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Illinois Justice Project News Summary

Nov. 19 - Dec. 2, 2018

Capitol Fax: "Foxx, Gordon-Booth, Kelly to co-chair Pritzker’s Restorative Justice and Safe Communities Committee"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "ER Doctors To The NRA: Gun Violence ‘Is Our Lane’"

Associated Press: "Judge denies request for name of officer who killed guard" . . . "A federal judge has refused to order the release of the name of a suburban Chicago police officer who fatally shot a bar’s security guard."

Chicago Sun-Times:"Video shows CPD officer beating teen with handcuffs at Roosevelt Red Line stop"

South Side Weekly: "Is Eddie Next? Mayoral candidates say they would replace Eddie Johnson as superintendent"

WGN-TV: "Chicago police report drop in violent crime in November"

Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney and Jeremy Gorner: "Four months after violent shootout, residents of one proud Chicago block still waiting for answers from police" . . . "Late Thursday, days after the Tribune contacted the Police Department to ask why Pierson wasn’t contacted, she got a call. Two detectives wanted to speak to her about the shooting."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop key witness at trial of 3 colleagues charged with covering up Laquan McDonald's shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times: "3 cops accused in conspiracy to cover up McDonald shooting head to trial"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge in spotlight as trial to begin over alleged police cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio:"Defense Attacks Laquan McDonald In First Day Of Police Cover-up Trial"

Chicago Tribune:"5 takeaways from the first day of trial for 3 Chicago cops in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting"

Chicago Tribune:"5 takeaways from the second day of testimony at the trial of 3 Chicago cops in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Judge May Not Allow Police Emails In Cover-Up Trial"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight:"5 Things to Know About 1st Week of McDonald Conspiracy Trial"

Chicago Sun-Times:"Chicago cop’s testimony of a Laquan coverup brings out an ugly side of policing"

Chicago Tribune:"Trial into alleged police cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting heads into crucial week"

Chicago Tribune:"Hundreds of sexual violence complaints pour into new CPS Title IX office"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago youth marchers chant for peace, resources and justice"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:"Jail guard’s retaliation suit can proceed" . . . "A federal judge declined to throw out a jail guard’s lawsuit alleging she got flak from her supervisors because a colleague identified her in his bias complaint as a witness."

Daily Herald:"Cook County 'Tails' program offers redemption for inmates, dogs"

WLS-TV: "Family of inmate Larry Earvin, who died in Illinois prison, demands answers" 

Chicago Tribune:"Starved Rock killer falls one vote short of parole after nearly 60 years in prison"

DeKalb Daily Chronicle:"Starved Rock murderer denied parole in 7-7 tie; Weger remains longest-imprisoned inmate in Illinois prisons"

WSIL-TV, Carterville:"(Former PRB member Eric) Gregg loses Illinois Supreme Court appeal over board appointment"(Illinois Supreme Court opinion, Gregg v. Rauner)

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:"High court rules Rauner within rights to fire board member"

Rockford Register Star editorial:"Excalibur: Rosemary Collins exemplifies justice, leadership" . . . "Collins was appointed an associate judge in 1989, becoming the first female judge in the county’s history. She was elected to a full circuit court judgeship in 2002. She is retiring this year, but community advocates never really 'retire.'"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:"Panel: Life sentence for sex offenses not cruel" . . . "The criminal statute that Rhoades is challenging as unconstitutional was designed to protect children from repeat sexual offenders and that consideration may outweigh an offender’s potential for rehabilitation, Turner wrote in the opinion."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:"‘Jailhouse snitch’ testimony bill has veto overridden" . . . "A new state law aims to make it harder for incarcerated informants to falsely incriminate a criminal suspect. Senate Bill 1830 allows jailhouse informant testimony in certain cases to be challenged for reliability and requires the prosecution to disclose any intent to introduce this testimony at least 30 days prior to a relevant hearing or trial."

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Lawmakers OK 'Jailhouse Snitch' Regulation"

U.S. News & World Report:"Overriding Rauner’s Veto, Illinois Passes Law Reforming Use of Jailhouse Snitches" . . . "While other states have passed similar laws around the use of jailhouse informants, experts say the Illinois law is the strongest in the nation."

Restore Justice Illinois news release: "Illinois General Assembly passes legislation to provide first new opportunities for parole in Illinois since 1978"

Injustice Watch: "After 40 years, Illinois legislature moves to restore possible parole for youth"

Capitol Fax:"Why the Firearms Restraining Order Act is so important"

Belleville News-Democrat:"Hundreds of millions of dollars from legal weed will help balance budget, Pritzker says" . . . “'There are revenue opportunities for the state like legalizing marijuana and that has the opportunity to bring $350 million to $700 million in revenue maybe as much as $1 billion, not to mention the jobs that will be created with dispensaries and production facilities,” Pritzker said.'

Chicago Tribune:"Opponents of legal marijuana in Illinois say it would amount to companies 'pimping' black, Hispanic customers"

WILL, Champaign-Urbana Public Radio, by Lee V. Gaines:"New Report Says Legal Pot Will Earn Illinois Millions In New Taxes" . . . "A new report suggests Illinois state and local governments would take in a combined $525 million in new tax revenue if the state legalizes recreational marijuana."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Southern Illinois murder mystery all in the phraseology" . . . "But the defense challenges the assertion that the victim's death — Mr. Varughese froze to death — constitutes murder under Illinois law."

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Board votes Marilyn Hite Ross as state’s attorney; Hite Ross is first woman and first black person to serve as county’s top prosecutor"

Rockford Register Star column by Chuck Sweeny:"County Board Dems fought Haney's pick for state's attorney and won"

November 5 - 18, 2018

News Release from the Office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin: "Durbin Urges Senate Colleagues To Support Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Legislation"

WLS Radio by Bill Cameron: "Trump backing Durbin’s criminal justice reform legislation"

WBBM Radio by Craig Dellimore: "Durbin Glad Trump Supports Drug-Sentencing Revamp"

Washington Examiner: "Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, writing from prison, urges Mitch McConnell to move the criminal justice reform bill"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Donald Trump joins the fight, we hope, to end draconian prison sentences" . . . ". . . the SAFE Act, a bill that targets more state money toward the communities most in need of violence prevention and reduction, died in a House committee this year after passing in the Senate. It has not been called in the current veto session in Springfield. And in a classic case of one step forward and one step back, state spending cuts forced by the two-year budget impasse crippled both the adult and juvenile versions of Redeploy Illinois. This is a program, of proven effectiveness, to divert nonviolent offenders from prisons by providing higher quality community-based services."

ProPublica Illinois by Rebecca Burns: "Diversion Programs Say They Offer a Path Away From Court, but Critics Say the Tolls Are Hefty" . . . "The programs raise legal and ethical questions, including whether they create an uneven playing field for defendants and financial incentives for prosecutors to dispose of cases in ways they might not otherwise."

Chicago Tribune: "She's been waiting 15 months for her rape kit to be processed. A new proposal to track evidence aims to change that." . . . "According to the Illinois State Police, which is in charge of the labs that process evidence, the average time to process DNA evidence for all cases, including sexual assaults, is 285 days."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Speed up processing of rape kits" . . . "The rape kits are an invaluable tool in identifying attackers and bringing them to justice. But in Illinois, the average time it takes to process DNA evidence in crimes is 285 days — more than nine months. That’s 285 days that a particular rapist is free to savage more women; 285 days before the police can even start looking for him. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, start counting to 285 and see if you finish."

Chicago Tribune: "Judge declines to toss charges against 3 cops in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "Prosecutors claim conspiracy, defense blasts evidence as 3 Chicago cops face trial in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Prosecutors Seek Witness Immunity as McDonald Conspiracy Case Heads to Trial"

Associated Press:"Lawsuit: Illinois guard shot by police had on security hat"

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus news release: "Black Caucus on Roberson’s death: State Police must be fair and transparent"

Chicago Tribune: "Witness to shooting of security guard Jemel Roberson: Officer opened fire 'not even 5 seconds' after warning"

Chicago Tribune: "What's known — and not known — about the police shooting of security guard Jemel Roberson"

WBBM-TV: "Community Leaders Demand Name Of Officer Who Killed Jemel Roberson"

ABC News: "Kanye West seemingly donates $150,000 to GoFundMe page for Chicago security guard fatally shot by police"

Pew Research Center: "St. Louis has had most murders per capita of any big US city since 2014" . . . ". . . when adjusting for its large population, Chicago is by no means the nation’s “murder capital.” 

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago sports teams donate $1 million to combat gun violence: 'We want to be invested in it'"

The Trace in partnership with WMAQ, NBC5 Chicago: "Record Gun Theft Poses Threat to Progress Against Violence in Chicago; An analysis of lost and stolen firearms ties thousands of weapons to crimes committed on the city’s streets."

Chicago Tribune: "CPD moves to fire Officer Robert Rialmo in 2015 shooting that killed 2"

Chicago Tribune: "Federal lawsuit alleges Chicago police raided wrong home, ‘terrorized’ family"

Associated Press: "Chicago in talks with design firm for public safety academy"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Emanuel accused of tying new mayor's hands on $95M cop academy"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Board votes in favor of settlements in false rape claim case, jail death lawsuit"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Lausch presser avoids Trump, focuses on crime fight"

Chicago Tribune: "Barriers for cops seeking mental health treatment remain despite FOID card law"

Chicago Tribune column by Steve Chapman: "The growing consensus for legal marijuana"

Illinois Patch: "Pritzker Hopes To Legalize Marijuana Soon After Being Sworn In"

Capitol Fax: "Legal pot is on the way"

Chicago Tribune: "With Pritzker win, pot legalization is now in legislators' hands, but not all are on board"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "There's a fine line on pot possession in C-U — and it runs down Wright Street" . . . "Get caught in Urbana with a small amount of marijuana (and no state-issued medical-cannabis card) and it will run you $50. But violate the same ordinance on the Champaign side of Wright Street, and it will set you back $350 — minimum."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign council discusses lowering, repealing marijuana fine"

WGLT, ISU Public Radio: "Barickman: Republicans Split On Legalizing Marijuana"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Recreational marijuana? The case for curiosity and caution in Illinois"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Is it time to toke up?"

Cook County Record: "With Pritzker backing idea, prospect of legal marijuana should prompt IL cities, others to prepare: Attorney"

Rockford Register News by Kevin Haas: "Proposed Illinois law aims to funnel help to crime-plagued neighborhoods" . . . "Neighborhoods besieged by high rates of violent crime and that are home to large numbers of ex-offenders could get more access to job training, health care and other social services under a bill winding its way through the Illinois General Assembly."

Rockford Register News editorial: "Rockford wants to be safe and state can help"

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Criminal Justice Advocates pushing for Safe Act passage during veto session"

Illinois Times by Bruce Rushton: "#MeToo comes to prison" . . . "Most allegations are never proven, but accusations of sex between inmates and staff keep coming at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, the state’s largest women’s prison."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Mentally ill inmates pose huge challenges"

Pontiac Daily Leader: "Milkweed key to helping with monarch population" . . . "Hackler expressed his gratitude that the Pontiac prison allowed the school five acres for pollinator plants, along with some islands near the correctional center’s main entrance."

WFLD-TV, Fox Chicago: "Illinois taxpayers shelling out big money for prison barbers" . . . "Records obtained by FOX 32 and Open the Books show 15 prison barbers made more than $87,000 a year in 2017. At least two have topped six-figures in the past two years."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Inmate Dies After Altercation With Prison Staff, Death Ruled A Homicide" . . . "The death of a 65-year old prisoner after an 'altercation' with Illinois prison staff has been ruled a homicide according to records obtained by WBEZ."

Associated Press by John O'Connor: "Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide" . . . "Larry Earvin died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, the death certificate from Clinton County in southern Illinois said. The 65-year-old Earvin sustained 15 rib fractures and two dozen or more abrasions, hemorrhages and lacerations. Surgery to remove a portion of his bowel appears to have followed the injury, the report says."

Capitol Fax: "Study finds at least a third of sampled prisoner deaths were preventable"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Expert Review: More Than A Third Of Prison Deaths Were Preventable"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Report: 12 Illinois prison deaths were preventable"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Independent Expert Finds Poor Medical Care Leads to Preventable Deaths In Illinois Prisons"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge orders training on transgender issues for all Illinois prison staff amid inmate lawsuit" . . . "The transgender woman described feeling like a “sex slave” while incarcerated at several men’s prisons across Illinois, claiming repeated abuse and sexual assaults involving guards and inmates, according to court documents."

Into by Kate Sosin: "Judge Slams Illinois Department of Corrections Over Trans Prison Abuse Case"

Windy City Times: "Judge orders IDOC to thoroughly review trans-prisoner case" . . . "In a ruling that lawyers called 'historic,' a federal judge ordered that Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) review the case of Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman who is being-held in a male-only detention facility downstate."

Southern Illinoisan: "Judge says transgender IDOC inmate should be able to attend support group; reserves ruling on whether she can go to women's prison"

Chicago Defender by City Bureau: "‘Better Than Jail’ But Still Disruptive: Electronic Monitoring’s Effect on Young People"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County voters oust judge for 1st time in decades, while suspended DuPage County judge wins retention"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Ousted By Voters, A Judge Counts His Blessings And Lashes Back At Critics"

Illinois Times: "Trials and tribulations" . . . "The number of trials in Sangamon County Circuit Court has plummeted this year, mirroring a reduction in both trials and cases filed in courts nationwide. While the nationwide number of cases, and trials, has dropped steadily over the past decade, the local plunge has been dramatic and recent."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "New committee will advise on state’s juvenile courts" . . . "A new Supreme Court committee tasked with making recommendations on matters affecting juvenile law and juvenile courts will take over the responsibilities of the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Juvenile Justice."

Zion-Benton Times: "Lake County Jail Introduces Tablet System for Inmate Use" . . . "The Lake County Board has recently approved the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to enter into a new two-year contract with Securus, a US Prison Technology Company, which will introduce tablets to the Lake County jail in early 2019 and eliminate funding fees for phone and video visitation, and tablet use."

Daily Herald editorial: "Effort, oversight will determine success of inmate tablet program"

Decatur Herald & Review:"Coroner's jury: Decatur prisoner died accidentally; gunshot victim was killed" . . . "It was later determined that Carr had choked on a glob of peanut butter which Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day said was identified in subsequent medical examinations."

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Is it the '(Kankakee County State's Attorney) Jim Rowe factor'?" . . . "During a County Board committee meeting this week, board chairman Andy Wheeler, R-Kankakee, questioned why the number of jail inmates has spiked to 270 per day on average, from 220 (excluding out-of-county inmates)."

Kankakee Daily Journal column by David Giuliani: "Why keep ICE records secret?" . . . "Typically, jails must release the names of inmates. Indeed, the sheriff’s office releases a regular jail log. But when it comes to ICE and U.S. Marshals detainees, Sheriff Mike Downey and his chief deputy, Ken McCabe, say that information would have to come from the federal agencies."

Peoria Journal Star by Andy Kravetz: "Local public defenders challenging state weapons law" . . . "Chandra Justice and Mark Rose, both private attorneys who contract with the Public Defender’s Office, have filed a series of motions in several cases where their clients are facing the Class 4 felony of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The motions contend the law is unconstitutional because it prohibits the average person from having a firearm outside of their home without the proper permits."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Wood River, IL, has raffle to be the first inmate in new jail"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "NAACP's criminal-justice report: 'It doesn't reduce crime, and it's not justice'"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Eavesdropping charge against Manteno student dismissed"

Peoria Journal Star: "Fatal shooting of Luis Cruz by Peoria police officer ruled justified"

Kane County Chronicle: "Kane County State's Attorney charges school staff for ignoring law protecting students" . . . "Despite repeated training about the legal requirement to report suspected child abuse, two recent lapses at schools have led to criminal charges, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said at his November media briefing."

State Journal-Register: "County residents with criminal records look for clean slate at expungement event"

Belleville News-Democrat by Kelsey Landis and Kavahn Mansouri: "How many gun sanctuary counties are there in Illinois?" . . . "Amid a wave of proposed gun control legislation in the Illinois state capitol earlier this year, more than 25 counties passed resolutions opposing what some saw as an effort to curtail their Second Amendment rights. Since the first wave of resolutions passed this summer, the total number of county boards that passed resolutions has reached at least 38 of Illinois’ 102 counties, with other counties taking similar measures."

Oct. 22 - Nov. 4, 2018

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Low-profile election is one of most significant on the ballot" . . . "One of the most significant votes you’ll be casting this election season is for someone running to serve again on the Illinois Supreme Court. It’s a safe bet you’ve heard nothing about it."

Ebony: "Juliana Stratton Talks Running for Lt. Gov. of Illinois, Criminal Justice Reform"

Rockford Register Star: "Where Rauner and Pritzker stand on criminal justice issues"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Judge Rules Illinois Prisons Still Not Properly Caring For Mentally Ill Inmates" . . . "A June report by an independent court-appointed monitor, Dr. Pablo Stewart, found the department was noncompliant with 18 of those terms. Stewart testified that mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement were “suffering immensely.'"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge says IDOC must fix treatment for mentally ill" . . . "U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm of the Central District of Illinois this week ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to address a laundry list of deficiencies for mentally ill prisoners that amount to Eighth Amendment violations."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "IDOC: Agency 'laser-focused' on staff recruitment"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Federal judge issues permanent injunction in IDOC mental health lawsuit" . . . "'We remain frustrated that despite the IDOC's promises such legal action was necessary," (Harold Hirshman, one of the attorneys for inmates,) said. 'The IDOC knew what the Constitution required and simply ignored its obligations to these sick prisoners who have nowhere to go for care. A civilized society cares for the helpless. The IDOC has shirked this responsibility year after year. They should be ashamed,' he added."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "4 Months After An Illinois Prison Death, Family Still Doesn’t Have Any Answers" . . . "Earl Little died at Pinckneyville prison in southern Illinois on July 6, 2018. He was 33 years old. His family believes he was murdered, but they say they can’t get even basic information about his death from the Illinois Department of Corrections or any other state official. In a civil lawsuit filed against the warden, the family says they want to know why they can’t see Little’s autopsy report and medical records or get his personal belongings, like letters and photographs his children sent."

State Journal-Register: "Chaplain at Lincoln prison files suit against Corrections" . . . "A chaplain at the Lincoln Correctional Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections after she said she was subjected to sex discrimination and retaliated against for complaining about it"

Peoria Journal Star column by Phil Luciano: "Inmates get no breaks for old age inside state prisons"

Illinois Newsroom by Lee V. Gaines: "Non-Profit Sues IDOC Over Censorship Of LGBTQ Publications"

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus column by John Marx: "New life, new hope for Anthony Gay" . . . "His story, so troubling and despair-filled, brought many in the smallish church lounge to tears. Even the man sharing the ever-so-troubling yarn of a life in solitary confinement was forced to leave and gather his thoughts."

WQAD-TV, Moline: "Man who spent 20 years in solitary confinement vows to be voice for inmates"

Courthouse News Service: "Mentally Ill Ex-Prisoner Says Solitary Was Torture" . . . "But Gay was unable to abide by prison rules due to his mental illness – a borderline personality disorder – and he kept getting cited for acting out, which extended his prison stay. Four years into his sentence, the Illinois Department of Corrections put Gay in solitary confinement, where he stayed for the next 20 years, deprived of all human contact for 23 hours a day."

Chicago Reporter by Jonah Newman: "Chicago police use ‘cover charges’ to justify excessive force" . . . "A Chicago Reporter investigation has found a troubling pattern of Chicago police officers charging people they’ve assaulted with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, or resisting arrest. Defense attorneys call these ‘cover charges’ and say it’s a way to cover up bad behavior or justify their excessive use of force."

Chicago Sun-Times: "After early success, Chicago Police overtime expenses are rising again"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop, accused of sex crimes against teenage boys, never been disciplined"

Chicago Tribune: "Superintendent Eddie Johnson defends $95 million plan for new Chicago police academy"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Lawsuit Payouts, OT Costs, And Officer Mental Health: Takeaways From CPD Budget Hearing"

The Marshall Project commentary by Cedric Alexander: "Why Police Should Embrace Communities—Not Shut Them Out"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "City council OKs $745K payout to end misconduct cases"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "Chicago cop's checkered career should have been red flag for city, lawyer for beating victim says" . . . "A Chicago police sergeant emboldened by a long history of escaping discipline from the Police Department “acted with impunity” the night he attacked and severely beat two men outside an Andersonville neighborhood nightclub, a lawyer for the victims alleged Thursday."

Buzzfeed News: "Current And Former Chicago Police Officers Are Spewing Racist Hate On A Facebook Page"

Associated Press: "7 convictions linked to corrupt Chicago officer overturned" . . . "'We’ve got 100 more cases that we have already submitted to the state’s attorney for review... that we believe they were framed,' said Joshua Tepfer, an attorney for the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project, which is handling many of the cases. 'And we still have a lot more to go through.'"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "New details laid out in bribery charges against two Chicago cops: 'We can both have a great Christmas'" . . . "The 42-page affidavit laid out in elaborate new detail a scheme in which Tate and Officer Milot Cadichon allegedly took thousands of dollars in kickbacks from Burton in exchange for detailed information about crash victims and their insurance carriers that the officers culled from police reports. Burton, who owns National Attorney Referral Service based in suburban Bloomingdale, then used the information to solicit accident victims as clients for attorneys, prosecutors alleged."

WBBM-TV: "Cook County Public Defender Amy P. Campanelli is hoping to create an in-house mental health resources unit that would help attorneys identify mental health issues with their clients over the course of the next year."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Frustration over Chicago policing heaped upon judge at consent decree hearing"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Live Blog: Two-day consent decree hearing comes to an end"

Chicago Tribune: "Candidates to oversee court-mandated reforms of Chicago Police Department make case for the job"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cops union to federal appeals court: ‘They shut us out’ of consent decree"

Chicago Tribune: "'Let's do this job': Lone black juror gives inside view of Van Dyke deliberations"

The Marshall Report commentary by Johanna Wald: "Record of Chicago cop Van Dyke was warning sign of Laquan McDonald’s murder"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Special prosecutor sketches broader conspiracy in CPD's Jason Van Dyke probe"

Chicago Tribune: "Prosecutors, defense lawyers tangle at hearing over alleged cover-up of the Laquan McDonald shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "Van Dyke, who makes brief return to court, remains isolated in jail, reading extensively, says his lawyer"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Chicago can't grow numb to this" . . . "There is so much bloodshed that we suspect many people grow numb to the carnage. But Chicagoans cannot. Numbness brings complacency, a shrug of the shoulders, a fatalistic sense that there’s nothing to be done. And that guarantees more violence."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "To stop gun violence, learn more about its roots"

Chicago Tribune: "Feds charge South Side gang faction in nearly a dozen killings in or near Englewood"

Better Government Association: "Fact-check: AG Jeff Sessions wrong on Chicago murder spike cause"

SOUTHSIDE "is a collection of stories about criminal justice in Chicago, a collaboration with AMAZON ORIGINAL STORIES."

  • The Hustle of Kim Foxx: "After the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, can a new state’s attorney bring real reform to Chicago?"

  • Payback: "Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his crew tortured false confessions out of hundreds of black men. Decades later, the survivors fought for reparations."

  • The Waiting Room: "For many released into the harsh environment outside Chicago’s Cook County Jail, it can be impossible to find their way home."

  • The Gun King: "A middle-class college student from the Chicago suburbs used Facebook to sell firearms to gangsters. But was he a kingpin or a scapegoat?"

  • Cellmates: "Lee Harris spent years in prison without hope, until an unlikely friendship led to a years-long crusade to prove his innocence."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Prosecutors’ case loads ‘completely out of hand’" . . . "Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says her attorneys are drowning in cases. They’re each shouldering about 3,000 – nearly 8 times more than experts recommend per lawyer."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Cook County judge reassigned for behavior; third in a month"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "How long of a sentence is too long for young offenders?"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "JIB alleges DuPage judge lied to cops about gunfire" . . . "The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board on Thursday announced it has filed a complaint against a DuPage County judge who allegedly lied to police — and the board itself — about what caused two holes in the wall of his apartment."

Injustice Watch and City Bureau: "No more HOPE: Cook County court program halted after years of problems"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Demise of HOPE Court an unhappy sign for criminal justice reform"

Chicago Sun-Times letter to the editor by David E. Olson, Co-Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice, Loyola University Chicago: "I read the Sun-Times editorial “Demise of HOPE Court an unhappy sign for criminal justice reform” and felt the need to respond to help you understand what reform actually looks like. The headline on the editorial should have been 'Demise of HOPE Court a sign of criminal justice reform.' You are bashing a process that worked in many ways like policy-making and reform efforts should. . . ."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Chief Judge Evans talks closure of branches"

Chicago Patch: "Watch Protesters Shut Down Chicago Courthouse Over Excessive Bail"

Chicago Patch: "Protesters To Meet With Judge After Chicago Courthouse Shutdown"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Public defender seeks funds for special mental health service" . . . "Cook County Public Defender Amy P. Campanelli is hoping to create an in-house mental health resources unit that would help attorneys identify mental health issues with their clients over the course of the next year."

Chicago Reader: "Efforts to turn Cook County Jail into a polling location persist following governor’s veto"

Riverfront Times, St. Louis: "Give Us This Day Tracks East St. Louis Cops, Residents During Year of Violence" . . . "Filmmakers followed three residents and three cops during 2017 as the city dealt with a record-breaking year for homicides. The resulting 120-minute documentary, set to air on television in two weeks, is billed as 'stories from America's murder capital.'"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Students Urge UIC To Keep Criminal Background Question Off Application"

Daily Southtown: "Alsip police release video of officer shooting drag racing suspect"

WGN-TV: "Did nephew of suburban (Harvey) mayor get special treatment in DUI case?"

WRSP-TV, Springfield: "$50,000 grant to plan crisis center focused on treatment, not jail"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department’s two newest members have noses for crime" . . . "The two pure bloodhounds were anything but shy as they eagerly tried to pull away from their handlers to approach photographers and television cameras moments before Sheriff Gary Caruana introduced the canines and announced they were purchased with an anonymous $50,000 donation."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by Julie Wurth: "UI police officer's behavior went unchecked for years" . . . "A campus sexual-harassment investigation has concluded that the University of Illinois Police Department failed to stop repeated inappropriate behavior by one of its veteran training officers, particularly toward new female recruits, documents show."

Oct. 8 - 21, 2018

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Cop Who Killed 15-year-old Dakota Bright Will Keep His Job"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Police Board clears cop in controversial fatal shooting of 15-year-old boy" . . . "Bucking the recommendation of police oversight officials who called the shooting “unprovoked and unwarranted,” a divided Chicago Police Board voted 5-3 Thursday night to clear an officer of all wrongdoing in fatally shooting a teen in the back of the head during a foot chase nearly six years ago."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Miles Bryan: "Expert: Police Board Decision In Dakota Bright Shooting Is ‘Due Process Run Amok’" . . . "The three police board members who voted against retaining officer Ternand wrote in a dissent that there was 'no evidence' the gun found on the scene belonged to Dakota Bright. They also agreed with an expert who suggested that, because Bright was shot in the back of head, he was likely facing away from the officer when he was shot."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Stripped-down strategic deployment centers coming to 6 more police districts"

Chicago Tribune: "2 Chicago cops face firing for shooting at stolen Jaguar driven by unarmed teen"

Block Club Chicago: "New Video Shows Off-Duty Cop Shoot Unarmed Teen With Disabilities From His Car"

Chicago Tribune: "On-duty Chicago police sergeant arrested for drunken driving"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop’s indictment threatens wiretap evidence in Four Corner Hustlers case"

USA Today commentary by Miriam Krinsky: "Jason Van Dyke guilty verdict reinforces need for transparent policing"

Atlantic commentary by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve: "The Chicago Culture That Created Jason Van Dyke" . . . "Judges who questioned the veracity of police testimony were considered disrespectful traitors and were treated as such."

Chicago Tribune: "'That didn't happen': Father-son eyewitnesses to Laquan McDonald's shooting tell why they came forward"

Chicago Sun-Times: "What awaits Jason Van Dyke in prison, according to experts, ex-cop who did time"

USA Today commentary by Sheila A. Bedi and David Anderson Hooker: "Chicago's policing problem is systemic. Truth and reconciliation are needed." . . . "The jury’s guilty verdict was a rejection of the ways police have interacted with black communities — and a significant foothold in the fight for transformative justice in Chicago."

New York Times editorial: "Can a Murder Verdict Help Reform Chicago Police? An officer’s shooting of a teenager shocked the city. His conviction should force the city to act."

Chicago Tribune: "Meet the finalists for the job of overseeing Chicago Police Department reform"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejects President Donald Trump's call for Chicago police to use stop-and-frisk tactics"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Trump wants Chicago cops to have more stop-and-frisk power; bad idea, says Rahm"

Politico: "Trump instructs DOJ to work with Chicago on crime" . . . “'We’re going to straighten it out. We’re going to straighten it out fast. There’s no reason for what’s going on there,' the president said in remarks at a law enforcement convention in Orlando. 'I know the law enforcement people in Chicago, and I know how good they are. They could solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly and that's what they want to do. So Chicago, we are going to start working with you as of today.'”

Huffington Post: "Trump DOJ Will Move To Block Chicago Police Reform, Jeff Sessions Says"

Associated Press: "Trump administration opposes Chicago police-reform plan"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Chicago consent decree has foes in Washington" . . . "Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a joint statement Sessions’ announcement is 'just further proof that they are out of step with the people of Chicago and out of touch with reality.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "If Larry Hoover were freed, he’d bring ‘fear of God’ to streets, advocate says" . . . "One of Larry Hoover’s loudest advocates believes the imprisoned Gangster Disciples leader would be a voice for peace in Chicago if he were freed by President Donald Trump."

Chicago Tribune commentary by Zachary Fardon: "Setting Jeff Sessions straight about Chicago" . . . "If Sessions spent more time in violence-afflicted neighborhoods, he would know that we still have kids who are growing up more afraid of police than of gangs. When that changes, we mark the beginning of a new Chicago. Sessions is wrong about the CPD consent decree. Those who know and love this great city must hold true."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Trump’s Justice Department sends more violent crime prosecutors to Chicago

Chicago Tribune: "U.S. attorney general says Chicago police consent decree should be tossed, while activists seek tighter rules"

Associated Press: "Chicago sues Trump administration again over grants" . . . "The city of Chicago has sued the U.S. Department of Justice again for withholding public safety grants for the “sanctuary city’s” refusal to cooperate with the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies."

Crain's Chicago Business column by Greg Hinz: "Do you trust City Hall to end crime woes? Jeff Sessions does."

The New Yorker: "Kanye West, Donald Trump, and the Truth About Chicago"

Chicago Tribune: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks out against consent decree in Chicago speech: 'Chicago police are not the problem'"

WMAQ-TV, Ward Room: "Jeff Sessions Blasts 'Un-Democratic' Consent Decree in Speech"

Chicago Tribune: "In debate with J.B. Pritzker, Gov. Bruce Rauner says illegal immigration contributes to Chicago gun violence"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Arne Duncan: "Why we should fund violence prevention in Chicago"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "The deadly peril of not enforcing gun laws" . . . "This case shows the need for stricter enforcement of federal firearms licensing laws — which are meant to prevent people from operating as gun dealers without following sensible rules. The laws are also meant to block sales to prohibited buyers. The largely unregulated private gun market makes it much too easy for shady sellers and criminal buyers to find each other. That’s a good reason for Congress to pass legislation requiring federal background checks for all firearm purchases, rather than let private sellers continue to operate on the honor system"

Crain's Chicago Business commentary by Nina Vinik, director of the Joyce Foundation's Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program: "To end gun violence in Chicago, should we focus on quick fixes or root causes? Yes" . . . "The debate we sometimes hear among advocates, experts and commentators about gun violence in Chicago is whether it's more important to focus on immediate solutions or to take a longer view and address its root causes. A new survey of young adults in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods demonstrates that this is a false choice."

The Trace in partnership with NBC5 Chicago: “Record Gun Theft Poses Threat to Progress Against Violence in Chicago” . . . “An analysis of lost and stolen firearms ties thousands of weapons to crimes committed on the city’s streets.”

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Ruling gives sheriff’s office weapon against suits" . . . "A state appeals panel has given the Cook County Sheriff’s Office a weapon to fight the onslaught of at least 60 lawsuits challenging the decisions of an illegally constituted merit board."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Dow’s first trial was on the bench" . . . “'The first time I saw a trial,' Robert M. Dow Jr. said, 'I was the judge in it.'

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Jury cuts $10M demand to $1 after police search"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge bucks Cook County law, says boys as young as 10 can be locked up"

Injustice Watch: "Illinois Supreme Court: Juvenile protections do not extend to 18-year-olds"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Top court sidesteps question on teen’s de facto life sentence" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday sent a criminal case back to the trial court without addressing the question of whether a 76-year prison sentence for an 18-year-old defendant violates the state Constitution."

Associated Press: "Court: Warrant needed for drug-dog search at apartment door"

Chicago Defender by City Bureau: "A Court Program That Connects Participants to Services Instead of Prison Sentences Just Got Expanded"

Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center news release: "LGBTQ Organization Censored by IL Prisons"

Truthout: "Illinois Prisons Sued for Unconstitutional Ban on LGBTQ Literature"

Courthouse News Service: "LGBTQ Prisoner Group Accuses Illinois Prisons of Censorship "

Chicago Reporter, NPR News Investigations, and the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University: "Women in prison punished more harshly than men around the country"

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Being accountable: More defendants make cases for mental health care" . . . "For a small population of patients at McFarland and other facilities, however, the NGRI designation amounts to a life sentence. After patients reach their statutory release date, the state can seek a civil commitment that keeps them in treatment based on a doctor's assessment that they remain too dangerous to be released."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Report: Most McLean County defendants succeed on pretrial release" . . . "The majority of defendants screened for release from custody before trial did not commit a new offense or fail to appear in court while their cases were pending, according to a study reviewed Wednesday by the McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Frustration led police to release list of suspected gang members'"

Madison - St. Clair Record: "Watson must defend jail suicide suit brought by MacArthur Justice Center of Chicago" . . . "St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson must defend a claim of deliberate indifference in a jail suicide, U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle ruled on Oct. 4."

Daily Herald: "Island Lake cop's shift was over, but his heroics began when a keyboard caught on fire'"

Sept. 24 - Oct. 7, 2018

Link to the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Link to compilation of Chicago Sun-Times articles about the Jason Van Dyke trial.

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, and the troubled relationship between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight with analysis by Sharone Mitchell Jr., Deputy Director of ILJP: "As Jury Deliberates Van Dyke’s Fate, a Closer Look at the Charges"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Legal Analysis of Van Dyke’s Guilty Verdict"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau, Christy Gutowski, Jason Meisner and Stacy St. Clair: "A historic murder conviction of a Chicago cop — and a city's sigh of relief"

Chicago Sun-Times by Andy Grimm and Jon Seidel: "16 shots, a guilty verdict and a Chicago cop goes to jail for killing a teen"

WGN-TV: "Faith leaders, activists look forward after Van Dyke verdict"

Chicago Tribune by Stacy St. Clair and Megan Crepeau: "Under intense pressure, special prosecutor McMahon scores career-defining win with Van Dyke's conviction"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "When the Van Dyke verdict comes down, Chicagoans will rise above"

New York Times by Mitch Smith, Timothy Williams and Monica Davey: "'Justice for Laquan!’ Demonstrators Chant, as Chicago Officer Is Convicted of Murder"

New York Times by Mitch Smith: "‘We Just Didn’t Buy It’: Jury Was Unswayed by Officer’s Story in Laquan McDonald Case"

Washington Post by Mark Guarino and Mark Berman: "Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder for killing Laquan McDonald"

Associated Press by Don Babwin and Michael Tarm: "Chicago verdict come 4 years after Laquan McDonald's death" . . . "Four years after he fired 16 bullets into a black teenager, three years after dashcam video of the shooting was released and three weeks after his murder trial began, Jason Van Dyke’s transformation from Chicago patrol officer to convicted felon came suddenly."

Associated Press by Errin Haines Whack: "Chicago verdict raises hope of greater police accountability" . . . "A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager."

Associated Press: "With conviction, officer likely avoided decades behind bars"

Wall Street Journal by Erica Snow and Doug Belkin: "Chicago Jury Finds Police Officer Guilty of Murder in Laquan McDonald Trial" . . . "The 2014 shooting, captured on a dashboard camera, led to the firing of the city’s police chief and a Justice Department investigation"

Daily Mail (UK): "'What cop would want to be proactive fighting crime after this disgusting charade?' Illinois police union's fury after white Chicago officer is convicted of murder for shooting dead black teen Laquan McDonald"

Truthout: "Jury Finds Chicago Cop Guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Shooting of Black Teen"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx: "The next steps toward criminal justice reform after the Van Dyke trial" . . . "We cannot have a criminal justice system that lacks integrity, credibility and transparency. We must own our historical failures — acknowledge them, apologize for them and actively work to fix them."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "The Jason Van Dyke verdict is a step toward healing a broken Chicago"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Van Dyke’s guilty verdict brings relief, sadness, and a sense of hope"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by John W. Fountain: "Before and after Laquan, I stand at a Chicago crossroads of love and hate"

Chicago Reader: "Family of another teen slain by Chicago police reflects on Van Dyke verdict"

Chicago Reporter by Curtis Black and David E. Thigpen: “Van Dyke conviction offers moment of accountability for Chicago police"

Chicago Magazine commentary by Edward McClelland: "Jason Van Dyke Is More Than a Murderer. He Damaged an Entire City." . . . "Good riddance to a cop who amplified racial tensions and upended Chicago politics."

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "The Van Dyke trial: A questionable verdict that somehow feels right"

Chicago Tribune column by Mary Schmich: "After the Jason Van Dyke verdict, a city exhales. But the problems aren’t over."

Chicago Sun-Times: "FBI: Drop in murders in Chicago accounts for more than half of national decline"

The Trace: "Chicago Parents Sue Governor, Arguing Inaction on Gun Violence Violates Kids’ Civil Rights" . . . "Several families are suing the state, arguing that unchecked gun violence is impairing children — and officials must do more to protect them."

Associated Press: "Women cite damage to children in seeking stricter gun laws"

Capitol Fax: "Federal lawsuit filed against state over lack of gun regulations"

Crain's Chicago Business: "AT&T hires 400 in areas hard hit by gun violence" . . . "Employees who live in 19 affected areas on the South and West sides sparked the company's new philanthropic initiative, Believe Chicago."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Public hearings set for comment on proposed consent decree guiding CPD reforms" . . . "Both hearings — Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 — will be in the John B. Parsons Ceremonial Courtroom on the 25th floor of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office announced Wednesday. Hearings will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago ready to launch 'Smart911' system to upgrade emergency response"

Chicago Tribune: "Star of Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 'a great police officer,' retired in ceremony at Chicago police HQ"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge tosses drug conviction in case tied to two indicted Chicago cops"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge slams ATF stash house stings, citing 'disgust'" . . . "A federal judge blasted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for conducting sting operations that use fake “stash houses” to put real people behind bars."

Associated Press: "Guns stolen from Memphis UPS facility were found en route to Chicago"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "A slow change is churning among suburban Republicans on gun violence"

The Trace: "How and Why Chicago’s At-Risk Youth Carry Guns"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Kim Foxx atones for police abuses" . . . "Foxx, to her credit, has been forthright in exposing Watts and other rogue officers and taking action to mitigate the injustices they caused. Those are important steps in restoring the broken trust between police and the citizenry. She also hopes it will encourage police and prosecutors to speak up when they see official wrongdoing."

Chicago Defender by City Bureau: “Why Illinois Has So Many Wrongful Convictions—and How to Fight Them"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County judge reassigned after allegedly insulting prosecutor, suggesting he had sex with her"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge reassigned over alleged comments about prosecutor"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Dems pull endorsement as judicial PAC takes bow" . . . "On Friday, the Cook County Democratic Party, for 'the first time in recent history,' found Coghlan 'not recommended' for retention. In its statement, the party said it conducted an independent investigation of Coghlan that included court observations and interviews. The party said its decision to not recommend Coghlan for retention was 'difficult but necessary.'"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "DUI tests with no warrant to go to top court" . . . "A law forcing drivers to take blood, breath and urine tests will get top court review."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge: Sun-Times broke privacy law with details on cops in Daley nephew lineup"

Chicago Sun-Times: "One Cook County judge bucks chief judge’s order against unaffordably high bail"

Chicago Defender by City Bureau: “The History of Cook County Bond Reform and Beyond"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Murderer on parole for 'Pine Village massacre' near Yorkville remains in prison"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Clemency hearing starts Thursday for man who killed Plano woman"

InjusticeWatch commentary by Jenny Vollen-Katz: "Progress slow in prison reform; politics seems the reason" . . . "As it stands, however, nine months after the new law became effective, IDOC has yet to propose how it will exercise its discretion to award EDSC. IDOC appears not to have taken any action to implement EDSC and award discretionary credits to deserving prisoners, frustrating the law’s intent."

Pacific Standard: "Do American prisoners have free speech?" . . . "The shuttering of a prison debate club shows the precarious nature of free-speech rights among American inmates."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Judge to issue order in prison mental health lawsuit" . . . "A permanent injunction will be issued this month ordering the state to meet deadlines for improving care to more than 12,000 mentally ill inmates, a federal judge told lawyers Friday."

State Journal-Register: "Former Logan prison guard seeks back pay, other expenses from Corrections" . . . "A former Department of Corrections officer is arguing in federal court over compensation she says she is owed after she said the department essentially forced her out of her job because of a disability."

Joliet Herald-News: "Stateville inmates enroll in new degree program in restorative arts"

Daily Northwestern: "Northwestern launches prison education program, will provide college credits to inmates"

Belleville News-Democrat: "IDOC officials deny abuse allegations made in transgender inmate’s lawsuit"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Some cells in Illinois prison are so small it's 'inhumane' to house 2 inmates in them, judge says" . . . "A federal judge has called shared cells in one wing of an Illinois maximum-security prison “inhumane” and banned prison officials from placing a convicted sex offender there with a roommate."

Rockford Register Star by Kevin Haas: "High turnover slows pace of justice in Winnebago County; ‘I just want a steady attorney’" . . . "Faced with a slowing pace of justice this year, officials here are funneling more money to pay public defenders and prosecutors in the hope that doing so will accelerate court cases and pay off for taxpayers in the long run."

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Our View: Complex criminal justice system needs more attention on front end" . . . "Criminal justice involves more than locking people up and throwing away the key. It’s a complex system that includes law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, corrections officers and more. Oh, and lest we forget, it includes alternative programs that are designed to keep people out of jail."

Rockford Register Star: "Less gunfire detected in Rockford despite new ShotSpotter technology" . . . "The jury is still out on the $310,000 ShotSpotter gunfire detection system deployed six months ago in two areas of Rockford. Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea had expected the new technology to result in the detection of as many as 75 percent more shots fired. But there has so far been a sharp decline in gunfire this year."

Daily Southtown: "Top vote-getter, former convicted felon sworn in as Markham mayor after Rauner intervenes"

Pontiac Daily Leader: "Drug court should be helpful in long run"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Mayor drove cop car with lights flashing. Now she’s charged with official misconduct"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Urbana school board president on discipline approach: Great idea, terrible execution"

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Mental health court to benefit participants, county

Sept. 10 - Sept. 23, 2018

Link to the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Link to compilation of Chicago Sun-Times articles about the Jason Van Dyke trial.

WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune "16 Shots," Episode 14:  "Analyzing the Prosecution," with commentary by Sharone Mitchell Jr., Deputy Director of the Illinois Justice Project.  Additional episodes of "16 Shots" podcast on the website of WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. 

WTTW, Chicago Tonight's compilation of daily trial reports.

The New Yorker by Alex Kotlowitz: "What the Trial of Laquan McDonald’s Killer Means for the Future of Chicago"

Associated Press: "Murder trial of Chicago cop puts troubled force in spotlight"

Chicago Tribune: "The Van Dyke trial is about 1 cop firing 16 shots. But broader issues of police cover-up and official silence loom large."

Chicago Tribune: "Disgraced ex-Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, accused of presiding over decades of brutality and torture, has died" . . . "Stories of the violence committed under Burge — including beatings, electric shock, suffocation with typewriter covers and games of Russian roulette — proved to have a long reach. Although most of Burge’s alleged misconduct took place in the 1970s and ’80s, his accusers played a fundamental role in former Gov. George Ryan’s decision to vacate Illinois’ death row in 2000 and declare a moratorium on capital punishment in the state."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, tied to torture cases, has died" . . . "Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, whose name became synonymous with torture, a web of tainted court convictions and more than $100 million in settlements with wrongfully convicted defendants who lost decades of their lives in jail, has died in Florida at 70, according to the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Burge’s legacy: Torture, deceit and distrust — and the push to stop it all"

Capitol Fax: "FOP offers condolences to convicted felon’s family"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel says police union was 'wrong' for defending disgraced ex-Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge"

Associated Press: "Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70" . . . "Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor, said Burge’s actions were despicable, but pointed to broader systemic issues within the Chicago Police Department for allowing the alleged torture to continue for so long. 'He could not have engaged in more than two decades of torture of black folks without a system that protected torturers and was complicit in ensuring that officers like Burge could torture black folks with impunity,' Futterman said."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Burge’s Legacy Of Police Torture To Last Long After His Death"

Chicago Tribune: "Rahm Emanuel, Lisa Madigan agree on proposed court order to overhaul Chicago Police Department"

Office of the Illinois Attorney General: "Attorney General Madigan, Mayor Emanuel & Chicago Police Superintendent Johnson file consent decree on police reform in federal court"

Crain's Chicago Business: "New lawyers at City Hall to help steer police reform" . . . "Tyeesha Dixon and Katie Hill this summer joined Chicago's 280-attorney Law Department. Hill, 39, who most recently was policy director for Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, will hold the department's No. 2 job and report directly to Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Finance Committee approves $16M Bettie Jones settlement"

Chicago Reporter by Jonah Newman: "Meet the nine teams that want to monitor the Chicago Police consent decree"

Chicago Tribune: "Group calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to act on civilian police oversight before he leaves office"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Paris Schutz: "Embattled US Attorney General Sessions Slams Chicago Police Reform" . . . "U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the group, in no uncertain terms, that he believes the efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department will lead to more crime and less safety."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "City Council nearing vote on $16M Bettie Jones settlement"

Chicago Tribune: "Aldermen to consider $16 million for woman fatally shot by Chicago cop Robert Rialmo"

Chicago Tribune: "Aldermen approve paying $16 million to family of Bettie Jones, who was accidentally shot by Chicago cop"

Chicago Tribune: "Suicides of three Chicago police officers renew debate of how department takes care of its own"

Chicago Tribune: "Charges to be thrown out against 18 more men whose convictions linked to corrupt Chicago cop"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Week of multiple shootings shows danger of ignoring gun violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Preteens accused of crimes won’t be locked up at Cook County juvenile center" . . . "Studies show that even short detention periods for a child can lead to higher recidivism and increased suicidal thoughts. Also, children who’ve been in detention are 39 percentage points less likely to finish high school than other public school students who come from the same neighborhood, according to the Juvenile Justice Initiative, an Evanston-based advocacy group and a major proponent of the ordinance."

Public News Service: "Cook County Raises Bar on Juvenile Detention Age"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance" . . . "'We have a relatively small number of children under 13 we’ve put in detention. But any number is a problem for our society,' Lawrence J. Suffredin Jr. said during Tuesday’s committee meeting."

The Marshall Project: "This Agency Tried to Fix the Race Gap in Juvenile Justice. Then Came Trump" . . . "A new presidential appointee has quietly changed decades-old federal policies meant to improve racial disparities in youth incarceration."

InjusticeWatch: "Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old" . . . "The Cook County board on Wednesday became the first county in Illinois to prohibit the detention of children under the age of 13, as the board unanimously adopted an ordinance to bar the practice."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Another big day for man cleared in 1993 killing of ISU student" . . . "Beaman spent 13 years in prison before the Illinois Supreme Court overturned his conviction in May 2008 on the grounds that McLean County authorities improperly withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense. Now, the same court is being asked to rule on the question of whether Beaman can sue the city of Normal and three of its police officers for malicious prosecution. 'I just feel like this case is way bigger than me at this point, because this is about the whole state,' he said."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Exonerated man seeks right to sue arresting officers, city"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Daisy Contreras: "Illinois Man Wrongfully Convicted In '93 Murder Seeks Police Accountability"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Man exonerated in 1993 killing of ISU student must wait some more"

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Lawyers: Jury deserves chance to 'make it right' in Beaman case against town, police"

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Report: Number of years lost to improper incarceration tops 20,000"

Chicago Sun-Times: "In a rare move, Cook County Democratic Party refuses to endorse a sitting judge" . . . "The Cook County Democratic Party took the rare step Friday of refusing to endorse a sitting Cook County judge, deciding not to recommend Circuit Judge Matthew Coghlan for reelection in November. The decision by Cook County Democrats not to support Coghlan — a former assistant state’s attorney who is a defendant in a federal civil rights lawsuit that accuses him, as a prosecutor, of helping frame two innocent men for murder 25 years ago — represents a seismic shift in the party’s tradition of supporting all candidates for retention."

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Brian Mackey: "Dad ODs. Can You Sue A Local Drug Dealer?"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Appeals court gives inmate choice on pursuing payout"

InjusticeWatch: "Fewer Cook County suspects held pretrial; but reform order not always followed"

Chicago Tribune: "Long-buried report concluded Chicago school principal ignored warnings in horrific sexual abuse case"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Brian Mackey: "Fired Prisoner Review Board Member Asks Illinois Supreme Court To Limit Governor's Power"

Crime Report: "Did Illinois Officials Muzzle a Prisoners’ Debate over Parole Reform?"

Daily Herald: "Waukegan man among three inmate deaths at Menard prison" 

Du Quoin Call: "Fourth inmate dies at Menard prison Coroner does not believe all deaths are related"

Capitol Fax: "Dem legislator holds 'prayer rally' to reopen prison facility"

John Howard Association: "IDOC Must Promulgate Proposed Administrative Rules for Earned Discretionary Sentencing Credit Without Further Delay"

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "Former Logan inmate sues over alleged sexual assault" . . . "A former inmate at the Logan Correctional Center says she was sexually assaulted by a prison employee and that prison staff knew of the assaults but did nothing to stop them."

Illinois Times by Bruce Rushton: "Alleged prison rape prompt lawsuits; Criminal charges pending" . . . "Officials at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln have ignored sexual misconduct involving guards and other employees, according to three lawsuits filed since last November."

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Five now accused of sexual misconduct at Logan Correctional Center" . . . "WAND-TV uncovered in total five employees at the Logan Correctional Center are accused of sexual misconduct with female inmates. Three of those employees are no longer employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections and have been charged with custodial sexual misconduct. However, two employees named in the lawsuits are still employed at the prison and have not been charged."

Uptown People's Law Center news release: "Illinois Prisons ban Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book on Attica"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Addressing Opioid Use Disorders in Corrections: A Survey of Illinois Jails" . . . "This article presents findings from a survey of 36 Illinois jail administrators on the use of medication-assisted treatment for detainees with opioid use disorders, naloxone distribution to reduce post-release overdose, and policies to ensure safe withdrawal from opioids and other drugs."

Associated Press: "Illinois gets $44M in federal funds to fight opioid abuse"

NPR, Here & Now: "County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates" . . . "The Champaign County Jail signed onto the Stepping Up Initiative after Deputy Chief Allen Jones realized the majority of the jail's "frequent flyers" — people who landed in jail five or more times a year — had mental health or substance use issues."

Chicago Tribune: "Settlement over Cook County's 2007 decision to cut inmates' dental care will cost nearly $5.3 million"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Clash over sheriff's electronic monitoring program to go to trial" . . . "Six people who allege they were held in the Cook County Jail for several days after they were ordered released on electronic monitoring got the go-ahead to pursue a due process claim against Sheriff Thomas J. Dart. In a written opinion last week, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber did not rule on the merits of the allegations made in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against Dart and Cook County."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Tom Dart sues correctional officer who allegedly spread domestic violence rumors"

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘Fowl’-up with gun could send ex-Melrose Park police chief back to prison" . . . "The trouble for Scavo, who’s due in court next month, stems from his arrest last November after the former west suburban police chief, armed with a shotgun, blasted away at geese and possibly other birds during a hunting trip in Kendall County with friends who included off-duty suburban cops, according to police records and interviews. Scavo eventually came clean he’d been hunting when questioned by an Illinois conservation police officer who’d been watching him, records show."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Authorities mum on details of probe into former Vermilion County prosecutor"

Ottawa Times: "Officer: Help is the answer to drug problem, not prosecution" . . . "La Salle County Jail Superintendent Jason Edgcomb and State's Attorney Karen Donnelly also addressed the growing problem. Donnelly used the occasion to announce state of Illinois officials will meet with her Thursday to review the certification application for creation of the county's long-planned drug court."

Chicago Tribune: "Worried about gun violence, more than 20 Illinois schools install blue emergency boxes that notify police of an active shooter"

Daily Southtown: "Will County scores a drug-free community grant"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Urbana police pedestrian-stop numbers criticized over racial disparity"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Urbana school board sets emergency meeting over safety issues"

Aug. 27 - Sept. 9, 2018

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Sharone R. Mitchell Jr., Deputy Director of the Illinois Justice Project: "A smart way to attack Chicago’s illegal gun problem right now" . . . "We are engaged in a real-life and deadly game of whack-a-mole, with large quantities of illegally possessed guns either coming in or remaining on the streets of our distressed, under-resourced communities at the same time that some guns are being removed by the police."

WRSP-TV, Springfield: "New law lets Illinois police seek mental health treatment without fear of being fired"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Medical cannabis approved as opioid alternative"

Associated Press: "Illinois agency says it didn't keep records on inmate death" . . . "Disposing of all records means the public has no information about how prisons are run under Gov. Bruce Rauner, how the incident occurred or IDOC’s response to it. Experts say it also could leave the state more susceptible to losing a civil lawsuit over the matter because juries are instructed to look unfavorably on a defendant who disposed of relevant information."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Stealing a hat and $1 landed him at Tamms. After decades in solitary, he’s now free." . . . "His prison odyssey spanned 24 years, during which he was locked in solitary confinement in Illinois prisons for 22 to 23 hours a day, cut and slashed parts of his own body more than 500 times in protest, was strapped naked to metal bed frames without food, and, on a grim day in 2010 during what court records state was extreme mental delirium, sliced off part of his testicle and tied it to a cell door."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Stateville Debate: Former Coach Suing to Keep Prison Team Alive" . . . "Burlet filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against two IDOC officials, claiming they 'silenced' the debate team because they had focused on a subject that was hampering the department’s 'pursuit of its own legislative agenda.'"

WGN-TV: "Federal lawsuit filed over prison debate team"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Ex-coach sues IDOC to bring back debate"

Injustice Watch: "Illinois prison officials quashed First Amendment rights, lawsuit says"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Davis advocates for federal prison reform during Decatur visit" . . . "While touring the Decatur Correctional Center, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he was impressed with the support networks, workforce training and other steps in place to make sure the women have a chance to be reformed and productive members of society upon their release."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Three male juveniles escaped from youth center in Grafton", Alton: "Three escapees from Illinois Youth Center at Pere Marquette are back in custody"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "$39M jail addition enters final phase; December opening planned" . . . "'Now we should have a place to separate good behavior from bad behavior'"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Before his rape and carjacking trial, he broke another man’s back in jail, police say"

Daily Herald editorial: "Better explanation needed for canceling DuPage jail volunteers' contract"

Daily Herald: "DuPage sheriff's officials change reason for canceling J.U.S.T. program"

Daily Herald: "Volunteers, DuPage sheriff reach deal over jail social services"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Detainees Pair Up with Shelter Dogs for New Program at Cook County Jail"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "7th Circuit dashes sex offender class action vs. Chicago" . . . "A federal appeals court reaffirmed the dismissal of the class-action lawsuit filed by two homeless sex offenders against the city of Chicago after they were blocked from registering."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Federal judge refuses to acquit Cook County judge as she clings to the bench"

Associated Press: "Illinois judges take police, court lessons to schools"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago murder defendant jailed 19 months, blames botched autopsy"

Chicago Defender by City Bureau's Bia Medious: "Alternative Courts Offer Paths to Avoid Convictions"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Inmate had right to counsel in civil case, panel finds" . . . "An inmate in Illinois should have been appointed a lawyer to represent him in his civil case, an unanimous federal appeals court ruled last week."

DeKalb Daily Chronicle: "Judge announces $106K grant awarded to drug, DUI court"

DeKalb Daily Chronicle: "DeKalb County won't fight $9K return request for mental health court grant"

The Marshall Project: “Southside” . . . “Here is the epic story of an American conflict zone: where the death toll for US citizens has climbed twice as high as in Afghanistan and where the staggering majority of homicides go unsolved. From the award-winning journalists at The Marshall Project, these are the true stories of real people fighting for justice in a city struggling to overcome a brutal legacy of violence and corruption.”

Washington Post: "‘Ain’t nobody been locked up. And they ain’t trying to solve nothing.’" . . . "Since 2010, Chicago police have made arrests in only about 27 percent of homicides, according to a Washington Post analysis of homicide data in more than 50 major U.S. cities — the lowest rate of any city The Post examined."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD releases August crime stats, shows 10 percent drop in citywide crime in 2018"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cops to document every time they point a gun at someone as part of CPD overhaul deal, sources say"

Chicago Sun-Times: "City, state agree on CPD decree; cops would report each time they point gun "

Chicago Sun-Times: "New bodycam video shows Chicago police shooting of Terrell Eason"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop credited with saving teen’s life with tourniquet"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge dismisses city’s motion to reconsider $44.7M police verdict" . . . "The jury also found the city engaged in a pattern of failing to investigate, discipline or terminate officers like Kelly for the shooting and continually failed to maintain an adequate early-warning system to identify officers like Kelly, who has had numerous complaints filed against him and been named in several lawsuits."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Improper vehicle search ruling in marijuana case upheld" . . . "Once a McLean County sheriff’s deputy gave Joshua Thomas a verbal warning for an obstructed windshield and said he was free to go, the officer did not have “reasonable suspicion” to further detain him so a drug-sniffing dog could search his car, an appellate panel held."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD officer shot and killed teen, later killed self. Now, lawsuit alleges cover-up"

Chicago Tribune: "2 Chicago cops took bribes to share crash report details with attorney referral service, charges allege"

Chicago Tribune: "Officer Van Dyke speaks out for the first time since shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Prosecutors Want Bail Revoked After Officer Speaks Out"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "‘The More You Dig Into This, The Less Open-And-Shut It Is’" . . . "Examining the high-profile trial through the eyes of a defense attorney"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Remember the name Joe McMahon — he’s prosecutor aiming to convict Jason Van Dyke"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Eddie Johnson: Van Dyke trial will be ’emotional time for a lot of people’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jason Van Dyke avoids jail time for now as judge delays bond ruling"

Chicago Tribune: "A study in contrasts: Competing lawyers in Van Dyke trial strikingly different in style"

Chicago Tribune: "Van Dyke trial gets underway as potential jurors pass by protesters, learn whose fate they could decide"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Laquan McDonald shooting: Key players in courtroom"

Chicago Sun-Times: "The criminal charges against Jason Van Dyke explained"

New York Times: "Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald Violated Bond, Judge Rules"

Chicago Tribune: "Picking a jury for the Jason Van Dyke trial: Part psychology, legal strategy and guesswork"

Injustice Watch: "Study: Van Dyke’s complaint history could have foretold shooting of McDonald" . . . "Jason Van Dyke could have been flagged as a problem officer who needed intervention to avoid a tragic incident long before he fired the 16 shots that killed 17-year old Laquan McDonald in 2014, a study of civilian complaints against Chicago police officers concludes."

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Why protesting at Van Dyke trial — and others — undermines justice"

ProPublica and Mother Jones: "As Months Pass in Chicago Shelters, Immigrant Children Contemplate Escape, Even Suicide; Internal documents reveal despair and tedium in one of the nation’s largest shelter networks for unaccompanied minors." 

ICJIA: "What’s Next for InfoNet? How a Statewide Case Management System is Shaping Responses to Illinois Victims"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Know a woman who wants a gun? This Illinois man will give her one for free" . . . "A Mt. Vernon man is giving away free guns to those who meet his requirements: pass the “babysitter test,” have a FOID card and be a woman."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign council OKs settling two lawsuits against police for $3.7M"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Shaky facts, 18 years in prison prompt city to pay up" . . . "Campbell's lawyers alleged that police persuaded witnesses to lie about Campbell's role in the killing. City officials flatly rejected that claim, contending that they agreed to the big payoff to settle the matter because they feared an even bigger award if the city went to trial and lost."

Chicago Tribune: "Second chances: Employers more open to hiring people with criminal backgrounds" . . . "In Illinois, lawmakers have changed licensing laws to make 100-plus occupations more accessible to people with criminal records, including in real estate and accounting. The state also has expanded the types of convictions that can be sealed and therefore invisible to most employers. Meanwhile, tweaks to federal banking policies make it easier for banks to hire people convicted of minor crimes."

Illinois Policy Institute: "Momentum builds for pardon of Peoria man who served 15 years for drug offense"

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Mystery: 25 years after Lockmiller's death, questions remain"

Peoria Journal Star: "Ex-Peoria police officer sues city regarding social media posts" . . . "A former Peoria police officer, fired earlier this year for inappropriate use of social media, believes his posts were protected speech."

State Journal-Register: "Popular motivational speaker cooks up new venture" . . . "A silver lining to Lynard Joiner Sr.’s sentencing for his role in a 1995 crack cocaine conspiracy in Springfield came from U.S. District Court Judge Richard Mills. 'My judge said something to the effect that ‘I’m going to do you a favor. You like cooking, so we’re going to send you to a federal prison that has a cooking school,’ Joiner said."

Illinois Times: "SPD fights gun violence with tough love"

Daily Herald: "6 suspended after Des Plaines police golf outing involving drinking and sex"

State Journal-Register: "Springfield police officer, barbers organize back-to-school party"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Amnesty week offers way to skip late fees on past-due court fines"

Ottawa Times: "First public tour of old Joliet prison includes locals and travelers"

Rockford Register Star editorial: "Justice Center a cause worth the investment"

Elgin Courier-News: "'Giving Tuesday' a year-round campaign for St. Charles book store; Kane's Juvenile Justice Center book club to benefit this month"

August 13 - 26, 2018

Illinois Governor's Office news release: "Gov. Rauner signs public safety legislation; Gives 60-day grace period to FOID card holders submitting renewals on time"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette commentary by Scott Reeder: "A curious move by state's chief executive" . . . "Whose word is less reliable, a jailhouse snitch's or Gov. Bruce Rauner's?"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "‘Ambiguous’ gun, mental health law allows FOID renewal grace period"

Illinois Senate Democrats news release: "Stadelman proposal to crack down on mugshot websites signed into law"

ACLU of Illinois news release: "ACLU laments governor's amendatory veto of bill to expand voting rights" . . . "It is especially disappointing that a Governor, who has publically stated that individuals who have served time in jails and prisons deserve an opportunity for redemption, rehabilitation and a second chance to be productive citizens, would use his veto to take away an opportunity for individuals leaving prisons and jails to know about their voting rights. Especially when this bill, and the provision he vetoed, was the result of negotiations with many entities, including IDOC and the Illinois Sheriffs Association."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "New Law Means More Oversight For Suburban Police Shootings"

WMAQ-TV: "Illinois School Resource Officers to Undergo Training"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Daisy Contreras: "New Law To Address Police Officers' Mental Health" . . . "Illinois police officers who want to seek mental health care can now do so without jeopardizing their jobs."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Rauner vetoes bill expanding voting rights in county jails"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Governor vetoes bill to end medical co-pays for prison inmates" . . . "Courts have recently forced Illinois prisons to provide better health care for their populations, including for hard-of-hearing and mentally ill inmates, so it’s not the inmates who are abusing the system, Vollen-Katz stated. And if prisoners are using the medical system as simply an avenue to get out of their cells, 'the problem is really not your medical care,' she added, 'it’s staffing issues, it’s programming issues, it’s a whole host of other things intrinsic to our prison system.'"

John Howard Association: "Governor Rauner’s Amendatory Veto of HB5104 is Bad for Prisoners, Policy and the Public" . . . "This decision is incredibly disappointing and the reasoning behind it flies in the face of research and correctional realities. There is little or no substantiation for the assertion that without a medical co-pay, prisoners will seek medical attention regardless of medical need; there is a plethora of evidence demonstrating correctional medical co-pays result in poorer overall health for prisoners and staff as well as increased costs to the state due to administrative expenses and heavier utilization of expensive emergency treatments."

Associated Press: "Rauner signs expansive mental health care laws"

Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities: "Governor Signs Illinois Law Enforcement Diversion Bill, First of Its Kind in the Nation"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "New Laws Boost Treatment of Opioid Abuse, Mental Health Access"

Chicago Magazine: "Lawmakers Expand Rehabilitation Services to People Who’ve Committed Violent Crimes" . . . "A bill signed this week could increase the number of individuals in court-ordered programs by 50 percent — and drastically reduce Illinois’s state prison population."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Omarosa: Trump has ‘done nothing’ to stem Chicago violence"

Chicago Tribune: "After another violent Chicago weekend, top cop says: ‘We can only do so much. We cannot be on every street corner’"

Chicago Tribune: "3 weeks after 75 people were shot in Chicago's most violent weekend in 2018, only one alleged shooter has been charged"

Fox News: "Amid gun violence crisis, all 5 Chicago pro sports teams funding therapy, mentoring program for at-risk youth"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Could a long neglected law help curb violence?" . . . "An amendment to the school code in 2005, HB 1336, “requires teachers to teach pupils honesty, kindness, justice, discipline, respect for others, and moral courage for the purpose of lessening crime and raising the standard of good citizenship. 'It is the law of the land, and if schools were doing that, they would have saved a bunch of lives,' (Spencer) Leak argues."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "FOP too late to intervene on consent decree talks" . . . "A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Chicago police union from intervening in the consent decree negotiations between the city government and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Black Lives Matter, other activists demand changes to police consent decree"

Chicago Tribune: "ACLU, Black Lives Matter say plans to reform the Chicago police don't go far enough"
Fox32, Chicago: "Payouts for Chicago police misconduct: $50 million this year" . . . "'What we ought to be thinking about doing is flagging the officers who engage in misconduct, thinking about ways to train and repurpose this money that we're spending on judgments and settlements, after the fact, in more productive ways,' (Locke) Bowman said."

WBBM-TV: "Hundreds Of CPD Officers Are Not On Streets Fighting Crime" . . . "In a 2016 News Release, CPD announced more than 150 officers were headed back to the streets as 'part of Mayor Emanuel’s commitment to civilianize more than 300 positions at the police department.' Despite the announcement, according to the Inspector General’s office, in 2017 the number of officers in those same units went up to 798, not down."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cops pointed guns at children while raiding the wrong address, lawsuit says"

Associated Press: "Chicago officer sues over placement on desk duty since 2009"

Chicago Tribune: "More than 120 march to protest death of 15-year-old authorities say committed suicide after chase"

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "Hadiya Pendleton murder trial reveals ugly and controversial world of police interrogations" . . . "Rarely does the public get to see what goes on behind closed doors when the police are attempting to get a suspect to talk. The make-believe scenes in “Law & Order” pale in comparison to what happens in real life. The yelling, cursing, intimidation, emotional manipulation and lying that detectives routinely employ is too uncomfortable for most of us to watch."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop promoted to lieutenant amid sexual misconduct investigation, lawsuit" . . . "Taxpayers are covering the cost of the 5-year-old sexual misconduct lawsuit against Breimon and the city — with the tab for outside lawyers so far totaling about $75,000."

Block Club Chicago: "Cops Accused Of Domestic Violence Get 50 Percent More Excessive Force Complaints, Are Rarely Punished: Invisible Institute Data"

Washington Post: "Viral photos showing Chicago police sleeping in squad car prompt outrage after violent weekend"

New York Daily News: "Chicago police officers sleeping on the job has Windy City politicians raging"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Police burnout? Photo goes viral of CPD officers snoozing on the job"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD says overtime not the reason officers fell asleep on the job"

WGN-TV: "Chicago police take disciplinary action after photo of cops sleeping on the job goes viral"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "2 CPD officers asleep on the job — the lessons in a photo"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge blocks prosecutors from calling Laquan McDonald a victim at Van Dyke's trial except during closings"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge to keep filings sealed in Laquan McDonald conspiracy case involving 3 officers"

Chicago Tribune: "Vincent Gaughan: The Van Dyke judge known for his smarts, sharp tongue and secretive style"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge: Laquan McDonald's mother doesn't get to duck subpoena, attend trial"

Chicago Tribune: "Newly released video offers more complete picture of fatal cop shooting that sparked tense confrontation"

Chicago Tribune: "Alderman says Chicago police broke city's sanctuary law in counterfeit clothing raid"

Block Club Chicago: "Chance The Rapper Slams ‘Racist’ Bait Trucks Ahead Of Anti-Bait-Truck Shoe Giveaway Event"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Jury awards inmate $252K after beating" . . . "A downstate federal jury awarded $252,100 to an inmate who sued several prison employees and doctors after he was beaten and not medically treated for his injuries."

Associated Press: "Illinois to build $150M prison mental-health unit"

Illinois Department of Corrections news release: "Illinois Department of Corrections, Capital Development Board Announce Construction of 200-Bed Inpatient Treatment Center in Joliet"

Joliet Herald-News: "Illinois plans inmate treatment in Joliet

Windy City Times: "GA members call for investigation into trans abuse allegations" . . . "Eight members of the Illinois General Assembly are calling on state authorities to investigate allegations of abuse faced by a transgender woman held in several differentIllinois Department of Corrections facilities, all of them segregated for male inmates."

Chicago Reader: "Why the nationwide strike against ‘modern-day slavery’ may not reachIllinois. And why it's already here." . . . "'Most inmates in IDOC now spend more than 20 hours a day confined to their cells—even if they're not technically in solitary confinement or segregation, according to Alan Mills of the Uptown People's Law Center, which regularly represents IDOC inmates in civil rights lawsuits.'"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Jury awards murderer $252,000 in Illinois prison lawsuit" . . . "An Illinois prison inmate serving a 45-year sentence for murdering his ex-girlfriend has been awarded more than $250,000 in an excessive force lawsuit against prison guards."

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus commentary by Jim Nowlan: "Offenders trying to break into this prison" . . . "After about one year in operation, there are almost 300 inmates at the Kewanee IDOC center, and this number will slowly increase to a maximum of 670, as career programs and staffing expand."

Better Government Association: "Fact-Check: Duckworth’s Background Check Claim Checks Out" . . . "The so-called 'gun show loophole,' which says private individuals can sell their guns without conducting a federal background check, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years."

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois' overdose crisis getting worse, mirroring nationwide trend, CDC says"

State Journal-Register: "John Milhiser nominated to be U.S. attorney" . . . "President Donald Trump Thursday nominated Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser to be the U.S. attorney for the 46-county Central District of Illinois."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Finally, a U.S. attorney" . . . "Twenty months after taking over, the Trump administration has finally appointed a U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, the area that includes Champaign-Urbana and Danville."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Foul on the bench" . . . "In an unusual decision, the Illinois Courts Commission properly reprimanded Appellate Judge Robert Steigmann of Urbana for actively soliciting paid speaking engagements with law-enforcement organizations, medical societies and hospitals in Illinois."

Associated Press: "US judge off corruption, kidnapping cases after emails"

Illinois Times: "Federal judge engaged in ex parte talk; Sent emails to U.S. attorney staff about pending case"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "(Cook County) Jail inmate book-limit lawsuit turns a page"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Supreme Court Justice Says Government, Not Church, Should Investigate Catholic Sex Abuse"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Panel revives suit against doctors over Lake Co. jail starvation death" . . . "The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week did not rule on the merits of the allegation that internist Rozel Elazegui and psychiatrist Hargurmukh Singh violated Lyvita Gomes’ constitutional right to due process and committed medical malpractice in violation of Illinois law. But the court held U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s decision to grant judgment as a matter of law in favor of the doctors halfway through the trial of the lawsuit brought by Gomes’ estate was premature."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "YouthBuild graduation showcases growth, helps community"

Southern Illinoisan editorial: "There are better ways to get voters out to polls" . . . "The spate of counties suddenly passing 'gun sanctuary' ordinances immediately aroused suspicions."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Urbana begins study of public opinion of community policing"

Aurora Beacon-News: "'Finish yourself off': Yorkville cop suspended, sergeant fired after video reveals police taunting distressed man"

Northwest Herald: "McHenry County Jail now offering free on-site visitations" . . . "A rash of complaints about the cost of visitations at the McHenry County Jail has prompted the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office to reinstate free on-site video visits, jail officials said."

Peoria Journal Star editorial: "Peoria police have an officer-involved shooting policy" 

July 30 - August 12, 2018

Capitol Fax: "Mass shootings overwhelm city"  (Summary of Aug. 3 - 5 shootings)

WBBM-TV: "List Of The Dead In Weekend Of Chicago Violence"

Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel, police officials react to one of Chicago's most violent weekends of 2018: 'We are better than what we saw'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago’s most violent weekend this year prompts plea for help from mayor, cops"

New York Times: "In Chicago, One Weekend, 66 Shooting Victims, and Zero Arrests"

NPR, All Things Considered: "Chicago Officials Ask People To Speak Up After A Dozen Killed In Weekend Shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago deploying 430 to 600 additional police officers to violence-plagued neighborhoods"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cops to target 'large, unsanctioned street parties' in effort to tackle violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Rahm vows hundreds of extra cops — but wants ‘attitudinal change’ in city"

Christian Science Monitor: "Despite spike in shootings, a Chicago community gets a handle on violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Emanuel accused of ‘victim shaming’ for talking values and character after crime" . . . "Shari Runner, until recently the president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, said the mayor’s blame game is offensive and insensitive. 'I cannot see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I won’t accept it,' Runner said."

Associated Press: "Rauner blames Chicago mayor for 'failure' on violence"

PBS NewsHour: "Chicago anti-violence protesters want entire city to ‘feel our pain’"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "As City Adds Cops, Communities Call for More Comprehensive Solution to Violence"

USA Today: "Unsolved murders: Chicago, other big cities struggle; murder rate a 'national disaster'"

Chicago Tribune: "Truce between rival gang factions leads to Pullman playground built amid a newfound peace"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "71 shot, and no arrests? Chicago pays high price for police mistrust" . . . "The hard truth is that the law-abiding residents of some Chicago neighborhoods legitimately fear retaliation if they talk to cops. When a witness takes that risk, they have to feel sure the police will protect them. But as things stand now, they often fear just the opposite — the cops will put a target on their back."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Don’t ignore role drug trafficking plays in fueling Chicago street violence"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Rahm Emanuel gave right message on violence, even if he was the wrong messenger"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell:  "Don’t ignore role drug trafficking plays in fueling Chicago street violence"

Chicago Tribune by Steve Chapman: "The truth behind Chicago's violence" . . . "The fight against crime can’t be restricted to more or better policing. Chicago’s crime problem is concentrated in a small number of poor, blighted, mostly African-American neighborhoods. Those areas owe their plight largely to a sordid history of systemic, deliberate racial discrimination and violence, endemic poverty and official neglect over decades."

Wall Street Journal commentary by Gary Macdougal: "Chicago’s Violence and Its Leadership Deficit. Residents don’t trust the police, whose morale is poor. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no plan."

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by J.B. Pritzker: "Gun control, stronger communities and ending the violence epidemic"

Austin Talks by Rep. La Shawn Ford: "To decrease Chicago’s violence, we can’t be Trump-free"

National Review by Barry Latzer, an emeritus professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice: "Is the Crime Boom Over? Even After Chicago?" . . . "Last weekend, 66 people were shot in Chicago, twelve fatally. This slaughter wasn’t carried out by the army or police but by civilians. The violence occurred on the south and west sides of the city, apparently with African-American perpetrators and victims. Despite this shocking event, and contrary to our instinctual response to take more-drastic steps to avert such carnage in the future, the data do not suggest that we’re facing a crime wave. In fact, they indicate that the violence — believe it or not — is ebbing."

New York Times commentary by David Eades: "Too Many Politicians Misuse and Abuse Crime Data" . . . "When sloppily cherry-picking isolated numbers, they disrespect our intelligence and our democracy."

Chicago Tribune: "Nearly 33,000 juveniles arrested over last two decades labeled as gang members by Chicago police" . . . "Critics and experts say that the gang labels are often too easily attached, racially skewed and out of date, yet the harm can be lasting when the Police Department shares flawed gang intelligence with other law enforcement agencies such as immigration officials. It can also be a damaging label during criminal investigations or at sentencings."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "To better fight gangs, fix Chicago's gang list"

Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "Last mile in new police reform plan: Undoing the code of silence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Gov. Rauner studying police consent decree and how to support ‘our heroes’"

WLS-AM by Bill Cameron: "Estimated cost of consent decree: $100M"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lori Lightfoot picks apart draft consent decree"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Amanda Vinicky: "Emanuel Challenger Lightfoot, Police Union Tear Down Consent Decree"

Chicago Tribune: "Family of man fatally shot by Chicago cop files wrongful death lawsuit against city"

Chicago Tribune: "Dramatic video made public of police shooting in darkened West Side alley in May"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police solve one in every 20 shootings. Here are some reasons why that's so low."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Claudia Morrell: "Housing Help For Police Officers Left On The Table" . . . "A year ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel put $3 million toward a homeownership program for Chicago firefighters, police officers, and EMTs to encourage them to live in some of the highest crime areas of the city." . . . "Since the program launched last fall, the city has received 11 applications, according to documents obtained by WBEZ through a freedom of information request. To put that in perspective, there are more than 20,000 public safety employees on the city payroll."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Police Superintendent Johnson Under Pressure After Violent Weekend"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Family of Man Killed During Police Pursuit File Wrongful Death Suit Against City"

Chicago Tribune by Eric Zorn: "Oh, no! The police union is no longer cooperating with Tribune reporters!" . . . "Remember in the immediate aftermath of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, when police union spokesman Patrick Camden told reporters that McDonald had 'lunged' at police officers, posing 'a very serious threat' to them, leaving Officer Jason Van Dyke 'no choice' but to open fire? And then remember how, when the dashcam video was released, it showed McDonald was walking away from Van Dyke when he was shot?"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "No ducking violence in Chicago mayor's race" . . . "We want all candidates for mayor to explain in detail how they would address the complex reality of saving lives, defending the innocent and prosecuting the accused."

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Officer Van Dyke's lawyers lose bid to bring in different judge to decide if murder trial should be moved"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge decides to try to seat a fair jury before agreeing to move Officer Van Dyke's trial"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Van Dyke Case: Defense Can Present Animated Videos of Shooting at Trial"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Van Dyke Case: Judge Won’t Rule on Venue Change Until Jury Selection Begins"

Chicago Reader by Evan F. Moore: "Caught between black and blue" . . . "Was the police shooting of Harith Augustus justified? Is Blue Lives Matter for white cops only? Three black Chicago-area officers talk about what things look like from where they stand."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago and railroad police use of 'bait truck,' caught on viral video, is criticized by alderman, ACLU"

Block Club Chicago: "Chicago Police Will Take ‘A Hard Look’ At Future Use Of Bait Trucks After Backlash, Top Cop Says" . . . "'We will take a hard look to see if there’s something we can do better,' Johnson said. 'The point is, they’ve been experiencing a lot of theft of firearms over there. So we have a responsibility to keep these firearms off the street and out of the hands of the wrong people.'"

Associated Press: "Chicago, railroad police criticized for using bait trucks"

CBS News: "Chicago police taking 'hard look' at controversial 'bait trucks' used to lure thieves" . . . "Police say boxes of guns have been stolen from containers in rail yards, leading to more guns on the streets. So they launched 'operation trailer trap' to catch thieves. But CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz spoke with residents who believe officers tried to lure them into committing a crime. Activists say it's biased and unethical."

USA Today: "'Bait truck' of Nike shoes left in black Chicago community during railroad sting"

Chicago Tribune: "Bait truck probe comes at moment of frayed Chicago police-community relations: 3 things to know"

WTTW. Chicago Tonight: "Police ‘Bait Trucks’: Legitimate Sting Operation, Or Unfair Setup?"

Chicago Tribune: "Norfolk Southern apologizes, says won't use 'bait truck' tactic again" . . . "The Norfolk Southern Railway apologized on Friday for its controversial 'bait truck' operation in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood and said it wouldn't use the tactic again."

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "The Illinois Innocence Project Monday criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner for vetoing a bill aimed at combating false testimony from jailhouse informants."

Chicago Tribune: "Rauner signs new police dog safeguards into law, vehicle heat sensors, rabies shots now a must"

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Illinois Innocence Project backs jailhouse informant reform"

WQAD-TV, Davenport, Iowa: "Prison recidivism projected to cost Illinois more than $13 billion over next five years" . . . "Illinois Justice Project Deputy Director Sharone Mitchell Jr. said the report should sound alarm bells. 'I think it shows that we should be talking about the recidivism crisis in the same tones that we talk about the property (tax) and pension crisis,' he said."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Metro-east man dies in construction accident at Menard Correctional Center"

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus: "Kewanee prison graduates first class of welders" . . . "Baldwin said the multi-security facility, which currently has 218 inmates, represents 'a cultural shift of immense proportions.' Illinois had a 49 percent recidivism rate in 2015, he said. That’s now down to 43 percent. 'But we need to get it in the 30s and in the 20s,' he said.'

WHBF-TV/KGCW-TV/KJLB-TV, Rock Island: "Eight inmates graduate from life skills program with welding certificates" 

Illinois Times: "Sex in prison" . . . "A former Logan Correctional Center inmate has sued three prison employees, saying that she was sexually assaulted by a prison counselor, then suffered retaliation when her claims came to light."

Illinois Issues: "Online Learning Can Open Doors For Kids In Juvenile Jails" . . . "But the quality of online coursework is one of many concerns for advocates."

WBBM-TV: "Juveniles Serving Time Act Out Personal Stories In Storycatchers Theater Program"

Chicago Tribune: "Who counts as a drug dealer? As heroin overdoses soar, drug-induced homicide law blurs line between exploiter and victim"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "NIU Law students take inmate cases in new school program" . . . "NIU and the Federal Bar Association’s P. Michael Mahoney Chapter in Rockford have partnered to create the Prisoners’ Rights Project, a program which allows third-year law students to handle cases in U.S. District Court for the Northern District ofIllinois’ Rockford courthouse throughout the academic year."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Appellate panel reverses decision, keeps murder trial in adult court" . . . "A southern Illinois man who was 17 when he was convicted of first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting death will get a new trial in adult criminal court, not juvenile court, after an appellate court panel reversed a decision it made just a year ago."

Chicago Sun-Times by Michael Sneed: "Sheriff Tom Dart to pair inmates with pet dogs"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Double therapy" . . . "Dart said that eventually he hopes to have up to 100 dogs in the program and that a protection system will be in place to protect the animals. It's impossible to know where a program like this will lead. But it's obvious that people, generally speaking, are good for dogs and vice versa in a variety of settings. Maybe the same will apply to jails."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Detainee dead in apparent suicide at Cook County Jail"

John Howard Association: "Punishment That Doesn't Fit the Crime:  Stories of People Living on the Margins"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Sheriff vows to work through loss of 911 employees"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Police, Urbana residents, officials talk areas for improvement"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "People addicted to opioids have a new option besides going to jail in McLean County"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Kendall County drug court graduates its first class: 'I have a lot of lost time to make up with my kids'" . . . "The program is funded through a grant with Adult Redeploy Illinois and funds awarded by the 708 Community Mental Health Board."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Buffett Foundation to invest $30 million in Decatur drug treatment campus"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Youth Assessment Center touts success stories at new location's open house" . . . "The center provides services to troubled kids in an attempt to keep them out of court and prison. Thanks to a $50,000 donation from Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud, its rent at 2011 Round Barn Road is covered for three years."

Peoria Journal Star editorial: "Illinois lawmakers should emulate Rep. Gordon-Booth’s expungement summits"

 July 16 - 29, 2018

Illinois Attorney General: Draft consent decree and other documents

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Lean in on that police consent decree"

Chicago Tribune: "'This agreement will stand the test of time': Mayor Emanuel, AG Madigan unveil draft plan for Chicago Police Department reform"

Chicago Tribune: "Here's how Chicago ended up with the proposal to oversee police reforms that was released today"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "A historic moment for policing in Chicago" . . . "This problem won’t be fixed because Emanuel says it’s fixed or Madigan says it’s fixed or the FOP says it never was broken. The Chicago custom of addressing a problem by passing a couple of ordinances, and issuing a flurry of press releases, won’t solve Chicago policing. With a consent decree, the problem would be fixed when a federal judge is satisfied — maybe 10 or more years from now."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Consent decree is nothing but a beginning of real Chicago police reform"

Chicago Sun-Times: "6 things to know about new proposed Chicago police consent decree"

Chicago Reporter: "Five things to watch as CPD consent decree moves forward"

Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "Here's what's in the plan for police reform"

Chicago Tribune: "The difference with this round of Chicago police reform? A federal judge."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police union head blasts proposed CPD reform plan, vows court fight"

Chicago Tribune: "City officials balk at releasing more videos on deadly police shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Multiple views, multiple sides to fatal police shooting of Harith Augustus"

Vox: "After Harith Augustus shooting, Chicago’s policing problems are back in the spotlight" . . . "Why body camera footage isn’t enough to quiet anger over Chicago’s latest police shooting."

Slate: "Chicago’s Abusive Police State Is Untenable" . . . "The CPD’s latest deadly use of force leaves little wonder why some hope for a future without cops."

Chicago Tribune: "Johnson says no audio on two video recordings of the fatal police shooting of Harith Augustus"

Chicago Tribune: "Emanuel won't judge officers' actions in fatal police shooting, says he wants to use it to 'help all of us learn from this'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "FOP trustee complains cop commander ‘out of uniform’ at Harith Augustus shooting"

Block Club Chicago: "South Shore Business Owners Say Crime Persists After Harith Augustus Shooting, But Will Police Make Them More Safe?" . . . "'We are not safe physically, we are not [safe] emotionally, we are not safe in so many areas,' one business owner said. 'The problem is bigger than violence.'"

Chicago Reader commentary by Ben Joravsky: "Does the Second Amendment apply to black people?" . . . "With all the attention focused on the police shooting of Harith Augustus in South Shore, the silence coming from the gun rights groups is deafening."

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "Prosecutors quietly dropping dozens of criminal cases tied to two indicted Chicago cops" . . . "At least 37 criminal cases have been dropped by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office since Chicago police removed Elizondo and Salgado from street duties on Jan. 31, according to the analysis of Police Department arrest data obtained through an open records request as well as court records. The findings illustrate the expanding fallout over the corruption allegations against Elizondo and Salgado, who were indicted in May on federal charges of lying to Cook County judges to obtain search warrants and then stealing cash and drugs from locations they raided."

WGN-TV: "Police have seized 5,100 illegal guns this year, Chicago officials say"

Associated Press: "Chicago set to pay $3M to family of 2 killed in police chase"

Associated Press: "Chicago police misconduct settlements reach $45 mln in 2018"

Chicago Reporter by Jonah Newman: "Prostitution-loitering law likely to target women of color for arrest" . . . "An ordinance passed last month by Chicago’s City Council outlawing 'prostitution-related loitering' will lead to more arrests of unsuspecting women and transgender people of color, activists said, and is unlikely to stem demand for prostitution."

Chicago Tribune: "In unusual move, judge silences media lawyer in Chicago cop's high-profile murder case"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Van Dyke defense: New judge should decide location for Laquan McDonald trial "

Chicago Tribune: "Officer Van Dyke's lawyers allege judge already made up mind not to move trial, want another judge to decide"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Officer who allegedly lied about Laquan McDonald death seeks claim"

Associated Press: "Chicago-area man exonerated after serving 10 years in prison"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "NU center secures release of wrongly convicted inmate" . . . Attorneys with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions secured the release of 28-year-old Marcel Brown, who was convicted of a 2008 murder and has spent the past decade behind bars."

Chicago Tribune: "15 men file lawsuits alleging corrupt ex-Chicago cop and team responsible for wrongful convictions"

Block Club Chicago: "Radical New Program Finds Men Most Likely To Be Shot — And Hires Them" . . . "For 18 months, extremely high-risk people are given transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and legal and social services to help them pave a different future."

Chicago Defender: "Has Violence Created PTSD for Blacks?"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Reports Of Hate Crimes Are On The Rise, But Are More Victims Getting Justice?" . . . "In Chicago, experts said that question is nearly impossible to answer because of inconsistent reporting, lax record keeping, and a lack of convictions because prosecutors have to prove bias, which is subjective." "Can we prevent violent crime by treating it like an infectious disease?"

Capitol Fax: "Rauner signs Firearms Restraining Order Act, 72-hour gun purchase waiting period, will veto gun shop regulation bill"

Chicago Tribune: "Guns can be removed from those deemed dangerous under law signed by Rauner; he also extends 'cooling off' period to assault-style weapons"

Capitol Fax: "Rauner between a rock and a hard place on guns, but he does have an ace in the hole"

Illinois News Network: "Rauner says he'll veto Illinois gun dealer certification bill"

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills, says he’ll veto another"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Rauner signs two gun bills, might veto third"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Governor, please don’t veto Illinois’ best bet to limit gun violence"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Newly signed gun-law reforms have both fans, foes"

Southern Illinoisan: "Southern Illinois legislators sound off on latest gun laws signed by Rauner"

WMBD-TV, Peoria: "Rep. Gordon-Booth talks Madigan, criminal justice reform"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Rauner Vetoes Bill On 'Jailhouse Snitches'"

WICS-TV, Springfield: "Gun violence awareness weekend" . . . "This weekend, Springfield community members are coming together to remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence with an event called 'Take Back the City.'"

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin news release: "Durbin Joins Colleagues In Calling On State Department To Reconsider Dangerous 3D Gun Settlement"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Task Force Aims to Reduce Number of Women in Illinois Prisons" . . . "A new task force is aiming to cut by 50 percent the number of women incarcerated in Illinois."

Southern Illinoisan: "A new Illinois task force hopes to reduce women incarcerations by 50 percent in seven years"

Chicago Tribune: "'Prison is not where women need to be': All-female task force wants to cut Illinois’ female prison population in half"

Associated Press: "Task Force Seeks Cutting Illinois Female Prison Population"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "New task force aims to halve female prison population"

NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon: "Illinoisans Working To Reduce Number Of Female Inmates" . . . "A new group in Illinois is hoping to reduce the number of women in prison. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to one of the group's members, state Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke."

WBUR, Boston, Here & Now by Shannon Heffernan: "In Illinois, Some Prisoners With Disabilities Kept Behind Bars Beyond Release Dates"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio by Brian Mackey: "Illinois Prison Officials Accused of Abusing Transgender Inmate" . . . "“She has been repeatedly physically and verbally harassed — physically attacked — by men, both staff and prisoners, at every men’s prison she’s been housed at,” says her lawyer Alan Mills, with the Uptown People's Law Center. Hampton is serving time for burglary and could get out next summer. Mills says prior complaints have gotten Hampton moved from Pickneyville to Menard to Lawrence and now Dixon Correctional Center — all male prisons."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Illinois transgender inmate sues IDOC in East St. Louis, IL"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Illinois Settles Lawsuit Over Deaf Prisoners"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Federal judge signs off on plan to aid deaf inmates" . . . "A federal judge has signed off on a wide-ranging settlement agreement for deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners around the state. U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen this week approved an agreement requiring inmates be regularly screened for hearing issues and get access to teletypewriters, hearing aids or qualified interpreters based on a specialist’s diagnosis."

Aurora Beacon-News column by Denise Crosby: "Ministry works to help those in prison rebuild their lives"

Aurora Beacon-News column by Denise Crosby: "Crosby: Inmate's letter of gratitude reveals 'hope is a dangerous thing in prison'"

Slate: "Digital Sales Are Transforming Business Within Prisons" . . . "Private companies are selling music, messaging, video visits, and more to inmates and their families—but researchers worry about a lack of regulation." . . . "In Illinois, the report notes, inmates spent $839,000 on music provided by GTL over the course of a year."

Injustice Watch: "Records of Illinois parole board show just how rarely inmates win release" . . . "The review of voting records was hampered by the poor state of record-keeping by the Prisoner Review Board. Despite a state law requiring public agency minutes to be posted online and readily available, the board in November denied reporters’ request for minutes, saying that providing past minutes would be too cumbersome. Nine months later, after reporters appealed, the board still has not produced minutes from its 2012 meetings."

Capitol Fax: "Prison recidivism projected to cost Illinois more than $13 billion over next five years"

Chicago Tribune: "Troubled detainee at center of unusual court fight between Loyola hospital, Cook County" . . . "Loyola says there’s no medical reason to keep him there, but the hospital can’t just show him the door because he’s in the sheriff’s custody. Yet Cermak Health Services, which provides medical care to county jail detainees, won’t take him. Nor will county-run Stroger Hospital. And sheriff’s officials don’t want to move him from Loyola without someone to attend to his medical needs."

Chicago Tribune: "Troubled detainee finally moved to Stroger Hospital after long standoff over who would care for him"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Cook County, Evans reach $11M budget deal" . . . "The deal ends a roughly eight-month battle between Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle over how much additional funding Evans should receive for the court system."

Injustice Watch: "Cook County and its courts settle suit: Furloughs, cutbacks but no layoffs"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Ex-Mayor Daley avoids deposition in police torture lawsuit tied to Burge"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "The Cook County Sheriff Is Launching A Podcast On Opioid Addiction" . . . "Titled 'Breaking Free: Dispatches from the Opioid Crisis,' the show features an employee of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart interviewing people recovering from opioid addiction."

ProPublica Illinois by Mick Dumke: "Like Chicago Police, Cook County and Illinois Officials Track Thousands of People in Gang Databases" . . . "Nowadays, the databases maintained by law enforcement are far bigger, more efficient and easier to share. But most still include information that’s subjective, unverified or simply wrong — though officials at hundreds of government agencies, and even some private institutions, can access and use them, with potentially troubling consequences."

Chicago Tribune: "Alderman's plan would curtail Police Department gang database"

Block Club Chicago: "The 128,000 People In Chicago Police’s Gang Database Would Be Notified And Could Appeal Under New Proposal"

Illinois Newsroom: "Illinois AG: DOJ Withholding Money From The State Over Immigration Policies"

Chicago Tribune: "BETRAYED: Abused by students, failed by adults; Chicago children sexually attacked by peers at school amid lax supervision"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "CPS to Revise Student Suspension, Bullying Guidelines" . . . "CPS officials often point to falling rates of suspensions and expulsions – the rates of both have declined in recent years, as has the overall student population – but also acknowledge a 'racial disproportionality' in its discipline that has seen black students punished at rates higher than their peers."

Chicago Reporter by Kalyn Belsha: "How Illinois obscures racial disparities in school discipline data" . . . "But the state is concealing the race and ethnicity of students who are suspended and expelled from most school districts. Here’s why."

Chicago Reporter: "As school discipline disparities worsen, Illinois has yet to require reforms"

South Side Weekly: "The Fight Over Chicago’s Largest Private Police Force; Organizers return to challenging the University of Chicago Police Department's practices—this time with a more radical agenda"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Deputy added to screening post after courtroom stabbing"

Bloomington Pantagraph editorial: "Courtroom stabbing raises security concern" . . . "Without reason to believe security is lax at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, it is somehow understandable that procedural reviews by the U.S. Marshal's Service are not often done. A 10-year gap, however, raises some eyebrows after a defendant last week managed to get a 3½-inch pocketknife into a courtroom, where he stabbed himself in the abdomen after learning he was convicted of sexually abusing a minor girl."

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria police involved in another fatal shooting" . . . "Illinois State Police are investigating the Peoria Police Department’s third officer-involved fatal shootingin 10 months."

Peoria Journal Star editorial: "Peoria police, city need to answer questions about officer-involved shootings"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Kane County corrections officer charged with sexually assaulting inmate"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "For felons, Champaign's housing code a hindrance"

Peoria Journal Star: "Event helps people clear the slate on past mistakes, find a brighter future"

Rockford Register Star letter to the editor by Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana: "Newspaper, Winnebago County Board are wrong on public safety" . . . "The most important service that Winnebago County provides is public safety. That should seem obvious to everyone but it is something that the county administration, a handful of County Board members, and apparently the Rockford Register Star do not understand."

State Journal-Register: "No prosecutor for 18 months? An embarrassment, Darin LaHood says"

Illinois Issues: "Dying Young In Illinois: Black Teens Face The Greatest Risk" . . . "'It really is a big issue … in Illinois that we have such large disparities. Black teen boys are dying through gun homicides at rates more than six times the suicide rate for white boys, which is the leading cause of death for that group,' says Anna Rowan, a project manager for Voices for Illinois Children."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "In New Role, Nneka Jones Tapia to Address Mental Wellness of Youth" . . . "Jones Tapia left Cook County Jail at the end of March. Now, she’s leading a new initiative at Chicago Beyond, an organization dedicated to addressing youth equity. In her role, Jones Tapia will address the mental wellness of children whose parents are incarcerated as part of the group’s newly launched Leadership Venture initiative."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Police: ICE a valuable partner in combating human trafficking; But others argue agency is just the 'federal deportation arm of the Trump administration'"

July 2 - 15, 2018

Chicago Tribune: "More than 60 kids 15 and younger shot in Chicago this year: 'These kids can't live, they can't play, they can't do nothing'"

Block Club Chicago: "Back Of The Yards Neighbors To Camp Out On ‘Hot Blocks’ To Protest Gun Violence

Chicago Tribune: "Anti-violence protesters shut down Dan Ryan: 'Today was the attention-getter, but now comes the action'"

America Magazine: "Chicago priest leads protest against violence that shuts down a major highway"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "After Dan Ryan Shutdown, Pfleger Looks to Meet with Politicians, Candidates"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Gov. Rauner’s Answer to Chicago Violence"

Washington Post: "What happens when schoolchildren live in violent neighborhoods? The effects are broader than previously known, a study finds." . . . "Using crime and student data from Chicago, Julia Burdick-Will linked exposure to neighborhood violence to a drop in test scores, an effect that extended to students coming from communities that experienced little or no violence."

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus column by Jim Nowlan: "Ending gang violence marring Chicago" . . . "I propose we renew the national Civilian Conservation Corps, this time for teens otherwise headed for trouble."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police release body camera footage of fatal officer-involved shooting that prompted hours of protests"

Chicago Tribune: "Violent clash between officers and crowd after fatal police shooting in South Shore"

Washington Post: "Chicago police release video to ease tensions after killing Harith Augustus"

NPR: "Chicago Police Release Body Cam Video Man Of Deadly Shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "With high-tech help, there's been less bloodshed in Chicago this year, but results are mixed on the West Side"

Austin Weekly News: "City builds economic case for police training center; City contracts, tax breaks, small business boost among proposed benefits, officials say"

Crain's Chicago Business by Steve Daniels: "How Chicago's financing of police-misconduct payouts adds hundreds of millions to the tab" . . . "Chicago and far larger New York are the two U.S. cities that pay the most to settle complaints about cops. But when you add our habit of using debt to cover the cost—lately, at punishing interest rates due to our pitiful credit rating—there's little doubt Chicago holds the dubious distinction as the nation's top spender on police misconduct."

Crain's Chicago Business by Claire Bushey: "Lawyer who defends cops seeks justice, camaraderie and baseball memorabilia" . . . "More than half of the $85 million Chicago has spent on outside lawyers since 2016 went to defending police misconduct cases. Hale, whose firm brought in $5.8 million from such cases during that period, was one of the top earners, after Taft Stettinius & Hollister, which brought in little from individual misconduct cases but represented the city in the U.S. Department of Justice's probe of the Chicago Police Department, and Rock Fusco & Connelly, the River North firm founded by former Illinois Senate President Philip Rock. He has brought in approximately $32 million over 14 years, according to city records obtained by plaintiffs attorney Flint Taylor."

Crain's Chicago Business editorial: "A shameful reason your Chicago taxes are so high" . . . "Chicago can ill afford the human and reputational cost of our twin plagues: crime and the misconduct of those entrusted to curb it. Neither, it would seem, can it afford to keep putting the cost of bad policing on the taxpayers' credit card."

Chicago Tribune: "Teen shot by Chicago police charged with aggravated assault"

Chicago Sun-Times: "106 arrested in overnight raids; Johnson asks judges for stiffer sentences" . . . "It’s become common practice by the CPD in recent years to conduct raids during or just before the Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekends, aiming to lock up people who the department deems the main drivers of shootings."

Chicago Tribune: "McCarthy crime plan: Remove politics, Emanuel's meddling from Police Department"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD overtime down 30 percent, thanks to controls to rein in 'culture of abuse' "

Chicago Sun-Times: "NYPD’s assistant inspector general chosen as Chicago’s police watchdog"

Chicago Tribune: "Former history instructor nominated to help IG's office audit Chicago police accountability"

Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney: "Activist plans community meetings to prepare for verdict in Laquan McDonald's killing by police"

Chicago Tribune: "‘You should not be wearing that,’ man screams at woman in Puerto Rican flag shirt; cop's response under investigation"

WMAQ-TV: "Profanity-Laced Facebook Video of Chicago Cops Sparks Investigation"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cop quits on eve of hearing for inaction in Puerto Rico shirt harassment"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Forest Preserve cop in viral video thinks he didn't get 'fair shake'"

Chicago Tribune: "Forest preserve officer who didn't help woman in Puerto Rican flag shirt 'tarnished the whole department,' commissioner says"

Chicago Tribune: "Woman berated for Puerto Rican flag shirt hopes her experience 'shines a light on what’s going on with racism'"

Chicago Tribune: "County officials defend Forest Preserves police in wake of man harassing woman over Puerto Rican flag shirt"

Belleville News-Democrat by Kelsey Landis: "26 Illinois counties have passed ‘gun sanctuary’ resolutions. Are they constitutional?"

Belleville News-Democrat editorial: "Illinois gun sanctuaries must respect laws"

WBBM-TV: "Chicago Police Seized ‘One Illegal Handgun Per Hour Of This Year’"

Associated Press: "Chief: Chicago police seize about 1 illegal gun every hour"

Associated Press: "FBI investigating death of Illinois prison inmate"

Associated Press: "Rauner names 3 to Illinois Prisoner Review Board"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Gun in lobby leads to judge on desk duty"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge charged after gun falls from jacket at Cook County's main criminal courthouse"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge who dropped gun in courthouse to remain on administrative duties"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Brian Pruitt's mother: Let my son out of prison" . . . "Karen Pruitt says her son is far from the out-of-control teen he was when he stabbed his grandparents to death in their Danville home nearly 23 years ago."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Inmate-masturbation suits proceed; duplicative charges dismissed" . . . "A federal judge declined to throw out three separate, albeit related, lawsuits over rampant sexual abuse female county employees allege they experience while working in lockup facilities." . . . "Defendants Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office; Public Defender Amy P. Campanelli; and Cook County moved to dismiss their respective cases, arguing they are “hampered by a lack of resources,” are otherwise not directly involved with the jail or lack support to fix the issue. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly on June 26 determined the cases could proceed almost in their entirety. He dismissed claims that were duplicative between the three suits."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Sex offenders’ residence limit not ex post facto law" . . . "A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a constitutional challenge brought by two child sex offenders against a state law which forces them to move. Joshua Vasquez and Miguel Cardona have fought since 2016 to remain at the addresses where they live. That year, the Chicago Police Department informed both men they had to move because child day care centers opened within 500 feet of their homes."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Order to steer clear of gangs overturned on constitutional grounds" . . . "A majority of the 1st District Appellate Court agreed with K.M. that the no gang-contact order was unconstitutionally broad and vague, finding that any contact he could have with a gang member — even at school — would put him at risk of violating his probation."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "‘Incoherent ramblings’ give way to remand; lawyer now a judge" . . . "The 3rd District Appellate Court this week ruled that C.T. Buckley III, a man with a history of seizures who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a hijacking, should get a new lawyer and a new crack at showing his sentence was legally flawed. Buckley’s post-conviction attorney, Clayton R. Lee, was selected as an associate judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit last year. He represented Buckley between July 2015 and April 2017, the same month Lee was sworn in. Lee could not be reached for comment on the case today."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "In solitary for 11 years, mentally ill inmate’s suit over filing fee revived" . . . "Maurice Wallace, a prisoner in Menard Corrections Center, appealed to the 7th Circuit after the federal district court ruled that he needed to pay the $400 civil filing fee in order to proceed with his case. Wallace’s lawsuit argues that his 11 years spent in solitary confinement without a hearing violates his right to due process and is cruel and unusual punishment because it exacerbates his mental illness."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$4.75M verdict stands for siblings shot by cop" . . . "A federal judge has declined to throw out a $4.75 million verdict awarded to three siblings injured when a Chicago police officer fired 11 shots into their back porch during a New Year’s Eve party."

New York Times letter to the editor by Sheriff Tom Dart: "Scrutinize Federal Prisons"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Marijuana enforcement in Chicago falls but still lands heaviest on blacks"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "State's Attorney Jim Rowe taking on cancer"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Prosecutor: Investment worth it" . . . "The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office is operating on a historically small staff, but it is producing more results, its top official said this week."

Kankakee Daily Journal by Dave Giuliani: "'Real people with real needs'" . . . "The inmates of the Kankakee County jail know who the sheriff is. Or at least it seemed that way during a recent tour."

Chicago Tribune by John Keilman: "Giving addicted inmates opioid meds behind bars can reduce overdose deaths. Why don't more jails use them?"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Buffett to buy $159,000 full-body scanner for Macon County Jail inmates"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette podcast: "Legally Speaking: Allen Jones" . . . "ALLEN JONES, chief deputy at the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, has become his office's point man for improving mental-health services for inmates at the Champaign County Jail. He's also working on a related initiative to expand mental-health services to families in crisis, so police don't have to get involved in matters that aren't criminal."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Detainee charged with falsely accusing (Lake County) correctional officer of sexual assault"

Associated Press: "(White County) Jail walls reinforced after 3 men escape in S. Illinois"

Associated Press:  "Woman overdoses moments after surrendering to Illinois (Lake County) jail"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "The Intersection of Homelessness and the Criminal Justice System"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Judge OKs dismissal of Duebbert sex charges; prosecutor says accuser felt intimidated" . . . "Marion County Associate Judge Michael McHaney on Friday formally dismissed criminal sexual abuse and intimidation charges against St. Clair County Judge Ronald Duebbert."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "St. Clair County judge's troubles fewer, but still serious"

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Police searching for escaped juveniles" . . . "Mt. Vernon Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department have arrested one of the teens who escaped from the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center."

Edwardsville Intelligencer: "(Madison County) Juvenile center upgrades discussed"

June 18 - July 1, 2018

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Gov. Rauner Open To Changes So Disabled Prisoners Get Released On Time" . . . "Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said the Department of Corrections was following the law when it kept prisoners with disabilities in prison even after their release dates. But the governor has also indicated an openness to changing the law."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "IDOC director: Local, state efforts needed to reduce recidivism"

Southern Illinoisan: "Citing lack of discipline for bad acts, Harrisburg IYC staff say facility is unsafe" . . . "John Simpson is a correctional officer at the IYC and the facility’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union leader. He said staff assaults are not uncommon. But consequences for such actions are."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "N-G analysis: 858 guns seized by four (Champaign County) area law enforcement agencies since '15"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Grim group develops plans to curb gun violence after latest spate of shootings"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Part of the solution: B-N bands together following fatal shootings"

Chicago Sun-Times: "City gun violence continues to decline: police"

Chicago Tribune: "Race, gun violence, and equitable access to trauma care"

Chicago Tribune by William Lee: "Chicago cops investigating how suspect got loaded handgun into police lockup"

Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "Lots of finger-pointing as Garry McCarthy hits Emanuel"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop justified in shooting bat-wielding teen, use of force expert testifies"

WGN-TV, Chicago: "CPD mental health awareness program expanding to Far South Side"

City of Chicago news release: "Citywide Mental Health Steering Committee Takes Steps On Police Reform, Mental Health Crisis Response"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Claudia Morrell: "Why Chicago Police Reform Could Hinge On This Expired Contract" . . . "After a month of sometimes raucous public hearings, City Hall politicians and labor leaders are again faced with the same tough question: Is the Chicago Police Department ready for reform?"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Koschman cop Sam Cirone, fighting recommended year’s suspension, loses appeal"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "Federal jury finds Chicago police framed man for 1988 murder, awards him more than $17 million" . . . "A federal jury on Friday found in favor of a man who alleged that former Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara and others framed him for a 1988 murder, awarding him $17.175 million. The verdict marks one of the largest for misconduct by Chicago police."

Chicago Tribune: "Jury finds Chicago cops framed man for 1988 murder, awards him more than $17 million" . . . "After deliberating about nine hours over two days, a federal jury ruled that former Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara and two other detectives had framed Rivera for a 1988 murder on Chicago’s West Side. Rivera spent 21 years in prison before the key witness in the case recanted his testimony, leading to Rivera’s exoneration and release in 2011. In addition to finding that the police had violated Rivera’s due process and constitutional rights, the 11-member jury also held the city of Chicago responsible, ruling Rivera was victimized by a practice at the Police Department of withholding police reports and other investigative materials from criminal defense attorneys."

WBBM-TV: "Jury Awards Jacques Rivera $17M After Being Framed By CPD"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jury gives $17M to man falsely imprisoned for murder in case tied to tainted cop" . . . "Referring to the $17 million award, Rivera told reporters, 'The taxpayers are going to keep paying. They’re going to keep paying out of their pocket. They need to stop these cops from doing these wrongful convictions.'"

Chicago Tribune: "Conflicting verdict favors Chicago cop in fatal shooting as trial ends in confusion" . . . "In a chaotic finish to a high-profile trial, a judge first announced that a jury had found that a Chicago police officer unjustifiably shot and killed a bat-wielding teen, then wiped away the verdict and the $1 million award to the teen’s family after noting that jurors had also found that the officer reasonably feared for his life when he fired."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Courtroom confusion: Conflicted jury verdict means no damages for LeGrier family"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "9 Strange Moments From The Controversial LeGrier Police Shooting Trial"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Van Dyke Case: ‘Prejudicial’ Media Coverage Cited in Defense Change of Venue Motion"

Chicago Tribune: "Jackie Wilson, in prison for 36 years in cop slaying, freed days after confession tossed"

Chicago Tribune: "Aldermen to consider paying $6 million to settle lawsuits alleging Chicago police misconduct"

CBS News: "Man framed in corruption scandal released from prison after 10 years"

Chicago Tribune: "Inmate freed from prison after prosecutors drop charges tied to corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Court: After 13-year fight, Clarissa Glenn eligible for innocence certificate"

Block Club Chicago: "Group Of Wrongfully Convicted Men Start A Band After Decades In Prison"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Neville joins high court, pledging to help ‘pro ses and the no-says’"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "New Illinois Supreme Court justice Neville pushes pro bono ideas"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "This Chicago Court Uses Peace Circles To Dole Out Justice" . . . "The Restorative Justice Community Court brings young adults accused of nonviolent crimes, such as drug possession or vandalism, face-to-face with their victims and neighbors."

Effingham Daily News: "Problem Solving Court seeks to break cycles of addiction, crime" . . . "Almost half of all Illinoisans who go to prison return within three years, a cycle the Effingham County Problem Solving Court is seeking to break. The court has kept people out of prison through an intensive system of drug treatment, mental health treatment and jail time."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County inmates call new jail recording studio 'a blessing'; officials hope it reduces recidivism"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago’s Black Communities Hit Hardest In Opioid Overdoses"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "A look into Springfield’s court-fee bill" . . . "The legislation details fee schedules for lawsuit filings and appearances in civil cases and relocates the statutory authority for various court fees into a single location within state law. Several of the fees in the bill allow for higher caps in Cook County than elsewhere in the state. Other fees, like for copying or demanding jury services, have a statewide cap or set amount."

Illinois Issues: "Fields Of Green: Illinois Considers Industrial Hemp"

WICS-TV, Springfield: "Illinois police chiefs speak out against legalizing industrial hemp"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Legislature hoping pot is right prescription to fight opioid addiction"

Illinois Policy Institute by Austin Berg: "Illinois 13-year-old charged with eavesdropping felony for recording meeting with principal" . . . "Illinois' eavesdropping law is one of the nation's most severe, but leaves ample room for ambiguity."

CBS News: "Illinois teen faces felony charge for recording conversation with school principals" . . . "A 13-year-old boy faces a felony charge in Illinois for recording a conversation with his school principals without their consent. His state has one of the strictest eavesdropping laws in the country."

Daily Kos: "Illinois middle schooler faces felony charge after recording meeting with principals"

New York Post: "Student, 13, charged with felony after recording talk with principal"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Manteno teen facing felony eavesdropping charge for recording meeting with school administrators"

Kankakee Daily-Journal editorial: "Privacy law needs an overhaul" . . . "The state’s attorney said he had to prosecute the law, saying he did not have a choice of which laws to prosecute. We generally agree."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "An overreaction" . . . "There's no defense against poor judgment. Circumstances are even worse when the judgment invoked would have to improve dramatically to rise to the level of merely poor. Consider what happened in Kankakee County, where a 13-year-old boy faces a court appearance in connection with an eavesdropping charge."

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "An Examination of Illinois and National Pretrial Practices, Detention, and Reform Efforts"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Centreville, IL cop runs strip clubs near St. Louis, MO"

New Republic: "How one American city (Rockford) chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality"

Chicago Tribune: "Rockford has most DUI arrests in 2017; Elgin, Aurora, Naperville among state top 10 in DUI arrests; one state trooper made 208 arrests, survey shows"

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria city councilman starts a fight over discipline at Peoria Public Schools"

Rockford Register Star: "Prisoners' Rights Project coming to Rockford to aid inmates filing lawsuits" . . . "Members of a Rockford-area bar association and a law school are teaming up to introduce law students to working in federal courts while helping inmates who have filed civil rights lawsuits."

June 4 - 17, 2018

ProPublic Illinois by Duaa Eldeib: "Hundreds of Illinois Children Languish in Psychiatric Hospitals After They’re Cleared For Release" . . . "In addition to severe mental health issues, some children also have medical issues or juvenile justice records that complicate their care."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "State Struggling To House Paroled Prisoner As Communities Push Him Out" . . . "A man who murdered five people will be released from prison if he can find a place to live, a state panel decided on Tuesday. It won’t be the first time Carl Reimann, now 77, has been released from prison. So far, finding a place to live has been futile — threats and public outcry prompted the Illinois Department of Corrections to pull Reimann out of three residences during the course of his initial parole and back into prison."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Court monitor wants probe into alleged abuse of mentally ill inmates at Pontiac" . . . "Reports of physical abuse of mentally ill inmates at Pontiac Correctional Center should be investigated by the state, according to a doctor's report on the state's compliance with a federal court settlement on prison mental health care. Although he did not find evidence of corporal punishment in records he examined from 18 prisons, Dr. Pablo Stewart found disturbing examples of inmates held in restraints, including one mentally ill man restrained since May 2017 at Stateville prison, states his report."

The Appeal: "Illinois Prisoners Speak Out—and Then Lose a Cherished Debate Program" . . . "Illinois Department of Corrections still has not provided an explanation for terminating the debate program. Burlet’s class members have said that the department’s assistant director, Gladyse Taylor, canceled a follow-up meeting with a state legislator, and told the class the program was not 'evidence-based,' meaning it had not been shown to reduce recidivism. The Department of Corrections wrote in an email to The Appeal, 'The Department’s decision to end its relationship with Ms. Katrina Burlet was made collectively, by IDOC’s executive staff. Illinois Administrative Code (tit. 20, pt. 435.70) gives the Department the authority to terminate volunteers at any time.'"

Crime Report: "Incarceration Decrease? Drop in Prison Numbers Called ‘Anemic’" . . . "Only 13 states have significantly reduced their prison populations below the levels they were at the end of 2000. Seven of those 13 states accounted for most of the national inmate population drop. California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York reduced their collective prison populations by 73,328 between 2000 and 2016, accounting for about two-thirds of the total by which all states reduced prison numbers."

Southern Illinoisan: "'After Menard' looks at re-entry experiences after serving in prison"

Chicago Tribune: "Almost nothing is known about dozens of concealed carry shootings in Illinois. Why?"

Chicago Tribune: "'When has it ever become legal to shoot someone because they’re pulling off in your car?'"

Chicago Tribune: "St. Sabina peace march draws celebrities, Parkland survivors"

Block Club Chicago: "Gun Group Dumps Broken Guns At Police Buyback Event, Uses Cash For NRA Camp For Kids" . . . "A gun rights group plans to use its profits from a Chicago Police “gun buyback” event to send children aged 10 to 16 to a shooting camp hosted by the National Rifle Association."

Chicago Tribune: "In hopes of stopping bloodshed, a multimillion-dollar effort is providing jobs, therapy to city's most violent" . . . "Officially called the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative, it is projected to cost $32 million in its first two years alone. The effort is financially backed by the city’s largest philanthropic organizations and corporations."

Brennan Center for Justice: "Crime in 2017: Final Analysis" . . . "This final update to the Brennan Center’s 2017 crime data finds that the overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and murder rate in the nation's 30 largest cities declined last year, though homicide rates in some cities remain above 2015 levels." . . . "The 2017 murder rate in the 30 largest cities declined by 3.4 percent year-over-year. Large decreases in Chicago and Houston, as well as small decreases in other cities, contributed to this decline. The murder rate in Chicago, which increased significantly in 2015 and 2016, declined by 12.3 percent in 2017, but remains more than 60 percent above 2014 levels."

Chicago Tribune: "As the number of carjackings in Chicago rises, so has the number of juvenile suspects arrested for it"

Chicago Tribune letter to the editor by Rev. Al Sharp: "Stricter punishments won't stop teens from carjacking" . . . "In the recent article examining an increase in juveniles arrested for carjacking, a police officer and a judge leaped to an unfortunate and baseless conclusion – that a recent state law change is responsible for more carjackings by juveniles."

Chicago Tribune: "City reaches $16 million settlement over innocent bystander shot dead by cop"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "‘He’s Not Coming Back’: Family Wants Justice for Man in Fatal Police Shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "Former Chicago detective takes the Fifth more than 200 times in wrongful conviction trial"

ProPublica Illinois by Mick Dumke: "The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters." . . . "Chicago police and City Hall tracked anti-Trump demonstrators — and now state legislators want to let them use drones."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Arrestees not getting speedy access to counsel in Chicago"

Chicago Tribune: "Top cop Eddie Johnson under oath: 'Never heard an officer talk about code of silence'"

Block Club Chicago: "Top Cop Johnson Doesn’t Know What ‘Code Of Silence’ Means: 4 Things From LeGrier, Jones Depositions"

Chicago Tribune: "Ex-Chicago police detective apologizes at wrongful conviction trial — then blames 12-year-old boy"

Chicago Tribune: "Crime commission book lists 'worst of the worst' in Chicago gangs" . . . "The Chicago Crime Commission has released its latest book of street gangs in the Chicago area that identifies about a thousand leaders and posts their mugshots over nearly 400 pages. The book comes at a time when concerns have been raised across the country about gang databases being out of date, inaccurate and racially biased."

Associated Press: "Chicago Crime Commission unveiling 1st Gang Book since 2012"

Associated Press: "Gangs embrace social media with often deadly results"

Associated Press: "A look at today's Chicago gangs and how they've changed"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Emanuel Ally Ald. Ariel Reboyras Says Public Shouldn’t Have ‘Total Control’ Of Police Watchdog Agency"

Chicago Tribune: "Strong support voiced for community oversight of Chicago police at final public hearing"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Ald. Sposato proposes ‘Lightfoot rule’ — 2-year ban on seeking political office"

Chicago Tribune: "Police Board: Stress and bad legal advice led to discrepancies in cop’s shooting story"

NBC5, Ward Room: "Trump Administration Sending 6 New Prosecutors to Illinois" . . . "The new resources will aim to 'combat violent crime, enforce federal immigration laws and attack the opioid crisis,' according to a release from U.S. Attorney John Lausch Jr., of the northern district of Illinois"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Man's suit about being framed for murder ends with silence" . . . "The $40 million lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he was framed for murder by a Northwestern University journalism instructor and his students has ended — not with a bang, but a confidential settlement agreement."

Illinois Supreme Court: "Justice P. Scott Neville to become newest member of the Illinois Supreme Court"

Cook County Record: "Justice P. Scott Neville takes oath of office, seat on state Supreme Court"

Cook County Record: "IL Supreme Court: Clerks can't slap on extra fines, but defendants can't appeal, must sue instead" . . . "The justices of the Illinois Supreme Court agreed court clerks lack the legal authority to tack on supposedly mandatory fines to judgments entered against defendants, when no judge ever ordered the defendants to pay the fines. However, the court divided sharply over what recourse defendants can use to stop clerks from collecting the fines, nonetheless."

Injustice Watch: "Illinois appeals court endorses small counties keeping healthy chunk of bond"

Deerfield Patch: "Judge Blocks Deerfield Assault Weapons Ban Before It Takes Effect"

Shaw Media: "Schroeder murder: Judge faces ‘monumental decision’" . . . "Arguments for and against Morrison teen’s transfer to adult court wrap up"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Former judge George Leighton dies at 105" . . . "George N. Leighton, a former judge who sat on the Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois Appellate Court and federal benches and whose storied legal career stretches back decades, died Wednesday at the age of 105. Leighton’s name adorns the same criminal courthouse where he was indicted for helping clients in a civil rights case."

New York Times: "George N. Leighton, Lawyer Who Fought Segregation, Dies at 105"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Jail inmate charged with attacking corrections officer in maximum security division"

Daily Herald: "Are police dogs another victim of the opioid epidemic?" . . . "Police canines searching for dope or taking part in a drug raid face the risk of accidentally ingesting opioids, with possibly deadly consequences."

Ottawa Times: "New drone law would let police monitor large public events"

Associated Press: "Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Danville council approves year-round curfew for those under 18"

Associated Press: "Lake County Program Teaches Inmates to Be Better Fathers"

Daily Herald: "DuPage County inmates to get tablets for communication, entertainment"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Monroe County sheriff raffles gun in Waterloo, IL"

Associated Press: "3 men sought after escape from southeastern Illinois jail" . . . "The White County sheriff’s office in Carmi says the men used a pipe to break a hole in an outside concrete block and brick wall early Saturday morning."

Associated Press: "Video shows police sergeant rescuing child from busy roadway"

Naperville Sun: "Toddler rescued by Naperville cop on Route 59 let himself out of house when his mother wasn’t looking, authorities say"

May 21 - June 3, 2018

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."

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"

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"

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"

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

Chicago Reader: "Groups fight huge expansion of police drone monitoring of protests" "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 Sun-Times: "Emanuel's private emails filled with complaints about crime"

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 Daily Law Bulletin: "Suit claiming false inclusion on gang database tossed"

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"

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"

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"

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."

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."

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?"

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"

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"

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"

Associated Press: "Judge dismisses Backpage lawsuit against Illinois sheriff"

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?"

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

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."

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"

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"

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."

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"

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"

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 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"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Police Gang Databases Under Fire In Statehouse Bill"

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."

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"

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"

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

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."

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."

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"

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"

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

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 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-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."

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

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"

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 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 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."

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

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."

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"

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.)"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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."

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"

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"

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"

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

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"

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 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"

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 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 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"

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 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?"

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"

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."

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"

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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

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"

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"

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."

March 23 - April 8, 2018

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."

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 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"

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"

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 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"

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 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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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?"

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"

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

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"

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

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

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

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"

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"

March 12 - 22, 2018

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

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"

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

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

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"

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"

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"

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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"

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"

Feb. 26 - March 11, 2018

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 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"

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 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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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?"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

Feb. 12 - 25, 2018

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 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"

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

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"

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"

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."

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

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."

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"

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."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Campaign aides weighed in before Alvarez revealed charges against Jason Van Dyke"

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."

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"

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’"

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

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

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."

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

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"

Chicago Tribune: "Foxx recalls blatant sex harassment in Cook County justice system, including predecessor Alvarez’s office"

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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

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"

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"

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?"

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.

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

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."

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

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"

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

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

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."

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

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"

Chicago Tribune: "Foxx recalls blatant sex harassment in Cook County justice system, including predecessor Alvarez’s office"

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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

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"

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"

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?"

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.

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

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."

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

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"

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 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"

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

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"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County prosecutors decline charges in fatal Chicago police shooting of teen"

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

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

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."

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."

Edgar County Watchdogs: "John Clough no longer Prisoner Review Board member"

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

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

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 News Network: "Illinois Prisoner Review Board member made racist remark as sheriff’s deputy"

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"

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 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 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"

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 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 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."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Where does criminal justice reform stand one year after Kim Foxx elected?"

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"

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."

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 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 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."

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."

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 "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"

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." "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

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"

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"

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 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.'"

Associated Press: "Gun Violence Drops Significantly in Chicago in November"

CNN: "Chicago police tout 14% homicide drop, and concede there's more to do"

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"

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."

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"

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."

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.'"

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."

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."

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, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity: "Downstate sheriffs waiting to see about new Illinois bond law"

SUBSTANCE ABUSE "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."

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." "Rauner calls legalizing marijuana a 'mistake'"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio: "Proposal To See Convicted Animal Abusers Lose Gun Rights"

John Howard Association news release: "Kane County Juvenile Justice Center Monitoring Report"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by "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

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"

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."

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 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 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"

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"

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."

CBS News: "Does help or hinder efforts to stop sex trafficking?"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Sheriff's official suspended 10 days over Cubs World Series sneak-in"

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 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"

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 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"

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."

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."

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"

Chicago Sun-Times: "U.S. Justice Department questions Illinois’ new immigration bill"

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 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"

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"