Illinois Justice Project



Illinois Justice Project News Summary

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"