cut prison population" . . . "As states grapple with persistently high prisoner numbers, with more than 2 million people in prisons and jails nationwide, the main focus now is on the back end of the criminal justice system — reducing the time inmates stay behind bars. Some reformers are urging a similar focus on the front end — jailing fewer people in the first place." 

Bloomington Pantagraph: "New law addresses need to reduce Illinois' prison numbers"

State Journal-Register: "Rauner signs bill to focus on needs of female prison inmates"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Rauner signs law creating IDOC women's division"

Southern Illinoisan: "Chester is owed $1.2 million in Menard utility bills; state also owes Pinckneyville, Du Quoin"

John Howard Association: "2017 Monitoring Report for Western Illinois Correctional Center"

Southern Illinoisan: "Transgender inmate gets 2020 trial date for her federal civil suit alleging sexual abuse" . . . "Strawberry (Deon) Hampton, an inmate at the Lawrence Correctional Center, was granted a 2020 jury trial date in her lawsuit against Illinois Department of Corrections officials from the Pinckneyville Correctional Center for alleged abuses she says she suffered because of her status as a transgender woman."


COURTS
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Panel suggests new look at sentencing guidelines" . . . "A state appeals panel on Tuesday used an opinion to call on the Illinois General Assembly to issue new sentencing guidelines for defendants between the ages of 18 and 20."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "The ‘unofficial chief judge’ Milton Shadur dies at 93"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "(Champaign County) Judge 'quashed' thousands of warrants" . . . "In a 15-word order issued Jan. 5, Judge Tom Difanis "quashed," or set aside, 2,547 outstanding warrants for people who have unresolved city or village ordinance violations, some issued as long ago as 2001. Difanis said he intended the move to lighten the load of the staff at the Champaign County Jail, who have to book those people once they are arrested."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Top court to take up records dispute stemming from Vanecko case" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court this morning agreed to take up the case of whether documents related to Dan K. Webb’s grand jury investigation into David Koschman’s death are exempt from state transparency laws."


ILLINOIS PRISONER REVIEW BOARD
Edgar County Watchdogs: "John Clough no longer Prisoner Review Board member"

Injustice Watch: "Rauner appointee, accused of ethics violations, removed from Illinois board"


BOND SYSTEM: 
Chicago Sun-Times: "In wake of Illinois bail bond reform, advocates here push national legislation"


ALAN BEAMAN
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "After 13 years in prison, man readies civil case for top court" . . . "Alan Beaman, exonerated after 13 years in prison for the 1993 murder of his ex-girlfriend, is now looking forward to a trial."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Ex-governor, best-selling author back Beaman's right to sue; Thompson, Turow support request for trial on claims against Normal officers"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Ex-prosecutors lend hand in murder case"


IMMIGRATION
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Battle over sanctuary cities hits 7th Circuit" . . . "Based on Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner’s comments during arguments over the Trump administration’s bid to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, Chicago might have at least one judge on its side."

WLS-TV: "Chicago man wrongly accused of being gang member freed after months in ICE custody"

Chicago Tribune: "Immigrant released from detention after being wrongly listed as gang member"

The Intercept: "Chicago's Promise: Caught in a Gang Dragnet and Detained by ICE, an Immigrant Tests the Limits of a Sanctuary City"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Under protest, City Hall will comply with feds' request on immigration documents"


OPIOIDS
Belleville News-Democrat: "When you call the Illinois opioid hotline, someone in Boston answers"

Cook County Sheriff's Office news release: "Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart launched an email helpline today to connect people to life-saving drug naloxone and released the second installment of the Sheriff’s Awareness Initiative video series on the opioid crisis."

Chicago Reporter commentary by Kathie Kane-Willis and Stephanie Schmitz Bechteler: "Opioid crisis ‘whitewashed’ to ignore rising black death rate"

WTVO, Rockford: "State Police say a trooper's quick response using the heroin antidote Narcan saved a Rockford woman's life.  It is also an example of why some believe all police and first responders need to be equipped with the life saving drug to help in situations where time is of the essence."

Daily Herald: "Kane County official: Naloxone alone won't stop opioid epidemic"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Suburban State’s Attorneys Take On The Opioid Crisis"


CANNABIS LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times: "Preckwinkle personally ‘puritanical’ about pot — but pro-legalization" . . . "Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday pointed to Northwestern University students in Evanston smoking weed with impunity as an example of the racial disparities in enforcement associated with the drug."

Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "Flatlanders of Illinois shouldn’t rush to get a Rocky Mountain high"


CAMPAIGN 2018
Chicago Tribune: "Democrat Kennedy calls Republican Ives' gun crime solution ignorant and stupid"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Then here’s whom to vote for."

Chicago Tribune: "Democrats for state attorney general talk pot legalization, slam Trump at Evanston forum"

Chicago Tribune: "Top 3 Illinois Dem gubernatorial candidates agree: We all smoked pot back in the day"


WINNEBAGO COUNTY
Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Jail enhances mental health care for inmates"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Jail inmate dies in custody"

Rockford Register Star: "State report: Winnebago County Jail understaffed, lockdowns too long"

Rockford Register Star: "Suits against the Winnebago County Jail pouring in daily"


AROUND THE STATE
State Journal-Register: "Sangamon County increasing mental health services available to jail inmates" . . . "Barr said the costs would be covered by revenue from the inmate welfare fund, which includes money the inmates spend making phone calls out of the jail and money spent at the commissary."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Who’s watching when the police use deadly force in the suburbs?"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "(Cook County( Sheriff (Tom Dart) Offers To Help Review Police Shootings In Suburban Cook County"

WCCU-TV. Urbana: "Methamphetamine is second to none in Coles County"

Southern Illinoisan: "Legal clinic in Cairo helps clean up criminal records in effort to allow access to jobs, housing"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Editorial: Jail expansion cannot come soon enough"

State Journal-Register: "Gibson the black lab soothes nerves at Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "News Reporting on Human Trafficking: Exploratory Qualitative Interviews with Illinois News Journalists"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Was it a data breach? Madison County grand jury to probe county FOI office"

Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "Supporting open government, until prosecutor’s office betting pool gets exposed" . . . "Here’s what everyone should really, really hope is not happening in Madison County. Hope they are not trying to punish those who released embarrassing e-mails from (State's Attorney Thomas) Gibbons’ staffers that showed an illegal fantasy baseball pool operating with judges and the prosecutor’s office staff in 2012 and using county resources to send invitations to a political fundraiser for state Sen. William Haine, D-Alton."


Jan. 1 - 14, 2018

TAKING COVER - POLICE OVERSIGHT IN SUBURBS
WBEZ and Better Government Association, 4-part series: "Taking Cover: How Cops Escape Discipline for Shootings in Suburban Chicago" . . . "Since 2005, there have been at least 113 police shootings in suburban Cook County. Not a single officer involved in those shootings was disciplined, fired or charged criminally, a year-long investigation by the Better Government Association and WBEZ found. What’s more, almost none of those shootings were even reviewed for misconduct."


SEX OFFENSES TASK FORCE
Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Task force recommends changing sex offender rules" . . . "Among the recommendations is a revision to automatically remove low-level offenders from the public registry after a set time, a move that could allow law enforcement to focus tracking efforts on high-risk individuals. The task force also supports a tiered registry system to reflect a person's actual risk to sexually re-offend based on an assessment completed after their conviction"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Sex Offenses & Sex Offender Registration Task Force Final Report"


CANNABIS LEGISLATION
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Andrew Maloney: "Error slows, doesn’t stop, inmate rehab" . . . "A criminal justice reform package approved by lawmakers last year was hobbled by a drafting error. The law, which sought to give judges more discretion on probation decisions and fund a pilot program for trauma services, arguably restricted — instead of expanding — inmates’ eligibility for a type of sentencing credit. But lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner believe they’ve remedied that problem this week, signing a fix in the form of Senate Bill 1607, a measure that also seeks to boost inmate rehabilitation and re-entry into the public sphere."

Rockford Register Star column by Chuck Sweeny: "Illinois lawmakers push legal pot bill"

Rockford Register Star column by Chuck Sweeny: "Readers oppose, support legal weed"

Rockford Register Star column by Chuck Sweeny: "Sessions is repeating nation's Prohibition mistake"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Local leaders say Sessions’ rollback on pot policy won’t stop them"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Let state ‘laboratories’ work out the rules for recreational pot" . . . "Federal policy should focus on the epidemic of opioid abuse and let the states figure out how to handle marijuana."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Congress, let the states set marijuana policy" . . . "Facts on the ground suggest that many Americans want to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana. They should have the right to do so without wondering what the next U.S. attorney general will want."

Crain's Chicago Business column by Greg Hinz: "The political case for legal marijuana in Illinois"


OPIOIDS
WBEZ, Morning Shift: "Report: Black Victims of Opioid Crisis Less Likely To Receive Treatment"

Rockford Register Star editorial: "We support Rockford, Winnebago County suit against opiod makers"

State Journal-Register: "Christian Co. officials need more help to fight drug abuse"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Overdose deaths reach an all-time high"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Responding to an epidemic" . . . "Illinois officials hope to decrease the amount of opioid overdose deaths by 33 percent within the next three years after about 2,000 people died from overdoses in 2016."

Illinois Times: "Grim numbers, real people" . . . "Overdoses take their toll in 2017"

Northwest Herald: "2017 record year for McHenry County drug-induced homicide charges" . . . "In recent years, McHenry County prosecutors have made a concerted effort to file more drug-induced homicide charges to bring justice for families of overdose victims, keep known dealers out of the community and deter others from continuing to distribute. Since 2003, McHenry County has charged 25 people with drug-induced homicide, records show. Nine of those were charged in 2017 under McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s yearlong charge."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
NBC5 Chicago, Ward Room: "Sessions Sends Illinois More Prosecutors to Focus on Violent Crime"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mark Brown: "Gunshot victims offered chance to break cycle of violence"

Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney and Ariana Figueroa: "Special report: 75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001. Most of their killers got away."


CHICAGO POLICE
New York Times: "The U.S. Has Fewer Crimes. Does That Mean It Needs Fewer Police?" . . . "In Chicago, notorious for violence and shootings in recent years, there are 44 officers for each 10,000 residents. That is almost the same ratio as New York. But though crime in Chicago declined in 2017, according to a year-end analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, the crime rate there was still far higher than in New York, which recorded its lowest crime rate since the 1950s."

CBS, 60 Minutes: "Predicting crime in Chicago" . . . "An experimental computer program is trying to prevent crime by predicting it. Chicago hopes it can reduce the city's gun violence and save lives"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge says CPD violated state labor laws in body cam expansion"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop who fatally shot 2 in 2015 under investigation for bar fight"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Bypassed police sergeant alleges cheating on 2015 lieutenant's exam"

Chicago Sun-Times: "FOP wants inspector general to probe COPA, citing 'compelling evidence' of leaks"

Associated Press by Don Babwin: "Chicago considering equipping police with anti-texting tools"

City of Chicago Office of Inspector General news release: "Deputy IG Laura Kunard to Return to National Policing Reform"

WBEZ: "Young Activists Of Color Say Chicago Police Reform Efforts Fall Short"

Chicago Tribune: "Two Chicago cops recommended for firing in fatal shooting of teen in 2016"


WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Chicago Tribune by Gregory Pratt: "Judge orders city to pay $5.6 million in legal fees to wrongly convicted ex-El Rukn gang member"

Chicago Sun-Times by Jon Seidel: "More than a year after a jury hit the city with a $22 million verdict for the wrongful conviction of an ex-El Rukn gang member, a federal judge has ordered the city to pay another $5.57 million in fees to the man’s lawyers."

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "15 men who had convictions thrown out at same time seek certificates of innocence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Another $9.3 million settlement added to mountain of Burge torture claims"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Rethink pays off in wrongful-conviction case" . . . "It ain't over till it's over. You can ask Alan Beaman about that, too."


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Sun-Times: "Prosecutors believe 2 men committed double murder but drop charges"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "A hint at how to build community trust, even in Chicago" . . . "Both Foxx and COPA got this one right, we suspect, and it is essential that they keep getting things right. No backsliding."

Chicago Tribune: "Murder charges thrown out in another case linked to ex-Chicago police detective" . . . "Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped murder charges against a former inmate who spent more than two decades in prison, marking the latest exoneration linked to alleged wrongdoing by former Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Cook County judge, prosecutors at odds over disgraced cop’s credibility" . . . "Cook County Judge Michael Obbish recently described former Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara as 'a liar' with 'no credibility' – not in his court or in any legal proceeding. But judging from the strategy and statements of First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Eric Sussman at the recent hearing where Obbish made those remarks, prosecutors still consider Guevara and his investigations credible."


JUVENILE JUSTICE
WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Daisy Contreras: "Advocates Push To End The Incarceration Of Young People In Large Facilities" 

WIUM, TriStates Public Radio: "Naming Names in Cases Involving Juveniles" . . . "Several news outlets have released the name of the 17-year boy charged in the January 1, 2018 shooting death of a LaHarpe woman.  Reporters got the name from court documents, but the Shop Talk panelists believe journalists should withhold reporting the name unless he is charged as an adult."

University of Chicago: "UChicago names recipients of Diversity Leadership Awards" . . . "A lifelong advocate for the underrepresented, Clinical Professor of Law Randolph N. Stone is dedicated to supporting and representing disadvantaged individuals and groups in the Chicago area. As founder of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Project, he works with law and social work students to defend children and young adults who have been charged with criminal behavior, reform juvenile and criminal law policies, and improve the criminal justice system."

Bloomberg editorial: "Kids Need Miranda Rights They Can Understand" . . . "Only about one in 10 juvenile suspects typically exercises Miranda rights. Research has shown that juveniles are especially susceptible to making false confessions. Despite that, no state guarantees a lawyer to every child during interrogation. Only one state, Illinois, requires it even under specific circumstances."


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Associated Press by Michael Tarm: "Transgender inmate seeks transfer to female prison after claims of abuse involving guards"

Associated Press: "Illinois Transgender Inmate to be Moved from Current Prison"

State Journal-Register: "Corrections to change uniform style for prison officers" . . . "He said officers still want badges because they are part of law enforcement. The union has suggested that metal badges still be issued that can be carried in a wallet. The issue has not been resolved."


REENTRY
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette commentary by Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute: "A dream comes true in Decatur" . . . "Despite her graduation, Creason was denied access to the test she needed to become a registered nurse due to the crime she committed decades earlier. She was crushed. But she fought back. Creason's struggle took the form of Senate Bill 42. The bill would allow those with forcible felonies on their records (other than sexual offenses) to seek waivers from the state to obtain health care worker licenses, provided the convictions occurred more than five years prior to applying for a waiver."


ILLINOIS PRISONER REVIEW BOARD
Illinois News Network: "Illinois Prisoner Review Board member made racist remark as sheriff’s deputy"


CAMPAIGN 2018
Associated Press: "Gun violence: Illinois gubernatorial candidates address the issue" . . . "Even as the homicide rate has dropped in Chicago, violence remains one of the city's top problems, and concerns also are heightened in other communities across Illinois.The Associated Press asked the candidates for Illinois governor a series of questions about how they'd address the issue."

CapitolFax: "UPDATED x2 - Mayor Emanuel, CPD Supt. Johnson respond *** Kennedy claims a “strategic gentrification plan” is deliberately forcing people of color to leave Chicago"

Capitol Fax: "UPDATED x3 - Wallace faults Pritzker - Pritzker criticizes Kennedy - GOP Rep. Skillicorn favors legalization *** Pritzker reiterates support for legalized marijuana"

Associated Press: "Kennedy targets gun violence in Illinois governor campaign"


AROUND THE STATE
State Journal-Register: "Springfield police say a rule change at the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center in August helped slow down a spike in motor vehicle thefts in 2017." . . . "To combat the rise, the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center instituted new rules in August that made it more likely teens caught breaking into or stealing cars would spend some time behind bars"

Daily Herald: "Kane County state's attorney calls grant rejection 'reckless,' reassigns victim advocates" . . . "The Kane County state's attorney's office has disbanded its Victims' Rights Unit after losing a grant that had help fund the program for more than 20 years."

Aurora Beacon-News: "Kane County eliminates Victims' Rights Unit due to lack of grant"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Youth Assessment Center to settle on new site by spring"

Rockford Register Star: "10 percent of reported sexual assaults in Rockford end in arrest"



Dec. 4 - 17, 2017

CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Chicago Tribune and ProPublica special report by Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen: "Secretive appeals process quietly reducing punishment for cops after findings of misconduct" . . . "In the first examination of its kind, the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois found that 85 percent of disciplinary cases handled through the Chicago Police Department’s grievance process since 2010 led to officers receiving shorter suspensions or, in many cases, having their punishments overturned entirely."

CHICAGO POLICE IN COURT
Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge slams city after it produces key cop discipline report midtrial"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "1992 bar fight, arrest threatens to derail cop's trial focusing on code of silence" . . . "A high-stakes wrongful-death trial alleging a code of silence in the Chicago Police Department threatens to derail after documents suddenly surfaced mid-trial showing an off-duty detective had been involved in a drunken brawl 15 years before he killed two young men in a fiery DUI crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$5M verdict against Chicago for police-chase death"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Man arrested in ICE raid over gang database error settles suit"

Chicago Tribune: "City abruptly settles ‘code of silence’ lawsuit during closing arguments after lawyers admit disclosure failure" . . . "It marked the second time in a little over a year that the city has suddenly settled a case involving code-of-silence allegations. In May 2016, the city abruptly announced on the morning that jury selection was about to begin that it had reached a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by two Chicago police officers who alleged they were blackballed by department brass for blowing the whistle on a corrupt narcotics sergeant."

Chicago Sun-Times: "City settles cop code of silence case after failing to cough up report"

Chicago Tribune: "Charges dismissed in 2001 Chicago murder after prosecutors admit error at trial" . . . "Cook County prosecutors on Monday dropped charges against a convicted murderer who has been in custody for 16 years, citing errors at his trial."

Associated Press: "Chicago to pay $31M to 4 wrongly convicted for rape, murder"

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘Englewood Four,’ coerced into confessions, to get $31M settlement" . . . "'These were four young men who no way possible they could have committed the crime they were manipulated and coerced into confessing to. They all spent . . . over a decade in prison for something they didn’t do. The number is very large and the magnitude of the injury is very large,' said attorney Locke Bowman, who represented Swift. Bowman said the $31 million settlement would not have been possible if former assistant state’s attorney Terence Johnson hadn’t “broken ranks from the other law enforcement personnel” and provided a statement to the FBI that confirmed what the Englewood Four had long maintained."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Police union official decries pending $31M settlement offer" . . . "'To believe the theory of police misconduct in this case, you would have to believe that a collection of detectives conspired to frame men they’ve never met before for the rape and murder of a woman, knowing that in doing so, the real killer is still walking around,' Preib said."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police union official blasts $31 million wrongful conviction settlement as part of 'cottage industry'"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge throws out murder confessions of 2 who say detective beat them" . . . "A Cook County judge on Wednesday excoriated a former Chicago police detective widely accused of misconduct, calling out his “bald-faced lies” under oath at a hearing this fall when he denied remembering anything substantial about a decades-old murder case."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge tosses confessions, says detective Guevara lied under oath"

Injustice Watch: "Burge squad gone, but the cases live on"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Mayor calls city decision to sue Quintonio LeGrier's estate 'callous'"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Suing Quintonio LeGrier's family was a really dumb idea"


LAQUAN McDONALD
Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Journalist could be called to stand at hearing on the Laquan McDonald shooting"

WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio) by Chip Mitchell: "Hearing To Focus On Journalist Who Broke Laquan McDonald Story"

BuzzFeed: "Media Organizations Support Journalist's Fight To Protect His Sources In Laquan McDonald Murder Trial"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge puts off deciding if reporter must testify at Laquan McDonald hearing"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Journalist Jamie Kalven won’t have to give up Laquan McDonald tipster"


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago Police to expand unique pilot program, giving addicts choice between arrest and treatment"

WLS-TV: "Chicago police are touting an end to a year-long effort to bring body cameras to every patrol officer. The city says the expansion is being finalized a year early. The aggressive roll out of body cameras has been part of an initiative to help build better community relations with residents."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney: "As shootings and homicides drop in Englewood, a new optimism grows"

Associated Press: "The Department of Justice says Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office is getting additional staff prosecutors so it can do more to reduce violent crime."


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Where does criminal justice reform stand one year after Kim Foxx elected?"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
Associated Press: "Bootleg Alcohol in State Prisons on the Rise, Guard Says; The Illinois budget crisis is being blamed for increased prison inmate alcohol production."

WHBF-TV, Rock Island: "Illinois inmates get second chance in Kewanee; The 93 men incarcerated at the center are all nearing the end of their sentences"

Kewanee Star Courier: "Life Skills Center to expand"

Kewanee Star Courier: "IDOC: Life Skills Ctr. expansion imminent"

Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center news release: "Trans Woman Imprisoned in Illinois Seeks Emergency Court Order to Protect Her From Ongoing Abuse and Retaliation"

WBBM-TV: "Transgender Inmate Seeks Protection Order Against Prison Guards"


JUVENILE PRISONS
ProPublica by Duaa Eldeib: "Illinois Legislators Pledge to Deal with ‘Pipeline to Prison’ at Juvenile Correctional Facility; Sending teenage inmates to adult prisons for minor incidents undermines state’s reform efforts, witnesses say."


COURTS
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Illinois has put a new twist on the Alice-in-Wonderland concept of 'sentence first — verdict afterward.' A legal backlog has grown so lengthy that some defendants are getting hearings on their appeals only after they have already completed their sentences."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Challenges follow pro se defendants into court"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge orders temporary restraining order for county layoffs"

Chicago Tribune by Hal Dardick: "Preckwinkle can't make chief judge lay off 155 for now, judge rules"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Restraining order issued on looming court layoffs"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Andrew Maloney: "Justices want limits on use of shackles in civil hearings" . . . "A little more than a year after adding rules that say juvenile defendants generally shouldn’t be shackled during trials, the state’s top court has limited the practice in civil courtrooms."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Federal court honors graduates of diversion programs"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Angry speech or stalking?" . . . "The court's decision demonstrates once again how negligent and ignorant state legislators can be when they focus on one problem — stalking — and then try to criminalize any similar conduct that might make one person fearful of or uncomfortable in the presence of another."

Pew Charitable Trusts: "Fight Against Mugshot Sites Brings Little Success" . . . "One of the plaintiffs in the Illinois suit, Peter Gabiola, said he can’t escape a criminal past — despite time served — because his face keeps popping up on Google searches. Gabiola said Mugshots.com told him it would cost $15,000 to have his information removed from the site. He contends he’s repeatedly been fired shortly after starting new jobs, even when he disclosed his criminal past, because Mugshots.com incorrectly insists he is still on parole."

Shaw Media: "Kendall County readying for veterans treatment court"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Aurora man says new vet court connected him 'with the right people'"

Chicago Tribune: "Was racial profiling behind ATF stash house stings?"

Chicago Tribune: "A national policing expert who concluded that controversial drug stash house stings by federal law enforcement in Chicago were racially biased faced tough questions about his methodology Thursday as a landmark hearing got underway at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse."


ALAN BEAMAN
Bloomington Pantagraph: "In a rare move, the Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a recent ruling and decided to consider Alan's Beaman's appeal in his lawsuit against the Town of Normal and three former Normal police officers."

Rockford Register Star: "The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a recent ruling and now will consider an appeal in a lawsuit against a town and three former police officers filed on behalf of a Rockford man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1993 murder case."


OPIOIDS
Office of Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Rauner launches 24/7 helpline to combat opioid epidemic, help Illinoisans in crisis"

State Journal-Register by Dean Olsen (first in a series): "Central Illinois caught up in national drug-abuse crisis"

Daily Herald: "Why Lake County is teaching jail inmates to use naloxone"

Peoria Journal Star: "Deadly new fentanyl a 'game changer'"

Daily Southtown: "Will County battles opioid epidemic behind bars"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "McLean County sees spike in overdose deaths" . . . "Other Central Illinois cities, including Peoria, Springfield and Champaign-Urbana, also have seen a recent spike in overdoses, most of them suspected to be related to fentanyl, an opioid pain medication that is about 75 times more potent than morphine."


MARIJUANA
CapitolFax.com: "GOP Sen. Barickman says legalizing marijuana is “inevitable,” calls on Rauner to change his mind"

Peoria Journal Star column by Chris Kaergard: "State Sen. Jason Barickman pragmatic on recreational pot" . . . "Few Illinois legislators might be better at reading political tea leaves than state Sen. Jason Barickman."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County voters to be asked next year about legalizing marijuana"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mark Brown: "Conservative GOP support for pot legalization could tip scale"


AROUND THE STATE
Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "St. Clair County, IL, sheriff election candidates jail crowding too few deputies"

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Crisis training helps police and the public" . . . "A program aims to prevent people battling mental illnesses from being trapped in the criminal justice system."

CU-CitizenAccess.org: "Center for juvenile delinquents deals with more than 500 clients a year"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Mother demands Unit 5 remove sex allegations from 2nd-grader's record"

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Adams County has been awarded a $257,000 state grant that will allow it to work at keeping nonviolent offenders from being sent to prison and reducing their chances of reoffending"

Rockford Register Star by Kevin Haas: "As lockdowns increase at Winnebago County Jail, both inmates and officers feel the pain"

Southern Illinoisan: "After spending 15 years in prison, man wants to build tiny-house community for the homeless"

Illinois Issues by Dusty Rhodes: "Peace Rooms and Mindfulness: New School Discipline Philosophy One Year Later"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Evaluation of Illinois Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Forces"

Daily Herald column by Marni Pyke: "Metra settles for $225,000 in beating case" . . . "A Chicago man beaten by Metra police officers in 2015 and wrongly jailed for 21 months has received a settlement of $225,000 from the railroad, officials said Tuesday."

Belleville News-Democrat: "East St. Louis officials could soon see the entire city’s budget confiscated by the Illinois comptroller — leaving agencies like the police and fire departments without money for daily operation — if they  do not begin to properly finance the city’s police and fire pension funds."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Retiring superintendent transformed treatment of juvenile offenders" . . . "At a recent ceremony recognizing Champaign County employees for their years of service, many were excitedly talking about retirements plans. 'I'm the one there sad because I don't want to go,' said Connie Kaiser. After almost four decades of working with children in jail, Champaign County's Juvenile Detention Center superintendent is about to join the ranks of the retired."

Lake County News-Sun: "Lake County deputy, armed with pink cuffs and law degree, set for A&E's 'Live PD' gig"

Aurora Beacon-News: "'Cop and Convict' team up to deliver message of hope over dope to Naperville families"

Illinois Times: "Keeping an eye on cops"

Daily Herald: "3 weeks into new budget, Kane County sheriff coming up short"

Belleville News-Democrat: "St. Clair County jailer stole money from man booked into jail, charges say"

Daily Herald editorial: "Shared police social worker could be model idea"


Nov. 20 - Dec. 3, 2017

WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Bloomington Pantagraph: "Beaman loses high court appeal, supports integrity unit"

Rock River Times: "A lawsuit brought against the town of Normal and three ex-police officers by a Rockford man who wrongfully spent 13 years in prison for the 1993 death of his girlfriend was dismissed by the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Wrongful-prosecution case all over, including the shouting" . . . "The law is about rights, wrong and remedies, and there are many wrongs for which there are no remedies. Just ask Alan Beaman."

Crime Report commentary by Elizabeth Clarke: "The Simple Way to Prevent False Confessions"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Jury sides with police in wrongful conviction civil case" . . . "A federal jury has ruled against an exonerated Chicago woman who claimed that eight city police detectives framed her with murdering her 4-year-old son."

Illinois Times: "Innocence Project receives grant for DNA testing"

Rockford Register Star: "Rockford man wrongfully convicted of murder seeks certificate of innocence"

Chicago Tribune: "'You're free to go,' judge tells men who had been serving life for 1994 rape and murder"

Chicago Tribune: "Two Chicago men freed from prison after DNA tests prompt retrials"


LAQUAN McDONALD
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "How A Chicago Cop Sentenced To Prison Could Affect The Jason Van Dyke Trial"

New York Times: "Journalist Who Told Laquan McDonald’s Story Faces Fight Over Sources"


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
WMAQ, NBC5, by Mary Ann Ahern: "Fairley, Emanuel Continue War of Words Over COPA Budget"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Chicago consent decree talks proceed using Obama DOJ report as guidance" . . . "Even though it has welcomed a consent decree on the Chicago Police Department, the city of Chicago is having “arms-length negotiations” with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on it, the city’s top attorney said Tuesday."


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s now-famous speech acknowledging a long-standing code of silence within the Chicago Police Department took center stage in a federal courtroom Tuesday in a wrongful death case alleging the code protected former homicide Detective Joseph Frugoli, whose off-duty drunken driving crash killed two young men."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop faces discipline for insensitive, threatening posts on Facebook"

Chicago Tribune: "Cop acknowledges woman close by when he opened fire at bat-wielding teen, killing both"

Chicago Tribune: "A federal judge has ordered the city of Chicago to pay $62,500 for withholding records in a wrongful death lawsuit, marking the eighth time Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has been sanctioned for failing to turn over potential evidence in a police misconduct case."

Chicago Tribune: "Ex-cop wasn’t tested for alcohol in 2008 collision, year before he was drunk in crash that killed 2"

Mother Jones: "A $95 Million, State-of-the-Art Police Academy Is Chicago’s Latest Political Battleground; 'They don’t need new facilities. They need accountability.'"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Associated Press: "Gun Violence Drops Significantly in Chicago in November"

CNN: "Chicago police tout 14% homicide drop, and concede there's more to do"


COOK COUNTY JAIL
Chicago Tribune: "A federal judge has ordered that Cook County Jail detainees with reported incidents of public indecency must be handcuffed during court appearances and wear special jumpsuits to prohibit them from misbehaving. Three lawsuits have been filed in recent weeks that allege detainees’ aggressive sexual behavior in jail and in courtroom lockups created a hostile work environment for female assistant public defenders and correctional officers."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Opioid Epidemic Hits Cook County Jail"


COOK COUNTY SHERIFF
Chicago Tribune: "Sheriff Dart’s office halts hirings, firings amid legal questions about personnel board" . . . "Sheriff Tom Dart has frozen 200-plus misconduct cases pending before his merit board, which makes final decisions on a range of personnel decisions, while officials await a legislative fix to a growing legal mess over how the board has operated in recent years, officials say."


COOK COUNTY CHIEF JUDGE
Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Dan Mihalopoulos: "Pop-tax layoffs hit county hard, but not Pop Evans’ kids"

Chicago Tribune: "Chief Judge Evans sues Preckwinkle to block layoffs spurred by pop tax repeal"


COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "State’s attorney’s office heads in wiser direction" . . . "Something changed in Cook County last week. We may have witnessed an historic moment toward greater justice."


CHICAGO TRANSIT
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, Every Other Hour, by Miles Bryan: "A Gun, An Arrest, A New Mission; One lawyer has a different message for young adults in Chicago: Get your gun the legal way." . . . "'If you don’t have a gun in Chicago … you’re going to be dead soon,” Green said. “People are out here killing. Senseless. They don’t care who they’re killing. They’re killing babies. … If you want to protect yourself, you need to have a gun.'"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Former Illinois prison guard gets four months in prison for assaulting inmate"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Clark was paroled from the Illinois Department of Corrections in late July, after serving 50 percent of an eight-year sentence for a 2012 weapons offense and driving under the influence in 2013. While he regrets the "poor choices" that landed him back in the state penitentiary, he doesn't feel the same about his incarceration."

WSIU, Carbondale: "Gov. Rauner Says He Wants IYC in Murphysboro Repurposed Now"

Kankakee Daily Journal column by Jim Nowlan: "A visit to an upbeat, sunny prison" . . . "Kewanee is different from any of the several prisons I have visited during the years. Really different. Kewanee looks and acts almost like a small college campus."


JUVENILE PRISONS
Shaw Media: "Everyday Heroes: Kristen Funk's passion for pets helps kids, animals" . . . "Funk also developed Project Pawsitive Future, an animal-assisted therapy program that partners the Naperville Area Humane Society with the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville. For three to five weeks, incarcerated youth at the youth center learn to train a dog."


COURTS
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "1st District orders new trial over unfair hearing in chambers" . . . "An improper meeting between a judge, prosecutor and police officer in chambers will result in a new trial for a man accused of dealing drugs."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Judges' missteps see drug conviction overturned"

Public News Service: "IL Courts say Unshackling Law is Beneficial to Juveniles" . . . "It's been just over a year since the Illinois Supreme Court moved to end indiscriminate shackling of children in court, and judges across the state say it's working well."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Stalking law unconstitutional, Illinois Supreme Court finds"

Belleville News-Democrat: "St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert was in front of the bench on Friday morning, answering to felony charges of criminal sexual abuse and intimidation, along with misdemeanor charges of battery and solicitation of a sex act."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "'Enough is enough. Do right or be a criminal'" . . . "Mosley now knows exactly what drug court is and has a clearer vision of what life is like without alcohol, cannabis, "Molly" and Ecstasy. After 17 months of sobriety, the 40-year-old husband and father is about to graduate from Champaign County's drug-court program."


BAIL REFORM
Watchdog.org, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity: "Downstate sheriffs waiting to see about new Illinois bond law"


SUBSTANCE ABUSE
CapitolFax.com: "Pritzker unveils opioid plan"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Lawmaker's Plan To Combat Opioid Abuse With Cannabis"

Decatur Herald & Review: "A new Macon County prosecutor dedicated solely to opioid cases would target dealers and those higher in the drug trade, not the typical addict, Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott said. 'We want to go after the people who are poisoning our streets,' he said. 'We want to get the most possible time on them and get the best possible cases against them.' Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett is expected to pay for the position, as well as a paralegal to do paperwork, for three years through a $180,000 grant from his private foundation."


LEGISLATION
Chicago Sun-Times: "Rick Steves: Marijuana legalization can help West, South Sides"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Rick Steves Advocates for Marijuana Legalization in Illinois" . . . "Travel guru Rick Steves has journeyed all over the world, but the host of the PBS travel show “Rick Steves’ Europe” has landed in Chicago for a most unconventional reason: testifying before a legislative panel to push for the legalization of recreational marijuana."

CapitolFax.com: "Rauner calls legalizing marijuana a 'mistake'"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Proposal To See Convicted Animal Abusers Lose Gun Rights"


AROUND THE STATE
John Howard Association news release: "Kane County Juvenile Justice Center Monitoring Report"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by CU-CitizenAccess.org: "DOJ's deadline looms over Champaign County Jail" . . . "With a U.S. Department of Justice-imposed deadline approaching, Champaign County officials are under increasing pressure to either renovate or close the 37-year-old jail in downtown Urbana."

State Journal-Register: "Someone to know: ISP agent Jamie Brunnworth makes list of young law enforcement leaders" . . . "Why you should know her: Jamie Brunnworth is a special agent with the Illinois State Police and recently received an International Association of Chiefs of Police 40 Under 40 Award, “which recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession,” according to the Illinois State Police."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Latest Urbana traffic-stop data reveals rise in racial disparity"

Lake County News-Sun: "Sheriff's deputy allowed Waukegan police official to call for ride after traffic stop, video shows"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign council to vote on $93,000 settlement for man shot by cop"

Southern Illinoisan: "Golconda Job Corps employees stand ready to 'open up tomorrow,' union representative says" . . . "Over the years, thousands of at-risk youth, most from Chicago, have come and gone through the Golconda Job Corps program in deep Southern Illinois. They have contributed to upkeep of the Shawnee National Forest, assisted with community projects around the region and responded to natural disasters far and wide while earning a high school equivalency diploma and/or technical job training. Employees are hoping the center in rural Pope County hasn’t reached the end of the line."

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Cabello's return to police work a welcome decision"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "(Acting Police Chief Price) Dumas: Police officers need to live in city"

WGLT, ISU public radio: "Suspect Convictions Episode 6: Shades of 'Serial' In McNeil Case" . . . "GLT is partnering with the true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Bloomington girl Christina McNeil."

Illinois Times: "Police have busted a massive marijuana growing operation in the heart of Springfield."

Nov. 6 - 19, 2017

COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY
Chicago Tribune: "Man in prison for 29 years freed after Cook County prosecutors drop charges"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Man freed from jail 29 years after wrongful arson conviction"

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed: "Convictions to be tossed for 15 framed by corrupt cop "

Chicago Tribune: "Prosecutors drop murder charges after 5 ex-Chicago cops plan to take the 5th"

Chicago Tribune: "State's attorney to dismiss 18 convictions tied to former Chicago police sergeant"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Convictions vacated for 15 framed by corrupt cop Ronald Watts"

Chicago Tribune: "Prosecutors agree to new trial, freedom for 2 inmates after DNA testing in 1994 Englewood murder"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Foot-dragging Foxx doesn’t look like much of a reformer"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Good on ya, Kim Foxx, for righting old wrongs"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "After momentous week, prosecutor Kim Foxx says 'we have to right wrongs'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago police union president slams Cook County state's attorney Kim Foxx"


CHICAGO POLICE OVERSIGHT
Pro Publica reported by Jodi S. Cohen and Chicago Tribune reported by Jennifer Smith Richards: "Police Oversight Ordinance Promised Transparency But Doesn’t Fully Deliver. . . A revamped agency takes a step backward in informing the public."

Pro Publica reported by Jodi S. Cohen and Chicago Tribune reported by Jennifer Smith Richards: "Chicago Police Skirt Punishment as Disciplinary System Fails Yet Again. . . Even after reporters identified lost cases, only some officers served suspensions."

Chicago Tribune: "An administrative law judge has recommended that the Illinois Labor Relations Board throw out the Chicago Police Department’s new disciplinary guidelines, dealing an early defeat to the city as it attempts to standardize the punishments of an erratic and often toothless police disciplinary system."

Chicago Tribune: "No more indictments against cops in handling of Laquan McDonald shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel appoints former deputy mayor to Chicago Police Board"

Chicago Tribune: "Aldermen delay vote on former deputy mayor for Chicago Police Board"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "A bad cop's stain on Chicago must be wiped clean by real reforms" . . . "Ronald Watts is gone from the department. Van Dyke will stand trial. There is still a stain on Chicago policing and a broken relationship to be fixed with residents. This job is a long way from finished."

Chicago Tribune: "7 officers on desk duty as charges dropped against 15, cases linked to corrupt ex-cop reviewed" . . . "In a sudden about-face Thursday night, Chicago police said seven cops once part of an allegedly corrupt crew will be removed from street duties while their conduct years ago is investigated. The reversal came hours after Cook County prosecutors threw out the convictions of 15 men who were framed by the crew — led by former Sgt. Ronald Watts, who did prison time for shaking down drug dealers."


TORTURE COMMISSION
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "After law changed, torture commission takes second look" . . . "The state commission charged with investigating allegations of police torture is set to revisit today the claims of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for a double murder he contends he didn’t commit."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Man alleging police torture granted evidentiary hearing" . . . "Defendant Jaime Hauad will have a chance to prove he was tortured by Chicago police officers at an evidentiary hearing after the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to refer his case to the chief judge of the Cook County Circuit Court."


CHICAGO POLICE
Chicago Sun-Times: "The Office of Emergency Management and Communications that runs Chicago’s 911 center is “taking over” a $30 million contract with Motorola Solutions to oversee and integrate Chicago’s Big Brother network of 2,700 public safety surveillance cameras."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD Supt. Johnson set to announce record low shootings in Englewood"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge denies protective order on citizen complaints vs. CPD" . . . "The city of Chicago cast the net too wide with a request to restrict public access to citizen complaints leveled against police officers, a federal judge has ruled."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Cops taking the Fifth is discouraging sight for Chicago"


CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Chicago Tribune: "Cardinal Cupich: Thoughts and prayers for shooting victims 'are not enough'"

Chicago Tribune: "Trump, pressed on gun control, says Chicago a 'total disaster' despite tough laws"

NBC News: "Trump Says Chicago Is Proof Gun Laws Don't Work. Researchers Disagree"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago violence hovers near 20-year high, with pockets of improvement"

WMAQ-TV, Chicago: "Chicago Reaches 600th Homicide for 2nd Time in More Than a Decade"

Chicago Tribune: "Deputy attorney general talks crime in Chicago, but leaves the Trumpisms in D.C."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago violence hovers near 20-year high, with pockets of improvement"


COOK COUNTY JAIL SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUITS
Chicago Tribune: "Female Cook County correctional officers filed a federal lawsuit Friday that alleges the sheriff has tolerated aggressive sexual harassment from male detainees at the county jail."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Another lawsuit filed over inmates masturbating at Cook County Jail"

Cook County Record: "Cook County female jail guards sue sheriff for not protecting them from inmate sexual harassment"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "When self-abuse becomes just plain abusive"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Tougher sanctions needed to curb detainees’ indecent acts"

Mother Jones: "Inmates Are Using Masturbation as a Weapon. Female Guards Have Had Enough"


COOK COUNTY JAIL
Chicago Sun-Times: "Sheriff: Jail worker called off 60 times falsely using Family Leave"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "A cure for Cook County's FMLA flu"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County to approve $3.25 million for woman sexually assaulted by two men in holding cell"

Chicago Tribune reported by Hal Dardick: "County Board approves nearly $12 million in sheriff, hospital settlements" . . . "Cook County taxpayers are on the hook for a $4.75 million payout to a man who sued Sheriff Tom Dart after suffering debilitating brain injuries that his guardian said were caused by improper care at the Cook County Jail."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County to approve $3.25 million for woman sexually assaulted by two men in holding cell"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Patricia Manson: "The Cook County Board of Commissioners this afternoon agreed to pay $4.75 million to a man who suffered permanent brain damage when he had a seizure and fell from a jail bunk. Attorneys for Michael Joseph Borys maintain jailers did not provide Borys with the anti-seizure medication he was prescribed. Jailers also were not informed until two days later that a physician who screened Borys had directed that he be assigned a lower bunk, the attorneys contend."


COOK COUNTY SHERIFF
CBS News: "Does Backpage.com help or hinder efforts to stop sex trafficking?"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Sheriff's official suspended 10 days over Cubs World Series sneak-in"


COOK COUNTY
Chicago Tribune: "After pop tax loss, Preckwinkle headed for fight over budget cuts to sheriff, chief judge"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Sheriff's office, chief judge bear brunt of new proposed budget cuts"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Cook County Proposes Nearly 600 Layoffs in Lieu of Soda Tax"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "After the Cook County tax revolt"


CHICAGO TRANSIT
Chicago Sun-Times: "'Criminal sexual abuse,’ other ‘non-index’ crime up on CTA in Chicago"

Daily Herald column by Marni Pyke: "Despite subpoena, key video erased in beating at Metra station"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Police cams prove their worth as independent witnesses"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Vandalism, graffiti remain nagging problems despite CTA's efforts"


ILLINOIS PRISONS
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, reported by Max Green: "For Illinois Sex Offenders, Six Years Can Turn Into Life In Prison"

Office of Illinois Governor news release: "New program helps former offenders become entrepreneurs"

WNIJ, Northern Public Radio: "Reducing Illinois Prison Population Requires Effort, Training"


JUVENILE JUSTICE
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange commentary by Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative: "Shackling People in Court is Shameful, Unnecessary Legacy of Slavery"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Michael Sneed: "Obama, Evans plan to visit kids in Juvenile Detention next year"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Teen’s original sentence date allows punishment: top court" . . . "All seven justices of the state’s highest court agreed: A juvenile who fled from authorities multiple times while on probation could be lawfully committed to a detention center."

Pew Charitable Trusts: Juvenile Confinement Drops by Half" . . . "More states diverting youths from residential facilities"

WQAD-TV, Moline: "Inside the prosecution debate: When kids kill"


COURTS
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Illinois Supreme Court's confession short on key details" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court issued a curious press release this week that purported to announce 'findings from a judicial decision-making study undertaken by the Supreme Court Committee on Equality.' But the high court failed to elaborate on the findings other than to acknowledge that trial judges have 'implicit biases' — not overt biases — that affect the decisions they make and that they will undergo training to address what it suggested is a problem."

Associated Press: "New suit says Cook County court hinders access to filings"

Chicago Tribune: "Judges sleeping through evidence not cause for new trial, Illinois appeals court says"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "State study on bias in trial court finds race, gender, income issues"

Chicago Tribune: "Lawsuit: Kane sergeant called asset forfeiture 'tax-liberating gold mine'" . . . "An appeals court ruled a Kane County sergeant improperly prolonged a traffic stop from which authorities seized a car and more than $8,000 cash, and now the driver and passengers are suing the county and officers involved in federal court."

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Veterans component to be included in Mental Health Court" . . . "A requirement that all judicial circuits in the state of Illinois establish a veterans treatment court will be covered through another problem-solving court. The Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes Adams, Brown and Pike counties, will incorporate a veterans component in its proposed Mental Health Court."


BAIL REFORM
WQAD-TV, Moline: "New Illinois law set to change bail bond process in Rock Island County"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Report: Cook should share more jail stats" . . . "While praising Cook County’s actions to shrink the jail population, one research organization slammed “unreasonable hoops” the county makes people jump through who want hard numbers. In a report released this week, the Civic Federation — an independent, nonpartisan government research organization — says it recognizes recent improvements in bond court practices, but claims the data on bond court and the jail population is not readily available."

Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "A prominent Chicago watchdog group is going public with its two-year-long dispute over whether Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans and county Sheriff Tom Dart are sitting on data that's needed to evaluate how well the criminal justice system here is functioning—data it says is routinely available in other jurisdictions. In an unusual report, the Civic Federation, which usually sticks to financial matters, says the stall means it's difficult to study questions such as whether a disproportionate share of those arrested under a new no-cash-bond system are quickly getting into trouble and are being rearrested."


SUBSTANCE ABUSE
WBBM radio: "Report Shows Major Differences Between Opioid Addiction In The City And Suburbs"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois doctors campaign for medical marijuana as alternative to opioids"


IMMIGRATION
Chicago Sun-Times: "U.S. Justice Department questions Illinois’ new immigration bill"


LEGISLATION
Chicago Tribune: "Preckwinkle backs putting marijuana legalization question to voters"

The Trace: "A Bill to Increase Oversight of Gun Dealers Is Shelved in Illinois"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, reported by Miles Bryan: "What’s In A Name? Transgender Felons Say Rules Lead To Harassment"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, reported by Brian Mackey: "Illinois Lawmakers Consider Letting Women Out Of Jail For Childbirth"

Daily Southtown column by Ted Slowik: "Change in state law would allow convicted felon who won election to serve as Markham mayor"


ROCKFORD
Rockford Register Star: "Rockford policeman killed during traffic stop was ‘selfless,’ his cousin and colleague says"

Rockford Register Star: "Autopsies determine what killed Rockford police officer, driver"

Chicago Tribune: "Questions remain over events leading to Rockford cop's death"

Rockford Register Star: "Rockford mayor, police chief meet with protesters regarding deadly traffic stop"

Rock River Times: "Answers sought over deadly Rockford traffic stop"


AROUND THE STATE
WAND-TV, Decatur: "Task Force has 31 ideas to help Champaign race relations"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Mentally ill teen rapist sentenced, could serve up to 70 years in prison"

Associated Press: "7 in Will County to Graduate From Prison-Diversion Programs"

Southern Illinoisan: "Friends, colleagues remember Chuck Garnati as tough prosecutor, passionate advocate" . . . "Former Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles R. “Chuck” Garnati died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Saint Louis University Hospital. Garnati was 65. Garnati was elected state’s attorney in 1984 and held the seat through eight consecutive terms. He also served as state’s attorney in the late 1970s."

Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "Exaggeration? Video sure makes bullying look like bullying"

WMBD-TV, Peoria: "Reducing recidivism: Peoria Co. Jail uses therapy to help inmates"

Daily Herald:  "DuPage County Board could limit number of sheriff's deputies"

Southern Illinoisan: "Department of Labor reviewing comments on proposed closure of Golconda Job Corps Center" . . . "The letter cites a 'long-standing history of discipline and safety issues on campus, including an inability to comply with Job Corps’ discipline policy, the center’s inability to adequately notify the department of serious incidents, and the center’s inability to ensure that students are provided a safe, healthy, and secure learning environment.'"

Daily Herald: "Suburbs, like rest of country, reporting more hate crimes"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Innocence Project Wins Grant For DNA Testing"