Illinois Justice Project


News Summaries

Sept. 30 - Oct. 7, 2019

WBBM-TV: "“I Couldn’t Do Nothing:” Cook County Jail Inmates Repeatedly Escape Restraints, Attack"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Detainee dies of apparent suicide in Cook County Jail" . . . "At least one other detainee at Cook County Jail has died from suicide this year."

Better Government Association: "Fact-Check: Durbin Mostly on Target with Claim about Police Support for Expanding Background Checks"
Chicago Sun-Times: "North Side vigil calls on entire city to stand against gun violence"

CNN: "The decreasing crime numbers in Chicago are little comfort to families impacted by violence"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police commander demoted after allegedly allowing Lollapallooza fans into police-only area of festival"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Unraveling the mystery of missing videos in the death of Harith Augustus" . . . "How in heaven’s name do three videos of a high-profile, fatal police shooting remain hidden from the public for more than a year, turning up only when an investigative reporter starts asking questions?"

WTTW: "1 Year After Van Dyke Conviction, How is Chicago Handling Police Misconduct?"

Chicago Tribune: "Special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett probe admits contributing $1,000 to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s campaign in 2016"
WBEZ: "In Jussie Smollett Case, Investigator Of Kim Foxx Allowed To Stay On Despite Donation"
TMZ: "Osundairo Brothers Visit Special Prosecutor's Office in Jussie Case"

Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "What's at stake as Foxx hunts re-election" . . . "In an interview a few days ago, Foxx fully wrapped herself in a post-Burge reform cloak, saying she has been able to refocus the office on serious crime while still being part of the reason why Chicago's crime rate steadily has dropped during her tenure."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Teachers Union didn’t help investigation of student sexual violence, consultant says"

WAND-TV: "Certified prison baking program prepares offenders for future career"
CNN opinion by Judith Resnick: "Degrading strip search of 200 women prisoners cries out for courts to act"
Illinois Public Media: "Senator Bennett Says Education In Illinois Prisons Is ‘Inadequate’"

NPR Illinois: "Agency's Survey On Harm Seeks LGBTQ Participants"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Jennifer Soble: "Joe Coleman died in prison on Thursday — for what?" . . . "With a recidivism rate of about 3%, long-incarcerated elderly people are the least likely people to offend again, but are the costliest to incarcerate, thanks to their declining health and medical needs. But without parole or a meaningful commutation process, even the sick and elderly remain behind bars. In Illinois, one in seven people in prison will die there."

Chicago Tribune: "Judge: Victims of Chicago violence can proceed with lawsuit seeking tighter control of gun sales"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Andrew Maloney: "Fourth Amendment, DOJ report used to reverse gun conviction" . . . "Drawing on a federal report about policing in Chicago as well as a Massachusetts court’s caution against the probative value of people fleeing police, a state panel has ruled a man’s arrest and conviction for a gun offense violated the Fourth Amendment. The 1st District Appellate Court deemed Chicago police illegally arrested Markell Horton after spotting him with what they thought was a gun and pursuing him to the second floor of a townhouse."
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "JIB presents case over St. Clair judge’s testimony" . . . "A state judicial disciplinary panel held a hearing Tuesday to examine accusations that a St. Clair County judge misled police during a murder investigation and provided false testimony to the Judicial Inquiry Board."
Illinois Supreme Court news release: "Illinois Judicial Conference unveils three-year strategic agenda"
Capitol News Illinois: "Judicial branch announces ‘blueprint for the future’"
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "DuPage judge who lied to police booted off bench"
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Facts and (writing) fiction keep appellate judge busy" . . . "David Ellis gets up about 3:30 a.m. every day to write. But it’s not the usual turgid prose about rights, wrong and remedies that arise in the civil and criminal cases he reviews. He saves that for his day job as an Illinois appeals court justice from the First District in Chicago."

Rockford Register Star: "Illinois police agencies face task of pot offense expungements"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Vermilion County state's attorney rules fatal shooting of inmate justified"

WBBM NewsRadio by Bernie Tafoya: "Murderer passes Illinois Bar exam, aims to fight for people's innocence
WICS/WRSP-TV, Springfield: "Sangamon County inmates will soon receive better mental health treatment"
Aurora Beacon-News: "‘Very rare’ furlough lets Kane County prisoner see his dying mother one last time"
Belleville News-Democrat: "Several students face discipline, possible charges after brawl at Belleville East"
Belleville News-Democrat: "State takes E. St. Louis funds for first responder pensions"
Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County state's attorney looks to bolster domestic violence staff"
WBBM-TV: "‘Recovery Pod’ Is First-Of-Its-Kind Drug Treatment Program At Kane County Jail"
Decatur Herald & Review by Tony Reid: "Decatur defense attorney assaulted in courtroom by his client.”

Sept. 24 - 29, 2019

Marketplace, American Public Media, by Natalie Moore: "For those exiting the criminal justice system, housing can make all the difference" . . . "(Cook County Judge Charles) Burns said the voucher program is 'an opportunity not only for them to get vouchers, to get clean in stable housing, but to get them out of the neighborhoods — the neighborhoods that had been sucking them in and being like quicksand where they couldn’t get out of this lifestyle.' This summer, the Metropolitan Planning Council and Illinois Justice Project released a report about how the state could save millions of dollars if it did more to help people leaving prison find stable housing."

WBEZ by Patrick Smith: "Cook County Judges Fighting To Preserve Right To Lock Up Children" . . . "Juvenile justice advocates and experts acknowledged the number of children under 13 who are admitted to the county’s juvenile jail is low — there are none inside currently. But they said it is essential to prevent any young children from being placed in jail because confinement can have long-lasting negative effects."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Sarah Mansur: "Judges split over child detention rules" . . . "Two appellate court justices appeared divided during oral arguments on whether home-rule authority permits the Cook County Board to outlaw pretrial detention in Cook County’s juvenile center for delinquent preteens."

Injustice Watch: "Illinois appeals court ponders: Can Cook County bar detention of pre-teens?"

Peoria Journal Star: "14-year-old indicted again for fatal shooting"

CBS News by Adriana Diaz: "Who is El Mencho? Mexican cartel boss behind one-third of drugs in the U.S." . . . "Just after sunrise on Chicago's West Side, CBS News watched the morning rush for drugs. Brian McKnight with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) showed what was going on in broad daylight. Last year in Chicago, almost 800 people died from drug overdoses. McKnight said "probably 90%" of the drugs in Chicago are coming from Mexico. The DEA is focused on a Mexican drug lord named Nemesio Cervantes, known simply as El Mencho."

Fox News, The Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham: "No arrests two years after 15-year-old burned alive on the streets of Chicago" . . . "LAURA INGRAHAM, HOST: I'm Laura Ingraham and this is our 'Ingraham Angle Special: Chicago Town Hall, a City in Crisis.' . . . "Well, we were here in Chicago a year ago and at that time we promised the people in these communities and our office in general that we'd be back and not let the issues go. And tonight, we're here to fulfill that promise. We returned to assess how life has changed or not for the violence-plagued neighborhoods and whether the relationship between the communities and law enforcement, whether it's improved or worsened."

Chicago Tribune: "The same gun used in two Chicago police shootouts and daylight shooting of woman downtown tied to recent shooting in Minnesota, authorities say"

The Trace: "House Judiciary Committee Holds Rare Hearing On Community Gun Violence" . . . "The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Thursday about responses to community gun violence in American cities. It included testimony from Representatives from St. Louis and Chicago, and a panel of activists from gun violence prevention organizations, who said this hearing was the first of its kind."

WBEZ by Patrick Smith: "Attorney Blasts Chicago Investigation Into ‘Racially Charged’ Police Shooting" . . . "The amended complaint alleges that Officer Joseph Treacy, who was off-duty when he shot Beal, used the n-word and told Beal and his friends “you black b----es don’t belong here.” The complaint also alleges that Treacy used an unregistered weapon to kill Beal, as previously reported by WBEZ. And that Treacy owned a total of eight guns he failed to register with the Police Department, including an AR-15, which is commonly referred to as an assault rifle."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop who shot at Joshua Beal had 8 guns not registered with the department"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Suit: Fatal shooting by off-duty cop used unregistered gun" . . . "In his amended complaint, Horwitz alleges CPD Officer Joseph Treacy shot Beal with an unregistered gun. Further, Horwitz alleges Treacy owned an seven more firearms, none registered. Horwitz alleges Treacy kept these unregistered guns to use as 'drop guns' to incriminate unarmed civilians."

WBEZ by Shannon Heffernan: "Pritzker Vows Support For Prison Death Transparency, Despite Previous Opposition" . . . "Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker says his administration is committed to passing legislation that will promote transparency around prison deaths, even though the Illinois Department of Corrections under him opposed legislation in the spring that would have done just that."

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Docs: IDOC employee involved 7 inmates in sexual acts"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Illinois corrections employee charged with sexual misconduct"

Reason: "Prisons Are the Hardest Places to Read About Mass Incarceration" . . . "If you think a map of the moon might help an inmate escape, you might be a prison censor."

Lake County News-Sun by Jim Newton: "82-year-old Lake County inmate in failing health released early from 55-year drug sentence: ‘I’m just overwhelmed’" . . . "The first inmate released based on a petition from the Illinois Prison Project walked out of the Lake County jail Wednesday after a judge agreed to shave the end of his sentence, due in part to the inmate’s failing health."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "DuPage judge O’Shea bounced from bench" . . . "A judge accused of lying about firing a gun in his home and attempting to retaliate against women who accused him of sexual harassment has been removed from the bench by a state judicial disciplinary panel."

Daily Herald: "DuPage judge O'Shea removed from bench for misconduct"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Dispatcher loses lawsuit over use of gun in shooting" . . . "The city of Chicago did not run afoul of the Second Amendment when it fired a police dispatcher for shooting another woman during a traffic altercation, a federal judge held."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Parolees can challenge internet-access restrictions" . . . "A federal judge gave the go-ahead for registered sex offenders to challenge an Illinois Department of Corrections policy that restricts their access to the internet."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Right to possess a gun clear; how to use one is open to debate" . . . "U.S. Judge Thomas Durkin recently found that citizens have the right to bear arms and that the right to bear arms presupposes actions in self-defense. But he said the proper uses of a firearm is a matter of individual states’ criminal and tort laws not contemplated by the Second Amendment."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and activists sue Trump administration over proposed immigration rules that could hurt local health system"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge bars DOJ from conditions on funding" . . . "A federal judge on Thursday permanently enjoined the U.S. Justice Department from withholding public safety money from the city of Evanston and about 350 other municipalities if they refuse to help enforce immigration law. In a written opinion, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber held the Trump administration violated federal law and the U.S. Constitution by placing conditions on the receipt of funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, First in a Series, by Mary Schenk: "‘Variety of issues’ fueling rise in gun crimes among area teens" . . . "Whatever one’s belief, one thing is certain: Crimes involving boys using guns are on the rise. In 2017, State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said, she filed seven delinquency petitions involving boys under the age of 18 accused of either possessing or using a gun. That number more than doubled in 2018 to 16. As of Friday, there had been 25 such gun-related cases filed in 2019."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Six recent cases involve juveniles and guns"

Daily Herald: "From soup to markers, drug-sniffing airport dog's nose knows narcotics"

Rockford Register Star: "Sheriff Gary Caruana may sue Winnebago County Board for 2nd time in 6 months" . . . "Sheriff Gary Caruana plans to sue the Winnebago County Board for adopting a fiscal 2020 budget that his lawyer says shorts his department by about $3 million."

Associated Press: "Group battles idea shootings, funerals are routine"

Sept. 17 - 23, 2019

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "When should a teen be tried as an adult? Let judges decide" . . . "It is wrong that criminal cases involving teenagers aged 16 through 17 automatically are moved from juvenile court to adult court when the charges are first-degree or felony murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault or aggravated battery with a firearm. The cases are moved without regard to the degree of a defendant’s culpability, and there is no consideration of the many background factors juvenile court judges routinely weigh. Such cases should not be transferred automatically to adult criminal court. In each instance, there should be a hearing first before a juvenile court judge, who would decide whether a transfer to adult court is appropriate."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Felony murder charges were dropped against five teens in Lake County. Illinois should still tighten its overly broad statute."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Murder charges dropped against Chicago teens in Lake County shooting" . . . "The cases against the younger defendants will be moved to juvenile court, prosecutors said. 'However, due to strict laws governing juvenile courtroom proceedings, my office is unable to give details regarding the charges involving the juveniles going forward,' (Lake County State's Attorney Michael) Nerheim wrote."

Daily Herald by Jake Griffin: "Lake County drops murder charges against Chicago teens in fatal car burglary" . . . "Jobi Cates, executive director of Restore Justice Illinois, said people from all walks of life came out against Nerheim's use of the felony murder law." . . . "'It's very hopeful and very heartening both that the prosecutor took time to slow down and go through the facts of the case and that the community really engaged on this issue,' Cates said."

Peoria Journal Star by Andy Kravetz: "Murder case of 14-year-old moved back to adult court" . . . "Judge Frank Ierulli, who presides over Peoria County’s juvenile delinquency courtroom said, as he had last month, that he found no reason to keep Zavion Mark’s case within the juvenile system, and that he didn’t think the boy was a 'naive young man.' Rather, the judge found Marks to be well in control of himself, noting his poise during the several hearings since the teen was charged back in June."

The Trace and Chicago Reporter by Brian Freskos: "Fighting Gun Violence in Chicago, With Trees, Rakes, and Cleanup Crews" . . . "This year alone, Chicago directed $7.4 million to workforce development programs that put high-risk individuals to work greening areas in neighborhoods with high rates of shootings."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "The murder of a 9-year-old and the fight to end Chicago’s gun violence"

Center Square, Franklin News Foundation, by Cole Lauterbach: "Illinois House creates gun task force, 'omnibus bill' could be on horizon"

Chicago Tribune: "Serious crime has doubled on Chicago’s ‘L’ system, despite the CTA adding thousands of security cameras"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Crime’s up on CTA trains, ridership’s down. Fix one to help fix the other."

WBEZ by Patrick Smith: "Chicago Misses 2 Dozen Deadlines In Police Reform Plan" . . . "The city of Chicago has failed to meet at least a third of the deadlines in the first six months of the legally-binding police reform plan being overseen by a federal judge."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cops could have access to video from thousands of new cameras — on residents’ front doors" . . . "Police are starting a pilot program with doorbell camera company Ring, which could aid in solving crime but which raises privacy fears."

Chicago Tribune: "Lawsuit alleges code of silence emboldened Chicago cop involved in beating to feel ‘untouchable’"

Chicago Tribune: "Veteran Chicago cop pleads guilty to bribery for leaking details on crash victims to attorney referral service"

Chicago Tribune: "Dozens of men have alleged Reynaldo Guevara was a dirty cop. Now a lawyer says he has documents to prove it."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police supervisors will receive 10.5% raise over 5 years under new contract agreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot"

Chicago Tribune by Mary Wisniewski: "Bike tickets drop citywide — but most are still issued in majority black areas"

WBEZ and ProPublica Illinois: "City Council Approves Ticket And Debt Collection Reforms To Help Low-Income And Minority Motorists"

The Intercept by Jamie Kalven and Eyal Weizman: "How Chicago Police created a false narrative after officers killed Harith Augustus" . . . "By means of new forensic techniques and on-the-ground reporting, our counterinvestigation contests the official police narrative and examines the process by which that narrative was constructed. This work will be presented as an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opens on September 19 and runs through January 5, 2020."

Chicago Sun-Times by Sam Charles: "Another video of fatal police shooting in South Shore released — more than a year later" . . . More than a year after the fatal shots were fired, the city’s police oversight agency released an additional video showing the fatal shooting of Harith Augustus by a Chicago police officer in South Shore.

Chicago Tribune column by Blair Kamin: "Architects challenge police account of Chicago barber’s shooting death using computer modeling and a second-by-second video"

WBEZ by Chip Mitchell: "Despite Lightfoot Vow, City To Withhold Most Records On ‘Cover-up’ For Van Dyke" . . . "The ordinance, moreover, seems to allow excluding IG records about top police officials who were investigated by Ferguson’s office but not recommended for discipline. Those include Garry McCarthy, the department’s superintendent at the time, and Eddie Johnson, a deputy chief of patrol who was promoted to superintendent in 2016."

WMAQ-TV, NBC5: "City Council Approves Ordinance That Will Allow Release of Long-Secret IG Report on Laquan McDonald Shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Four cops fired for lying about Laquan McDonald shooting are suing to get their jobs back"

WBEZ and Chicago Sun-Times podcast by Frank Main and Colin McNulty: "A Shooting From A Mercedes" . . . "It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million."

Center Square, Franklin News Foundation, by Greg Bishop: "Audit finds overtime abuse, other problems at the Illinois Department of Corrections" . . . "The audit showed that the department made some improvements, including establishing a grievance system, but some findings have dogged the state agency for decades. For example, the audit noted the department still doesn't have an automated payroll or timekeeping system, a finding repeated since 1998. Department officials said they are working to address the audit findings."

NPR Illinois by Brian Mackey: "Audit Flags Safety, Money Problems In Illinois Prisons" . . . "Beyond potential financial and administrative problems, there were also issues related to the safety of prison staff, inmates and the public. The audit says for inmates who work in kitchens and mechanical areas — where they have access to metal tools — six prisons did not put them through metal detectors to make sure they weren’t smuggling things out."

WBEZ by Natalie Moore: "Pilot Program Gives Cook County Drug Court Graduates A Fresh Start" . . . "(Cook County Housing Authority Executive Director Richard Monocchio) said the success of the program rests on the longevity of the participants staying clean and employed. Housing helps the path for self sufficiency, Monocchio said. And data backs him up. This summer, the Metropolitan Planning Council and Illinois Justice Project released a report about how the state could save millions of dollars, if it did more to help people leaving prison find stable housing.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Probationer’s social media ban argued before Supreme Court" . . . "The high court heard arguments Wednesday in a case brought by a convicted sex offender banned from social media as a result of his probation."

Cook County Record: "Appeals panel finds Kane County jail guard not liable for detainee's escape, assaults at Delnor Hospital"

Chicago Tribune: "In a highly unusual move, former Gov. Pat Quinn has been subpoenaed to testify about a commutation"

WBBM Radio, At Issue, hosted by Craig Dellimore: Interview with Esther Franco-Payne, Executive Director, Cabrini Green Legal Aid 

Chicago Tribune: "As marijuana legalization nears, those who left crime behind hope to clear their records" . . . "To speed up the process for cannabis cases, by the end of the year, Illinois State Police are required to compile a list of offenders with charges involving 30 grams or fewer. Arrest records are to be automatically destroyed, and the state Prisoner Review Board will recommend whether to pardon convictions. If Gov. J.B. Pritzker grants the pardons, as expected, the court files would be sealed, meaning they’d be hidden from public view."

Daily Herald: "How a new state law tackles rise in law enforcement suicides"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago FBI to have its first African American leader" . . . "Chicago’s FBI field office will get its first African American leader next month, when Emmerson Buie Jr. is set to take over as special agent in charge, according to a source."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Cook County Jail’s book limit ruled as proper" . . . "Cook County Jail officials did not violate the constitutional rights of an inmate by confiscating more than 30 books from him, a federal judge ruled."

Kane County Jail: "GED classes resume at Kane County jail with 25 participants"

Metro East Meteor: "Computer wars: (Madison County) State’s attorney wants to secede from county network"

Belleville News-Democrat by Carolyn P. Smith: "She’s lost three to East St. Louis gun violence and says police can do more to stop it"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by Noelle McGee: "Court program's goal: Help veterans who've offended rehabilitate themselves"

Northwest Herald: "McHenry County Courthouse renamed as Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center"

Sept. 10 - 16, 2019

The Marshall Project: "When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price" . . . "Carol Nesteikis says she has paid over $150,000 to live in the condominium that she purchased to keep her son with intellectual disabilities in compliance with the rules of the sex offender registry."

The Marshall Project, WBEZ, Chicago Reader and Univision Chicago: "WE ARE WITNESSES: CHICAGO is an immersive short-video series presenting intimate portraits of Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system. Produced by The Marshall Project in partnership with Kartemquin Films and Illinois Humanities, these films explore the nature of crime, punishment and forgiveness."

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "Pritzker joins other governors urging federal action on guns"

Illinois Office of the Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker, 11 Governors Urge Federal Action to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic"

Chicago Tribune column by Blair Kamin: "2 Chicago women, whose sons were killed, champion memorial to hundreds of victims of gun violence"

WGLT-FM, ISU Public Radio, by Ryan Denham: "As Congress Looks To Red Flag Laws, Illinois Tries To Enforce Its Own" . . . "Illinois’ 9-month-old Firearms Restraining Order (FRO) Act offers a case study on the challenges and benefits of implementing a red flag law. The law has been used sparingly so far in Illinois, and advocates are going county by county to introduce it to law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. Many central Illinois communities surveyed by WGLT have yet to see a single case where a FRO was obtained since Jan. 1."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Legislative look at city violence" . . . "Madigan announced Friday that he’s establishing the 'House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force, which will review the issue of gun violence and make recommendations designed to reduce violence.'". . . "It is difficult to be optimistic about how this legislative task force will address this vexing problem. But the status quo is so bad that whatever it does certainly can’t hurt."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "A bleeding Chicago can’t afford this Lori Lightfoot-Toni Preckwinkle kerfuffle"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Laura Washington: "Lightfoot and Preckwinkle have to get stuff done — not like each other"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Residents, Activists Gather At Spot Where Pregnant Teen Was Killed" . . . "Dozens of Chicago residents, school kids and anti-violence activists gathered on Thursday near the spot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood where pregnant teenager Treja Kelley was gunned down over the weekend."

WLS-TV: "Lightfoot, Preckwinkle meet to discuss city, county cooperation" . . . "The simmering feud between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle may be cooling off as the two leaders had a face-to-face meeting on Monday to discuss ways they can cooperate on violence prevention and other issues."

WBBM Radio: "More Than 2,000 High School Students Spread Scrutiny On Chicago Gun Violence Murders Since 2016"

Chicago Sun-Times: "City will ‘not spare any expense’ to find killer of pregnant woman who was witness in murder case: Lightfoot"

Chicago Tribune: "A hidden cost of Chicago police misconduct: $213 million to private lawyers since 2004"

Chicago Tribune: "City considers $450,000 settlement for man who claimed cops used racial slurs and started a fight in downtown garage"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Bill For Police Code Of Silence Case Is $4.5 Million And Counting"

Associated Press and Injustice Watch: "System Slow to Resolve Complaints of Chicago Police Torture" . . . "Many defendants find their cases languishing in the Cook County court system for years. And many more defendants who turned to a commission created by state law to offer defendants a chance to establish credible evidence that they were tortured into confessing to crimes have similarly encountered delays, the agency hobbled by a lack of money and staff."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Aldermen OK guidelines for release of inspector general reports on serious incidents, including deaths of Laquan McDonald, David Koschman" . . . "The ordinance approved by the Ethics Committee widened the rift between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Fraternal Order of Police."

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot hires longtime anti-violence advocate as Chicago’s $130K-per-year director of violence prevention" . . . "Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s choice to be director of violence prevention is a longtime anti-violence worker in Chicago, her administration announced. Norman Livingston Kerr will start in the $130,000-per-year role Monday, officials said."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Adds Gang-Outreach Veteran To New Public Safety Office"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Public Schools agrees to federal oversight of sexual violence protections for students as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calls CPS failures 'glaring and heartbreaking’"

Politico: "Education Department reaches agreement with Chicago schools after sexual misconduct investigation"

New York Times: "Chicago Public Schools Ordered to Toughen Sexual Misconduct Policies"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "CPS Ordered to Overhaul Sexual Violence Policies After Scathing Federal Review"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Anne Burke ‘humbled and honored’ to become chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court"

Chicago Tribune: "Justice Anne Burke, whose husband faces federal public corruption charges in sweeping City Hall probe, tapped as next Illinois Supreme Court chief justice"

Danville Commercial-News: "DACC displays history of Illinois law" . . . "Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman was the special guest at Friday morning’s opening ceremony for the Bicentennial of Illinois Law traveling exhibit. The exhibit will be on display at Danville Area Community College until the end of the month."

WGLT-FM, ISU Public Radio, by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Beaman Asks Appeals Court To Authorize Jury Trial Against Normal Police" . . . "A former Bloomington man exonerated of murder charges is entitled to a jury trial on his claims that three retired Normal police officers played a significant role in his wrongful conviction, according to arguments by his lawyers Wednesday to the Fourth District Appellate Court."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Challenge to Illinois’ ‘red flag’ gun law dismissed" . . . "A federal judge dismissed an Army officer’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an Illinois law that allows police and relatives to seek emergency orders barring certain people from possessing firearms."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Retired judge from St. Clair County heading back to the bench"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Choosing Cook County judges, Justice Ginsburg reminds us, should not be a popularity contest"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Murphy: "Kids are not helped by the secrecy around juvenile court records"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Chief judge vote set for Thursday"

Chicago Tribune: "A secret vote will choose Cook County’s next judicial chief. A $270 million budget, thousands of employees, and the future of a huge court system are at stake."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans retains leadership post and power over $272 million budget, thousands of employees and future of local court system"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jury’s in, and so is Evans — Victorious veteran chief judge isn’t planning to go anywhere"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Court reporters offering classes at Champaign library in effort to combat shortage"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "A profession of perfectionists: Retirements, lack of career visibility lead to court reporter shortages"

WGN-TV: "Fact checking Preckwinkle’s claim ‘less than one percent’ of gun offenders on bond re-arrested"

PBS NewsHour Weekend: "Convicted of murder, but a police officer pulled the trigger"

Illinois News Connection: "Stage set to end juvenile detention" . . . "Those who support alternatives to detention for children in trouble say the stage is set to bring lasting reforms to the juvenile-justice system in Illinois. A new report shows about 500 fewer young people were admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois in 2017 than in 2016 — a drop of 5 percentage points."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Crime fell near pot shops after marijuana was fully legalized, Colorado study shows" . . . "While those findings are highly localized, Illinois State University criminology professor Ralph Weisheit said the results could be 'magnified in Illinois.' That’s because the state’s 610-page pot law prioritizes criminal justice and social equity and encourages the hiring of people from 'economically-impoverished neighborhoods,' Weisheit said."

Daily Herald: "How suburban state rep got hotels joining the fight against human trafficking" . . . "Human trafficking has been at the forefront for (Rep. Terra) Costa Howard since her days as an assistant public defender in DuPage County, when she represented people who might have been trafficking victims."

Associated Press: "Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants" . . . "In November, Illinois lawmakers overrode a veto by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, and approved one of the nation’s toughest tests for allowing testimony by jailhouse informants. It requires judges to make pretrial inquiries into the veracity of prisoners’ testimony before allowing or barring it."

Chicago Tribune: "ICE plans to create ‘‘Chicago’ style replica’ in new training facility"

Daily Herald: "Inmate in ICE custody dies at McHenry County jail" . . . "Robert Rodriguez-Espinoza, 37, of Mexico, who was in ICE custody, was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. Sept. 10 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. The cause of death was a subdural hematoma, the release said."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Lynn Sweet: "Kim Foxx interested, wary of working with Trump White House on criminal justice reform"

Colorado Springs Gazette: "Formerly a hellish, brutal lockup, Cook County jail now known for mental health care"

Belleville News-Democrat: "East St. Louis group plans action so kids stop seeing shootings, funerals as routine"

Daily Herald: "Sheriff: Body scanner will help keep contraband out of DuPage County jail"

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus column by Scott Reeder: "Like about 50 other Illinois communities, Granite City has a compulsory-eviction ordinance, which allows police to force landlords to evict an entire household after anyone who has ever stayed in the house commits a crime. It’s the sort of “mother knows best” mindset that’s all too common in government."

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Macon County inmates see success with RESTORE program" . . . "It’s a one-of-a-kind program in central Illinois, and it’s getting its start in the Macon County Jail. It’s called the RESTORE Program, and while inmates are serving their time, they’re also restoring their futures. "

Daily Herald: "Elgin police safely get mysterious python out of family's garage"

Sept. 3 - 9, 2019

Injustice Watch and Chicago Sun-Times by Emily Hoerner: "Accused of abuse by transgender inmates, correctional officers mock LGBTQ on Facebook" . . . "Even as the Illinois Department of Corrections is facing lawsuits contending its officers violated the civil rights of transgender women prisoners, three officers in the department have been publishing posts on Facebook that mocked members of the LGBTQ community and wrote disparagingly of homosexuality." . . . "The department issued a statement in response to the Injustice Watch reporting saying it had placed all three officers on leave pending an investigation."

Decatur Herald & Review: "For Logan Correctional Center inmates, canines are source of pride beyond the prison" . . . "The prison has 20 dogs and 55 offenders in the Helping Paws program currently."

NPR Illinois: "IDOC To Implement New Policy To Prevent Arbitrary Censorship Of Books"

WICS-TV, Springfield: "Building Block program helps support, rehabilitate Danville inmates" . . . "If you made a mistake and could go back in time, what would you change? For some men at the Danville Correctional Center, the Building Block program is changing their life for the better and showing others there is another way."

KWQC-TV, Davenport, Iowa: "Incarcerated dads spend quality time with their kids at the Kewanee correctional center" . . . "The Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center gave incarcerated dads and their kids a chance to reunite and build stronger relationships. The Day With Dads event is an example of a big change prisons across the country are trying to make in order to inspire inmates to get back home to their kids."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Pritzker Reviewing How Prisons Investigate Inmate Deaths, But Won’t Commit To Transparency Bill" . . . "Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is refusing to say if he would support a bill that would require transparency around prison deaths after a WBEZ investigation found prison staff ignored warning signs and falsified documents connected to three men who died on three consecutive days at Menard prison. An internal investigation by the Department of Corrections largely absolved staff of wrongdoing, and a correctional officer who admitted to falsifying documents remains employed."

Illinois Times by Bruce Rushton: "Sex, lies and videotape" . . . "The ickiness started in 2013, when Christina Hibbert, an Illinois State Police employee assigned to the Firearms Service Bureau that issues firearm owners identification cards and concealed-carry permits, began an affair with Master Sergeant Anthony McClure. They were not discreet."

Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger: "The Dixie pipeline: Mississippi major source of 'crime guns' on the streets of Chicago" . . . "More illegal guns consistently wind up on the streets of Chicago and are recovered than in any other major city. About 60% of all recovered guns come from outside Illinois, according to a Gun Trace Report conducted by the city of Chicago, its police department and the University of Chicago Crime Lab. A large number of them come from Mississippi."

Chicago Tribune: "Who’s watching? More people licensed to carry guns in Illinois are using them, but oversight is still lacking"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Lightfoot, Preckwinkle must stop firing at each other, work together on gun violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Détente ahead? Will voicemail diplomacy lead to thaw in Preckwinkle-Lightfoot Cold War?"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to talk about gun violence. Preckwinkle is still waiting for a call back."

The Trace: "Meet the Young Activists Fighting Chicago’s Gun Violence, With Lobbying and Group Hugs"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Even When Chicago Police Solve A Murder, Justice Is Not Always Served" . . . "The cases that don’t get charged combined with all of the unsolved murders and the glacial pace of Cook County’s criminal court system mean that only 12% of all Chicago murders between 2011 and 2018 have resulted in a conviction of any kind. Another 14% of those murders have been charged but are still making their way through the courts. That leaves about three quarters of the murders in that timeframe for which there will likely never be any justice."

Chicago Sun-Times: "COPA recommends firing Chicago police officer over 2010 shooting of boyhood friend"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police officer should be fired for shooting friend nearly a decade ago, lying about it, oversight agency says"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Michael Sneed: "Is Mayor Lori Lightfoot looking for top cop’s replacement?"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city ‘can’t afford’ current police OT costs" . . . "Separately, Lightfoot on Monday called another Sun-Times report that she’s looking for a new police superintendent 'nonsense.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘Angry and frustrated,’ Lightfoot vows to rein in police overtime that taxpayers ‘can’t afford’"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Lightfoot Keeps 2 Emanuel Appointees, Adds Former Daley Aide to Police Board"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Lightfoot Vowing Release of Laquan McDonald ‘Cover-Up’ Records"

WMAQ-TV, NBC5, by Carol Marin and Don Moseley: "The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled that the Chicago Police Department is improperly withholding public documents involving how police shot and killed 16-year-old Warren Robinson in July 2014. The unanimous decision said documents sought by NBC 5 News 'concern the investigation of whether that shooting was justified.' The decision affirms a Circuit Court ruling in which Judge Neil Cohen called the city’s denial of records 'loco' and 'crazy.'"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Michael Sneed: "Jussie Smollett lawyers: Even if actor faked attack, cops didn’t need to investigate it so vigorously"

WLDS-AM, Jacksonville: "Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Conducting LGBTQ Survey"

Chicago Sun-Times: "As Chicago’s FBI chief departs, he says corrupt pols are the ones now losing sleep"

Chicago Tribune: "Parting words from departing FBI boss in Chicago: ‘Our corruption program is extremely busy. Expect more to come’"

Capitol News Illinois: "Additional money for Illinois courts will benefit local governments"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "When does an offense become a hate crime? Hard to tell"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Local psychiatrist's career move increasing burden on court system, colleague" . . . "The delay in conducting the initial fitness evaluation — different than determining if someone was sane at the time of a crime — could add weeks to what local officials say is an already long wait to get mental health treatment for those who are unfit."

Lake County News-Sun: "Officials indicate murder charges against 5 Chicago teens could be revised after investigation into Lake County shooting is completed" . . . "In a statement released shortly after the continuance, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said his office 'will continue to evaluate this case and work towards a resolution that is fair to all parties involved, while also fulfilling our obligation to keep our community safe. In doing so, I will consider the facts, circumstances, any mitigating factors, and the ages of the offenders,' Nerheim added in the statement.'"

Daily Herald by Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas: "Why 'Lake County Five' charges might be best hope for opponents of felony murder law"

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "Curtis Dawson moved his son out of the city for a better life. And then came the Lake County shooting."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Rulings on juvenile sentencings keeping courts busy"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County’s new law barring landlords from turning away tenants with certain criminal backgrounds faces controversy"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Criminal history vs. compassion? County debate over role of rap sheets in rental decisions"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Wrongful-death lawsuit filed in 2018 fatality at Vermilion County Jail"

Southern Illinoisan by Molly Parker: "Union County Democratic Party withdraws legal action over county board's pick for state's attorney"

Southern Illinoisan: "Perry County Sheriff asks for additional funding to keep jail open" . . . "The cost to keep the jail open, adding two part-time employees and housing federal prisoners, is $800,000. The cost of closing the jail and transporting prisoners to another county, likely Jefferson County, would be $1.2 million."

Daily Herald: "Why St. Charles police are excited about new state-of-the-art station" . . . "The outdated structure is a far cry from the city's new 56,000-square-foot police headquarters, designed and built to prioritize workflow, community space and high-end equipment."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Macon County Inmates see success with RESTORE Program" . . . "It’s a one-of-a-kind program in central Illinois, and it’s getting its start in the Macon County Jail. It’s called the RESTORE Program, and while inmates are serving their time, they’re also restoring their futures."

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus editorial: "Why suspending kids is wrong answer"

Daily Herald: "Suburban police hope saliva holds the solution to the marijuana impairment puzzle"

Daily Herald: "Watch: Aurora cops save a skunk from a McFlurry cup”

Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2019

"The moment is now," by David Mendell: "Chicago has a unique chance to embrace the methods cities like Los Angeles and New York have used to reduce their gun violence. But the toll mounts, patience is thin, and a new mayor must confront the problem’s deep, defiant roots."

"Hidden costs push price of city's gun violence into the billions," by James Warren: "While calculations differ, the bottom line includes damage to the economy, culture and health of the city, as well as its worldwide brand. Getting it under control won't come cheap either."

"Chicago gives ‘community policing’ another try," by Kari Lydersen: "Through an NYU-designed pilot project, officers aim to rebuild trust and cooperation while bridging a divide with communities."

"Q&A: New deputy mayor says Chicago needs 'all hands' approach to gun violence," by David Mendell: "Susan Lee, who was instrumental in L.A.'s success, says the city needs patience, accountability and sustained investment. She calls a previous lack of resources in Chicago 'astounding.'"

"Let's be more honest, human in telling the story of our city's violence," by Alex Kotolwitz: "More empathy and understanding for those involved will make it harder for the rest of us to turn our heads, writes the author of 'There Are No Children Here.'"

"Street outreach helps model a better path, but needs more support," by Napoleon English: "Connecting former gang members and others to at-risk individuals helps de-escalate conflicts. The strategy includes job training and therapy."

"The nature of gangs has changed, so should our gun violence strategy," by Teresa Cordova: "They're now fragmented cliques rarely connected to one another, named after rap lyrics or a slain member. The demolition of public housing and closing of schools contributed to dispersing them."

"Treat the lifelong trauma behind the triggers," by Donald Tyler: "Unless we address chronic stress due to joblessness, instability and violence in at-risk communities, more permanent solutions will remain elusive."

"Peace on the streets requires long-term commitments, and soon," by Sean W. Malinowski: "Chicago needs to laser-focus on collaboration, reform and backing its police to effectively reduce gun violence."

"Chicago shouldn't wait for Congress on gun control," by Nina Vinik: 'Five steps the city and the state can take now include holding gun sellers accountable, better 'crime gun' tracing and stronger partnerships with neighbors."

"Put violence prevention in writing and dedicate enough funds," by Ciera Walker-Chamberlain: "Chicago should hold leaders accountable by passing an ordinance locking in a permanent Office of Violence Prevention."

"Don't downplay the need for force against Chicago's gangs," by Robert Angone: "The mayor's call for more community involvement is laudable, but the city's gangs are still a power that needs a strong response."

NPR: "U.S. Appeals Court In Chicago Again Upholds Laws Banning Assault Weapons"

The Hill: "Court upholds Illinois county's assault weapons ban"

Associated Press by Michael Tarm: "Federal appeals court upholds assault weapons ban in Chicago" . . . "A U.S. appeals court Thursday upheld an assault weapons ban that covers Chicago and the rest of Cook County, Illinois, saying guns rights advocates provided no compelling reason why it should diverge from a previous ruling upholding a similar ban in a Chicago suburb."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Upholding Cook County’s assault weapons ban" . . . "Whether the Supreme Court will agree with the appellate court’s analysis, or ever consider this case, remains to be seen. In the meantime, people who live or work in Cook County can be grateful that here, at least, the danger of these guns has not been ignored."

Chicago Tribune by Stacy St. Clair: "Family of Naperville teen who took his life after ‘aggressive’ police questioning settles suit against city, school district" . . . "In the two years since their son’s death, Douglas and Maureen Walgren launched Corey’s Goal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the constitutional rights of minors in school settings and providing education on how disciplinary practices in schools can better support the emotional well-being of students. They also played a key role in the passage of a new law that requires police to make a reasonable effort to have a parent or guardian present when a student is questioned by law enforcement on school grounds in connection with a crime. If a parent or guardian isn’t available, an advocate can be appointed."

Associated Press by Michael Tarm: "Suit settled in teen suicide that led to Illinois law change" . . . "'The Corey Walgren story hits at every single parent’s heart,' Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, who introduced the legislation, said Friday. 'We need to recognize that the brains of young people are not fully developed and they need to be dealt with differently. ... What happened to Corey should never happen again.'"

Chicago Tribune column by Heidi Stevens: "What one psychologist, whose brother died by suicide, wants parents to know about the new law prompted by Naperville boy’s death" . . . "'An adult might be taken in for questioning and think, I’ll hire a lawyer. There’s a process here,’ (clinical psychologist John Duffy) said. 'A teenager doesn’t know that. A teenager might be thinking, I can’t bear to see my mother’s face. I can’t bear the shame.' Which is why this new legislation is so important. And why parents ought to talk to their kids about it. Authority figures, in their zeal to make a point, in an effort to turn a kid into an example, can overstep. This law provides protections for kids, and kids should know about it."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Illinois State Police Trooper Nicholas Hopkins’ widow reminds everyone to ‘make time’"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "'A light in our dark world.' Hundreds remember Trooper Nick Hopkins at funeral"

Metro East Meteor by George Pawlaczyk: "Murdertown: Trooper’s killing one of a multitude in small area of East St. Louis" . . . "Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly called the city where Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins was killed 'the most dangerous corner in the country.' From 2000 to 2018, there have been 485 murders in East St. Louis, giving it the highest murder rate per capita in the country. In 85 percent of the cases where reporters could determine the cause of death from coroner’s records, the murders were committed by guns. Of the 485 murders, 75 percent remained unsolved."

Associated Press: "Group to help Chicago clear pot arrests during legalization" . . . " A nonprofit with the technology to analyze criminal records nearly automatically will help the county that includes Chicago clear tens of thousands of convictions for marijuana possession as Illinois gets set to allow the recreational sale of the drug."

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Thousands of weed convictions will be automatically expunged in Cook County: ‘We are righting the wrongs of the past’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Pot dealers could see records expunged, too, Foxx says as she announces plan to erase thousands of minor convictions"

Cook County State's Attorney's office news release: "Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx and Code for America announce historic partnership to automatically clear convictions"

Chicago Tribune: "Expunging marijuana convictions: What you need to know"

Chicago Tribune: "‘Tears started running down my face,’ deported Army veteran says after Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardons him of felony drug conviction" . . . "Gov. J.B. Pritzker granted clemency Friday to a U.S. Army veteran who was deported to Mexico last year after serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence for a felony drug conviction."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Pritzker grants clemency to Army veteran deported to Mexico — blasting Trump and Rauner for the ‘unfortunate circumstances’"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by Noelle McGee: "Groundbreaking Building Block program helps inmates rehabilitate, hold each other accountable" . . . "The 112 offenders who live on the wing are held to a higher standard of behavior. They must make their bed every day, complete all homework assignments and follow other rules, or they can’t live on the wing. The program has been so successful that it’s been expanded to three other wings at the Danville facility. And it now serves as a model for other prisons within the Illinois Department of Corrections."

ChicagoTribune by Angie Leventis Lourgos: "Pregnant behind bars: A downstate prison opens a special wing for mothers-to-be and postpartum inmates"

ACLU blog: "Stripped of Their Rights" . . . "The ACLU and the MacArthur Justice Center, along with partner organizations including the Women’s Prison Association, Just Detention International, Uptown People’s Law Center, as well as scholars of gender-based violence, have submitted an amicus brief in support of the women. The brief argues that, in addition to being protected against cruel and unusual punishment, people’s right to be free of government overreach doesn’t end at a prison’s gates. "

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago mayor, police superintendent announce new plan to track gun offenders" . . . "Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday they are planning monthly meetings with Cook County, state and federal officials in an effort to share data to better track the city’s worst gun offenders."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police launch GunStat to fight gun violence by ‘identifying gaps and closing loopholes’ in justice system" . . . "Under the GunStat initiative, a working group drawn from Chicago police, Cook County sheriff’s and state’s attorney’s offices, the U.S. attorney’s office and other law enforcement agencies will continually examine arrest statistics and outcomes of cases."

Crain's Chicago Business by A.D. Quig: "Lightfoot, Johnson turn to data analysis to combat gun scourge" . . . "Stephanie Kollman, who is policy director of the Children & Family Justice Center at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and has written about criminal justice reform, said it was unclear how the partnership might help prevent violence. She said she was still awaiting the Lightfoot administration's violence prevention plan and funding. 'You have to have a violent crime arrest in order to track how the arrest is handled and processed through the system,' she said. 'So far, there were 962 murders and shootings in the first six months of this year. CPD’s made an arrest in 84 of them, an 8.7 percent arrest rate per incident. I don’t know what tracking that 8.7 percent through prosecution strategies is going to net in terms of intelligence around what’s happening on the street or how it’s meaningful regarding prosecution.'"

Chicago Office of the Mayor news release: "Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago Police Department Launch Citywide GunStat Initiative;
Nationally-recognized model tracks gun offenders to identify trends, strengths and weaknesses within criminal justice system"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Michael Sneed: "Preckwinkle: Lightfoot, top cop not willing to meet about reducing gun violence" . . . "Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle came out swinging on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s claim there has been a lack of communication between the two powerful pols, who are at odds over Chicago gun violence and the way errant young black men are handled in the bond court system."

Chicago Sun-Times by Rachel Hinton: "City’s Labor Day weekend crime-fighting strategy: ‘flood the zone’ again"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Police recruit concussed by baton doesn't have civil rights case" . . . "A police recruit does not have a civil rights claim against the instructor who struck him on the head with a metal baton and gave him a concussion, a federal judge held. In a written opinion Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. ruled Chicago police officer Bogdan Medenica is shielded from John Ploski’s excessive force claim by qualified immunity."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD: 1,000 additional police officers to patrol streets over Labor Day weekend"

Chicago Tribune: "4 homicides tallied in Chicago just 6 hours into September as police release August crime statistics"

Chicago Reader: "How the Chicago Police Department fought — and ultimately lost — its FOIA battle to keep cop names from the public"

Chicago Sun-Times by Tim Novak: "Cops in Koschman case: Daley’s nephew shouldn’t have been charged" . . . "It’s been more than five years since former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. 'R.J.' Vanecko pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Koschman. Now, the last cop still facing disciplinary action in the high-profile case is arguing he shouldn’t be punished — and that Daley’s nephew never should have been charged by a special prosecutor."

Associated Press: "PR firm: ‘Every iota’ of Smollett claim true; police differ"

Associated Press: "Kim Foxx: Work of Smollett special prosecutor underway"

Morning Consult commentary by Kim Foxx, Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Bill Lansdowne: "AG Barr Is Wrong: Criminal Justice Reform Is Making Us Safer" . . . "U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr recently delivered a deeply troubling speech to the Fraternal Order of Police that hearkens back to failed “tough on crime” policies of the ‘80s and ‘90s – policies that drove mass incarceration and created deep rifts between communities and our justice system. Barr offered patently false statistics on crime trends and levelled harsh attacks against reform-minded DAs, saying they are setting “predators” loose on America’s streets and endangering communities."

Daily Southtown column by Ted Slowick: "Sheriff’s program helps communities that cannot afford costs of demolishing properties"

Washington Post: "Inmate suicides like Jeffrey Epstein’s are increasing — and predictable, senator says" . . . “'I have repeatedly tried to sound the alarm about these ongoing threats to the safety and security of our Federal prison system, only to be ignored by this Administration,' Durbin said in a prepared statement to The Washington Post. 'It is unacceptable that it took the suicide of a notorious inmate to force the Trump Department of Justice to finally pay attention.'”

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "5 Chicago Teens Charged with Murder Under Controversial Illinois Law"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Tough murder statute meant to serve as crime deterrent" . . . "(Champaign County Circuit Judge Thomas Difanis) said that if he was still state’s attorney and facing a fact situation similar to the one confronted by the state’s attorney in Lake County he might have made a different decision. 'I don’t think I would have charged them with felony murder, but that’s up to the state’s attorney,' Difanis said, predicting that publicity about the case will prompt state legislators to 'make a change in the felony murder rule.'"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Trying to avoid shame a risky venture" . . . "Judge Patrick O’Shea beat the rap the first time around — on a technicality. The second time proved to be a tougher nut to crack. The veteran DuPage County jurist was found guilty of violating judicial conduct rules. Now his future as a judge is hanging in the balance."

Rockford Register Star: "Retiring Judge Patrick Yarbrough ‘put his heart and soul’ into helping youths" . . . "Yarbrough is the supervising judge of the Juvenile Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. Nothing is more rewarding to him, he said, than to be approached years later and to be told, 'Thank you. I just graduated. I don’t get into trouble anymore.’ Or, ‘I have a child now. I’ve changed my life.’”

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Veteran ARDC administrators move on" . . . "James J. Grogan and Wendy J. Muchman served 70 years, collectively, at the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. This summer, the two longtime ARDC attorneys left the agency."

Daily Herald: "Child advocacy groups see dip in funding with new state law" . . . "A major funding gap is looming for some suburban Children's Advocacy Centers in light of new legislation that readjusts court fines and fees across the state."

Capitol News Illinois: "New gun dealer regulations proposed in Illinois"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPS approves new rules for cops in schools, but concern over ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ remains" . . . "The plan, known as an intergovernmental agreement, laid out which scenarios should — and which should not — involve Chicago police officers stationed in schools, how the officers are selected for different schools and how a school can remove its officers."

Chicago Tribune: "Officials reviewing use of force by DeKalb police after video of weekend arrest" . . . "A DeKalb police officer has been assigned to administrative duties as social media picked up the Facebook video of a weekend arrest that appeared to show an officer holding a man around his neck while another officer used a Taser."

DeKalb Daily Chronicle: "DeKalb officer reassigned pending investigation into Saturday arrest of Aurora man"

DeKalb Daily Chronicle: "DeKalb police release footage from McDowell arrest"

WMAQ-TV: "Video Shows DeKalb Officers Choking, Using Stun Gun on Man During Arrest"

Illinois Times commentary by Bruce Rushton: "Free Samuel Rosario; Former cop is now a felon"

Southern Illinoisan by Molly Parker: "Union County Democratic Party sues county over board's pick to fill chief prosecutor vacancy"

August 20 - 26, 2019

WCBU, Peoria Public Radio, by Dana Vollmer: "Murder Charges In Death Of Peoria Teen Raise Questions About Controversial State Laws" . . . "The Illinois General Assembly, in recent years, has moved to limit the circumstances under which juveniles can be charged as adults –– which advocates argue hasn’t made communities any less safe. 'Prior to the policies on automatic transfers being changed, Cook County alone had about 350 cases of youth being tried in adult court,' said Korynna Lopez of the Illinois Justice Project. 'Numbers haven’t spiked to reflect that change was dangerous.'"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Elizabeth Clarke: "Four ways America gets it wrong in prosecuting alleged teen offenders" . . . "The United States leads developed nations in punitive, cruel and inhumane practices against children and adolescents who come into conflict with the law."

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Lake County homeowner probably wasn’t justified shooting at car burglars, but our absurd felony murder law says it doesn’t matter" . . . "The situation here is a shocking example of the potential absurdity of this law, as broad as any such statute in the nation, according to research overseen by Steven Drizin, co-director of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions: Five teens are facing 20 years to life in prison for murder because a frightened homeowner shot and killed their friend when they were allegedly committing a property crime."

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "A kid charged with his friend’s murder during a botched burglary in 2008 got a second chance. The teens charged in Lake County deserve one too."

Chicago Reporter commentary by Saeed Richardson: "Felony murder: Charging black teens for their friend’s death is a crime"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Illinois State trooper dies after shootout in East St. Louis" . . . "An Illinois State Police trooper was fatally shot while executing a 'high risk' search warrant along with other members of a SWAT team on Friday in a residential neighborhood. Trooper Nick Hopkins, 33, with 10 years of experience on the force, died at St. Louis University Hospital just after 6 p.m., authorities said. 'It is nearly impossible to express the depth of my sadness,' said Brendan Kelly, acting director of the Illinois State Police. 'Nick Hopkins was a bright light in this world.'”

Belleville News-Democrat: "Shooting of State Police trooper leads to tense, sorrowful day in East St. Louis neighborhood"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Flags set to half-staff in Waterloo as town grieves for slain Illinois state trooper"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Hopkins family releases statement; funeral services set"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Mysterious Prison Deaths In Illinois Linked To ‘Unknown Substance’ And Falsified Documents" . . . "In September 2018, three men mysteriously died in the same area of a downstate Illinois prison — in just three days. Documents obtained by WBEZ paint a picture of how those deaths happened over the course of three days, as Menard Correctional Center staff ignored warning signs and one employee falsified documents. The deaths raise questions about staff accountability, prison transparency and drugs behind bars."

KWQC-TV, Davenport, Iowa: "Problems at state prisons in Iowa and Illinois" . . . "The Illinois Department of Corrections says their ideal number of correctional officers is 10,077. The state currently has 1,349 vacancies."

John Howard Association: "JHA Special Report: Communications Update" . . . ". . . JHA believes that failing to meet demand and perpetuating unnecessary scarcity with regard to prisoners’ access to communications creates unwanted issues that undermine safety and security. We again recommend that IDOC reconsider the availability and accessibility of phones and other forms of communication, and revisit policies that place restrictions on communications for disciplinary purposes."

Chicago Tribune commentary by Charlotte Brooks: "Commentary: If we ban books for tackling ‘racial issues,’ what will be left?"

Rockford Register Star by Chris Green: "10 years later: How Mark Anthony Barmore’s death changed the Rockford Police Department" . . . "Ten years ago Saturday, two Rockford police officers pursued Mark Anthony Barmore into the day care of a downtown church. A struggle ensued and Barmore was killed in the presence of children. The officers involved were white. Barmore was black. The incident sparked racially charged protests, years of civil lawsuits and changed how the Rockford Police Department investigates officer-involved shootings and monitors police behavior. This week, Barmore’s father, Anthony Stevens of Rockford, said his 23-year-old son did not die in vain."

Rockford Register Star: "Church event in Rockford promotes healing 10 years after Barmore shooting" . . . "It was 10 years ago Saturday that 23-year-old Mark Anthony Barmore was shot to death in the church basement at 518 N. Court St. during a confrontation with two Rockford police officers. The Barmore shooting was a flashpoint in the Rockford Police Department’s history and it reshaped the way the department handles internal investigations."

Associated Press by Don Babwin: "New online tool to track Chicago gun suspects draws fire" . . . "But critics decry it as a scare tactic that lumps people arrested while carrying or even standing near a gun with those who have pulled them out and used them. They say it unfairly maligns people who under the law are presumed innocent and is aimed at pressuring judges into keeping people locked up while they await trial. 'The people on this list have not been convicted of the crimes for which they were charged,' Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said in a written statement. 'Yet CPD is flaunting bond court stats as if they have already been convicted.'"

Chicago Tribune by Jeremy Gorner: "Two Chicago police officers were accused of child abuse. A decade later, they were fired" . . . "In voting 9-0 to dismiss Officers Yasmina Vaval and Teresa Foster, the Chicago Police Board said it was 'deeply troubled' that this case, and others, take so long to resolve. 'The Board continues to be deeply troubled by cases such as this, in which the charges were filed more than nine years after an incident occurs,' the board wrote in a 28-page decision handed down last week. 'In this case, the impact was particularly serious on the victim, who was eight years old when abused and is now an adult.'"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Adriana Cardona-Maguigad: "Chicago Kids Use Social Media To Meetup Downtown, But Police Are Watching"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cop admits swapping names of crash victims for bribes"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot orders citywide hiring freeze that includes police"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, Curious City: "Having ‘The Talk’: Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions"

The Patch commentary by Mark Konkol: "Ready To 'Move On' After Laquan McDonald? Not So Fast, Chicago" . . . "City Hall's alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald video was legal, AG says. Chicagoans deserve to know what Mayor Lightfoot will do about it."

Chicago Tribune: "Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb named special prosecutor to look into Jussie Smollett case, from first report of an attack to dropping of charges against him"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge appoints ex-U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to investigate Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "Who is Dan Webb? Meet the special prosecutor appointed to the Jussie Smollett case."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "The clout questions facing Dan Webb as he probes the Foxx-Smollett case" . . . "We won’t be surprised if Webb faces suggestions that he instead limit himself to Smollett’s behavior and whether the actor should be charged anew with criminal counts. But whatever the temptation to dwell on Smollett, the crucial mission here is to tell the people of Cook County how Foxx’s office gave one defendant such a sweet deal — and at whose urging?"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Holding cell graffiti not admissible" . . . "A defendant’s graffiti, scribbled on the walls of a St. Clair County holding cell ahead of his criminal trial, was not fair game for prosecutors to share with jurors."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Jordyn Reiland: "In juvenile court, Ramirez rewards good schoolwork" . . . "When Cook County Circuit Judge Cynthia Ramirez took the bench in the court’s Juvenile Justice Division five years ago, she didn’t want to just hear cases. She made it her goal to create a courtroom 'theme' around the importance of education. 'As someone who grew up in the same neighborhoods the minors grew up in, who didn’t go to a top-notch high school, I know what education did for me,' Ramirez said."

Chicago Tribune: "State commission upholds complaint against DuPage Judge Patrick O’Shea over shooting probe and retaliation threat; jurist now faces sanctions"

Injustice Watch: "DuPage judge violated judicial canons by falsehoods, retaliation"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge gives go-ahead to class-action suits alleging indecent conduct by Cook County Jail inmates against female employees, public defenders" . . . "The lawsuits, which name Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and Public Defender Amy Campanelli as defendants, allege the aggressive sexual behavior created a toxic situation that prompted many female employees to quit due to emotional distress. Both Dart and Campanelli have denied the allegations, saying in previous court filings that they have taken appropriate steps to try to curtail inmates from exposing themselves."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Michael Sneed: "Prof charged in grisly River North stabbing death puts his teaching skills to use in jail"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "A potential death penalty problem for Illinois, brought on by the Trump administration"

WLS-TV: "Governor JB Pritzker creates task force to tackle DNA processing backlog"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Brent Adams: "Make a final push for fair housing for ex-offenders" . . . "Cook County commissioners passed an ordinance that forbids landlords from refusing to rent to ex-offenders. Now they must enact rules to make sure the ordinance works."

Office of the Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Expanding Voting Rights, Rehabilitation in Illinois' Criminal Justice System" . . . "Making critical reforms to improve the lives of justice-involved Illinoisans, Governor JB Pritzker signed a package of legislation today expanding voting rights, civic engagement and educational and rehabilitation programming in Illinois' criminal justice system."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Five bills to help first responders’ mental health become state law" . . . "The five measures, signed Friday at Illinois State Police headquarters in Springfield, push to better the mental health of first responders, help the family’s of fallen officers and ensure the Illinois State Police are operating effectively."

Capitol Fax: "Pritzker vetoes bill that would expel students who bring B-B guns, paint ball guns, etc. to school"

Capitol News Illinois by Jerry Nowicki: "Pritzker vetoes school BB gun disciplinary bill; plans to work with sponsors"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Cook County jail to be a polling site, expanding voting access"

Crain's Chicago Business: "Chicago’s newest polling location? The Cook County Jail."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "New Bill Educates Illinois Prisoners on Voting Rights After Release"

Chicago Tribune by Stacy St. Clair: "Prompted by Naperville teen’s suicide, new law requires parents be present before police question students on school property"

NPR Illinois: "Illinois Reinforces Prison Voting Rights, Expands Inmate Education"

Center Square, Franklin News Foundation, by Greg Bishop: "Illinois Attorney General asks judge to dismiss lawsuit over state gun dealer licensing law"

NPR Illinois: "Illinois AG, House Majority Leader, Vow Action Against Gun Violence"

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Franklin County jail employee arrested on sexual assault charges"

Southern Illinoisan: "Franklin County Jail correctional officer charged with sexual misconduct, assault in alleged rape of 2 inmates"

Lake County News-Sun: "'I’m not running away from anyone’: Ex-con who volunteers at Waukegan District 60 says felony charge for failing to update violent offender registration was ‘misunderstanding’"

Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press: "Suburban police have been warning residents about leaving cars unlocked with key fobs inside. Then one was part of a tragedy."

State Journal-Register: "Former Springfield police officer guilty of official misconduct"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Police: Deputy shot inmate after being stabbed at Vermilion County Courthouse"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign police chief voices concerns with citizen review panel's recommendations"

Danville Commercial-News: "Deputy stabbed, shoots inmate at courthouse"

Daily Herald: "Elgin residents speak about shooting as police, city officials listen in silence"

WLDS radio, Jacksonville: "IL Criminal Justice Info Authority Says More Work Needed to Combat Violence in Central IL"

Quad-City Times: "Court reporter shortages felt in the Quad-Cities

August 13 - 19, 2019

Peoria Journal Star by Andy Kravetz: "14-year-old moved to adult court for June slaying of 16-year-old" . . . "Saying the juvenile court system simply wasn’t the right place for a 14-year-old boy accused of murder, a Peoria County judge opted to move the matter to the adult court." . . . "The teen, (Peoria County Judge Frank) Ierullli found, was a street-smart and savvy young man who knew what to do and when to do it."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Illinois’ felony murder law: When a sound policy includes an overreach" . . . "A reworking of the state’s felony murder statute could enable a fairer, more just use of it. As currently written, it applies the consequences of a murder charge to teenagers whose crimes didn’t directly cause someone’s death. That’s an overreach."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Charge of murder against five teens in Gurnee shooting is a stretch" . . . "But Illinois’ felony murder law, unlike similar laws in other states, goes too far in its notion of what constitutes murder for purposes of charging, and it should be revised."

Daily Herald editorial: "Drop the murder charges in Old Mill Creek case"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Jobi Cates: "Lake County case shows why Illinois should abolish the felony murder rule" . . . "The Illinois law is out of step with the courts, with science, and with common sense."

Chicago Tribune: "The felony murder rule has roots dating back centuries. This week, it was applied to 5 Chicago teens charged in a fatal Lake County shooting."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lake County State’s Attorney defends charging Chicago teens with murder"

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "Five Chicago teenagers are charged with a murder police know they did not commit. In Illinois, it’s legal."

Daily Herald: "Lake County murder charges are shocking, say parents of one of 5 teens"

Daily Herald by Jake Griffin: "State's controversial felony murder rule under microscope after Lake County shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "‘Why would you just come out shooting?’ Mother of 14-year-old boy killed by Lake County homeowner questions man’s account"

Chicago Tribune: "Self-defense discussion arises in wake of Lake County shooting. Legal experts say keys include circumstances and shooter’s concern for own safety."

Chicago Tribune letter to the editor by Leonard L. Cavise: "Gun Offender Dashboard has deep flaws" . . . "As a professor of criminal law, I am particularly bothered by listing the names and, in many cases, showing the faces of people who have not been convicted of anything. Every person listed can be seriously harmed by his or her presence on the list. Without strict rules on removing an innocent defendant’s name, the unconvicted are now presumed guilty and are branded perhaps for life."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Mainstream media supports flawed Chicago Police gun ‘offender’ data portal" . . . "Despite calls by experts to take down the dashboard, editorial boards overlook the dangers of dirty data and conflating gun possession with violent crime."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "With Business Community’s Help, CRED Fights Chicago Violence with Jobs" . . . "One program working to employ young men from South and West Side neighborhoods, areas disproportionately affected by gun violence, wants Chicago’s business community to see it as a problem it can – and should – help stem. You may not think of a job as a gun violence prevention tool, but according to Arne Duncan, it is."

Northwestern Now: "Study: Peer influence, social networks might be leveraged to aid gun violence reduction efforts" . . . "A new Northwestern University study found that a program aimed at reducing gun violence in Chicago, the Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS), deterred about 100 victimizations over a two-year period."

WBBM Newsradio, At Issue: "The READI Chicago program of the Heartland Alliance" . . . "Eddie Bocanegra, Senior Director of the READI Chicago Program talks with Craig Dellimore about the effort to give jobs to those most at-risk for being involved with gun violence. The program now serves some 500 men who've been crime victims and/or offenders."

Joyce Foundation: "25 Years of Gun Violence Prevention Research Grant Making" . . . "In a new report released today, we take stock of the impact of the Joyce Foundation’s $32 million investment in gun violence prevention research, which has led to hundreds of scientific publications providing key insights into the nature of gun violence in the U.S. and its solutions."

Crain's Chicago Business by Judith Crown: "Foundations step up on gun violence" . . . "While the foundations stepped up at a critical time, they aren't the permanent funders. They are supporting research to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs in the hope of passing the baton to city, county and state government. Philanthropy is equipped to support experimental programs, says MacArthur President (Julia) Stasch. 'We can do the startup, we can do the prove-up, but public funding needs to be there for sustaining the effort over time.'"

Crime Report: "Despite Funding Thaw, U.S. Gun Violence Researchers Just ‘Fit Around a Conference Table’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Two final CPD detective areas get tech centers to boost dismal clearance rates for homicides, shootings"

Injustice Watch: "Cook County judge: Chicago police can't withhold officers' photos from public" . . . "A Cook County Circuit judge ruled Friday that Chicago Police Department photographs of its officers are public and must be turned over in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor issued the ruling in response to a lawsuit filed by Injustice Watch co-director and longtime journalist Rob Warden, whose 2016 request for photographs of nine officers was denied by the department."

Chicago Tribune: "A Chicago cop fatally shot a black teen who he says pointed a gun at him during a foot chase. But no gun was found — until 3 months later."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Matt Masterson: "Judge Lifts Decorum Order in Jason Van Dyke Case, Freeing Up Last Documents"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "New judicial council chair ready to go" . . . "Cook County Circuit Judge Freddrenna M. Lyle, the incoming chair of the Illinois Judicial Council, wants to expand its efforts of reaching out to young people through its scholarship and school programs. Lyle also stressed the importance of continually working to increase diversity on the bench."

Injustice Watch: "DuPage judge facing discipline over claims he lied about gunshots, retaliated over harassment" . . . "DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Patrick O’Shea should be disciplined for a “troubling pattern of conduct” that, an attorney for the state judicial watchdog agency said on Monday, included lying to police about a firearm that he shot, and seeking to retaliate against female court employees who accused him of sexual harassment."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge sets Friday hearing on Jussie Smollett special prosecutor matter"

WMAQ-TV by Mary Ann Ahern: "Questions About Illinois Supreme Court Justice and Property Exemption" . . . "An Illinois Supreme Court Justice has received a homeowners exemption on a home where he doesn’t live, NBC 5 Investigates found."

WMAQ-TV: "Illinois Justice Pays Back 4 Years of Erroneous Homeowners Exemption"

NBC News: "12-year-old boy sitting on bed shot in knee during police raid, lawsuit says" . . . "A 12-year-old boy sat on a bed in his family's suburban Chicago home with his hands up. Outside his bedroom, almost two dozen SWAT officers were executing a search warrant for his mother's boyfriend. That's when the fast-moving events on the early morning of May 26 converged into the terrifying moment Amir Worship, who was shirtless, was shot in the knee by an officer, according to the family's lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court alleging negligence."

WBBM-TV: "South Suburban Family Left In Fear After Police Raid Goes Wrong, Boy Is Shot In Knee"

Reason: "Lawsuit: SWAT Team Shot 12-Year-Old in Kneecap During Raid" . . . "According to the lawsuit, a SWAT team officer shot Worship in his bedroom after the room had been secured and 'and long after it was obvious that a 12-year-old child posed no threat.'"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge gives go-ahead to class-action suits alleging indecent conduct by Cook County Jail inmates against female employees, public defenders" . . . "The lawsuits, which name Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and Public Defender Amy Campanelli as defendants, allege the aggressive sexual behavior created a toxic situation that prompted many female employees to quit due to emotional distress. Both Dart and Campanelli have denied the allegations, saying in previous court filings that they have taken appropriate steps to try to curtail inmates from exposing themselves."

The Economist: "America’s most interesting sheriff; Tom Dart has reimagined what a sheriff can be"

Truthout commentary by Alan Mills: "No One in Jail 'Gets Better' on Suicide Watch" . . . "California has a 30 percent vacancy rate for psychiatrists in its state prisons; my state of Illinois is worse. We are supposed to have 85 psychiatrists; we actually have fewer than 50." . . . "No attempt is made to help a person develop coping skills, let alone to investigate and change the factors that led them to attempt suicide in the first place. No one gets better on suicide watch."

Chicago Tribune: "‘It’s the racial stuff’: Illinois prison banned, removed books on black history and empowerment from inmate education program"

Illinois Newsroom by Lee V. Gaines: "The Reason Why Hundreds Of Books Were Removed From An Illinois Prison Library"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Charges dismissed against correctional officer; one due in court Wednesday" . . . "Charges have been dismissed against one of three men accused of beating an inmate at the Pontiac Correctional Center in February. Another man has accepted a plea deal and the third continues to prepare for his case to go to trial next month."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Paul Swiech: "Blaming mental illness for mass shootings 'dangerous,' Central Illinois advocates say" . . . "Mental illness is not at the heart of most mass shootings, according to five Central Illinoisans who work or volunteer in mental health and a nationwide report released this month."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Central Illinois police: Consider behaviors, not just mental illness, in shootings"

Office of lllinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Package of Legislation, Two Executive Orders to Support Public Safety, First Responders"

Sen. Toi Hutchinson news release: "Hutchinson law protects LGBTQ jurors from exclusion" . . . "Jurors in Illinois who are LGBTQ will no longer be able to be excluded from jury service simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity under a new law signed recently by Gov. Pritzker that was passed by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights)."

Chicago Tribune: "Sexual assault victims in Illinois will be able to track evidence in their cases under new law"

WIFR-TV, Rockford: "New law strips bachelor's degree requirement for Illinois State Police Academy"

State Journal-Register by Doug Finke: "Pritzker signs bills to help first responders" . . . "Pritzker signed House Bill 2766 that establishes a peer support program for first responders that focuses on wellness and suicide prevention. The bill also creates a task force to examine ways of preventing suicides among first responders. The task force is supposed to issue a report to lawmakers by Jan. 1."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "RIP, capital punishment" . . . "McSweeney has a point about crime and punishment, one that may earn him some fans. But Illinois’ death penalty has come and gone, and that’s not going to change in the current political and social climate."

Center Square, Franklin News Foundation, by Greg Bishop: "Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification proposed rules filed, but still months from full implementation"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge OKs civil suit against Rockford police officers" . . . "A federal judge allowed a civil rights lawsuit to move ahead against police officers for their roles in obtaining a false confession from a Rockford man who served more than 23 years of a life sentence for a robbery and murder. U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber declined to dismiss all but two of John Horton’s 11 claims that alleged 22 Rockford police officers coerced him into falsely confessing to a 1993 robbery and murder at a McDonald’s restaurant in Rockford."

Rockford Register Star: "Rockford rally for gun control mirrors others nationwide" . . . "About 90 people gathered Sunday night at the downtown City Market pavilion to join with other Americans in supporting efforts to end gun violence."

Rockford Register Star: "Women’s Restorative Justice Program receives $25K"

Chicago Sun-Times: "K-9 Deputy Nitro joins the DuPage County Sheriff’s Canine Unit"

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Delays push back Adams County Jail's completion until December"

Center Square, Franklin News Foundation, commentary by Austin Berg: "How Illinois families can face eviction for crimes they didn’t commit"

Daily Southtown: "4 female Markham police officers file gender discrimination complaints against new chief.”

August 6 - 12, 2019

Chicago Tribune commentary by Paula Wolff: "Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’" . . . "The new police portal adds another layer of information to bond court data regularly released by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans and the greatly expanded information from State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office. Now we need a real Violence Reduction Dashboard for Cook County."

WGN-TV: "Public defender unloads on Superintendent Johnson over gun database"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli Calls On Chicago Police To Take Down Gun Offender Portal"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago’s new police website on alleged gun offenders is inaccurate, invasive and ‘must be taken down,’ county public defender says"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago’s top cop says he’s also ‘deeply troubled’ about city gun crime database, in fiery letter that blasts county public defender’s criticism"

Chicago Community Bond Fund news release: "Advocates, Community Organizations, and Impacted People Host Their Own “Accountability Monday” Press Conference to Set the Record Straight about Bond Reform and Gun Violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Community activists: Take down the Gun Offender Dashboard" . . . "'The Gun Offender Dashboard claims to list bond court outcomes for people charged with violent gun crimes. But that’s exactly what it doesn’t do,' said Sarah Staudt, a policy analyst at the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. 'Ninety-nine percent of the people listed on that website are charged with offenses where they are not accused of hurting anyone.' Instead, she said, many people are on the database for a 'mere possession of a weapon.'"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Shedding light on alleged gun offenders, and how the courts handle them" . . . "The dashboard isn’t meant to be an end-all fix to violent crime. But it does shed light on how cases of alleged gun offenders are handled by the courts. For a city worn down by the daily toll of violent crime, that’s useful information."

Chicago Tribune by Jeremy Gorner, Annie Sweeney and Madeline Buckley: "A year after 75 were shot over a weekend, Chicago police have not solved most of the attacks: ‘We’re not happy. We’re not pleased’" . . . "In dozens of interviews last year with detectives, victims, witnesses, residents, experts and Police Department officials, the Tribune documented a host of problems: lack of training, poor access to technology, insufficient staffing and poor or nonexistent follow-up by detectives in neighborhoods plagued by shootings. Witnesses and surviving family members spoke of not hearing from detectives, leading them to question the department’s commitment. Neighbors said they did not trust police and did not even want to be seen talking to them."

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot rips Ivanka Trump’s comments about Chicago’s deadly weekend: ‘I’m not going to be distracted by nonsense tweets ...’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot accused Ivanka Trump of getting the facts wrong, but mayor erred, too"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Amid Chicago gun violence, the drumbeat of peace" . . . "Chicago jazz musician Ernest Dawkins has been leading drum circles in parks for four years, an effort supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to amplify the arts and create a healing ritual in the South Side neighborhood"

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Brian Mackey: "Pritzker backs ban on large-capacity magazines"

Southern Illinoisan outdoors column by sports editor Les Winkeler: "High-powered rifles have become the weapon of choice with mass killers. The killers are well-stocked with high-capacity magazines. The Dayton killer managed to kill nine people in 30 seconds. It is unnecessary, and wrong, for civilians to possess that type of firepower."

Aurora Beacon-News column by Denise Crosby: "Family, community helping wounded police officer recover after Aurora mass shooting"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop testifies at hearing into fatal police shooting of black teen: ‘He’s got to be stopped’" . . . "Chicago police Officer Michael Coughlin Jr., fighting to keep his job, testified Thursday at a Police Board hearing that he fired off nine shots at a driver fleeing in a stolen Jaguar in 2016 because he wrongly believed the car had run over his partner."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Mother of Man Fatally Shot by Chicago Police Suing City for Wrongful Death"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jury awards nearly $2M to former cop who was retaliated against after reporting misconduct"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Jury Awards $2M To Ex-Chicago Cop Who Was Victim Of Code Of Silence"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop under investigation for chauffeuring Hulk Hogan on O’Hare tarmac: ‘My Uber’s got a siren’"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Circuit judge comes out on short end of 'burglary' tiff"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Exoneree gets OK to continue his lawsuit" . . . "A man who spent more than two decades in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of a fatal arson as a teenager can pursue his lawsuit against the Chicago law enforcement officials who allegedly coerced his confession and fabricated evidence, a federal judge ruled."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Correctional officer’s constitutional violation claim nixed" . . . "A correctional officer suspended for a DUI arrest nearly eight years ago is still waiting to see if he can get his job back. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected Michael Campos’ claims that the lengthy firing decision process undertaken by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office violates his constitutional rights."

Rockford Register Star: "Appeals court reinstates part of lawsuit over wrongful conviction in Rockford killing"

The Appeal: "How a tool to help judges may be leading them astray"

Courthouse News Service: "No Immunity for (Lake County) Jail Officials Who Cut Off Water for Days" . . . "The Seventh Circuit had no patience Monday for officials who shut off water at an Illinois county jail for three days, denying them immunity in a lawsuit brought by inmates who claim they were deprived of adequate drinking water and forced to live without flushable toilets."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Cook County’s Bail Debate — What You Need To Know" . . . "Amidst the political maneuvering, it can be difficult to understand the facts — particularly since the terms are often imprecise. So WBEZ has prepared a list of basic questions and answers about bail in Cook County to help you navigate the conversation and keep the facts straight."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Chief Judge Evans: Gun Violence Not the Result of Bail Reform" . . . "Timothy Evans, Cook County’s chief judge, is vigorously defending bail reform measures he ordered in 2017 and refuting details about bond for two suspects with illegal guns mentioned this week by Lightfoot."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Chicago police chief uses dirty data to blame gun violence on bond reform" . . . "Supt. Eddie Johnson’s misleading new portal on gun offenders reinforces his distorted view of how our justice system is supposed to work."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Top Cook County Jail chess players take on the world"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County officer was going about 80 mph in crash that killed 2 sisters in Niles, say prosecutors in charging him with reckless homicide"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Strawberry Hampton and the plight of transgender prison inmates" . . . "IDOC cannot wait, as the ACLU says, until people are 'distressed' and even 'suicidal.' IDOC should arrange surgical treatment for all transgender inmates who need it. All medical care should be provided by professionals who have expertise in treating transgender people."

Shaw Media column by Jim Nowlan: "Freedom begins at home" . . . "The Life Skills Re-entry Center at Kewanee in central Illinois is like a small college campus, albeit with razor-wire rather than ivied walls. The place is for longtime inmates of the 30-plus Illinois correctional facilities, who write essays as to why finishing their final years at this intensive career education and counseling facility would benefit them. The goal is to reduce recidivism by giving inmates a career such as restaurant management – they run the café and cafeteria – welding, and more, plus counseling on how to live productively on the outside."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Inmate’s taunting claim found to have merit" . . . "In his lawsuit against prison officers and nurses at Menard Correctional Center, Steven Lisle Jr. claimed he was subjected to verbal harassment by one of his nurses, Jana South, while he was suicidal, that amounted to cruel and usual punishment." . . . "Lisle claims that South taunted him for not committing suicide 'properly' and told him he should 'do a better job next time.'"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Jennifer Soble and Bill Ryan: "Releasing elderly prison inmates could save Illinois a fortune — without endangering public" . . . "Nearly 20% of the inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections are elderly. That figure that has more than doubled since 2010, and it will climb past 30% by 2030. Tough-on-crime legislation in the 1980s and ‘90s abolished parole in Illinois and made it nearly impossible for violent offenders to earn 'good time' credit."

Chicago Tribune by Madeline Buckley: "‘I’m going to kill someone, or someone will kill me’: How a Southwest Side bungalow became a refuge from violent street life"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge assigns state’s attorney office to handle Jon Burge case"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jussie Smollett lawyers say city lawsuit seeking payback is ‘perverse tactic’"

Capitol News Illinois: "Republican lawmaker to introduce death penalty bill"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "State's attorney: When cannabis becomes legal, 'it is not a free-for-all'"

Capitol News Illinois: "State’s municipalities seek clarifications on recreational marijuana legalization"

Chicago Tribune by Dan Petrella: "Illinois gun dealers now have to be certified by the state. But the state isn’t ready to issue the certifications." . . . "It will be at least several months, however, before the state begins issuing the certifications. Lt. Joseph Hutchins, a spokesman for the state police, said the agency submitted its proposed rules Tuesday to the secretary of state’s office. That’s the first step in a process that can take anywhere from three months to a year and includes a public comment period and approval from the legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules."

Chicago Tribune: "Concerns over mass shootings and other crises prompt DuPage officials to create countywide law enforcement task force"

Illinois Newsroom by Lee V. Gaines: "Why Some Parents, Healthcare Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Do More Harm Than Good"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Judge orders Champaign 17-year-old tried as adult in shooting, burglary, attack on correctional officers"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County courts consider new measures to speed justice" . . . "Scarce resources, oversized caseloads and high turnover among prosecutors and public defenders were cited last year as major factors in the court system’s growing inefficiency. In response, Chief Judge Eugene Doherty said officials worked with the National Center for State Courts to conduct an almost entirely grant-funded $50,000 efficiency and operations review."

Daily Herald: "Police dog Dax wins more awards, finds missing man" . . . "Dax, a police dog for the Lake County Sheriff's Department, fresh off picking up a slew of awards at a dog trial in Michigan, located a missing man unconscious in heavy brush in Vernon Hills early Saturday on his first shift after returning to duty."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Meet the Decatur officer whose retirement dance captured international attention" . . . "The dance moves of newly retired Decatur police officer Cory Barrows are now internationally known, thanks to his wife Lisa Simpson-Barrows and some help from the internet."

July 30 - August 5, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Illinois Justice Project and the Metropolitan Planning Council completed an in-depth, three-year examination of how to find stable living conditions for the tens of thousands of individuals who depart state prisons and jails each year. On our website now —Re-Entry Housing Issues in Illinois: The Current Situation, Challenges, and Possible Solutions

Crain's Chicago Business column by Greg Hinz: "How do you get a job if you have no place to live?" . . . "Nearly all of the 28,000 inmates released by the Illinois Department of Corrections each year have to find housing on their own, a main reason why many of them soon get in trouble again, costing the state at least $100 million a year."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Report: Stable Housing For Former Prisoners Could Save Illinois $100 Million Per Year" . . . "Paula Wolff, policy adviser for the Illinois Justice Project, said the state has overlooked the important role housing plays in people being sent back to prison. 'State government actually has the capacity to address this issue. But for years has not thought about how to assist through its own agencies in reducing the recidivism rate in Illinois,' Wolff said. 'If we can get the [state agencies] to cooperate and support successful reentry, we can dramatically reduce the number of people who recidivate, and also reduce the spending in the Department of Corrections and the entire justice system.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Report: New housing policies could keep ex-cons from ending up back in prison, save state millions" . . ."The report by the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Illinois Justice Project, offers more than a dozen policy proposals that can help government officials reduce recidivism while saving the state more than $100 million annually."

Curbed Chicago: "Inclusive housing policies for exiting prisoners will ‘stabilize neighborhoods,’ report says"

The Appeal: "In Chicago, rethinking the link between crime and incarceration"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "It’s about the guns" . . . "Had the United States, like almost every other civilized country, long ago banned the general sale and ownership of assault weapons, 20 men, women and children in El Paso, Texas, still would be alive today."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "For El Paso, Dayton and the nation: Close the gun law loophole" . . . "In February, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would require a background check for all firearms purchases. The Republican-led Senate balked. Time for hearts and minds in that deliberative body to change."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Hours of madness in America, from Texas to Ohio to Chicago too" . . . "Our belief is that there are steps Congress can take to reduce the opportunities for armed villains to kill. They include universal background checks and limits on magazine capacity."

Chicago Tribune: "As summer violence rages on, a Chicago gang member’s jail recordings offer a rare look at the city’s entrenched gun culture"

Shadowproof by Kevin Gosztola: "Invoking massacres in Dayton and El Paso, Chicago Police Chief spreads disinformation about bail reform"

Capitol News Illinois: "Pritzker calls for federal action to address gun violence"

Sen. Dick Durbin news release: "Durbin Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Illegal Straw Purchasing And Firearms Trafficking"

WMAQ-TV, Chicago5: "Pritzker 'Thankful' No Illinois Mass Shootings, Ignoring 2"

Chicago Tribune: "The same weekend as massacres in El Paso and Dayton, 15 people were shot in 2 Chicago incidents. Why aren’t those called mass shootings too?"

Chicago Sun-Times by Maudlyne Ihejirika: "City targets drug abuse to help stop violence in West Garfield Park" . . . "This week, the neighborhood in the beleaguered Harrison (11th) Police District that includes West Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale and East Garfield Park saw an unusual influx of city support. Extra police. City services. Drug addiction help. All were part of the city’s new Keeping Our Communities Safe Initiative that launched Sunday on the West Side in a neighborhood desperately in need."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Anti-Violence Leader Wants Justice For Two South Side Moms Shot Dead" . . . "The two women who were killed were Chantell Grant, 26, and Andrea Stoudemire, 35. Both volunteered with MASK, and they were both mothers. Morning Shift talks to the founder of MASK on how the group is seeking justice for the two women killed, their families and their neighborhood."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Murders, shootings at four-year low through end of July: police"

Center for Illinois Politics: "We’ve got the rap of being one of the most violent cities in the nation. Here’s a detailed look at why, and our best way out."

Chicago Tribune: "The struggle to save Chicago from gun violence, one vigil at a time"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson: "Chicago is getting safer, though much more work remains to be done" . . . "Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office, we’ve retooled our approach to crime-fighting around collaboration and flooding the zone — a strategy adopted throughout every city agency that centers around addressing the root causes of violence. We’ve identified the top beats in the city that drive violence and made societal investments, including street outreach and youth intervention, because we recognize the fact that this is a challenge that we can’t arrest our way out of."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Johnson deploys more cops after shootings leave 1 dead, 16 wounded in just over 2 hours in North Lawndale"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says President Donald Trump has blown ‘every racist, xenophobic dog whistle,’ pledges support for West Side"

Chicago Tribune column by Kristen McQueary: " Now in charge, Pritzker, Lightfoot on the hot seat for Chicago violence" . . . "Without getting to the root causes of violence — poverty, abuse, family breakdowns, addiction, lack of personal responsibility and illegal use of guns — Chicago will continue to be a city thrashing. Lightfoot can’t snap her fingers and solve it. But enough has been studied to point her in the right direction. She needs Pritzker’s help. The state still has more heft to drive existing resources to some of these communities than the city can alone."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Police unveil website tracking gun offender bond information" . . . Seeking to highlight and eventually change a criminal justice system it contends makes it too easy for some gun offenders to return to the street, the Chicago Police Department on Monday unveiled a publicly accessible database that tracks the bond amount that judges issue for such crimes. The 'Gun Offenders Dashboard' also tracks whether those accused of the weapon offense were able to come up with the cash and go free.

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police unveil ‘Gun Offender Dashboard’ as department ratchets up criticism of courts" . . . "The site provides the public with what Johnson called a 'transparent snapshot' of people arrested on gun crimes in the city, the specific gun charge and if they posted a full cash bail, 10 percent of that amount or were released without posting any money."

Chicago Office of Inspector General news release: "OIG public safety section finds the Chicago Police Department has not complied with requirements for body-worn camera random reviews"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Court decision rebuffs common tool used by Chicago police in many arrests for shootings" . . . "Chicago police have stopped issuing certain investigative alerts in the wake of a court decision even though the department has long relied on the method to approve many arrests for homicides and shootings. The alerts allowed officers to avoid having to go before a judge to obtain an arrest warrant, but an Illinois Appellate Court found the practice violated the state constitution for that very reason."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "CPD Sgt. John Poulos Cleared In Killing Of Kajuan Raye"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Study: Police Can Transmit Abusive Behavior To Other Officers" . . . "Police officers who work with colleagues who have racked up excessive force complaints are more likely to use excessive force themselves, according to a study released Thursday that’s based on a review of citizen complaints against Chicago police officers. The study, Network exposure and excessive use of force being published in Criminology and Public Policy, suggests that problem officers can transmit bad behaviors to other cops, and that departments might be able to reduce excessive force incidents by keeping such officers away from colleagues, particularly young and inexperienced officers."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago police release audio of weekend’s most violent shooting"

WMAQ-TV, NBC5: "Chicago Cop Accidentally Shoots Own Finger While Cleaning Gun at South Side Station"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Dr. Carl C. Bell, South Side psychiatrist who spent career serving African American community, dies at 71" . . . "Dr. Carl Bell, a distinguished South Side psychiatrist who dedicated much of his work to helping the African American community and issues of violence, died early Friday at age 71. The National Institute of researcher spent most of his career confronting the impact of violence-related trauma on child development. Bell also worked on violence prevention, criminal and juvenile justice reforms and prevention."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Bell Dead at 71" . . . "Bell appeared on “Chicago Tonight” last month to discuss a new analysis of Chicago homicide data by the Erikson Institute, which underscored the effect violent crime can have on young children. When asked why he’s remained optimistic on the topic, he told Carol Marin: 'Because I’ve seen progress. It’s like you’re on a 100-mile football field, but as long as you keep getting first down, sooner or later you’re going to win.'"

The People’s Lobby, Appleseed Fund for Justice and Reclaim Chicago: "During Kim Foxx’s Second Year in Office Sentences of Incarceration Decline Sharply, with No Decrease in Public Safety "

WGN-TV: "Incarceration rates drop 19% under Kim Foxx, report says"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Kim Foxx backers say state’s attorney is on the right track"

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Report: Kim Foxx reforms show reducing incarceration does not compromise public safety"

Los Angeles Times: "Once tough-on-crime prosecutors now push progressive reforms" . . . "Kim Foxx, who was elected in 2016 to be the state’s attorney for Cook County, which includes Chicago, says she has worked hard to reduce the number of low-level, nonviolent offenders held on cash bail or sent to prison. Her policies, she says, have helped reduce by about 4,000 the total number of people incarcerated and held in jail pending trials."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge won’t let Jussie Smollett intervene in special prosecutor case"

Associated Press: "Cook County Jail hosts international chess tournament"

WMAQ, NBC5 Chicago: "Cook County Jail Implements New Gardening Glass"

KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio: "Lawsuit Alleges Illinois Prison Policies Jeopardize Health Of Transgender Inmates" . . . "Current policies fail to provide adequate health care to prisoners diagnosed with gender dysphoria, according to opening arguments made Wednesday by the ACLU in a federal court in East St. Louis. Illinois Department of Correction practices deny and delay medically necessary treatment for years, leading to 'profound suffering' and increasing the risks of self-harm and suicide for transgender prisoners, the ACLU’s motion argues."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "The books are back" . . . "Nonetheless, prison officials admitted they mishandled the issue over the missing books. Now it seems clear they are taking a new approach that eliminates unwise and arbitrary decisions. That’s good for the inmates enrolled in this college-in-prison program and no harm to the employees who work there."

NPR Illinois by Maureen Foertsch McKinney: "Inmate's Complaint Leads To End Of Breastfeedling Prohibition In Prisons"

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: "‘Justice by Geography’ Can Be Curbed Via Financial Incentives to Keep Youth Closer to Home" . . . "Similarly, Redeploy Illinois provides an incentive for participating counties and courts to reduce the number of youth committed to the state system and imposes penalties on sites that fail to meet population reduction targets."

Chicago Community Trust by Anna Lee and Sharone Mitchell Jr.: "How Illinois Cannabis Laws Aim to Reduce Violence and Restore Communities"

NPR Illinois: "New Law Aims To Open More Health Jobs To People With Criminal Records"

Daily Herald: "Will pot sales fuel prevention funding? Advocates fear not"

Sen. Dick Durbin news release: "Durbin, Leahy, Booker Introduce Legislation To Ban The Death Penalty"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Susanne Dumbleton: "Federal executions are resuming. Will state death penalty bans hold up?"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Legally Speaking: Heidi Hewkin" . . . "For close to 20 years, HEIDI HEWKIN has tried to put her sociology degree to work helping young offenders in Champaign County get on the straight-and-narrow path. As the juvenile probation officer who makes sentencing recommendations to the judges, her opinion holds great weight. This week on staff writer Mary Schenk's podcast, 'Legally Speaking,' Hewkin shares insight into the work of the juvenile probation officers."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Local artists take on the criminal justice system in new exhibit" . . . "The exhibit, which will run from Aug. 6 to Oct. 12, takes a creative approach to discussing the country’s criminal justice system. The project brings together artists from all over Chicago to approach the topic of mass incarceration from a new perspective, said Gabrielle Lyon, executive director of Illinois Humanities, the nonprofit putting on the show."

Peoria Journal Star: "Jodi Hoos speaks: Why’s she hanging up the judge’s robe to go back to trying cases?" . . . "When Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew Rand announced Monday morning that his choice to replace Jerry Brady as the county’s top prosecutor is Jodi Hoos, who now is a civil court judge, some might have wondered why. After all, Hoos, 44, had worked at the State’s Attorney’s Office for 14 years, starting there out of law school in 2000, until she was appointed to the bench in late 2014."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Granite City threatens family with eviction after house guest burglarizes tavern"

Illinois Newsroom: "Federal Lawsuit Claims Granite City’s Crime-Free Housing Rules Are Unconstitutional"

July 23 - 29, 2019

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Every shooting in Chicago expands the circle of trauma" . . . "Chicago’s intolerable violence presents problems of grief, terror and multiplication. Each shooting expands the number of traumatized Chicagoans: family and friends of victims, neighbors, schoolmates. They include the eight children of Grant and Stoudemire who lost their mothers. And Nylia and her brother and cousins. Even children too young to understand are busily absorbing the chaos around them." . . . "Services and support haven’t kept up with science on childhood trauma. Researchers know that early exposure to violence can have lifelong effects, especially before age 5, when the brain is growing rapidly. Children exposed to chronic violence can become fearful, demonstrate aggression, anxiety, depression, sadness and have difficulty feeling secure, according to the Erikson Institute."

Chicago Sun-Times: "2 mothers killed in drive-by shooting had worked to stop gun violence in their neighborhood" . . . "Chantell Grant and Andrea Stoudemire were at their usual spot Friday night, posted on a corner lot in the Gresham neighborhood as part of their effort to curb gun violence in their community. The two women had spent two years working with Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK), a team of moms who put on events and offer a safe space for kids in the community."

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans: "Defendants released on bond are not driving Chicago’s high rate of weekend violence" . . . "As the city continues to face violent weekends, blame is being placed on the pretrial justice practices in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The criticism is misleading because pretrial defendants released on bond are not driving the weekend crime statistics. In fact, 99.8 percent of felony defendants released on bail do not receive charges of new gun-related violent crime while their cases are pending."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Lightfoot blames bond court reform for gun violence" . . . "After campaigning for office as a staunch supporter of criminal justice reform, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is attacking the effort that’s achieved the most significant gains locally — bond reform in the Cook County courts — and calling for locking more people up as a solution to violent crime."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin commentary by Matthew Piers and Sharlyn: "Bond reform at Cook County Jail succeeding; now it’s Illinois’ turn" . . . "Circuit court statistics show that people who previously would have spent months or years incarcerated in Cook County Jail are consistently attending their court dates and are not being rearrested while awaiting trial. Because of this historic reform, thousands of people across Cook County, all of whom are presumed innocent as a matter of law, have been able to keep their jobs, homes, custody of their children and more while awaiting their trial, actually strengthening their communities rather than destroying them."

NPR Illinois: "Interview: IL Groups Want An End To Pretrial Detention, Money Bond" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Pretrial Practices is expected to make recommendations for reforms to the state’s pretrial justice system in December. To talk about what that means, and what is being asked by state and nationwide advocates, reporter Daisy Contreras spoke to Sharlyn Grace, executive director for the Chicago Community Bond Fund, an organization that works with other partners to end cash bond and pretrial incarceration."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge recuses before sentencing amid bias claims" . . . "Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Howard C. Ryan II last week bowed out of the case after a defendant claimed bias because the judge’s wife served as the court reporter who transcribed the proceedings."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "‘Public way’ definition sees drug conviction tossed" . . . "An arrest for drinking beer in a gas station parking lot was unreasonable, a state appeals panel ruled this week." . . . "The decision means evidence of Alvin Brown’s conviction for possession of a controlled substance, which officers found in his pocket after they arrested him in August 2014 for drinking at a gas station in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood, should have been suppressed, the divided panel ruled."

Injustice Watch: "Illinois appeals court: Chicago police cannot decide on probable cause without judicial review" . . . "A divided Illinois appellate court on Thursday struck down a longstanding Chicago police department practice in which supervisors could order police to arrest suspects they encounter on the street without the need for a search warrant or the officer observing any crime."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Laura Washington: "Was it fair to pass over this African American lawyer for a Cook County Circuit Court seat?" . . . "Pamela Reaves-Harris plans to challenge the woman appointed in the 2020 Democratic Primary, 'going door to door, church to church.'"

Patch, Chicago, by Mark Konkol: "Did Police Board Ruling Include A Secret Message To Chicago Cops" . . . "The dissenters' statement didn't make it into the news stories that I read about last week's four-cop firing. So, if you missed it, here it is: We wish to make clear through this dissent that the Board's goal is to impress upon members the Department of the importance of telling the complete truth inclusive of the relevant circumstances and context. The Board regards a Rule 14 violation among the most significant actions to be judged by the Board. An officer's responsibility to tell the truth is at the heart of Rule 14 and at the heart of community trust in the police."

Chicago Tribune by Jeremy Gorner and Gregory Pratt: "Have you spoken at a Chicago Police Board meeting? The police know more about you than you realize." . . . "The current Police Board chairman, Ghian Foreman, also blasted the background checks, saying the nine-member board found the practice 'incomprehensible.' The controversy has led the Police Board to change its policy, allowing speakers to sign up just 15 minutes before a monthly meeting, not the day before as it had long required, Foreman said. 'I want to be clear, none of the current or immediate past Board members had knowledge of this practice, nor were we provided with the information that resulted from these background checks,' Foreman, a real estate developer appointed to the board by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2010, said in an emailed statement."

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘Damn angry’ Lightfoot orders Police Board to stop conducting criminal background checks on speakers"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police issue apology for running background checks on Police Board speakers"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Hot Mic Highlights Police, Mayor Ongoing Divide"

Fox News: "Police union leader hits back at Chicago mayor after hot mic caught her calling him a 'clown'"

Chicago Tribune: "National police union asks Lightfoot to apologize after hot mic captured ‘FOP clown’ comment"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Two Former Chicago Police Superintendents Testify In Lawsuit Over Code of Silence" . . . "Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy testified Wednesday that there was no 'code of silence' within the department when he was in charge."

Injustice Watch: "Community groups: toughen rules on when police point guns, or lives in danger"

Reason: "Chicago Police Executed More Than 11,000 Search Warrants in Mostly Poor Neighborhoods Over 5-Year Period" . . . "New public records show Chicago police executed more than 11,000 search warrants over a five-year period, predominantly in the city's low-income and minority neighborhoods, and nearly half of them did not result in an arrest. Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Lucy Parson Labs, a police accountability and transparency nonprofit in Chicago, shows that Chicago police executed 11,247 search warrants between 2012 and 2017, most of them heavily concentrated in the South and West Side of the city."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Police Data: Most Fatal Hit-And-Run Crashes In Chicago Go Unsolved" . . . "It means a Chicago driver who fatally injures someone, leaves the scene and does not look back will probably get away with it."

WTTW Chicago Tonight: "UChicago to Study Police-Involved Shootings, Officer Training" . . . "Researchers at the University of Chicago have received $1.2 million to study police-involved shootings in the U.S. and to develop a police training program designed to improve officer decision-making in high-stakes situations."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot outlines plan to ease punitive ticketing, towing and booting policy"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduces reforms to address Chicago’s ‘addiction’ to fines and fees"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Burge victim can use grand jury testimony in suit against city" . . . "A man whose murder conviction was vacated is entitled to transcripts of grand jury testimony given by the former Chicago police detective the man alleges fabricated his confession, a federal judge held."

The New Yorker: "What do people in solitary confinement want to see? . . . "According to many human-rights organizations, the prolonged lack of human contact and sensory deprivation that inmates experience in solitary confinement qualifies as torture. The legislative campaign that Tamms Year Ten spearheaded succeeded in closing the prison. The photo-request project continued, in affiliation with the watchdog group Solitary Watch."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Strip-search lawsuit less about how, more about why"

Injustice Watch: "Seventh Circuit opinion rejecting female prisoners' lawsuit over invasive searches under attack"

NPR: "Muslims Over-Represented In State Prisons, Report Finds" Illinois data are on page 37 of Muslim Advocates report.

Illinois Radio Network: "Illinois Inmate Numbers Decline" . . . "(Ben) Ruddell explained that during the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner, 'there was a lot of time spent and ink spilled' in identifying the problems in the state’s criminal justice system, in addition to devising solutions to reduce the incarcerated population." . . . "A bipartisan commission of experts from across the state appointed by Rauner came up with solutions that his successor, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, has yet to implement, according to Ruddell. 'There’s a road map,' he said. 'We just need to follow it.'”

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Lincoln Correctional Officer charged with sexual misconduct"

Metro East Meteor by George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer: "Inmate alleges search of her body cavity by Illinois guards amounted to sexual assault" . . . "What happened to Talafhah set off a chain reaction at the prison’s highest administrative levels, all the way to the office of Warden Christine Brannon. The State Police conducted a criminal investigation but no charges were filed. And in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, a lawsuit on behalf of Talafhah is pending. It was filed by the Uptown People’s Law Center of Chicago, which for decades has represented inmates in a variety of actions including obtaining treatment for mentally ill prisoners. The lawsuit alleges that basic protocol required for forced cavity searches of women were not followed and that as a result, Talafhah suffered 'cruel and unusual' punishment and psychological damage."

Metro East Meteor: "Female inmate’s suit over cavity search includes guard accused of pushing wife off St. Louis parking garage"

WICS-TV, Springfield: "Taylorville man accused in wife's deadly fall loses IDOC job"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Moms of slain Chicagoans encouraged by plan to address giant DNA backlog: ‘Something’s being done’"

ICJIA news release: "ICJIA Welcomes New Executive Director" . . . "The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Stamps to ICJIA Executive Director. Mr. Stamps was nominated by Gov. JB Pritzker to the position and must be confirmed by the Illinois Senate."

Associated Press: "Illinois 8th state to lift sex-crime prosecution time limit"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois eliminates statute of limitations on major sex crimes" . . . "The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, removes the statute of limitations on criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Previously, prosecutors had 10 years to bring charges if an offense was reported to law enforcement within three years after it occurred."

WGLT, Illinois State University public radio: "New Law Protects Victims From Warrant Arrests When Reporting Sexual Assault" . . . "Previously, when a sexual assault survivor came into contact with police, like when going to the hospital for treatment, they could be arrested for any outstanding warrants, even for minor non-violent offenses or unpaid fines. The new law requires police officials to request a waiver of the required execution of the warrant as long as it isn’t for a violent offense or parole violation."

State Journal-Register: "Gun dealer: New Illinois law will 'put a hammer' on us"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Ex-Judge: Smollett’s Lawyers Not Allowed to Practice Law in Illinois"

Chicago Defender: "Cook County Invests Half a Million Dollars to Support Pregnant Women and Moms in County Jail" . . . "Services provided to the women will include counseling, parenting skills, drug treatment, job placement and medical care."

Chicago Tribune: "Resumption of federal death penalty has implications for two prisoners convicted of crimes in Illinois"

Belleville News-Democrat: "8 Illinois inmates given a choice whether to renegotiate their sentences" . . . "They could try to renegotiate their prison sentences or keep the plea deals that had been negotiated by Kelcie Miller, a former public defender who was working without a law license when they were her clients. All but one decided to keep the deals they had."

Daily Herald commentary by Yvonne Smith and Shakeel Syed: "Signs of hope for wrongfully held people with mental illness"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Board settles sheriff's lawsuit" . . . "The settlement agreement approved by the board Thursday effectively amends the county’s fiscal 2019 budget and ensures that 24 sheriff’s deputies will keep getting paychecks, which are now budgeted for, for the remainder of the fiscal year."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Data: Decatur shootings at lowest level since 2013 for first half of the year"

Peoria Journal Star: "Is crime in Peoria really up?" . . . "The prevailing mood in the informal survey conducted by a Journal Star reporter in the city’s older neighborhoods was that crime is increasing, people don’t seem to care and there really isn’t much that can be done. All asked their names not be used. Yet, most crime in the city is roughly on par with 2018 and, in some cases, actually down, according to recent statistics from the Peoria Police Department."

WIFR-TV, Rockford: "Winnebago County Jail adds X-ray body scanner"

Daily Herald: "DuPage jail's welding program yields first inmates graduating with 'hope and purpose'"

Peoria Journal Star: "Dee-Mack student takes front seat in effort to curtail school violence" . . . "High school students across the country are mobilizing in an effort to combat the seemingly never-ending rash of violence in their schools. Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School senior Garrett Forrest has joined the crusade. The 17-year-old is the new national director of events and philanthropy for Students on Safety, a Texas-based student-run and -led not-for-profit organization formed in February that has more than 70 chapters across the country."

July 16 - 22, 2019

New York Times obituary by Linda Greenhouse: "Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99" . . . "John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer into the outspoken leader of the court’s liberal wing, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99."

Washington Post by Meagan Flynn: "Illinois female inmates didn't have Fourth Amendment violated with nude training searches, court rules" . . . "Early one March morning inside an Illinois prison, a tactical unit armed with batons and shields stormed two women’s housing units to round up about 200 handcuffed inmates and march them to a gymnasium."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Illinois prison strip-searches and the Constitution" . . . "If the strip-searches and cavity inspections were justified, why were they done in sight of people not involved in the exercise? As a matter of ordinary decency, the intrusion on physical privacy should be limited to what is required for a valid purpose."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Female prisoners lose strip search lawsuit" . . . "During the strip search, the women were forced to stand shoulder to shoulder in an open room that was visible to male officers who were not conducting the search. Female inmates who were menstruating were told to remove their tampons, not given replacements and experienced blood dripping on their bodies or the floor."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Reform group disappointed by ruling involving Lincoln inmates"

New Food Economy: "The restaurant industry is turning to prisons to find workers" . . . "The most useful trainings allow inmates to secure credentials, such as food service sanitation certificates, that are prerequisites for their industries, says Jenny Vollen-Katz, the executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, a Chicago-based prison watchdog."

Chicago Tribune: "4 Chicago cops fired for alleged cover-up of fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald" . . . "The decision likely marks the final punishment to be meted out following two historic criminal trials that saw Van Dyke become the first Chicago police officer in half a century to be convicted of an on-duty murder and a judge clear three other officers — including Van Dyke’s partner — of criminal conspiracy charges in a controversial ruling in January. The officers can challenge their dismissals by filing lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court."

Chicago Sun-Times: "4 Chicago cops fired for alleged Laquan McDonald shooting cover-up, Police Board announces"

New York Times: "Four Chicago Police Officers Fired for Cover-Up of Laquan McDonald Shooting" . . . "The process, which could extend further if the officers choose to challenge their firings in court, was a reminder of how long it often takes to reach resolutions in cases where people die in encounters involving the police."

Chicago Tribune editorial: " A decisive epilogue to the Laquan McDonald case: Yes, Chicago will punish police misconduct." . . . "There are at least two hoped-for legacies of McDonald’s murder by a Chicago police officer. The first is that such a indefensible act is never repeated. The second is that any officer who does violate CPD regulations or the law will face consequences. Chicagoans deserve a police force they can trust. The Police Board’s decision to fire three officers and a sergeant helps."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Tone-deaf police unions" . . . "If you want to understand why, unfortunately, there is such a grave distrust in certain communities for police officers, two recent incidents in northern Illinois are eye-openers. At issue is the politically charged response of police unions to two controversial shootings."

Chicago Sun-Times: "COPA investigator accused of compromising cases involving brother, boyfriend, and members of boyfriend’s family — all cops" . . . "An investigator for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability was accused Tuesday of conducting nearly 80 records searches that compromised probes involving the investigator’s brother, boyfriend and other members of the boyfriend’s family — all Chicago Police officers."

Chicago Tribune: "Police misconduct investigator forced out after accessing cops’ investigative records"

Chicago Sun-Times: "COPA chief wants to eliminate 24-hour wait before cops involved in shootings make statement" . . . "If crime victims, witnesses and perpetrators can make immediate statements, Chicago police officers involved in shootings should be required to do the same, the head of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability said Friday."

WBBM-TV: "Another Family Sues Chicago Police For Raiding The Wrong Home 3 Times In 4 Months, Pointing Guns At Children"

WBBM-TV: "Chicago Police Raid Another Wrong Home; Suspect They Were Seeking Was 200 Miles Away"

WBBM-TV: "Chicago Police Wrong Raids: Inspector General Launches Investigation, Lori Lightfoot Calls For Reform After CBS 2 Reporting" . . . "For nearly a year, CBS 2 Investigators have uncovered a disturbing pattern of Chicago Police officers executing search warrants at the wrong homes based on incorrect or bad information. The reporting revealed the devastating trauma on families across Chicago, and the lack of trust in law enforcement, left in the wake of these raids."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Woman says CPD wrongfully raided her apartment three times" . . . "Hofeld has filed half a dozen lawsuits in recent months, claiming in each that children have been traumatized by gun-wielding cops bursting into homes during raids."

Chicago Reporter: "Chicago cops pointed guns at children during illegal raids" . . . "As a result of the raids, the children have suffered serious emotional and psychological distress including post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the lawsuit. "

NBC News by Safia Samee Ali: "'They're like soldiers': Chicago's children are learning to save lives amid the gunfire" . . . "On a Friday night this year on the South Side of Chicago, Darrion, 14, watched while another teenager practiced putting pressure on a fake bullet wound, checked for a pulse and began two-handed chest compressions on a teen pretending to be a gunshot victim. Along with a dozen other teens, Darrion was attending a first responder training course held by a youth-led anti-violence organization, Good Kids Mad City."

Chicago Sun-Times by Fran Spielman: "After another violent summer weekend, ‘it feels like we’re losing the streets’: Lightfoot" . . . "'The reason it’s so difficult to change police cultures is because the leadership changes so often. Every three years you have to start over again,' (CPD Supt. Eddie) Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times. 'It’s gonna take, like, five to seven years to change a culture, a mentality. I don’t want to stay here seven years. But in two more years, we’ll be in a solid place.' Johnson needs one more year to be fully vested in his pension as superintendent. But he emphatically denied that’s what’s behind his desire to stay."

Chicago Sun-Times by Rachel Hinton: "Preckwinkle complains to Lightfoot about her top cop’s ‘false narrative’ on crime: ‘It’s infuriating’" . . . "Preckwinkle accused Johnson of finger-pointing to evade the real root of the city’s crime problem, his department’s “clearance rate for homicides … one of the lowest in the nation.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Election’s over, political feud isn’t: Lightfoot fires back at Preckwinkle on crime" . . . "Instead of pointing fingers and working 'against each other,' all stakeholders should try to address the issue, because 'lives are at stake,' the mayor said, adding that 'judges have to use their common sense' about who gets out on bond."

WMAQ-TV, NBC5, by Mary Ann Ahern: "Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Spar in Debate Over Causes of Gun Violence"

WLS-AM by Nick Gale: "Chicago Lawmaker Encouraging Concealed Carry" . . . "Bullets from a shooting that left a 22-year-old dead in the Austin Neighborhood on the West Side Sunday also found State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s (D-Chicago) car." . . . "Ford tells The Mancow Show on WLS-AM 890 that he is encouraging his residents to arm themselves against the violence."

WGN-TV: "Aldermen pick sides in Chicago gun violence feud between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Stephanie Kollmann: "Quit blaming Chicago’s gun violence on ‘lenient’ laws and judges" . . . " Both Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle explicitly campaigned in favor of criminal justice reform, police oversight, and comprehensive approaches to violence reduction. All are sorely needed, and city-county cooperation is required to get them done."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Sarah Karp: "Police Officer Or Counselor? Chicago School Police Trained To Straddle The Line" . . . "Police stationed in Chicago Public Schools say they feel intense pressure as they try to handle sometimes confrontational students, while keeping in mind that any misstep could get them on the evening news. Discussion of the tight rope they walk came on the first day of 40 hours of required training for school police officers. While school-based police officers have attended crisis intervention training and other general sessions, this is the first time in a decade the department has mandated formal training."

WGN Radio: "Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: 'You can’t talk about change and not be willing to be apart of it'"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Laura Washington: "What Eddie Johnson had to say about gun crimes, bond reform, solving murders and more"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Panel upholds DUI sentence under old THC law" . . . "Before it was legalized for recreational use, Illinois lawmakers had already begun loosening restrictions on cannabis. One change reflected the advances of science and changing social norms: It set a minimum blood content level of THC — the compound that gives marijuana its high — before a positive test became a criminal violation. But an appeals court last week ruled the change didn’t come soon enough for a man who tested positive for trace amounts of THC after a car crash killed his passenger."

IDJJ news release: "Justice-involved youth create literacy resource for the Village of Ford Heights"

WGN-TV: "After DCFS caseworker killed on the job, her husband works for change at the troubled agency" . . . "And while so many wait for change affecting the children in the system, Don Knight has been asking Springfield to protect DCFS workers sworn to serve the kids. Pam’s Law was before Illinois legislators this session and would protect DCFS workers the same way firefighters, police officers and teachers are protected if a crime is committed against them on the job." . . . "The bill never got traction, so his quest for change continues."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Illinois prison officials are flying blind with electronic monitoring"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill to reduce daily bail amount awaits governor's signature" . . . "Under a measure that was recently sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office, the daily rate incarcerated individuals would get toward their bail will go up $25. Senate Bill 1609, sponsored by Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr. of Chicago, raises the daily rate someone gets toward their bail from $5 to $30. The rate hasn’t changed since 1965. "

Capitol Fax: "ISRA files suit to strike down Firearm Dealer License Certification Act"

Capitol News Illinois: "Firearms dealers, state rifle association challenge new licensing law"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Gun advocate group files suit over new rules for gun dealers" . . . "The complaint filed in Sangamon County argues the new law is vague and unnecessary, ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson said."

Chicago Tribune: "Will Illinois’ new gun dealer license law reduce crime? Gun rights group say no, and file suit to overturn it"

NPR Illinois by Brian Mackey: "Gun Dealers, Rifle Association Sue To Block New State Requirements" . . . "'The fact that almost 1,200 gun dealers in the state are seeking certification of their license suggests it will be just as easy to buy a gun after the certifications are in place,' Harmon said."

Chicago Tribune: "Jussie Smollett’s lawyers portray actor as a victim twice over — of attack and frame-up"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jussie Smollett lawyers: Special prosecutor ruling a ‘travesty of justice’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Search for Jussie Smollett special prosecutor narrows"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County’s forest preserve police chief has resigned, days after scathing report on a $250 parking ticket spat"

Chicago Sun-Times: "County pol Luis Arroyo says getting buddy’s parking ticket tossed was to help all Latinos ‘not just someone I know’"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County commissioner says ‘racial bias’ may have played role in investigation of political ally’s dismissed $250 parking ticket, demands new probe"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Public defenders get assist with video evidence" . . . "An automated transcription service created by two recent college graduates will help the Cook County Public Defender’s Office make better use of its audio and video evidence."

Chicago Tribune: "At the Cook County Jail, inmates cultivate empathy and patience by training rescue dogs"

Alton Telegraph: "Woman who authorities say faked her attorney license now accused of writing bad checks in Rockford"

Rockford Register Star: "Goodwill’s LifeLaunch to target young offenders" . . . "Starting this summer, Goodwill will receive $700,000 in federal grants to expand the program Gentile just graduated from and focus on young adults. Rockford is one of five cities across the country to receive funds from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to start LifeLaunch, a wrap-around support and stabilization program for people ages 18 to 24 who are struggling to rebuild their lives after incarceration or a criminal conviction."

WCCU-TV, Urbana: "FirstFollowers plans to open community transition home"

July 9 - 15, 2019

The Marshall Project by Joseph Darius Jaafari: "Illinois puts ankle monitors on thousands. Now it has to figure out who gets tracked—and why" . . . "The Illinois Legislature has passed a bill requiring corrections officials to maintain and publish data on electronic monitoring of former prisoners, including their racial makeup and how many of them commit new crimes. The legislation comes after a heated state judiciary hearing during which advocates and legislators criticized the misuse of electronic monitoring, and an independent report that showed how little data the Prisoner Review Board and Department of Corrections kept on those they placed on tracking devices."

The Trace by Brian Freskos: "Inside the Ambitious Campaign to Push Chicago Homicides Below 400" . . . "Veterans of Chicago’s fight against gun violence call the developments unprecedented. After years of anti-crime strategies tilted toward tougher policing, they’re hopeful that the city may have entered a watershed moment."

The Trace: "What Gun Violence Prevention Looks Like When It Focuses on the Communities Hurt the Most"

The Trace: "We Can’t End Inequality Until We Stop Urban Gun Violence "

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "Unless Chicago’s crime problem dramatically improves, Superintendent Eddie Johnson will have to go"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "For Black Representation, Chicago Police Hiring Spree An Opportunity That Came And Went"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Felony arrests rising in Chicago after decade of decline" . . . "Felony arrests rose slightly last year in Chicago after a decade of declines, due in large part to more drug busts and cops going after people with outstanding warrants, according to the police."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police commander reassigned after allegedly going over 100 mph while being pursued by Indiana trooper"

Chicago Tribune: "Top cop laments violence as 66 shot, 5 fatally, over long Fourth of July weekend" . . . "On Monday, Johnson stuck by familiar talking points, blaming the criminal justice system for failing to hold gun offenders accountable — a factor he considers a main driver of Chicago’s violence." . . . "But Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office recently commissioned a study showing that felony defendants released on bail rarely picked up a new charge of violence. From October 2017 through December 2018, fewer than 150 of about 24,000 Cook County defendants released from custody — about 0.6% — were charged with a new violent offense, the study found."

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘Our city deserves better,’ police Supt. Eddie Johnson says" . . . "Earlier in the day, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson had blamed repeat gun offenders for much of the violence. Lightfoot agreed, and said CPD must communicate better with courts, 'particularly about the necessity of keeping these violent gun offenders off the streets.'"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Maudlyne Ihejirika: "On the street with Lightfoot: Mayor seeks light on Chicago violence after dark" . . . "It was the second 24 hours of the Independence Day weekend, a hot Friday night when anything can happen. We caught up with Mayor Lori Lightfoot on a periodic appointment during her first seven weeks — visiting violence-plagued communities after dark, seeking insight on Chicago violence from those wrestling with it."

Chicago Tribune: "‘Staggering’ number of children exposed to violence in Chicago; new study says kid population greater in high-homicide areas"

ProPublica Illinois by Melissa Sanchez, Jodi S. Cohen and Duaa Eldeib: "Immigrant Children Sent to Chicago Shelters Are Traumatized and Sick, in Some Instances With Chicken Pox or Tuberculosis" . . . "The Trump administration is sending immigrant children who are alone, afraid and sick with fever, chicken pox and even tuberculosis to shelters in Chicago, where they are further isolated to prevent the spread of disease, according to one of the nonprofit organizations caring for them."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Why Lightfoot won’t sign order barring ICE, Homeland from city databases"

Associated Press by Sophia Tareen: "Advocates hope Illinois private detention ban sparks change" . . . "Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration’s immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note."

Washington Post commentary by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: "Why Chicago police will not assist ICE in its raids" . . . "Dear President Trump, On Friday, I ordered my city’s police department not to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on any activities within the city of Chicago and not to allow ICE agents access to our police databases."

State Journal-Register: "Langfelder: Springfield police won’t participate in ICE raids"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge decides Kim Foxx’s office can handle cases involving alleged torture by Jon Burge, detectives"

WICS-TV, Springfield: "Illinoisans march through downtown Springfield to fight for pre-trial rights"

NPR Illinois by Daisy Contreras: "Groups Call For An End To Pretrial Detention And Money Bond"

NPR Illinois by Lee V. Gaines: "IDOC Director On Book Removal: Lack Of Policy, Oversight At State Prisons" . . . "The new director of the Illinois Department of Corrections said during a legislative hearing in Chicago on Monday that the agency plans to revise its policy regarding what books can and cannot enter the prison."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Lawmakers drill IDOC over banned books" . . . "Following the removal of hundreds of books from a state correctional center — specifically ones that deal with racial issues — lawmakers and legal professionals questioned the Illinois Department of Corrections on the constitutionality of banning the reading materials."

Illinois Issues by Brian Mackey: "Illinois' Prison Population Is Down 20 Percent - Who Gets Credit?" . . . "After decades of growth, the number of men and women in the Illinois prison system has declined sharply in the last several years. A complex blend of decisions is behind the drop — ranging from the highest reaches of power in the General Assembly down to individual police on the beat."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Transgender Woman Released From Illinois Prison After Long Battle" . . . "(Strawberry) Hampton was due to be released from an Illinois prison last February, but she said officers retaliated against her for reporting the alleged abuse by revoking what’s known as good time, and it effectively lengthened her sentence. Hampton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglary. She was released Monday because IDOC recommended restoring Hampton's good time, and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board approved its request."

WMAQ-TV, NBC5: "Illinois Transgender Inmate in Legal Battle Over Abuse Freed"

WLS-TV: "Transgender inmate who sued over alleged abuse released from prison"

WBBM-TV: "After Years Of ‘Verbal And Physical Abuse’ Trans Woman Strawberry Hampton Is Released From Prison"

Chicago Tribune: "How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Former Cook County correctional officer pleads to battery in jailhouse beating" . . . "Miguel Ortiz, 47, was initially charged with two felony counts of official misconduct but pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery, records show." . . . "Avoiding a felony conviction means he could keep his pension, his attorney, Jerome Marconi, told the Tribune Thursday."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jail guard pleads guilty of beating inmate" . . . "Bolton immediately rolled onto his stomach and placed his hands behind his back. But the video shows Ortiz jumping on Bolton and unleashing a flurry of flailing punches even as Bolton remains with his hands clasped behind his back. Ortiz continued to slam Bolton into the ground as two other officers moved to handcuff Bolton, who suffered head injuries."

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Leaders meet to discuss future of Illinois' juvenile justice system" . . . “Richland Community College was the home base of a very important discussion Thursday. State and local leaders met for a Juvenile Justice Initiative forum."

WAND-TV, Decatur: "Macon County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council in the works" . . . "'Macon County has done a good job of closing its detention center,' Juvenile Justice Initiative President Elizabeth Clarke explained. 'But unfortunately, it still does detain at a very high rate compared to the rest of the state (and) its children.' Clarke says there's still more that can be done."

Decatur Herald & Review: "At Richland Community College, a group conversation about juvenile justice and detention" . . . "In Central Illinois, 27% of juveniles in detention centers are locked up for property crimes, Freeman said. Four out of the top five counties in the state that admit youth into detention centers are located in Central Illinois."

Kankakee Daily-Journal: "County jail gets more federal cash" . . . "Because of a rate increase from the federal government, the county is averaging $5,000 more per day, Sheriff Mike Downey told a county oversight committee this week. If the current trend continues, the hike amounts to about $150,000 more per month or $1.8 million per year. The county houses people for the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

Kankakee Daily-Journal: "Program created to curb juvenile crime" . . . "The outcry on social media about youth and crime is plentiful but oftentimes empty when it comes to a resolution. Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe wants to reverse that trend. A couple weeks ago, Rowe’s office secured a $182,000 grant from AmeriCorps to begin a Juvenile Mentoring Program."

Rockford Register Star: "Deal reached to settle Sheriff Gary Caruana’s lawsuit against Winnebago County"

Rockford Register Star: "Rockford plans $7M police support building" . . . "City officials plan a $7 million renovation of an industrial building into a new home for the Rockford Police Department property and evidence unit, crime scene investigations unit and shooting range."

July 2 - 8, 2019

Associated Press by Lindsey Tanner: "Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws" . . . "New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot."

Chicago Tribune: "As pot goes legal in Illinois, Chicago Public Schools lessens penalties for students caught with drugs"

Huffington Post: "Illinois Is Expunging Marijuana Convictions, But That Will Only Do So Much"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "As Shootings By Chicago Cops Drop 70%, Shootings At Officers Stay Flat'

Chicago Sun-Times: "New bodycam videos show Chicago police shooting at fleeing gunman in Humboldt Park"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cop on Lightfoot’s security team charged with domestic battery"

Chicago Tribune: "Summit of mental health experts recommends reforms after cluster of suicides by Chicago cops"

Better Government Association: "Fact-Check: FOP Attack on Consent Decrees Falls Short" . . . "MOSTLY FALSE – The statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression."

Chicago Tribune: "Top cop laments violence as 66 shot, 5 fatally, over long Fourth of July weekend"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "This weekend threatens more gun deaths in Chicago — and not just for young men"

Chicago Sun-Times: "More than 1,500 Chicago cops to hit the streets to prevent Fourth of July weekend violence"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago police outline plans to curb gun violence for Fourth of July weekend: ‘We’ll be all hands on deck'"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Chicago’s cops can’t fight gun violence all alone"

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Four prison reform initiatives to watch on Re-entry Day in Illinois"

Northwest Herald: "McHenry County officials weigh in on new state law that allows criminal defendants option to waive court costs"

Chicago Tribune: "'Eminently fair’ Rebecca Pallmeyer takes the reins as Chicago federal court’s 1st female chief judge"

Chicago Tribune: "Former gang member wrongly convicted of Chicago double murder featured on ‘Death Row Stories’ TV show"

State Journal-Register column by Bernard Schoenberg: "Despite population differences, court boundaries could stay"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Judge's email episode is now at rest" . . . "It’s good to hear that Urbana-based U.S. Judge Colin Bruce will return to his full slate of duties Sept. 1, meaning he will resume hearing criminal cases as well as the civil cases currently on his docket. Bruce has not been hearing criminal cases since August. That’s when the Illinois Times published a series of innocuous emails between the judge and a paralegal in the U.S. Attorney’s Office with whom he once worked."

Chicago Tribune: "Nancy Rish seeks new sentence in notorious 1987 murder of Kankakee businessman who was buried alive"

Illinois Issues by Brian Mackey: "Will Illinois Ever Embrace 'Budgeting For Results'?" . . . "Among the problems identified is that the (Department of Corrections) refused to set goals or performance targets for electronic monitoring. Corrections and another agency — the Prisoner Review Board — can't seem to agree which state entity is responsible for that. While the low rating for electronic monitoring did not prompt lawmakers to zero out funding, it is giving at least some of them pause."

The New Yorker: "What Do People in Solitary Confinement Want to See?" . . . "Laurie Jo Reynolds, the organizer of Tamms Year Ten, recently described to me, over the phone, the work that was done to fulfill Sterling’s request: “We got a caravan of sixteen family members. I got an a-cappella singer, one of our volunteers, to sing ‘Amazing Grace.’ And then we had to work it out with the proprietor of Bald Knob Cross that we would have dinner there, because it was dark by the time it was over.” In the wide-shot photo, the cross looms against a colorless sky as a crowd of people, dressed in white and black, huddles nearby, heads lowered. To Sterling, the image was an amulet, a prayer frozen in time. One year after Sterling received it, he was granted parole."

Center Square: "Illinois lawmakers hear complaints about book censorship in state prisons, need for better job training behind bars"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago Police union: Cops have ‘deep mistrust’ for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx" . . . "The union representing Chicago police officers wants a special prosecutor to replace Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in any case where a cop is the victim of a crime or has been accused of misconduct." . . . "Foxx’s office released a statement Tuesday, calling the FOP’s letter a 'stunt' and an effort to 'divide.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Mistrust between State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and Chicago police union goes both ways" . . . "‘Your aim is simply to make news, not progress,’ Foxx wrote in letter to the FOP that followed a conference call with union leaders."

Associated Press: "Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court"

New York Times: "Jussie Smollett Case: What Do We Know, and What’s Left to Investigate?"

WEEK-TV, Peoria: "Retired: From Amanda Hamm to Kirk Zimmerman, Pantagraph reporter Edith Brady-Lunny reflects on the big stories of her career" . . . "Edith Brady-Lunny has been a fixture in the halls of the McLean County Law and Justice Center for years. After working as a correspondent for the Pantagraph for two decades, she took on the role of court reporter in 2007."

Bloomington Pantagraph commentary by Susan Hazlett: "'Unforgiven' an unflinching look at tragedy" . . . "'The Unforgiven' is co-authored by Steve and Edith Brady-Lunny, an award-winning journalist who recently retired from The Pantagraph. It is the true story of three children, ages 6, 3 and 23 months, who drowned in a car at Clinton Lake in 2003, a horrifying tragedy which resulted in murder charges against the children’s mother and her then-boyfriend. To this day, both adults say it was a terrible accident."

Chicago Tribune: "Small-town defense lawyer, shaken by client’s overdose, advocates tough new approach: Treat heroin dealers like terrorists"

Rockford Register Star: "Inside the old jail at Public Safety Building" . . . "Winnebago County is paying an architect up to $60,000 for an analysis on how to best re-purpose or demolish some or all of the Public Safety Building. We take you on a behind-the-scenes tour inside the former jail and administrative office spaces."

Peoria Journal Star by Andy Kravetz: "Why does data show so many juvenile arrests in Peoria County?" . . . "Peoria County is second only to Cook County for the number of juveniles facing criminal charges throughout 2018 and the first three months of 2019." . . . "Here in Peoria County, diversion is also a priority. But often times, that comes after a person is booked into the system."

Lake County News-Sun: "To combat mental illness in Lake County, officials seek alternatives to jail: ‘We don’t have a system in place to help them’"

June 25 - July 1, 2019

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Illinois Becomes 11th State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana"

Chicago Tribune: "Legal marijuana is coming to Illinois as Gov. Pritzker signs bill he calls an ‘important and overdue change to our state’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "High sign for legal pot — Pritzker inks bill making Illinois 11th state to allow recreational reefer"

Associated Press: "Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana"

Capitol News Illinois: "Despite legalization, public marijuana use remains prohibited"

USA Today: "Illinois approves legal weed, expunging criminal records for pot crimes"

High Times: "Governor of Illinois Signs Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana" . . . "The governor’s signing ceremony took place on Chicago’s West Side, a strategic choice to highlight the fact that marijuana legalization will benefit socioeconomically underprivileged neighborhoods that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs."

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Illinois to reinvest in communities through money from marijuana" . . . "On top of expunging hundreds of thousands of records, the bill also creates a program aimed to revive communities where some of those people getting a fresh start will be re-entering. Leaders in the black community are calling a program passed as a part of the marijuana bill a win for the state."

CLTV, Politics Tonight, Rick Pearson, host, and Sharone Mitchell Jr., guest: "Illinois’ New Marijuana Law will Feature Major Criminal Justice Reform"

Daily Line by Hannah Meisel: "‘Hell of a start:’ Here’s how expungement will work under the marijuana legalization bill"

CNN: "Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800,000 criminal records"

Associated Press: "800,000 Eligible to Clear Their Record in Illinois Legal Pot"

Crain's Chicago Business commentary by Michelle Mbekeani: "Can cannabis profit repair the harm of the war on drugs?" . . . "Illinois has articulated through this legislation that it would be perverse to legalize and profit from a drug that has been used for decades to criminalize hundreds of thousands of people who are predominately Black and Brown, without repairing the harm it has caused to those communities."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Historic, but not helpful" . . . "Indeed, the indifference shown by Pritzker and legislators toward the public health threat posed by legalization has been both stunning and galling to witness."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Matt Masterson: "CPS Taking New Look at Punishments for Marijuana, Substance Abuse"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Amanda Vinicky: "Driving Under the Influence of … Marijuana?"

Injustice Watch: "Cook County judge weighs whether cops’ photos are public record" . . . "An attorney for the Chicago Police Department told a Cook County Circuit judge on Friday that official identification photographs of police officers should not be considered public documents, saying their release could infringe on the officers’ privacy and potentially endanger them."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cop’s Obama N-word slur ends up going unpunished"

Chicago Sun-Times by BGA's Kiannah Sepeda-Miller: "Fact-check: FOP attack on consent decrees falls short"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD officers will soon have to report every time they point a gun at a person" . . . "Under the new policy, which is part of a consent decree meant to bring reforms to the Chicago Police Department, officers will have to radio the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications to report any gun-pointing incidents, according to a statement from CPD spokesman Luis R. Agostini."

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Lightfoot’s cop academy bombshell raises questions about leadership style" . . . "Mayor Lori Lightfoot dropped a bombshell this week when she said that the new police and fire training academy that her predecessor championed is going to cost much more than originally projected."

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot appoints administrator to lower city’s expenses from police lawsuits, other expenses"

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "Does Mayor Lightfoot think Chicago’s gun violence is as much a public health crisis as the opioid epidemic? If so, she’s right."

CLTV: "Groups pledge $75 million to address violence and its root causes in Chicago" . . . "The MacArthur Foundation is one of more than 40 philanthropic groups, foundations and individuals that make up the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities. Together, they have pledged $75 million over three years to combat gun violence in Chicago, focusing their efforts on communities driving the violence."

Chicago Tribune: "Women increasingly caught up in Chicago’s violence" . . . "Twenty-six females — all adults — have been fatally shot so far this year, more than in each of the past five years, according to the data. That’s more than all the homicides so far this year in San Francisco or Seattle or Portland, Oregon, to name a few big cities."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Matt Masterson: "Police: Chicago Shootings Hit 4-Year Low Through First Half of 2019" . . . "Despite a weekend that saw more than 50 people shot and four killed in incidents throughout Chicago, citywide shootings have dipped to a four-year low through the first half of 2019, according to the Chicago Police Department."

Chicago Tribune: "Another violent weekend in Chicago, but some good news for a troubled neighborhood" . . . "Shootings have dropped nearly 40% in the Austin community on the West Side, with both police and anti-violence groups saying their efforts are paying off in one of the most violent areas in Chicago."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot names two more $165K-a-year deputy mayors for public safety, infrastructure" . . . "The latest hires are Susan Lee for public safety and Anne Sheahan for infrastructure. Lee is senior director of Safe Chicago Network at Creating Real Economic Destiny. 'She’s terrific. We wanted to make sure that we had somebody who had a lot of deep experience in working with communities and working to bring people together so the city’s resources are focused on supporting law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,' Lightfoot said Tuesday."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Chicago Anti-Violence Workers Applaud Lightfoot’s Public Safety Pick" . . . "People working on the ground to stem gun violence in Chicago are praising Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick of Susan Lee to run the mayor’s newly created office of public safety, which on the campaign trail Lightfoot said she’d fund to the tune of $20- to $25 million per year."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick for public safety czar rankles some activists"

WILL, Illinois Public Media: "Durbin Regrets Voting To Take Pell Grants Away From Prisoners"

Chicago Tribune: "‘I just said I want to remain silent’: Shooting victim charged with contempt as law enforcement struggles with no-snitch code"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago’s federal court getting its first female chief judge" . . . "U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer will become chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois on Monday, taking the reins from U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Andrew Maloney: "Courts continue to grapple with Miller" . . . "Illinois courts are still reckoning with a line of cases that injected more leniency into juvenile sentencing. At least two cases dealing directly with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama, which held life sentences for juveniles without the chance of parole violate the Eighth Amendment, are pending at the state’s top court."

NPR Illinois, by Lee V. Gaines: "Lawmakers To Question Officials About Removing Hundreds of Books From A Prison Library" . . . "While the books were returned to the prison this week, there’s no indication they have made it back onto the EJP library shelves, according to the program’s director, Rebecca Ginsburg."

Illinois Public Radio, by Dana Vollmer: "Illinois Issues: Are Correctional Boot Camps Underutilized?" . . . "In early May, DuQuoin had just 28 men. The facility can hold up to 300. DuQuoin’s dorm is split into two wings. The current population doesn’t even come close to filling one"

Runners World: "Juvenile Detention Center Running Program Helps Vulnerable Kids Stride Toward Healing" . . . "Chicago Run conducted joint training sessions with the JTDC recreational center staff, then launched a pilot session in April 2018. The positive feedback led to a second six-week session in the fall and then the third, which ran from April through mid-May."

Chicago Tribune: "New Illinois laws aimed at ICE are ‘a firewall against Trump attacks’ on immigrants, Pritzker says"

Rockford Register Star: "Karl Fort, in first interview since leaving prison, talks about hope for Rockford" . . . "Karl “Shortdog” Fort and Albert Edwards are in the latter group, but to hear them talk, they have every intention of contributing to society and not becoming recidivism statistics. Both men grew up in the gang culture on Rockford’s west side and were key players in a sophisticated crack cocaine enterprise. Each served at least 25 years in prison for drug crimes. Both men, now in their early 50s, were released this year and were featured guests Sunday on The Unapologetically Ignorant Podcast, marking their first public interviews since being released."

Aurora Beacon-News by Megan Jones: "Wayside Cross child sex offenders must move in 30 days as Aurora follows distance law" . . . "The matter of 20 child sex offenders forced to move out of Wayside Cross Ministries comes down to city staff following the law, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said. But Wayside Cross Executive Director James Lukose said his staff received the news with shock and sadness, considering the over nine decades Wayside has spent in the community trying to reform men."

Aurora Beacon-News column by Denise Crosby: "Now it’s Wayside Cross residents’ turn to be blindsided" . . . "For more than 90 years, the people who society tend to deem undesirable, even repugnant, have been allowed to live at this faith-based and well-respected mission in downtown Aurora, where they take part in a Bible-based program that allows them a shot at redemption and rehabilitation."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Wolf to step down as ACLU legal director" . . . "Benjamin S. Wolf, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois who for years has made his mark representing people with mental illnesses and children in state custody, is stepping down."

WJOL-FM, Joliet: "June 27 Ceremony Brings Number of Will County Drug Court Graduates to 481"

ABA Journal: "Formerly incarcerated people are building their own businesses and giving others second chances" . . . "As he prepared to leave prison for the second time, David Figueroa decided he was going to walk away from the Chicago street gang he belonged to since he was a boy and build a better life for himself."

June 18 - 24, 2019

Chicago Tribune: "Gov. Pritzker expected to sign bill into law Tuesday that would legalize marijuana in Illinois on Jan. 1" . . . "Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected Tuesday to approve a plan to legalize marijuana in Illinois next year, marking a momentous shift in how the state treats drug use."

Forbes by Nick Kovacevich: "Legislative Ruling Establishes Illinois As Potential Cannabis Hub" . . . "In May, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize adult-use cannabis, and the first to do so via legislative action. It’s made Illinois’ law different — and one might argue, better — than everyone else’s, and it provides a road map for other states struggling to get there."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Costly Chicago Program For Juveniles Has Questionable Outcomes, Lacks Transparency" . . . "Most young people who come through the JISC (Juvenile Intervention and Support Center) get a criminal record even if they are sent home with parents or referred to services. In the first nine months of 2018, only four kids were released without charges, less than 1% of the kids who came to the JISC, according to data obtained by WBEZ. Garien Gatewood, a program director at the Illinois Justice Project, said it’s not necessary to give kids that kind of record. He pointed to a Miami-Dade County program, which instead uses civil citations to get many kids out of the system as quickly as possible. He said that model is in “stark contrast” to what Chicago does.

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD unveils rainbow-bedecked squad car in advance of Sunday’s Pride Parade" . . . "The car will be deployed to CPD’s 19th District on the North Side; that district includes Boystown and covers the entire parade route. The vehicle will be used at the parade, according to department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi."

Chicago Tribune: "Judge, police colleagues to testify against 2 indicted Chicago gang cops"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cops set for trial will likely see fellow officers testify against them"

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot returns to Police Board to extol police reform, officer wellness " . . . "Mayor Lori Lightfoot returned to familiar territory Thursday night, dropping in on the monthly meeting of the Chicago Police Board she once led to reiterate her promises of police reform and greater support for officers."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Traveling CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson misses this week’s ‘Accountability Monday’ meeting with Lightfoot that’s the best yet"

Chicago Tribune: "Lightfoot launches summer program for at-risk youth"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils $1.4M summer program for 400 high school students most vulnerable to violence"

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "Lightfoot administration waffles on ending driver’s license suspensions". . . "Ticket fine reform is coming to Chicago driven by research from community organizations, extensiveinvestigative reporting, lawsuits, and a task force led by City Clerk Anna Valencia. But one key reform — ending driver’s license suspensions for non-moving violations — was blocked in Springfield last month by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who campaigned in support of the ban but now says she wants to consider it in a broader, 'holistic' context."

Politico by Shia Kapos: "Durbin: '94 crime bill was 'worst vote I ever gave'" . . . "Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Friday that he made a mistake in supporting the 'tough on crime' law that passed 25 years ago and has become a lightning rod for criticism in the Democratic presidential race."

Chicago Tribune: "Judge upholds certificate of innocence, rejects legal brief from controversial ex-Chicago cop" . . . "A controversial former Chicago police detective doesn’t have the legal standing to challenge a certificate of innocence awarded to Arnold Day, a former longtime inmate who had accused him of misconduct, the presiding judge of Cook County’s Criminal Division ruled Wednesday."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Anita Alvarez defends Cook County wiretap practices" . . . "Former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez took the witness stand at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse Wednesday to proclaim that she 'didn’t intentionally violate the law or try to usurp the law' when it came to her former office acquiring wiretaps in criminal investigations."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Stalker's conviction reversal is up to legislators to rectify" . . . "The First District Appellate Court in Chicago recently overturned Morocho's conviction for stalking because it was based on statutory language that defines the offense as threatening a person two or more times while knowing the threats would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress."

WBBM-AM, At Issue: "Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans" . . . "Chief Judge Timothy Evans talks with Craig Dellimore about reforming the County's Bail Bond system to that defendants are not unnecessarily jailed awaiting trial *just* because they are poor. Critics says the system lets too many dangerous criminal go free. Judge Evans answers the critics."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Marlen Garcia: "The verdict’s in: Good judge, lousy selection process" . . . "Cara Smith is a highly qualified, fair-minded lawyer who, as far as I can tell, will make a fine judge."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Hispanic officials pile on in flap over judicial picks by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police release hundreds of videos, documents on Jussie Smollett investigation" . . . "Monday’s massive release of materials — the second such document drop by Chicago police and third overall since mid-April — comes days after the latest twist in the case that has grown only more bizarre seemingly with each passing week."

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘He is, like, a star’: CPD releases host of Jussie Smollett files" . . . "When Chicago police officers first responded to Jussie Smollett’s apartment for a reported hate crime attack, an associate of his told police that the actor didn’t want any extra attention."

Chicago Tribune: "Judge orders special prosecutor be appointed to look into Jussie Smollett controversy" . . . "Judge Michael Toomin ruled that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had the right to withdraw herself from overseeing the prosecution of the onetime 'Empire' actor but held no legal authority to then delegate that responsibility to her top deputy. With the deputy holding no real authority, the Smollett case made its way through the court system without a prosecutor at the helm, the veteran judge said."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Special prosecutor to probe handling of Jussie Smollett criminal case" . . . "In a stinging critique of Foxx’s office, Judge Michael Toomin wrote in his 21-page order that 'the unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrants the appointment of independent counsel to restore the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system.'"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Getting to truth, finally, of Kim Foxx and Jussie Smollett"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "The bizarre Jussie Smollett case takes yet another strange twist" . . . "The rare move to appoint a special prosecutor marks the first step in what promises to be a full-blown probe of how Foxx’s office made the controversial decision to drop the disorderly conduct charges against Smollett just weeks after he was indicted."

New York Times: "Jussie Smollett Case to Be Investigated by Special Prosecutor" . . . "Ms. Foxx said in a statement on Friday that she disagreed with the judge’s conclusion that a special prosecutor was required. She said that she had followed the advice of her chief ethics officer, April Perry, when deciding to recuse herself. That prompted a rebuke from Ms. Perry, who left the office soon after the charges were dropped. Ms. Perry said in a statement that in February, she had advised that Mr. Magats ask a court to appoint a special prosecutor, but that Mr. Magats responded that Ms. Foxx had decided against it.

Associated Press and Capital News Service: "Death Behind Bars" . . . "Why are mentally ill inmates killing themselves in jails? The Associated Press and the Capital News Service investigate troubling questions about whether deaths could have been avoided."

Associated Press and Capital News Service: "Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides" . . . "DEVIN LYNCH - COOK COUNTY JAIL The inmate, unsupervised, empties out an unlocked utility closet. He stands there for a moment, looking at a surveillance camera, before stepping inside and closing the closet door. About an hour later, a guard appears — and finds that Devin Lynch, a 26-year-old Marine, has taken his life."

Southern Illinoisan: "'A brighter future': A Johnston City father's sobriety gives his family new hope" . . . "On Oct. 3, 2017, he entered the Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center, in East St. Louis, where he would spend 14 months getting clean. 'Prison saved my life,' he said."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Unnecessary Rape Kit DNA Clogging Up Crime Lab" . . . "The Illinois State Police put out a plan to address the backlog that included a pledge to hire 10 additional trainees in the DNA section of the lab by the end of the year. But Acting Director Brendan Kelly said the state police are not going to be able to dramatically reduce the backlog on their own." . . . "Kelly said police and prosecutors need to be more selective with what they’re submitting for testing in the first place."

ACLU of Illinois news release: "In historic step, Governor Pritzker signs measure making Illinois extend data collection to combat and correct racial bias policing"

Ammoland Shooting Sports News opinion: "Illinois Sen. Julie Morrison, Come Try & Confiscate our Guns, WE DARE YOU!"

WILL, Illinois Public Media News: "Why A Father Worries His Son’s Mental Illness Could Get Him Deported"

Capitol News Illinois: "Pritzker signs trio of bills that aim to protect undocumented immigrants"

WJBC-AM, Bloomington: "Pritzker’s immigration “firewall” includes ban on Dwight detention center" . . . "The Dwight detention center would have provided 360 high-paying jobs when fully-staffed, according to Dwight Mayor Jared Anderson. "

Associated Press: "Activists step up trainings amid Trump deportation threats" . . . "Ceci Garcia believes that if her husband had a better understanding of his rights, he would have avoided deportation to Mexico after telling a suburban Chicago police officer during a 2012 traffic stop that he was living in the U.S. illegally."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Cuts Off ICE Access To Police Records" . . . "'We are all aware of the threat from President Trump regarding raids by ICE, and in response, Chicago has taken concrete steps to support our immigrant communities,' Lightfoot said in the statement. 'Chicago will always be a welcoming city and a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities.'”

Chicago Tribune: "Trump tweets that he is delaying this weekend’s ICE deportation raids for 2 weeks" . . . "President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed a nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living in the United States illegally, including families, saying he would give lawmakers two weeks to work out solutions for the southern border. Additionally, during a question-and-answer session with media on Saturday, Trump brought Chicago into the mix, saying Chicago is one of several 'high crime’ cities that are 'fighting,’ the sweep."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Communities organized against ICE raids to remain ‘vigilant’ following Trump reversal" . . . "Lightfoot, joined by members the City Council’s Latino Caucus, said she had reached out to hotels, restaurants and other businesses to encourage them to support their employees and not cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

CNN: "Illinois bans private immigration detention centers"

Rockford Register Star editorial: "No, Marilyn, you’re not going to muzzle us" . . . "Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross has issued several legal opinions that discourage County Board members from discussing public matters in — gasp! — public. The muzzle memos are the latest episode in what may be the longest running soap opera in local politics: dysfunction in Winnebago County government."

Capitol Fax: "What the heck is going on in Winnebago County?"

Decatur Herald & Review column by Chris Coates, Lee Enterprises Central Illinois Editor: "Public officials have responsibility to answer reporter questions, no forms needed"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Veteran East St. Louis police officer accused of taking thousands in fake overtime pay"

Belleville News-Democrat: "He’s accused of stealing overtime pay, but lawyer says East St. Louis cop is a good man"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Courthouse's new lactation room 'not pretty,' but it meets letter of new law" . . . "Pumping breast milk in a walk-in storage closet may not be a nursing mother's dream, but the new public lactation space at the Champaign County Courthouse has three things going for it. It's a private spot, it has a table and chairs, and it's not in a germy bathroom."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Bloomington hairdresser's style brings hope to ex-offenders" . . . "Armed with skills she learned in beauty and culinary courses, Canuel arrived at The Salvation Army in Bloomington in 2015. Within five days, she landed a job working for what was known then as U.S. Cellular Coliseum. 'I wasn’t going to let anyone stop me from my goals,' she said."

Daily Herald by Mick Zawislak: "'That's why we show up to work' forest preserve ranger officer says of save" . . . "He happened to be in the right place at the right time, but Lake County Forest Preserve District police officer Brad Ehrhardt said he did what any decent person would have done to ensure a newborn girl was safe."

Belleville News-Democrat by Derik Holtmann: "With children grown, Belleville mom moves on to become new chief judge of U.S. court" . . . "If you didn’t know she was a judge, you wouldn’t guess it by her demeanor. And, if she had followed her first thoughts in college, she would be working somewhere in the science or medical fields. But Nancy J. Rosenstengel, the new chief United States District judge for the Southern District of Illinois as of April 1, has worked in the federal building in East St. Louis for the last 21 years in different capacities."

Aurora Beacon-News: "Gun control advocates discuss mobilization efforts in Batavia"

Morris Herald-News: "GFWC-IL Morris Women’s Club hosts picnic for rehab program" . . . "Children played on the nearby playground, a judge fired up the grill, and ex-convicts and court officials played bean bags together. It was a great day for a picnic."

June 11 - 17, 2019

The Appeal by Adam H. Johnson: "Media Frame: Using gun fears to demagogue bail reform" . . . "As the movement to reform cash bail—a practice that experts say disproportionately punishes poor people and people of color—gains steam throughout the country, local media continues to rely on fearmongering police narratives in lieu of evidence and nuance. One recent example, CBS 2 Chicago’s report on police fears of bond reform, serves as a useful case study in how this misinformation spreads uncritically."

WCBU, Bloomington and Peoria public radio: "Should People Awaiting Trial Pay Cash Bonds To Get Out of Jail?"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson treated for blood clot found in his lung"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Top cop Eddie Johnson: ‘I feel great’ after weekend stay in hospital for blood clot"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Candidate Lightfoot Vowed To Release Laquan ‘Cover-Up’ Records; Mayor Lightfoot Is Refusing" . . . "'The mayor’s intention to release them has not wavered,' the statement says. 'She has directed her team to work as quickly as possible to bring forward changes to the law that can allow for greater transparency on high-profile cases like this one, and whenever the public has a right to know.'"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Police Officers Seeking More Help From Department Therapists" . . . "Johnson said the increase in contacts between the counseling division and department members is a sign of progress. Last year, Employee Assistance Program members visited each police district to encourage officers to seek help if they were struggling emotionally. Department leaders said it was the first attempt at such outreach."

WBBM-TV: "Chicago Police Department Kicks Off Two-Day Mental Health Summit; ‘We Are Here To End Officer Suicides’"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Secretive police meetings over cops in schools a ‘dog and pony show,’ community members say" . . . "Community groups remain skeptical of the Chicago Police Department’s efforts to address the use of police officers in public schools after a series of invite-only meetings have largely been shrouded in secrecy."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot renews threat to remove Chicago police officers from Chicago Public Schools"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "The latest evidence against police in Chicago schools"

Chicago Tribune: "Final design picked for memorial to police torture victims under Jon Burge" . . . "The violence under Burge included beatings, electric shock, suffocation with typewriter covers and games of Russian roulette. Burge was never charged directly in any of the torture allegations, but he was fired from the department in 1993."

The Appeal: "Will Chicago get a memorial to honor the survivors of police torture?"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Mayor Lightfoot and the FOP — rumor has it she just made a big rookie mistake"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Police union fires back at Lightfoot over reform measures" . . . "Chicago’s rank-and-file police union fired back against Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday with an open letter marking the latest volley in a rhetorical battle between the new mayor and her longtime political nemesis."

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot says no summer vacations for Chicago police brass, but one leader still took a trip"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD second-in-command Riccio won’t be punished by Mayor Lightfoot for taking pre-approved family vacation to Aruba"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins Rev. Michael Pfleger for priest’s annual South Side anti-violence march"

One Illinois: "Chicago Clerk Valencia releases report on fees" . . . "It was a key campaign issue for Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who called the fees 'regressive' and pointed out they often fell hardest on minority areas of Chicago where residents had the most difficulty in paying the penalties."  Report of the Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative.

Capitol Fax: "Sen. Mulroe heads to the judiciary"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Court finds stalking law unconstitutional"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bauer's 67 years serving the public was well worth it" . . . "At an event at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, (7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J.) Bauer discussed his 67 years in public service as well as growing up on the South Side of Chicago and then Elmhurst during the Great Depression."

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke: "Statement on 7th Subcircuit vacancy"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago alderman, religious leaders want Cook County judicial nomination reversed" . . . "A group of black leaders denounced the ascension of a white sheriff’s office staffer to a Cook County judgeship, demanding on Friday that Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke reverse her nomination for a post that represents a broad patch of Chicago’s West Side and some neighboring suburbs."

Fox 32 Chicago: "Backlash against Justice Anne Burke for appointing white Cook County judge"

Injustice Watch: "Choice of key aide to Sheriff Tom Dart to judicial post challenged over questions of race, experience"

Chicago Sun-Times: "School-to-prison pipeline must end, Foxx says after convening meeting with law enforcement, educators" . . . "Studies by several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have found in the past decade that school arrests have overwhelmingly targeted black students. In Chicago, research conducted by Loyola University and Project NIA in 2013 found 75 percent of the students arrested in the city’s public schools were black."

The Marshall Project: "My Cellie Was the Father I Never Had" . . . "I arrived at Stateville Correctional Center in January 2003, after 16 years on death row. The 'Ville' is known for violence, mayhem and degradation, yet in this 'hell on Earth,' I met a kindly old man whom I came to love as a son does his father."

State Journal-Register: "Police 'unprepared' for pot-impaired drivers in Illinois"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Marijuana legalization proponents, opponents look to future" . . . "For two longtime, vocal Central Illinois supporters of marijuana legalization, the recent Illinois General Assembly approval of recreational marijuana use by adults is long overdue."

Peoria Journal Star: "State pays to bus students through gang-troubled neighborhoods"

Kankakee Daily-Journal: "Sheriff responds to immigration critics" . . . "Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey this week objected to an activist’s contention that the county was part of a war against the nation’s immigrants." . . . "The county houses inmates on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service, making about $1 million per month, which helps the county make ends meet. Pro-immigrant activists have spoken at County Board meetings for months."

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady dies" . . . "Brady was a tireless advocate of the Don’t Shoot program and went to many of the call-ins where gang members were implored to put down their weapons. But he also would attend the National Night Out programs or neighborhood events. Peoria police Chief Loren Marion III worked closely with Brady, who made trying to reduce gun violence a priority in his office."

Curbed: "The fight for fair-chance housing ordinances" . . . "Activists are pushing local governments to prohibit landlords from considering criminal convictions"

Freeport Journal-Standard commentary by Stephenson County Board Chair Bill Hadley: "Preparing ex-offenders for available jobs"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Ford County settles jail-death lawsuit"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "To help 'at-risk' students, Youth Assessment Center and Urbana schools may soon have formal ties"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Decatur group Young Men Making Right Choices aims to keep boys, teens off the street"

WTTW: "Beekeeping Behind Bars: Inmates Raise Bees at Cook County Jail"

June 4 - 10, 2019

WMBD-TV, Peoria: "Women's Justice Institute hopes to lower the number of women going to prison"

IDOC news release: "Illinois Agencies Assist Formerly Incarcerated Individuals at Summit of Hope"

State Journal-Register: "Summit gives ex-offenders resources, hope"

Jacksonville Journal-Courier: "East St. Louis prisoners fill Pike, Greene sandbags"

Marshall Project: "Some of Michael Key’s earliest memories are traveling from his home in Chicago to an Illinois state prison to visit his father Kenneth. As a teenager, Michael joined a gang and fell out of touch with his dad—then he was convicted of murder and sent to prison himself. For almost 20 years, Michael and Kenneth have been incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center, both serving life sentences. Prison officials would not allow the Keys to be interviewed together, but in separate phone conversations, father and son talked to The Marshall Project about rekindling their relationship behind bars. At the time, they were living in cells next to one another."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by Noelle McGee: "Advocates throw the book at Danville prison" . . . "Rebecca Ginsburg, co-founder and director of the award-winning UI program, said she has yet to receive any response in writing from the medium/maximum-security prison or the Illinois Department of Corrections to her multiple inquiries as to the reason for the censorship." . . . "'It feels like this is an excuse to interrupt our good-faith effort to provide quality higher education to the incarcerated men at Danville,' she continued. 'Those were thousands of dollars worth of books — and a disruption to our program. ... I find this outrageous. But unfortunately, to the people who are incarcerated, this is just one of a series of indignities that they face by virtue of their imprisonment.'"

Illinois Public Media: "‘It’s Heartbreaking’ Authors Criticize Removal Of 200 Books From An Illinois Prison Library" . . . "Several authors and editors of books that were removed from the EJP library agreed to speak to Illinois Newsroom."

WPSD-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO: "Dogs going home with veterans after graduating training program at Illinois prison"

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Veterans adopt dogs trained by inmates"

Southern Illinoisan: "After 1 year, Shawnee Correctional Center doubles dog training program"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Recreational marijuana: Illinois embarks on a long, strange trip"

Peoria Journal Star: "Jehan Gordon-Booth details what marijuana bill could mean for Peoria neighborhoods"

The Trace: "Legal Weed Could Send Millions of Dollars to Illinois’s Violence Prevention Groups" . . . "Sharone Mitchell Jr., deputy director of the Illinois Justice Project, a criminal justice reform group, said that the R3 program would mark a significant departure from the state’s over-reliance on policing and prop up groups shown to be effective in stopping gun violence before it happens."

Kane County Chronicle: "Mother of slain St. Charles girls speaks up for stronger gun laws"

Terre Haute Tribune-Star: "Some Illinois gun stores closing their doors" . . . "Some locally owned gun stores in east-central Illinois are closing their doors or moving to Indiana in response to new Illinois licensing requirements that owners say impose too great a burden on mom-and-pop operators."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Lawmakers: Time for subcircuit remap" . . . "The legislature passed a bill to redraw Cook County’s judicial subcircuit boundaries in 2021. House Bill 2625 awaits the governor’s signature. The lines haven’t changed since the 15 subcircuits were put in place in 1991, leaving questions remaining on the process: Who exactly will redraw them and how."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Budget has $1M settlement for appellate defender suit" . . . "Inside the 1,581-page, $40 billion budget bill passed by Illinois lawmakers this weekend for Fiscal Year 2020 is a $1,076,100 allocation to settle an ex-employee’s lawsuit against the appellate defender’s office."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "European Leaders Urge Raising Juvenile Offender Age In Illinois" . . . "Some criminal justice reformers and local politicians are pushing for the state of Illinois to raise the age of juvenile court eligibility, so that misdemeanor defendants up to 20 years old could be tried in the juvenile court system. They say the change would follow research on how, and when, young brains develop, and would mirror successful changes made in some European countries. Right now, the cut-off for juvenile court eligibility in Illinois is 18."

WBEZ. Chicago Public Radio: "Lawsuits, Stalled Legislation. What’s Mayor Lightfoot Doing With Chicago’s Ticketing Reform?"

Chicago Sun-Times: "City Colleges grad started anti-violence group while raising 3 kids"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago’s ‘Safe Passage’ Curbs Street Violence Without Police, Studies Show"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Safe Passage — a smart move in crime-fighting"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "A Pricey Effort To Employ The Men Most Likely To Shoot Or Be Shot In Chicago"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Chicago Aldermen Eye ‘Pro-Police Bias’ At Agency That Probes Shootings By Cops"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Sharon Fairley: "3 ways to improve how Chicago handles police misconduct cases"

Chicago Tribune: "Lightfoot is pressed to fund memorial for police torture victims under Jon Burge"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot spreads rumor that police union told cops not to police"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Violence, a Chicago Casino and Ald. Ed Burke" . . . "We opened the conversation by asking Lightfoot about statements she made last month during a “Chicago Newsroom” interview, in which she referenced a rumor she’d heard but not verified that the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police told cops to take no action over Memorial Day weekend."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responds to criticism for repeating rumor FOP told officers to lay back over Memorial Day"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot takes baby steps to revive Chicago’s moribund community policing program"

Illinois Supreme Court news release: "Chief Justice Karmeier thanks General Assembly, Governor for increase in judicial branch funding"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge tried to kiss Chicago cop, asked court reporter 'how much' for sex, board charges" . . . "A Cook County judge made unwanted sexual advances toward a court reporter, made inappropriate sexual comments about a prosecutor and tried to kiss a police officer — a pattern of harassing behavior toward women, a state board that oversees judges said in a complaint Thursday."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Sentences of young, violent offenders getting second looks"

Injustice Watch and Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County judge, ripped for ‘insensitive’ racial comments, dumped from bench" . . . "All but one of 138 associate Cook County judges have won new four-year terms, after a secret vote in which only the county’s circuit judges can vote. The only one dumped from the bench: Richard Schwind, an associate judge since 2012 who’d been criticized for racially insensitive comments."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge collects donated clothes for defendants' trip to courtroom" . . . "In Cook County Associate Judge Patricia Mendoza’s courtroom there is a dress code. But instead of asking juvenile defendants to buy their own collared shirts, ties, dress pants, skirts or dresses — if they don’t own such items already — Mendoza already has it taken care of."

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County sheriff adviser appointed to fill vacant judgeship" . . . "Cara Smith, a veteran policy adviser to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and a registered attorney, has been named to serve as a county judge."

Peoria Journal Star: "Activists push for reform of the cash bond system"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago-based Arab American group calls state police surveillance ‘discriminatory’"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Amy Campanelli: "Kim Foxx's leadership, bond court reform are marks of progress" . . . "Whatever your opinion of Foxx, her career as a prosecutor should not be viewed only through the lens of her handling of one high-profile case involving the TV actor Jussie Smollett. We have never had a more transparent or innovative state’s attorney’s office; nor have prior state’s attorneys relied as heavily on data to inform prosecutorial decisions aimed at reducing the number of people who are unnecessarily dragged into the criminal justice system. Never before have we had a prosecutor prioritize resources for more serious cases, while diverting less serious cases — until Foxx."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Masturbating Cook County Jail inmates could cost taxpayers $2 million-plus in legal fees"

Pacific Standard: "A Chicago Jail Might Be the Largest Mental Health Care Provider in the U.S."

Joliet Patch: "FOIA Lawsuit: Joliet Police Hid Discipline For 3 Officers"

Joliet Herald-News: "Reports: Joliet cop was investigated on domestic battery allegations in March"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Entrepreneurship for the formerly incarcerated: A process evaluation of the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens Program" . . . "Formerly incarcerated individuals may be unable to secure stable employment and struggle to acquire income; however, opening a small business may offer this population an alternative to the traditional job market. Researchers evaluated the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) program, which offered training in entrepreneurship and other resources to those returning from Illinois prisons to Cook County. "

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign Citizen Review Board pushes revamp of police-complaint process"

Associated Press: "Park Forest police remove snake from patrol car engine"

Daily Southtown: "Harvey hires CPD lieutenant, ex-lawmaker to transform police department"

May 28 - June 3, 2019

Chicago Sun-Times by Tina Sfondeles: "Weed backers: State Senate passes legal pot bill, sends it to House"

Chicago Tribune by Rick Pearson, Dan Petrella and Jamie Munks: "Legal recreational marijuana in Illinois a step closer after Senate vote; bill heads to House next"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight by Amanda Vinicky: "Illinois on the Precipice of Legalizing Marijuana"

Rolling Stone by Ryan Reed: "Illinois Poised to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Marijuana bill is on the move"

State Journal-Register by Dean Olsen: "Marijuana bill passes House, goes to governor"

Chicago Sun-Times by Tina Sfondeles: "High time? Pritzker vows to sign legal recreational pot bill heading to his desk"

Illinois Office of the Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Applauds Passage of Adult-Use Cannabis"

Chicago Tribune: "Here’s when marijuana will be legal in Illinois, and answers to other burning questions about recreational weed"

Chicago Tribune column by Steve Chapman: "Legalizing marijuana is a victory for freedom in Illinois"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "N-G Survey: What's your level of concern about recreational marijuana legalization? . . . "News-Gazette Media asked county sheriffs, state's attorneys and police chiefs: On a 1-to-10 scale, what's your level of concern about recreational marijuana legalization, which stands one J.B. Pritzker signature away from taking effect in 2020. Thirty-eight of the 48 respondents were willing to attach their name to a number. Here's what they had to say."

WTVO-TV, Rockford: "Criminal justice reform, the force behind passing the Recreational Marijuana Bill"

Associated Press: "Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled" . . . "Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana hit a snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use." . . . "The question in Illinois was settled Wednesday night when the Senate approved recreational use of marijuana after universal home cultivation of the plant was replaced by a provision allowing only medical-marijuana patients to grow their own."

Chicago Tribune: "Though prosecutions could be fewer, marijuana supporters remind users that current Illinois pot laws stay in effect till Jan. 1"

Capitol Fax: "House passes “Fix the FOID” bill 62-52"

Chicago Tribune: "After heated debate, Illinois House approves bill requiring gun license applicants to be fingerprinted"

Chicago Tribune: "What you should know about the gun licensing reform measure awaiting a vote by the Illinois Senate"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois gun licensing bill prompted by Aurora mass shooting fails, but supporters vow to bring it back"

Capitol News Illinois: "Bill’s sponsor says FOID overhaul dead this session"

The Trace: "Gun Reform Package Sputters in Illinois as Legislature Adjourns"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Legislature fumbles chance to ‘fix the FOID,’ make streets safer"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Is Madigan-style reform coming to Champaign County?" . . . "One of Champaign County's most partisan elected officials has joined forces with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan in a bid to elect more Democrats to judicial offices here."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Ammons' 'Democrat judge' bill on pause in state Senate"

WSIU-FM: "Bill to Repurpose Portion of Tamms Correctional Center Heads to Governor's Desk"

State Journal-Register: "Senate passes bill intended to protect immigrants"

WLS-TV: "Bill requiring Illinois State Police to perform rapid DNA testing passes Senate"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Marlen Garcia: "Say no to private immigration detention centers, Illinois" . . . "The Private Correctional Facility Moratorium Act says that the management and operation of a correctional facility 'involves functions that are inherently governmental' and must be run by a government. Gov. J.B. Pritzker must apply the same reasoning to immigration detention centers and sign a bill passed by the Legislature to bar private facilities from Illinois."

HuffPost: "Illinois Lawmakers Approve Bill To Make It Easier For People In Jail To Vote"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Life sentence to be slashed for teen lookout under Miller" . . . "Citing the Illinois Supreme Court’s landmark decision on life sentences for teenagers, a state appeals panel has vacated the life sentences given to a defendant who was 19 years old when he acted as the lookout during a double murder. The panel remanded the case for resentencing."

Injustice Watch by Emily Hoerner: "After courts order new sentence, Cook County prisoner given 39 years for murder committed as youth" . . . "In April, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that sentences of more than 40 years without the chance of parole for crimes committed by youthful offenders are unconstitutional if their age is not taken into consideration at sentencing." . . . "Monday, faced with an order that he resentence a prisoner originally sentenced to 100 years for a murder he committed as a teenager, Cook County Circuit Judge Kenneth J. Wadas resentenced the man to 39 years."

Injustice Watch: "Lawyer appointed as Cook County judge despite losing election, past judicial scoldings"

Injustice Watch commentary by Timothy C. Evans, chief judge, Circuit Court of Cook County: "In defense of how judges are chosen — and how they rule — in Illinois"

Illinois Newsroom by Lee V. Gaines: "Illinois Prison Removes More Than 200 Books From Prison Library" . . . "When she found out that staff at the Danville Correctional Center had removed more than 200 books from a library inside the prison’s education wing, Rebecca Ginsburg said she felt a pit in her stomach. 'I felt sick,' she said. Ginsburg directs the Education Justice Project, a college in prison program that offers University of Illinois classes to men incarcerated at the Danville prison in east-central Illinois. In late January, prison staff removed dozens of titles from two rooms that serve as the program’s library." Full list of books removed from Danville Prison.

Illinois Newsroom by Lee V. Gaines: "What's the value of a college in prison program -- Beyond Recidivism"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Tina Tchen stepping up fight to quash Jussie Smollett subpoena"

Chicago Tribune: "With seal lifted, police release hundreds of pages of reports in Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Within days of arrest, prosecutors told cops Smollett would only get fine, community service"

Associated Press: "Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx's office releases records shedding light on behind-the-scenes negotiations in Jussie Smollett case"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Kim Foxx: False Rumor Caused Recusal in Jussie Smollett Case"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Thanks to Kim Foxx, the Jussie Smollett story will not die"

WBBM-TV: "At Cook County Jail, Inmates Relax Their Minds, Bodies With Yoga"

WBBM by Bernie Tafoya: "Lawmakers To Introduce RISE From Trauma Act To Congress" . . . "Two federal lawmakers from Illinois want to provide treatment for children who suffer traumatic events so they don’t wind up in a life of crime and drugs."

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin news release: "Durbin And Davis Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Address Childhood Trauma, Reduce Violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot ties cycle of gang violence to ‘systemic disinvestment’ in South, West sides"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Lori Lightfoot's solemn duty: Taming Chicago gun violence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot says Johnson’s job safe after city’s most violent weekend this year"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds 'Accountability Monday' with Chicago police brass after weekend violence"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop fired for soliciting sexual favors from teenage girl after police impounded car"

Associated Press: "Chicago police investigating ‘unauthorized’ video release"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago crime down through May compared to 2018: police"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Police install 20 new surveillance cameras along the ‘Heroin Highway’"

BuzzFeed News and Injustice Watch: "Police Post Racist And Violent Messages On Facebook, A Review Shows" . . . "The Chicago Police Department has tried unsuccessfully to fire an officer whose own commander complained of his 'bigoted views.' A Facebook page called Chicago Code Blue attracted attention for inflammatory comments — such as 'Every Thug Deserves a Slug' — after an officer was found guilty in the death of Laquan McDonald."

Slate: "New Data Shows Police Use More Force Against Black Citizens Even Though Whites Resist More" . . . "According to the new numbers, Chicago police officers used more force against black citizens, on average, than any other race—even though black citizens tended to exercise less resistance than whites. Under the same circumstances and faced with the same level of danger, cops tended to resolve the situation without firing their weapons much more often for white citizens than black citizens. This analysis was based on Chicago PD’s own descriptions of the incidents in question."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Sudden realization led soon-to-be drug court grad to sobriety, life change"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Madison County public defender fires assistant" . . . "Madison County Public Defender John Rekowski said Wednesday he fired an assistant public defender because she is not an attorney."

The Patch, Homer Glen, Lockport: "Lockport Participants Finish Will County Adult Redeploy Illinois"

Rockford Register Star: "Sheriff declined meeting with Winnebago County administrator he's suing"

Illinois Times commentary by Jim Lewis: "Community must engage with police"

CNN: "This Chicago business trains former inmates to be beekeepers" . . . "Sweet Beginnings offers full-time, transitional jobs to previously incarcerated individuals like Jones, who need help reintegrating into society. The new hires are trained to become beekeepers and learn about harvesting honey, production, filling orders, packaging, shipping and selling."

May 20 - 27, 2019

NPR Illinois by Jaclyn Driscoll: "Marijuana Moms: Meet The Four Women Who Crafted Illinois' Cannabis Proposal" . . . "State Sens. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) as well as state Reps. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) said this yearslong and statewide effort has taught them a lot, but it mostly reinforced their friendship with each other."

Capitol Fax: "Poll: 60 percent support cannabis legalization, just 35 percent oppose"

Crain's Chicago Business by John Pletz: "5 things you didn't know were in the Illinois weed bill"

Illinois Public Media: "Ammons Wants Stronger Reforms In Cannabis Bill"

Chicago Tribune commentary by John De Friel and Randal John Meyer: "The Illinois marijuana legalization debate: Who's afraid of a little home grow?"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois marijuana legalization proposal unclear on what information about pot companies could be kept secret"

Daily Line: "GOP says cannabis negotiations favored Black Caucus over bipartisanship, but Dems say equity is greater goal"

Equality Illinois news release: "Equality Illinois announces their support of SB 7, the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act"

Chicago Tribune: "Medical marijuana growers would get first shot at retail market in Illinois under proposal to legalize recreational sales"

Daily Herald: "Suburban Democrats key to pot legalization passage but some are breaking ranks"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill outlawing immigrant detention centers heads to Pritzker"

Chicago Reporter: "Police in Illinois will permanently have to record race, other traffic stop data in new bill"

Chicago Reader: "Civic engagement doesn’t die in prison" . . . "A state bill outlines an education program for those about to be released."

WMBD-TV, Peoria: "Human trafficking bill passes Illinois House, goes to Pritzker's desk" . . . "A bill is heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk that would require all law enforcement officers to take human trafficking training and allows for a longer time to prosecute offenders."

NBC News: "States Move To Outlaw ‘Prison Gerrymandering’: Where Do Inmates Really Live?" . . . "In Illinois, where Democrats also control both chambers of the state Legislature, state Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford has reintroduced a bill to end the practice."

Wall Street Journal: "Five Dead in Chicago as New Mayor Aims to Tackle Violence" . . . "Chicago police said violence in the city over the Memorial Day weekend so far appeared on par with last year as new Mayor Lori Lightfoot sought to put her mark on the issue."

WBBM Radio: "Anti-Violence Leaders Look For Solutions Amid Memorial Day Gun Violence" . . . "Executive Director of the Institute for Non-Violence Chicago Teny Gross said Mayor Lightfoot's approach to keeping the city's streets safe, especially over holiday weekends gives him cautious optimism."

Chicago Tribune: "With 1,200 extra cops on the street, at least 37 people shot throughout Chicago over Memorial Day weekend"

Chicago Tribune: "Ex-gang members and concerned neighbors say they need help from new mayor to fight violence in Chicago"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Mayor Lightfoot prepares for summer violence: ‘My job is to hold people accountable’"

Chicago Tribune column by Rex Huppke: "Mayor Lightfoot must get Chicagoans to truly care about gun violence"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "South Side Residents Pledge To ‘Report Violence’ In Bid For More Peaceful Summer"

Chicago Tribune: "More police, youth programs center of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Memorial Day anti-violence plans"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Lightfoot Outlines Memorial Day Weekend Safety Plan"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Police unveil virtual reality equipment to train for handling calls of mental health crises"

CBS News: "Whistleblowers go undercover to expose criminal drug operation within the Chicago PD" . . . "As a Chicago police officer, Shannon Spalding worked undercover in some of the toughest parts of the city -- only to discover some of the most dangerous criminals were fellow police officers.  She risked her life to stop them."

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Marlen Garcia: "Lightfoot can make a city built on immigration even more welcoming" . . . "The more distance between Chicago Police and ICE, the better for all of us."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Park ban upheld for sex offender" . . . "The 2nd District Appellate Court this week denied Marc Pepitone’s claims the offense is an unconstitutional ex post facto law because it was enacted 12 years after his conviction for sexually assaulting a child."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Student’s free speech suit over guns can continue" . . . "A high school student got the go-ahead to pursue allegations she was blocked from expressing her support for gun rights while her classmates were allowed to demonstrate in favor of gun control."

Chicago Sun-Times and Injustice Watch: "Cook County’s secret election: Balloting is under way for judges, and you can’t vote"

Chicago Sun-Times and Injustice Watch: "Despite reversals, controversies, associate judges try to keep their seats"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Questions Remain About Illinois Prisoner’s Death, A Year After ‘Altercation’ With Guards" . . . "Larry Earvin died at age 65 after an altercation with prison staff, according to his certificate of death. That was a year ago. But even now his family and the general public know almost nothing about what happened between Earvin and guards at Western Illinois Correctional Center on May 17, 2018."

Southern Illinoisan: "'We carry a light': Inmates at Shawnee Correctional Center care for the prison's dying"

Time opinion by Clint Smith: "While Prisoners Struggle to Afford Calls to Their Families, States Are Making a Profit. This Must Stop Now"

LogoTV, NewNowNext: "Is Illinois Fully Compliant With the Prison Rape Elimination Act? Third Trans Inmate Sues"

Associated Press: "Illinois State Police set online gun dealer certification"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge won’t unseal final batch of records in Jason Van Dyke trial"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Retired judge blasts Kim Foxx in flurry of filings in Jussie Smollett special prosecutor request"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Attorney who spoke to Foxx before Smollett charges dropped refuses subpoena: server"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge orders sealed court records in aborted Jussie Smollett prosecution to be made public"

Chicago Reader commentary by Jane M. Saks and Ebba Ruby-Sachs: "Why we can’t abandon Kim Foxx" . . . "Across the country reformers like Kim Foxx are learning to be afraid. We are teaching these reformers this lesson of fear by allowing the controversy surrounding one nonviolent incident to take all the oxygen, teaching them that it can obliterate the history-making reforms happening in our county."

WBBM Radio, "At Issue" with Craig Dellimore: "Sheriff Tom Dart talks with Craig Dellimore about problems with bond reform, and efforts on mental health and violence on Chicago’s West Side."

Chicago Tribune: "More than 34,000 Illinoisans have lost their right to own a gun. Nearly 80% may still be armed." . . . "In an analysis of data released for the first time, the Tribune found the state has repeatedly failed to ensure that people surrender their weapons and gun permits after their Firearm Owner’s Identification cards are revoked, resulting in the breakdown of a system put in place to deter gun violence."

Chicago Tribune: "Look up how many FOID cards were revoked in your city"

Capitol News Illinois: "Republicans question bills aimed at FOID card changes"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Gun Rights Group Promises ‘Big Court Battle’ If Illinois Bill Becomes Law" . . . "Pearson said raising gun permit fees and requiring fingerprints to get a gun violates the constitution, and he promised to take the state to court if the bill becomes law."

Capitol News Illinois: "‘Enough gun violence’: Rally in Springfield supports passage of toughened FOID processes"

Capitol News Illinois: "Lower fees, but fingerprints still included in FOID overhaul bill"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "‘Fix the FOID Act’ bill could have saved lives in Aurora" . . . "None of the modest measures being proposed in this legislation would impose an undue burden on anybody’s Second Amendment rights. But they might have saved the lives of five people in Aurora on Feb. 15, 2019."

The Trace: "Bill to Revamp Illinois’s Gun Licensing System Advances Despite Pushback"

Capitol Fax: "Illinois counties with high firearm suicide rates tend to be 'gun sanctuaries'"

Associated Press: "Suspect has gun after arrest, fires shot in police station" . . . "Authorities are trying to determine how a southern Illinois man under arrest was able to bring a gun into a Carbondale police station and fire upon an officer."

Elgin Courier-News: "After losing his parents to gun violence and cancer, an Elgin teen considered leaving school. He graduates this weekend."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Crossroads: Young felon hopes to avoid another prison stay" 

May 6 - 19, 2019

Crain's Chicago Business commentary by Sharone Mitchell Jr., Illinois Justice Project: "How Pritzker's cannabis legislation could reduce violence" . . . "The proposal to legalize the adult use of cannabis addresses both the racially discriminatory enforcement of cannabis laws and violent crime rates. And that's a start."

Chicago Tribune: "Hundreds rally in Springfield to demand pot tax revenue go to communities hard hit by low-level drug crime"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Marijuana legalization efforts leave questions for employers"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Poll finds Illinois voters not high on legalizing recreational marijuana" . . . "Only two out of five voters support allowing the production, use and sale of marijuana, according to a poll paid for by a group that is opposed to lifting the state’s pot prohibition."

Reason: "Illinois Survey That Supposedly Shows Support for Legalizing Marijuana Is 'Dwindling' Actually Shows It Is Rising" . . . "The poll actually indicates that support for legalization is on the rise. It also shows that the way people respond to questions on this subject depends on how they are framed."

State Journal-Register by Dean Olsen: "Marijuana's impact on health and safety in Colorado remains unclear"

NPR Illinois: "Republican Backer Of Recreational Cannabis Says No To Proposal"

Politifact and the Better Government Association: "Cassidy puffs up what stats say about teen marijuana use"

Chicago Tribune: "Growing recreational pot at home might not be allowed after all under Illinois legalization proposal, sponsors say"

State Journal-Register: "Marijuana bill may violate Illinois Constitution, prosecutors say"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Democrats call expungement provision ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "'A good start': B-N experts sound off on marijuana legislation"

State Journal-Register: "Pardons for low-level pot convictions suggested at Senate panel hearing"

Chicago Tribune: "Gov. J.B. Pritzker's recreational pot plan faces tough political test in final weeks of legislative session"

Daily Herald editorial: "Illinois' hurry to embrace recreational marijuana"

State Journal-Register: "Illinois expungement proposal for pot convictions one of nation's broadest"

Decatur Herald & Review: "In marijuana debate, Decatur city officials would wield power in where pot is sold"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago lawmakers, advocates call for $10 million in legal help for poor"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mark Brown: "‘Black and brown’ leaders: ‘We can do more together than we can do apart’"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "DuPage state’s attorney’s bill seeks tougher fentanyl penalty"

Associated Press: "Pritzker, legislators promote strengthening of Move Over Law"

Capitol News Illinois: "Illinois lawmakers, youth push to lessen impacts of traumatic childhood events"

Capitol News Illinois: "Bill banning private detention centers goes to governor"

New York Times interview conducted by Monica Davey: "Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s Departing Mayor, in His Own Words" . . . "What’s the difference between Chicago and larger cities, which have fewer homicides? 'The police are taking a gun off the street here every 50 minutes. That means, A, the police are working, and B, they’re drowning. Everyone says, look at New York. New York’s got Connecticut and New Jersey. You want Indiana and Wisconsin next to you? Here, give me Connecticut’s gun laws and I’ll give you Indiana’s.'"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Fear hampers the fight against violent crime, Alex Kotlowitz's new book shows"

Chicago Sun-Times: "To stop killings, Chicago street gang members give ‘peace circles’ a chance"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot takes part in Back of the Yards peace march: 'We want the violence to end'"

New York Times commentary by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "Why Chicago Leads on Police Reform" . . . "From the beginning, I contended that, without buy-in from police officers, it would be impossible to make progress in creating safer streets and a more accountable police force."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Mayor Emanuel's revisionist history on police reform" . . . "In case you missed it, Rahm Emanuel penned a commentary for Thursday’s New York Times hailing his police reform efforts. With no disrespect for our Times colleagues: Had the mayor submitted his piece to the Tribune for publication, we would have performed heavier editing."

Chicago Tribune: "Several incoming aldermen say they'll back stalled Chicago police civilian oversight plan"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Emboldened Ramirez-Rosa to re-introduce most extreme civilian police review plan"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Jamie Kalven: "New mayor should open up police misconduct files"

Chicago Tribune: "Transgender Chicagoans say police encounters can be dehumanizing. A new report says CPD is failing them."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Johnson says he’s devising plan to give kids an alternative to downtown mischief"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Study: Cops Overstate Effects Of Social Media On Chicago Gang Violence" . . . "Every day, the sociologist told WBEZ, gang-affiliated Chicagoans use social media to post hundreds of insults and threats against opponents. Few of those postings spark violence, he said."

The Intercept: "Officers Accused of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police’s 'Implicit Bias' Training Program" . . . "Sixteen of the 17 police officers — excluding only Officer Angela McLaurin — who have provided instruction for the procedural justice training program since the start of 2017 have together garnered a total of 111 misconduct complaints, according to police documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request."

Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney: "Chicago police are taking a new look at the unsolved slayings of 55 women — and the possibility a serial killer is involved"

Chicago Tribune by Deanese Williams-Harris and William Lee: "After 9 years, mom close to getting new review of fatal police shooting of her son: 'Where’s the proof?'"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner: "Ex-Chicago police commander pleads guilty to stealing $363,000 from Social Security after mother's death"

Chicago Sun-Times: "8 more lawsuits filed over convictions tied to former CPD Sgt. Ronald Watts"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge's ruling means no compensation for man who spent 2 decades in prison for Naperville arson death before being exonerated"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Propes announces chief judge candidacy; Evans will run again"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$4M verdict revived by 3rd District" . . . "The 3rd District Appellate Court reinstated a $4.1 million jury award which was overridden by a judge after a 2017 fatal police pursuit trial."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Beaman asks court to reconsider claims against officers, town"

Chicago Tribune: "Controversial ex-Chicago police detective opposes certificate of innocence for one of his accuser"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, Curious City: "How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System"

NPR Illinois: "Is 'Revenge Porn' Free Speech?"

Chicago Sun-Times and Injustice Watch: "Judge in Chicago sentenced teenager to 76 years based on eyewitness he didn’t know was legally blind"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge who convicted man in case with legally blind eyewitness retired in April" . . . "Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Ford, a former prosecutor whose rulings in a police brutality case and other criminal matters have come under fire on appeal, has retired." . . . "The former assistant Cook County state’s attorney’s judicial rulings were reversed in more than a dozen cases, Injustice Watch has reported. Appellate rulings repeatedly criticized him for not properly considering issues raised by defense lawyers."

Chicago Sun-Times: "‘Send my baby home’: Family questions conviction that featured legally blind witness"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lawyers group blasts appointment of retired Cook County judge to immigration court"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Cook County jail reforms shouldn't put domestic violence victims at risk"

Chicago Sun-Times by Andy Grimm: "Violent crime, jail population drop in first year of bail reform: report" . . . "The number of inmates at Cook County Jail dropped by more than 1,600 in the months following a mandate to set affordable bonds for criminal defendants, according to a report released Thursday by Chief Judge Timothy Evans."

Cook County Circuit Court report: "Bail Reform in Cook County - An Examination of General Order 18.8A and Bail in Felony Cases"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Shannon Heffernan: "Cook County Bail Reform Reduced Jail Population Without More Crime" . . . "The report said reforms 'allowed more defendants to remain in their communities prior to trial, where they can work, pursue their education and support their families. The vast majority of released defendants appear in court for all hearings. Bail reform has not led to an increase in violent crime in Chicago.'"

Illinois Office of the Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Appoints 24-Year Criminal Justice Expert to Lead Department of Corrections"

John Howard Association news release: "JHA Statement on the Appointment of Rob Jeffreys to be the Director of IDOC"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Transgender inmate seeks clemency — cites retaliation after reporting abuse" . . . "Strawberry Hampton, 28, was supposed to be released from Logan Correctional Center in Downstate Lincoln in February, but her lawyers and organizations that back her say she is being penalized for reporting the abuse and harassment she suffered."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Transgender Prisoner, Strawberry Hampton, Seeks Clemency"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Transgender inmate sues for transfer to female Illinois prison"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Transgender inmate in Danville suing for transfer to women's prison"

Injustice Watch: "Illinois prison officials shuttered debate program; now, inmates sue that action"

NPR Illinois: "How'd Illinois Prisons Lose $3.4m Of Stuff?"

Illinois Department of Corrections news release: "IDOC Hosts Lieutenant Governor, Chance the Rapper for Graduation Ceremony"

WMAQ-TV, Chicago: "State Workers Violently Assaulted in Illinois Youth Centers" . . . "Juvenile Justice Staff employees told NBC 5 Investigates some youth routinely hurl urine, feces, and other bodily fluids toward them." . . . "A spokesperson said the department has taken considerable steps to increase safety at IYC St. Charles, including increased staff training, establishing key security supervisor posts, establishing a staff crisis response team, and resuming work on several deferred maintenance projects."

Capitol Fax: "Union grievance results in order to remedy problem of assaults on corrections staff"

AFSCME Council 31: "Union prevails in DOC, DJJ class action grievance" . . . "In his decision, Arbitrator Bethel indicated that both DOC and DJJ have failed in meeting the state’s responsibility to 'provide a safe environment in its corrections facilities and youth centers.' He said his finding was based on 'the evidence and testimony presented at the hearing, including the large number of assaults, the lack of thorough training, the failure to address certain conditions, and the testimony of the employees who were assaulted.'"

WTHI-TV, Terre Haute, IN: "Illinois State Police numbers are down; Officers are working to bring them up"

ICJIA news release: ICJIA releases new and updated web-based tools to help practitioners address behavioral health throughout the criminal justice system

Chicago Sun-Times: "Martin sends Jussie Smollett special prosecutor request to another judge"

Chicago Tribune: "Ex-judge who wants special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case has questions about appointment of judge"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Move this Foxx-Smollett case out of Cook County's courts"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge, defense attorney question why woman charged with filing false police report isn't being treated like actor Jussie Smollett"

Associated Press: "Judge won’t kick decision in Smollett case to another judge"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge denies requests for new judge in Smollett special prosecutor matter, quashes subpoena for Kim Foxx"

Daily Southtown: "Will County considering lawsuits against inmates to recoup costs of incarceration"

Daily Southtown: "Will County corrections officer says he was demoted after reporting superiors who faked payroll records: lawsuit"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County commissioners get earful about soon-to-be-destroyed gang database" . . . "Cara Smith, Dart’s chief policy adviser, has said the database is offline and in a secure place."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Cook County Eliminated Its Gang Database, But Advocates Say Harm Continues"

NPR Illinois by Mary Hansen: "With Crime-Free Rules, Tenants Evicted After Overdose Calls"

Rockford Register Star commentary by David Gill: "State’s attorney should be open about sharing information"

Rockford Register Star commentary by John DeWaters: "My View: A modest proposal: Let’s keep people out of jail"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette by Noelle McGee: "Danville seeks solutions to continued violence — from community donations to beefed-up patrols"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign council hears proposal for program to offer youth hope, help"

Peoria Journal Star: "‘This violence has to stop’"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Help for crime victims explored at conference"

Daily Herald: "Billboard in Elgin asks for 'justice' in fatal police shooting"

Southern Illinoisan: "Stop blaming Chicago when it comes to Carbondale gun violence"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Former Metro East U.S. Attorney's affair with subordinate violated ethics rules, created hostile work environment"

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "First Circuit Juvenile Justice Council Symposium" . . . "Nearly 100 youth advocates attended a first of its kind event in Southern Illinois. The First Circuit Juvenile Justice Council Symposium was held May 14 at Southern Illinois University."

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law: "The Bluhm Legal Clinic Turns 50: A Look Back" . . . "In the mid 1960s, a small group of students, including Thomas F. Geraghty, were concerned about the state of legal services for the poor in the city of Chicago. They approached faculty members Jack Beckstrom and Tom Eovaldi to propose creating an in-house legal clinic, and Beckstrom and Eovaldi in turn lobbied the administration. With an initial $75,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the Clinic opened, giving students a practical educational opportunity and offering legal services to those in need."

April 22 - May 5, 2019

Capitol Fax: "Pritzker unveils cannabis legalization bill"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Pritzker, Dems introduce bill to legalize marijuana statewide"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "What’s In Illinois’ Sweeping Plan To Legalize Recreational Marijuana"

Illinois Newsroom, NPR Illinois, Tri-States Public Radio, WBEZ, WCBU, WDCB, WGLT, WILL, WNIJ, WSIU, WVIK: "State of Cannabis" . . . "There are several current and emerging markets in Illinois for cannabis-related products. Medical marijuana is already legal in the state, farmers are gearing up to grow industrial hemp, and lawmakers could consider a measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Whether or not recreational use becomes legal, the business of cannabis is already established in the Land of Lincoln and our reports are intended to bring you information related to these efforts."

Chicago Tribune column by Will Lee: "Will legal pot mark the end of the neighborhood weed man?"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Pritzker's pot plan way more than one toke over the line"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Marijuana debate on tap in Springfield" . . . "One thing state legislators can agree upon on, no matter the political party they belong to, chamber they serve in or position they hold on marijuana legalization: They themselves will not be sampling the product in question."

WTTW: "Legalizing Marijuana in Illinois: A Good or Bad Idea?"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Sen. Toi Hutchinson: "Give African Americans equal chance to prosper in marijuana industry"

State Journal-Register by Dean Olson: "Recreational pot shops are part of Colorado landscape" . . . "The State Journal-Register and GateHouse Media sent reporter Dean Olsen to Boulder, Colorado, last month to take a closer look at a legal market for recreational marijuana. A multi-part series beginning today examines at the effect of cannabis on Colorado, a state with 5.7 million people, about half the size of Illinois. Legal recreational sales took place there for the first time in the United States."

WBEZ, Morning Shift: "Arne Duncan On Violence Prevention In Chicago: 'It's Not Rocket Science'" . . . "But one organization says the focus on arresting and policing is all wrong. Instead, the focus should be on the people doing the shooting—and helping them to get jobs, counseling, and other support. The group is called Chicago CRED (which stands for Creating Real Economic Destiny). It was launched by former U.S. Education Secretary and Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Arne Duncan, who joined the Morning Shift to talk about his group's blueprint for curbing violence in the city."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Violent crime down in Chicago through April compared to 2018: police'"

Chicago Tribune: "Englewood woman honored for work with families hit by gun violence: 'This is what we are supposed to be doing'"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Rich Miller: "Gun violence is a public health problem — and Illinois could be a better doctor"

Crain's Chicago Business: "The woman policing Chicago cops" . . ."Maggie Hickey, a former Illinois executive inspector general and now partner at Schiff Hardin, will monitor how the Chicago Police Department complies with the court order laying out reform."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "CBA panel dissects police consent decree"

Chicago Sun-Times: "FOP asks U.S. Supreme Court to strengthen its hand in contract talks with city"

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black: "The Chicago police union’s ‘alternative facts’ on police reform"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Report shows CPD has closed bureaucratic loophole on FOID reporting requirement"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Lawmaker Wants CPD To Ramp Up Chicago Serial Killer Investigation" . . . "Illinois State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt is calling on the Chicago Police Department to expand its investigation into 51 unsolved murders of women that West and South side community members and a computer algorithm suggest could be the work of a serial killer or killers."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago's 'impound racket' is 'unconstitutional,' lawsuit says"

Reason: "Chicago Impounds Innocent People's Cars and Soaks Them in Fines. Now It's Getting Sued"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "A fix for Chicago’s car impoundment system is long overdue"

Chicago Tribune: "Launched with great fanfare, Chicago's effort to help domestic violence victims has fallen short of its promises"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$5.75M verdict for wrongful conviction"

Chicago Tribune: "Psychological report among dozens of long-sealed documents in Jason Van Dyke case made public"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Thomasboro man's conviction overturned over 'public' trial concerns" 

Chicago Tribune: "Shocking twists in murder case lead to convicted man’s release after 19 years — but can he keep his freedom?"  

NPR Illinois: "Teen 'Scared To Death' Prompts Legislation Ensuring Parent Is Present For Questioning" . . . "Illinois House lawmakers passed legislation requiring a parent be present when students are questioned or detained in connection to a crime. It comes after the 2017 death of Corey Walgren, a Naperville teen who was allegedly interrogated by a dean and police officer for 18 minutes before his parents were called."

NPR Illinois: "Lawmakers Look To Fill Empty Beds At Correctional Boot Camps"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Robert Peters: "Keep private, for-profit detention facilities for immigrants out of Illinois"

Northern Public Radio: "Cash Bond Practices Show Ripple Effects"

Capitol News Illinois: "Lawmakers consider eliminating cash bail"

Chicago Tribune: "Domestic violence victims face risk of being attacked again following Cook County reforms, a Tribune investigation found"

John Howard Association: "2018 Monitoring Report for IYC-Pere Marquette"

Department of Juvenile Justice news release: "Pere Marquette Youth Facility to Transfer Services Due to Nearby River Flooding"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Ashley Mizuo: "Prison rules don’t create inmate rights" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that inmates can’t sue to force prison officials to comply with their own internal procedures."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Prisoner complaints mostly fall on judicial deaf ears"

Illinois Times: "Ending DNA backlogs"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Illinois DNA Backlog Rises, But State Police Say That’s Not Whole Story"

Chicago Tribune by Elyssa Cherney: "Illinois State Police seeks to rebuild dwindling force after 'years and years of neglect'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Kim Foxx receiving death threats after charges dropped against Jussie Smollett"

Chicago Sun-Times: "To win Jussie Smollett suit, brothers may need to do what prosecutors didn’t"

Chicago Tribune: "Jussie Smollett's attorneys ridicule as 'comical' a lawsuit by brothers allegedly paid to stage attack"

Chicago Tribune: "Citing IG review, Kim Foxx won't testify before Cook County Board about Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "A casual Kim Foxx talks about all the criticism over the Jussie Smollett fallout — 'This thing is crazy'"

Fox32, WFLD-TV: "Judge accuses Kim Foxx's office of double standard after Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Smollett's charity work ripped: 'Sad to give them hope and not follow through'"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx subpoenaed to appear at hearing on appointment of special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Tribune: "One of two petitions withdrawn to appoint special prosecutor to look into dismissal of Jussie Smollett charges"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx opposes appointing special prosecutor to look into dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Donna More: "Kim Foxx has made a mess of the Cook County state's attorney's office"

WTTW: "Recusal Request Derails Hearing on Special Prosecutor in Smollett Case"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx's office agrees to special prosecutor in case of man accused of fighting with cops"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County makes it illegal to refuse to show or rent property to people with certain criminal records"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Don’t punish landlords to make more housing available for ex-offenders"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$1.7M to estate of suicidal inmate" . . . "The estate alleged jail officials knew Lynch suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety after he received a medical evaluation upon his arrival. Further, the officials knew he tried to kill himself the day before he was booked. The complaint also alleged the jail had a history of staff shortages and an inability to provide training to officers tasked with overseeing inmates with mental health issues."

Lake County News-Sun: "Inmate dies after he was choked by another inmate at Lake County Jail"

Chicago Tribune column by Dahleen Glanton: "The Second Amendment doesn't say that gun ownership has to be free of charge"

St. Louis Public Radio and the Belleville News-Democrat: "St. Louis Public Radio reporter Beth Hundsdorfer and Belleville News-Democrat reporter George Pawlaczyk spent months working together on a series of five stories that focus on the alarmingly high murder rate in East St. Louis and its impact on residents there."

KMOX-AM, St. Louis: "Southern Illinois police see increase in methamphetamine users"

Peoria Journal Star: "April continues a brutal pace of violence in Peoria"

Chicago Tribune: "Transgender women file lawsuit challenging Illinois name change restrictions due to criminal convictions"

Illinois Times commentary by Jim Lewis: "Too many people in prison"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Study: 45% Of Young Black Men In Chicago Out Of School, Out Of Work" . . ."He said this data helps him better understand why there’s more violence in some communities."

Daily Herald column by Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas: "What can fight crime? Preschools, report says. The more, the better."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Peoria fends off wrongful-prosecution case"

Daily Herald: "Elgin mayor wants to push forward discussion about review of police complaints"

Galesburg Register-Mail: "Prosecutor, child advocate talk criminal sex cases"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Recent criminal investigations reveal ways teachers can’t punish kids. What can they do?"

April 8 - 21, 2019

CityLab and The Appeal: "Chicago’s Ankle Monitors Can Call and Record Kids Without Their Consent" . . . "After the publication of this article, Milhizer also reported that the Juvenile Probation Department would no longer use the device’s communications function at all, pending further review."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Shannon Heffernan: "Sentences Over 40 Years Constitute Life For Juveniles" . . . "But Scott Main, a staff attorney at the Children and Family Justice Center, praised the decision and said it gives hope to people facing long sentences. 'This [decision] is showing that the state believes in second chances, that it understands youth are uniquely capable of rehabilitation and deserve to receive a sentence that at least presents the opportunity to show that they are different, that they’ve changed, that they are not the person they were when they were 16,' said Main."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "50-year sentence tossed by high court" . . . "In her special concurrence, Burke agreed with the majority that clear standards are desirable in applying the Eighth Amendment, but she did not agree with their resolution on the issue." . . . "Burke wrote it is the court’s responsibility to decide whether the legislature’s sentencing scheme is constitutional — not the other way around."

Injustice Watch by Emily Hoerner: "Illinois Supreme Court rules that 41-year term for juvenile offender amounts to life"

Chicago Tribune: "Treating trauma in children after the physical wounds have healed: 'I want to start fresh'" . . . ''The (University of Chicago) says it will be able to reach more victims like Harris with a $9.1 million donation to its Block Hassenfeld Casdin Collaborative for Family Resilience, which helps children and families recuperate from violence through counseling, child care, mentoring and other services. The gift means the program can now afford round-the-clock staffers to attend to children at the hospital."

Chicago Sun-Times and The Trace by Brian Freskos: "Illinois lawmakers want to fingerprint gun buyers, point to Aurora killing spree" . . . "Spurred by revelations that the gunman who killed five people at an Aurora manufacturing plant in February was able to buy his weapon despite a felony conviction, Illinois Democrats are moving to extend the use of fingerprint background checks for gun buyers."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Ashley Mizuo: "Reformated Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time" . . . "The three-part bill adjusts the maximum amount of time a juvenile can be detained prior to a detention hearing, utilizes video conferencing during juvenile judicial hearings and establishes a statewide detention screening system."

Chicago Tribune: "Proposal would require fingerprints from those wanting gun permits in Illinois"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "How Illinois can help innocent people get out of prison"

Daily Herald: "Legislation would ban college applications from asking about convicted crimes. Campus cops oppose it."

Capitol News Illinois: "Illinois House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ law for college admissions"

WGN-TV: "Illinois inmates who expose themselves to guards may face harsher punishments"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Ben Ruddell, ACLU of Illinois, and Brian Costin, Americans for Prosperity-Illinois: "Illinois, quit suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid parking tickets"

NPR Illinois: "Illinois Proposal Creates Felony Offense For Damaging Infrastructure"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill could ban for-profit prisons to block downstate ICE facility"

Chicago Tribune: "Could a proposed change in Illinois law derail plans for an ICE detention center near Chicago?"

Capitol Fax: "Bipartisan House vote to stop Dwight from building ICE prison"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Grow ‘em if you got ‘em? Pritzker OK with some homegrown pot—not basement farms"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Illinois is Really Close to Legalizing Marijuana … Or Is It?"

Illinois News Network: "Pritzker supports ‘home grow’ provision for recreational marijuana"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Legal pot no pipe dream for Pritzker — hopes to pass ‘strong good bill’ in weeks"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Should Illinois legalize marijuana? Not so fast" . . . "We’re talking about a dramatic change in this state’s drug policy. Supporters can give plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea, but legalizing recreational marijuana is not an issue the legislature should jam through in the frenzied weeks before adjournment."

Chicago Tribune: "Opponents of legal marijuana in Illinois: 'This is not a done deal'" . . . "On Wednesday morning, a handful of opponents gathered outside the district office of state Sen. Emil Jones III, a leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, to push back on the idea that legalizing marijuana would benefit communities like the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side."

Chicago Reader: "Weed whacked: If recreational cannabis is legalized, how will Illinois reengage the formerly incarcerated and make amends to communities of color?"

NPR Illinois, Illinois Issues: "Weighing Legal Marijuana & Criminal Justice" . . . "Politicians spearheading the effort to legalize recreational marijuana say revenue isn't the driving force. It's about promoting criminal and social justice for people of color who have been unfairly targeted by the war on drugs. But, prominent activists from minority communities question whether these lofty goals are possible."

Chicago Tribune: "Patrick Kennedy asks Illinois lawmakers to oppose marijuana legalization"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Raoul, Foxx announce campaign to help victims of violent attacks"

State Journal-Register: "Crime victims lobby for more trauma care, resources"

State Journal-Register: "Boys & Girls Clubs ask for more money for teen program" . . . "The Boys & Girls Clubs is asking the Illinois General Assembly to restore its funding to levels it had 20 years ago to help support its Teen REACH program and make up for the budget impasse."

New York Times: "Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s Mayor-Elect, In Her Own Words: ‘I’m Ready to Fight’" . . . "Gun violence is her biggest challenge. 'Fundamentally, if people don’t feel like their lives are valued and they don’t value their lives, they’re not going to value their neighbors’ lives. So we have to disrupt that mentality and the only way that I know how to do it is to do it with investment.'”

Chicago Reporter column by Curtis Black:"Police in schools, gang database scandals offer Lightfoot first test on reform" . . . "While the Chicago Police Department ignores official recommendations for community engagement, students and communities of color continue to be criminalized."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Downstate ‘gun sanctuaries’ could be miserable for Chicago"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police release video amid concerns about officer suicides: 'How am I going to get up tomorrow?'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "New video shows Chicago cops dragging, punching and tasing CPS student"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Making the argument for cops on the street, not in schools"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson's quiet leadership lesson"

Chicago Tribune: "How police respond to — and sometimes clash with — crowds of teens in downtown Chicago"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "What are we to make of a big crowd of unruly teenagers?"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Sarah Karp: "Chicago Mom Accuses School Police Of Labeling Her Son A Gang Member" . . . "While the Chicago police don’t call it a database, they have had a system in place for about 20 years that allows them to type in a name and find out whether a person has ever been identified in a police record as a gang member and their gang affiliation."

Office of Inspector General, City of Chicago news release: "OIG Finds a Lack of Controls and Procedural Fairness Protections in the Chicago Police Department’s 'Gang Database' That Undermine Public Trust and Confidence in the Police"

Chicago Reporter: "Watchdog: Seriously flawed Chicago gang database undermines public trust in police" . . . "A report by the inspector general’s office calls on the police department to make immediate changes to its list of 134,000 mostly Black and Latinx individuals unfairly designated as gang members."

ProPublica Illinois by Mick Dumke:"Chicago’s Inspector General Finds the City’s Gang Database Is Riddled With Errors" . . . "The database has been accessed more than 1 million times, including some 32,000 times by immigration officials. Police said they will fix the database but not erase it."

American Bar Association Journal: "Cops listed occupations like 'scum bag,' 'dork' on gang arrest cards; report calls for overhaul"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police gang data collection faulted by city's inspector general as unchecked and unreliable" . . . "For the first time, the report explains how the vast gang information is collected and widely shared, revealing a complicated process in which data is gathered 'in at least 18 different forms, records or systems of records' and made available to 500 outside agencies, including federal immigration authorities and the FBI."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Gang Database 'Strains Police-Community Relations’ City Watchdog Says"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Wipe Chicago’s disastrous gang database and start from scratch" . . . "The inspector general’s report offers up 30 suggestions to establish disciplined data practices. Among them: an emphatic, necessary call to ensure that community members are involved in the reform process to help restore their trust in the department."

Chicago Tribune: "4 Chicago cops fighting dismissals in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Police Board Finally To Begin Hearing Evidence Of Alleged Cover-Up For Van Dyke"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge unseals most Jason Van Dyke case records"

Chicago Tribune: "Slow-motion video shows Laquan McDonald still a threat after he was shot and fell, cop's attorney contends" . . . "Lawyers for four Chicago police officers fighting for their jobs over the alleged cover-up of the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald argued Wednesday that they did not lie about the incident even if the now-infamous police dashboard camera video doesn’t match up with their account."

Chicago Tribune: "Cop questioned if her friendship with Jason Van Dyke influenced what she told investigators" . . . "In previous statements to investigators with Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office, Mondragon said she didn’t recall ever socializing with Van Dyke outside of work except for once attending the same picnic hosted by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. Gibbons noted, for instance, that Mondragon exchanged about 70 texts with Van Dyke on Oct. 1, 2014, almost three weeks before the shooting."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Van Dyke wasn't charming, couldn't win over jury, lawyer says"

Chicago Tribune: "Closing arguments made in hearing for cops accused of cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting" . . . "A decision will not be made for a few months."

Southern Illinoisan: "Drug, veteran's court offers new options in Williamson County nonviolent offenses"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Macon County specialty courts say state certification 'shines a light' on treatment efforts"

Office of Illinois Governor news release:Approintments to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Men’s magazine confiscated from inmate not a violation" . . . "Prison staff did not violate a man’s constitutional rights when they confiscated his 100-page list of books, movies, songs and other media he hoped to view after his release and two issues of Maxim magazine, a federal appeals court held."

Belleville News-Democrat: "Scott Airman shares his faith, spreads hope at local prisons"

Capitol Fax: "Governor pressed on state agency media cooperation" . . . "Apparently, some reporters at WILL have been working on stories about education in prisons and mental health care for children, but haven’t been getting cooperation from the directors."

Austin Talks: "‘Second chance’ funding helps prisoners return to society" . . . "Gladyse Taylor, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, said data from the department shows about a 10% increase in sustainable employment for those impacted by the grant."

State Journal-Register: "Illinois State Police seek funding for more troopers"

Associated Press: "Innocence Project founder seeks ‘conviction integrity unit’" . . . "Bill Clutter, a private investigator who helped create the Illinois Innocence Project in 2001 and now does similar work from Louisville, Kentucky, said he proposed the idea in a letter to Attorney General Kwame Raoul."

WTTW by Matt Masterson: "Illinois Leads Nation in Exonerations After Police Corruption Scandal" . . . "Nearly one out of every three criminal exonerations in the U.S. last year occurred in Illinois, a massive spike for the state due in large part to a wave of mass exonerations in Cook County from cases tied to a disgraced former police sergeant."

Chicago Sun-Times: "South Suburban black mayors caucus express support for Kim Foxx"

Chicago Tribune: "Petitioner for special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case wants judge from outside Cook County to decide" . . . "In a court filing Monday, Sheila O’Brien argued that any judge in Cook County would have a conflict of interest if Foxx is called as a witness and her credibility becomes an issue — an apparent reference to the close working relationship between judges and prosecutors."

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago sues 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett over costs of police work despite dismissal of charges"

Chicago Tribune: "Thousands of texts, emails about Jussie Smollett probe made public by State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Foxx thought 16 counts against Jussie Smollett was 'overcharging'"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Foxx Texts Show She Closely Followed Smollett Case After ‘Recusal’"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says independent review of Jussie Smollett case will bring clarity: 'There are more questions than there are answers.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Foxx to stay mum on Smollett case; key spokeswoman leaves office"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx's chief ethics officer one of two top deputies to resign from prosecutor's office"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx's chief spokeswoman suddenly departs amid fallout over handling of Jussie Smollett's prosecution"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jussie Smollett lawyers: Don’t appoint special prosecutor to probe Foxx’s office"

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn:"How the Jussie Smollett case has become an important story about race"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "The Foxx-Smollett questions for Inspector General Blanchard"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Kim Foxx's office and the truth. The whole truth. Under oath."

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Venom directed at Kim Foxx is about taking down an African American reformer"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Outrage over Smollett an attack on black woman prosecutor? Readers disagree"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Charges quietly dropped against suburban police chief accused of DUI

Chicago Sun-Times: "Foxx could start pot expungements in months; will also review weed sales cases"

Decatur Herald & Review: "24/7, on call: Here's what it's like to be a dispatcher in Macon County"

WTTW: "Illinois Receives $15 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis"

WBBM Radio: "Improvements At Kane County Jails Lead To Improved Inmate Behavior"

Better Government Association: "Auxiliary Officers Pose Risks in Illinois Towns"

New York Times: "What Happens When a Convicted Killer Moves to Town?" . . . "He is Thomas Kokoraleis: a convicted murderer, a member of the notorious “Ripper Crew” and, as of last month, a free man. But even after serving more than three decades in prison, Mr. Kokoraleis remains a pariah. The mayor of Aurora, the second-largest city in Illinois, noted his arrival with a statement calling for him to leave."

March 26 - April 7, 2019

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill looks to expand voting initiative to jailed inmates"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Sponsorship of retail theft diversionary bill bridges aisle" . . . "Senate Bill 1878, sponsored by the Edwardsville Republican and Democratic Senate President John J. Cullerton, creates the Misdemeanor Retail Theft and Theft Diversionary Program. To be eligible for the program, a person must be charged with a misdemeanor theft or retail theft offense and have no prior offenses of organized theft."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Mental health diversion bill reaches Senate floor" . . . "Senate Bill 1188, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Robert Peters of Chicago, would allow courts to put defendants charged with misdemeanor cases to be placed in diversionary mental health programs, rather than the criminal justice system."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Illinois bill would bar colleges from asking about criminal history"

Capitol Fax: "The return of 'sensible' penalty enhancements"

WSIL-TV, Carterville: "Illinois lawmakers push to reopen Tamms prison"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Unpaid parking tickets won’t keep drivers off road under bill" . . . "Drivers would no longer lose their driver’s licenses over unpaid parking tickets and other nonmoving violations under a bill that made its way through the Senate last week."

NPR Illinois by Dana Vollmer: "Lawmakers Look To Keep 10-Year-Olds Out Of Jail" . . . "State Rep. Robyn Gabel, who sponsors the legislation, said even one day in detention can change the trajectory of a child's life."

Illinois News Network: "Measure to ban private civil detention facilities in Illinois could get House vote soon"

Chicago Tribune by Dan Petrella: "Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law creating parole review for young offenders with lengthy sentences"

Galesburg Register-Mail by Robert Connelly: "Parole options increase for young offenders" . . . "Jennifer Vollen-Katz, executive director at the John Howard Association, said that pursuing retroactivity is also a goal of her organization, a prison watchdog group."

Illinois Office of the Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Creating New Youth Parole System"

Illinois Times column by Rich Miller: "The path to legalization"

Capitol News Illinois: "Marijuana legalization bill advances without public details"

Chicago Sun-Times: "State Senate unanimously OKs bill to open up banking services for pot firms"

WMAQ-TV, Ward Room: "New Group Pushes for Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois" . . . "The new group of stakeholders called "Legalize Illinois" is made up of politicians, business owners, clergy, unions and activists all hoping to legalize weed in Illinois."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Patrick Smith: "Lightfoot And Preckwinkle On How They’d Wield Influence In Springfield" . . . "Lightfoot and Preckwinkle both agree the state should ban the use of cash bond in criminal cases, they believe the state should reduce the use of mandatory minimums in sentencing and they’re both opposed to a current bill that would require mandatory time in youth prison for juveniles convicted of repeat gun crimes."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot urges U.S. Attorney's office to re-examine code of silence acquittals"

NPR, Morning Edition: "Lightfoot Says Chicago Has ‘Fractured Relationship’ With Police"

Chicago Tribune: "Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision as office says she 'did not formally recuse herself’

Medium: "Jussie Smollett: Is the public outrage justified or did the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office avoid mob rule?"

Associated Press by Don Babwin: "2 major cases add up to big doubts about Chicago prosecutor"

Associated Press by Tammy Webber: "Smollett case tests relationship between police, prosecutors"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago says it's prepared to sue after 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett misses deadline to repay $130K"

Chicago Sun-Times: "City plans to sue Jussie Smollett after he misses deadline to pay police costs"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Suburban police chiefs, Chicago cop union express ‘no confidence’ in Kim Foxx"

Chicago Tribune by Jason Meisner and Megan Crepeau: "Mystery remains over why Kim Foxx's office dismissed hoax charges against Jussie Smollett" . . . "Foxx’s office has denied multiple requests by the Tribune to interview the lead prosecutor, who made the decision to drop the charges, or Foxx’s top deputy, who signed off on the deal. The central question — why prosecutors made the about-face — largely remains a mystery."

Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's 'totally against' Kim Foxx resigning over Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago's police union is 'the sworn enemy of black people,' Rep. Bobby Rush says after protest of Jussie Smollett case"

WLS-TV: "Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says 'this is personal' about calls for her to resign"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Kim Foxx fires back at Chicago cop union over Jussie Smollett attacks"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Indefensible: With no good explanation, prosecutors give Jussie Smollett a pass"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "The Jussie Smollett fiasco: Kim Foxx digs a deeper hole"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Hate crime or faked crime, why is Chicago walking away?

Chicago Tribune commentary by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx: "Kim Foxx: I welcome an outside review of how we handled the Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Sheila O'Brien, retired from the Illinois Appellate Court: "A special prosecutor must investigate Kim Foxx's handling of Jussie Smollett case"

Chicago Tribune commentary by Darcel Rockett: "For those shocked by Smollett's dropped charges, we in the black community say: Welcome" . . . "Welcome to the world of Chicagoans on the other side of the blue line — in other words, those not in power. A world that watches time and time again as officers serve no jail time for shooting unarmed people of color. Or, if they are convicted, receive a slap on the wrist when it comes to sentencing." . . . "Emanuel called the Smollett decision a 'whitewash of justice.' I call it a Tuesday."

Daily Southtown column by Ted Slowik: "South suburban lawmaker questions racial optics of police groups’ call for Kim Foxx to resign"

Chicago Sun-Times by Fran Spielman: "Top cop admits some officers ‘look the other way’ at police misconduct" . . . "Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Friday made the case to keep his $260,044-a-year job even after the retirement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — and acknowledged that some officers 'look the other way' when it comes to reporting police misconduct."

Chicago Tribune: "As Illinois troopers crack down on distracted driving, tickets issued by Chicago police plunge"

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD releases crime stats for first quarter, murders down 30 percent"

Chicago Tribune: "Homicides and shootings in Chicago down sharply in year’s first quarter"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Elliott Ramos: "Chicago’s Towing And Booting Program Is Broken"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "The case for Eddie Johnson"

Associated Press: "Lawsuit alleges officers beat confession out of 15-year-old" . . . "A federal lawsuit alleges deceased former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge beat a 15-year-old and held him for hours without food or water until he falsely confessed to acting as a lookout in a 1991 murder."

Chicago Tribune: "Lawsuit alleges Chicago cops connected to disgraced Jon Burge beat confession from 15-year-old years ago"

Washington Post: "Chicago cops were looking for drugs. Instead, they raided a 4-year-old’s birthday party, a family says."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Ex-prosecutor takes $35K bail fee to SCOTUS" . . . "A former western Illinois prosecutor accused of killing his wife now has a different legal problem: A $35,000 bill he claims is unconstitutional. Curtis Lovelace, a former Adams County assistant state’s attorney, argues the bail bond forfeiture he paid even after a jury acquitted him of murder violates the U.S. Constitution’s due process, equal protection and excessive fines clauses."

Daily Herald: "He didn't kill anyone, so why does a court say Round Lake man belongs locked up for murder?"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Being held legally accountable for another's action"

Chicago Sun-Times: "A wedding, a wake and warrants: FBI grilled judge with ties to indicted CPD cop"

Capitol News Illinois: "Chief Justice Karmeier seeks bump in judicial funding from state"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Sixth Judicial Circuit's first black judge: 'We must stay firm in who we are'" . . . "Decatur native Lisa Holder White has broken plenty of barriers in the legal field."

ProPublica Illinois: "Cook County Judge Keeps Limit on Publication in Place in Child Welfare Case" . . . "A highly unusual judicial order blocking ProPublica Illinois and other news organizations from publishing some information about an ongoing child welfare case will remain in place for at least several more days."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "IDOC Transfers Another Transgender Inmate to Women’s Prison" . . . "Illinois Department of Corrections officials this week approved the transfer of a transgender inmate from an all-male prison to a women’s prison after she repeatedly claimed she’d been the victim of sexual harassment and abuse."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Max Green: "Federal Judge Finds Illinois Rules On Sex Offenders Unconstitutional" . . . "A federal judge in Chicago has found the Illinois Department of Corrections is violating the constitutional rights of prisoners convicted of certain sex crimes by making the restrictions on where they can live so stringent that inmates are often locked up long beyond their sentences."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Illinois sex offender housing rule is unconstitutional: judge" . . . "In an opinion this week, U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall wrote indigent inmates unable to obtain a suitable 'host site' after completing their prison sentence are being kept behind bars for what is a 'potentially endless' length of time."

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Member of savage Ripper Crew released: When a life sentence doesn't mean life"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Landmark Study Offers Data on Pregnancy in State Prisons"

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Pontiac prison staff showcase new mental health unit, facility upgrades"

New York Post: "Drew Peterson says he’s ‘living the dream’ in prison, maintains innocence" . . . "'It was dirty,' Peterson said of the Illinois state prison he was previously in. 'The mattresses I had, the pillow I had, you wouldn’t put your dog on it. It was terrible. Urine and defecation spread on the walls.'" . . . "'Then I come to the federal place and it’s comparatively like a day care center,' he told FOX32."

Associated Press: "Potential flooding prompts move of Illinois youth detainees"

Kane County Chronicle commentary by J. Meister, former IDJJ employee: "There are no rules in prison"

Kane County Chronicle letter by Camille Bennett, ACLU of Illinois: "Change needed in Illinois' juvenile justice system" . . . "Mr. J. Meister’s recent column (There are no rules in prison) shows why juvenile justice in Illinois desperately needed to change.    Anyone who has seen an Illinois Youth Center knows that it is punishment."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Time to get going" . . . "Illinois State Police officials have a big problem on their hands, and that means the people of this state do as well. That problem is a crushing backlog of more than 5,000 DNA tests. Of that backlog, more than 600 cases involve homicides."

Aurora Beacon-News by Megan Jones: "Kane County's jail has 30,000 square feet of vacant space. The sheriff wants to use it for rehab programs." . . . "Kane County Judge Marmarie Kostelny, who handles the mental health court and drug court, said she is excited to see the unique direction the sheriff is taking. 'I deal with mental health and substance abuse issues five days a week,' Kostelny said. 'I’ve seen the need for additional treatment in our community and there is a shortage of resources nationwide.'

Daily Herald: "Lake County jail inmate choked in jail fight dies" . . . "A Lake County jail inmate who suffered strokelike symptoms after being choked by another inmate has died, authorities said."

Washington Post commentary by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: "My jail stopped using solitary confinement. Here’s why."

State Journal-Register: "Crews respond to fire at Macoupin County Jail"

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Cyber tips leading to increase of arrests for child porn charges"

Associated Press: "Coroner: 2018 Winnebago County fatal overdoses up 28 percent"

Southern Illinoisan: "Franklin County voters pass sales tax increase to fund new courthouse"

Southern Illinoisan: "They got the vote, now the work starts. What's next for a new Franklin County Courthouse?"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Justice council looks at joining effort to curb gun violence"

Lincoln Courier: "Despite defeat, Logan sheriff to pursue funding for public safety upgrade" . . . " Logan County Sheriff Mark Landers said Wednesday he was disappointed residents voted down a local sales tax referendum that would have raised funding to build a new jail"

State Journal-Register: "For safety, Beardstown school officials remove restroom-stall doors"

Peoria Journal Star column by Phil Luciano: "Courthouse visitors try to make secret recordings" . . . "In a first for Peoria County, an observer apparently was preparing to use video-camera glasses to secretly record a court hearing, according to a Peoria County sheriff’s report."

Decatur Herald & Review: "Ceremony honors Macon County hybrid court member, others lost to drug overdoses" . . . "Funded by a $30 million donation from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the 17-acre care campus will provide treatment options for those suffering from all types of drug addictions, including opioids, regardless of their ability to pay."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jail inmates help prep shelter dogs to live on the outside"

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Pampering pets makes for positive prison program" . . . "Correctional Ladies Improving Pets is teaching women to be dog groomers. Students are from the Decatur Correctional Facility and they say grooming animals is changing their outlook on life."

March 11-25, 2019

Chronicle of Social Change: "Several States Ponder Expansion of Juvenile Justice Beyond 18"

NPR Illinois: "Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill to protect students’ rights takes aim at Naperville suicide" . . . "After a Naperville student committed suicide after being questioned by school administrators and a resource officer without his parents in the room, a lawmaker has introduced a bill to require a parent or parental designee to be present when a student is being questioned about criminal activity."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Automatic youth expungement bill in state hopper"

Illinois News Network: "Opponents say bill could make Illinois college campuses less safe" . . . "The measure would prohibit any public or private college or university in the state from asking about or considering an applicant’s criminal history during the admissions process."

Southern Illinoisan: "Southern Illinois lawmakers keep pushing to reopen Tamms Correctional Center's work camp"

Anna Gazette-Democrat: "Legislators Propose Reopening, Repurposing At Correctional Facility"

Capitol News Illinois: "New Statehouse bill aims to crack down on illegal gun possession"

Illinois Times commentary by Jim Lewis, former U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois: "‘Focused deterrence’ reduces gun crime; Former U.S. attorney shares lessons learned"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Police: States where marijuana's legal see more accidents" . . . "As Illinois inches closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults, some local police officials are dreading the potential impact of more stoned drivers on area roads."

Chicago Tribune: "Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for years. What can Illinois learn before its residents start firing up?"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Rich Miller:"We need jobs in Illinois — treat cannabis like other regulated substances"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Aurora-area officials discuss legalization of recreational marijuana at forum"

Kankakee Daily Journal: "Marijuana issue sparks debate"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Lawmakers and judges mingle at Law School for Legislators"

ProPublica Illinois: "Cook County Judge Blocks ProPublica Illinois From Publishing Details of Child Welfare Case"

Medill News Service: "The language of justice: Court interpreters fight for client rights and their rights in Cook County:

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Will case of 'Jones burglary' settle old dispute?" . . . "High court justices Tuesday heard pro and con arguments about the so-called "Jones burglary," an offense commonly thought of as shoplifting but sometimes upgraded to and prosecuted as the more serious charge of burglary."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Panel revives sex offender's suit over alleged police scheme" . . . "A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by a homeless man who alleges Chicago police manipulated him into violating the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week did not rule on the merits of Paul Regains’ allegation he was directed by police officers to falsely claim a homeless shelter as his residence and later was arrested by other officers when they discovered he did not live there. But the court held Regains is entitled to try to pin responsibility on the city for the purported violation of his civil rights. He spent 17 months in custody before he was acquitted of violating the registration act."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Downstate justice (Lisa Holder White) enjoys intellectual stimulation of job"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge throws out Deerfield's assault weapons ban"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge certifies class in inmate dental care suit" . . . "A man who alleges he was denied prompt treatment for severe toothaches and other dental problems while being held in the Cook County Jail got the go-ahead to pursue his lawsuit as a class action."

Associated Press: "Groundbreaking on prison mental health center set for Monday"

New York Times: "A Former Prison Breaks From the System That Built It" . . . "It started when Mr. Kelley took a trip to Chicago and saw a screening of “Freedom/Time,” a work the artist Damon Locks created with inmates at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois, using frame-by-frame animations on tracing paper to tell eight-second stories."

KTVI-TV, St. Louis: "Jails, prisons hiding numbers on inmate overdoses" . . . "September 7, 2018: a flurry of activity at the Menard Corrections Center in Chester, Illinois. Dozens of officers, including investigators with the Illinois State Police, were responding to three dead inmates. At the time, officials at the prison told our news crew the response was a secret and ordered us to leave the public roadside. Almost seven months later, the state of Illinois says it’s still a secret how three people died. Because they need to protect the inmates’ privacy."

Aurora Beacon-News: "Wrongful death lawsuit against Illinois State Police filed by family of Aurora mass shooting victim"

Chicago Tribune: "Progress on 5,000-case DNA test backlog at crime labs could take 2 years: Illinois State Police"

Associated Press: "State Police to launch online rape evidence tracking tool"

Chicago Tribune: "A tiny Illinois town has become the latest battleground in the effort to build an immigration detention center near Chicago"

Capitol News Illinois: "Bill to ban for-profit immigrant detention centers clears Illinois House committee"

NPR Illinois: "Legislation Would Ban Private Immigrant Detention Centers In Illinois"

Chalkbeat: "As Illinois drafts new school police training guidelines, report gives peek into school safety"

Chicago Tribune: "City watchdog found shooting of disabled teen by Chicago cop unjustified but recommended only 90-day suspension"

Chicago Tribune: "Federal jury convicts ex-Chicago cop who evaded trial for 15 years on charges he led crew robbing drug dealers"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Ex-Chicago cop, on the lam for 14 years, found guilty of drug rip-offs"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Chicago City Council set to OK $5.77M in police settlements"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County jury awards $5.1 million in damages in fatal shooting by Chicago cop in 2014"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Jason Van Dyke moved to N.Y. federal prison"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Supreme Court denies bid to resentence Jason Van Dyke in Laquan McDonald murder"

Chicago Tribune: "Supreme Court rejects prosecutor's bid to re-sentence Jason Van Dyke for Laquan McDonald's killing"

Capitol Fax: "Raoul responds to Van Dyke decision"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Van Dyke attorneys say writ of mandamus was political"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Tiffany Van Dyke speaks to husband for first time since prison beating"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by John W. Fountain: "Justice was not served in Laquan McDonald case"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Examining the Extent of Recidivism in Illinois After Juvenile Incarceration"

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: "Child and Youth Exposure to Violence in Illinois"

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria resident officers aim to become part of neighborhoods" . . . "The men are two of the four — and soon to be five — Peoria police officers who are part of the Resident Officer program. The officers are located in strategic areas around the city. They work from their city-owned homes to establish close connections with the neighborhood, rather than reporting to the station for routine patrol duties. The job entails various ratios of patrol, traffic enforcement, detective work, public relations, neighborhood cleanup, code enforcement and landscaping duty."

Feb. 25 - March 10, 2019

Daily Herald: "DuPage sheriff's police 'vigorously pursuing' revoked FOID cards"

Chicago Tribune: "In wake of Aurora mass shooting, Illinois State Police taking 'first steps' to make it harder to keep guns after licenses revoked"

WLS-TV: "Man wounded in Aurora shooting files lawsuit against Illinois State Police"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Illinois State Police negligent in Aurora gunman's background checks: lawsuit"

Chicago Tribune: "Members of Congress to FBI: Fix gaps in background check system that allowed Aurora shooter to buy gun" 

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Lose your FOID, give up your guns: Making a sound policy work"

New York Times Book Review: "Growing Up With Murder All Around" . . . "Stories like Lisa’s and Darren’s, told in dispatches covering three months during 2013, are the lifeblood of 'An American Summer,' the journalist Alex Kotlowitz’s account of reckless brutality in the Chicago area’s impoverished, segregated neighborhoods. Although the narrative is organized around events from one summer, Kotlowitz spent four years immersed in the grim worlds where homicide is rampant. His reporting spans that period, and beyond."

The Trace: "A New Book Tells the Stories of Strength Amid Chicago’s Relentless Shootings" . . . "We talked to author Alex Kotlowitz about what’s changed, and what hasn’t, in his city over the past 30 years."

New York Times commentary by Michelle Alexander: "Reckoning With Violence” . . . “Reckoning with violence in a meaningful way does not mean ‘getting tough’ in the way that phrase has been used for decades; nor does it mean being ‘smart on crime’ to the extent that phrase has become shorthand for being ‘tough’ on violent crime but ‘soft’ on nonviolent crime — a formulation that continues to be embraced by some so-called ‘progressive prosecutors’ today.”

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Over time, small steps can make big difference in reducing gun violence"

Chicago Reporter commentary by Katelyn Johnson: "For real reform, Chicago’s next mayor must commit to fixing police union contracts" . . . "True accountability requires amending the Fraternal Order of Police contract that shields and encourages misconduct."

WTTW: "Records: CPD Used CIA-Backed Software to Monitor Social Media Accounts"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Lightfoot and Preckwinkle get it wrong on building new police academy"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop alleges cover-up in police shooting: 'I'm going to feel like Serpico, basically'" . . . "A Chicago police sergeant has accused the department of trying to cover up the circumstances of a shooting in which another sergeant wounded an unarmed teen with disabilities during an off-duty incident on the Far South Side in 2017."

Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD sergeant reassigned for not saying cop was victim after shooting: lawsuit"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Police Sergeant Says He Was Punished For Refusing To Help Cover Up Shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago Police running internal probe of leaks in Jussie Smollett investigation"

Chicago Tribune: "After killing an armed suspect, a Chicago cop — and his department — struggle with PTSD"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago Officer’s Pension Reduced After He Criticized Services"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge picks former Rauner watchdog Hickey to oversee Chicago Police Department reforms"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Schiff Hardin’s Hickey named monitor for consent decree"

NPR, All Things Considered: "Consent Decree Goes Into Effect For Chicago Police Department"

Chicago Tribune: "Revamped ordinance for community oversight of Chicago Police Department faces likely uphill battle"

Chicago Tribune: "City set to pay another $5.25 million over alleged torture by detectives under ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "New Burge torture lawsuit not time-barred" . . . "A federal judge this week rejected attempts to toss out the civil rights lawsuit of a man who claimed he was tortured by police officers under the command of former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge."

Chicago Sun-Times: "$5.25 million settlement adds to legal tally from Burge-era police torture cases"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Van Dyke lawyers: State’s bid for writ could affect appeal"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Illinois High Court To Rule On Jason Van Dyke Sentence"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "City Inspector General Says Aldermen 'Asleep On The Job' After Failing To Call Hearings On School Police"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Social media monitoring drastically cut down misconduct: CPS security chief"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "As governor calls for legalization, ex-pot project head offers advice"

Chicago Tribune: "High school students rally in Springfield against legalizing recreational marijuana; lawmaker coalition seeks slowdown in process"

Daily Herald: "Pritzker pot plan gets pushback from some suburban lawmakers"

Daily Herald: "State law could address mental health during student interrogations"

NPR Illinois: "Should Illinois Continue Tracking Racial Bias In Police Stops?"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "House bill would extend tracking of police stops"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Bill looks to expunge records after acquittals, dismissals"

KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO: "Lawmakers want to limit use of prison solitary confinement"

Illinois Public Media: "Measure Aims To Help Justice-Involved Children Access Mental Health Services"

Galesburg Register-Mail: "Bill to allow prisoners to find jobs online clears Senate"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Close call on inmate's sentence draws judicial ire" . . . "Stung by judicial criticism of its allegedly unprofessional handling of a Champaign County inmate's appeal, the Office of the State Appellate Defender has not yet decided how it will respond."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Case before SCOTUS at age 29 shapes Hall’s own decades as judge" . . . "Wanting to be a lawyer at age 10 wasn’t a strange idea for Sophia H. Hall."

Injustice Watch: "If Illinois defendants never told jury of their own abuse, now a second chance" . . . "Prosecutors in Cook County initially opposed the petitions filed there across the board, based in part on their legal interpretation that blocked anyone convicted more than two years earlier from being eligible for relief. But in August Cook County Circuit Court Judge Arthur Hill ruled against the prosecutors’ narrow interpretation, interpreting the statute to mean any convicted defendants were eligible who brought petitions for relief within two years of when the amendment took effect."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden"

NPR Illinois: "Why Even Illinois’s Department Of Corrections Wants To Fix The Way The State Does Electronic Monitor"

WGLT, NIU public radio: "Pontiac Prison Guards Charged With Injuring Inmate"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Lawyer expects video to answer questions in alleged prison assault" . . . "Video of an incident at Pontiac Correctional Center may answer questions about what happened to an inmate allegedly assaulted in early February, according to the lawyer for one of three correctional officers charged with official misconduct and battery."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Is injury caused by prison baking machine 'cruel and unusual punishment'?" . . . "His four fingers were severed in May 2011 when he was trying to clean a "bun hopper" machine at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. The 53-year-old inmate was working in the prison bakery when the accident happened."

Illinois Public Media: "U of I College In Prison Program Receives $90,000 Grant" . . . "Rebecca Ginsburg, a U of I professor and the director of EJP, said the $90,000 grant from the Laughing Gull Foundation will be used to support the program's grassroots fundraising efforts. EJP is among 22 higher education in prison programs that recently received grants from the foundation."

Illinois Issues: " Opening Minds Behind Bars" . . . "Zavala has finally found a place to learn new ideas and flourish. Ironically, it’s inside Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison near Joliet, where Zavala is about halfway through a 40-year sentence. Despite dropping out of school at age 15, he’s on the path to earning a master’s degree through North Park University."

Chicago Tribune: "At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: 'How can I quit when people need me?'"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Lawsuit seeks transfer of transgender woman from Pontiac prison"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Transgender inmate sues IDOC, seeks transfer to women’s prison"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Transgender woman sues over prison placement"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Bloomington Police chief, public seek answers to gun violence"

Associated Press: "Telling stories of gang life, while risking their own" . . . "Dozens of gangland videographers like him nationwide risk their lives to provide a voice for communities routinely ignored by mainstream media, creating an alternative news genre that Cotton’s friend Zack Stoner liked to call “hood CNN” before he was killed in a drive-by shooting last year in Chicago."

Chicago Tribune: "Poor people often can’t afford to pay bail — even when they’re innocent. An app developed in Chicago offers help using your spare change."

Aurora Beacon-News column by Denise Crosby: "New Kane County sheriff counting on prisoners like Sweed to promote jail change" . . . "But (Kane County Sheriff Ron) Hain, who is intent on shaking up the way we view corrections in this county, sees the prisoner occupying cell 13 in Pod A of the Kane County jail in a different light — as a role model who embraced and excelled in a new diversion program designed to help him and his peers stay on the straight and narrow once they are released back into society."

Feb. 11 - 24, 2019

Chicago Tribune: "Aurora shooter should not have had a gun due to felony conviction, but state law failed to stop him"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois State Police acknowledge it wrongly issued a gun license to Aurora shooter"

Illinois State Police news release: "Illinois State Police provide additional information related to the FOID process and Gary Martin"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Illinois State Police reveal lapses in gun-law enforcement after Aurora shooting"

New York Times: "Worker Who Opened Fire Inside Factory Had Been Barred From Having Gun"

Chicago Tribune: "Aurora mass shooter lost his gun license but kept his gun — as have thousands of other Illinoisans. Here's a look at what went wrong."

New York Times: "How So Many Violent Felons Are Allowed to Keep Their Illegal Guns"

CNN: "Why Illinois' tough gun laws weren't enough to prevent the Aurora shooting"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Pritzker vows Aurora shooting will lead to tighter gun law enforcement"

Chicago Tribune: "In wake of Aurora shooting, U.S. Reps. Bill Foster and Sean Casten push for stricter gun laws"

Chicago Tribune: "Sheriff Tom Dart proposes creating units to seize guns from owners with revoked licenses, blames NRA for current 'dangerous' system"

Daily Herald: "Dart proposes FOID revocation task forces in each county"

The Trace: "After Aurora Shooting, Lawmakers Revive Proposal to Disarm Unlawful Gun Owners"

Aurora Beacon-News editorial: "Numbers released after Aurora mass shooting reveal systemic flaws in Illinois gun laws. Fix them now." . . . "The Aurora area’s state legislative delegation should take the lead on fixing the obvious systemic problems with the Illinois laws."

Washington Post editorial: "The Illinois shooting is yet another reminder that we need better gun laws — and enforcement"

Chicago Tribune editorial: "Enforcing gun laws might prevent the next Aurora"

Daily Herald editorial: "Start with failures of existing gun laws, but don't stop there"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "We could have taken Gary Martin’s gun away"

Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney: "New study identifies 'gaps' in state gun law that allowed Aurora shooter to illegally keep his weapon" . . . "The ink on a new report on Illinois gun laws was barely dry when news broke of a mass shooting in Aurora by a felon who should not have been carrying a handgun. The report, prompted by Chicago’s recent mass fatal shooting at Mercy Hospital, identifies how Illinois remains vulnerable when it comes to ensuring that people who are barred from having weapons don’t get them. The report’s authors from Johns Hopkins University and the public policy experts at the Joyce Foundation, which commissioned it, then watched as the Aurora shooting unfolded, providing a tragic, real-time blueprint."

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health news release: "Report Offers Evidence-Based Recommendations Aimed at Reducing Illinois Gun Violence"  Report: "Policies o Reduce Gun Violence in Illinois"

Chicago Tribune: "Hours before Aurora mass shooting, former mayors met in Chicago to discuss strategies to reduce gun violence"

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny and Ryan Denham: "'Deeper than vigils': Gun violence, opioid crises draw differing responses" . . . "The different reactions trace back to two of the thorniest issues in American life — a constitutionally protected right to own a gun, and race — based on more than a dozen interviews conducted by The Pantagraph and WGLT in the wake of 2018’s spike in violence."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Fresh Start works to stem Champaign gun violence" . . . "The Fresh Start initiative uses focused deterrence to identify individuals likely to be involved in gun crimes, said U.S. Attorney John Milhiser. Once identified, the potential offenders are invited to a meeting, known as a call-in, with team members. The Fresh Start message to known gun users is blunt, said Milhiser: ‘Look, we know who you are, we know you're committing these crimes, you're going to be prosecuted and locked up, or you're going to go this way and you're going to start making the right decisions.’"

Capitol News Illinois: "Bill aims to regulate homemade guns, blueprints"

Southern Illinoisan: "Some Southern Illinois state’s attorneys push back on possible Illinois semi-automatic weapons ban" . . . "With or without SB 107, (Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon) Zanotti said he’ll continue to 'aggressively' prosecute felons with illegal guns. But he doesn’t like the prospect of legal gun owners becoming felons because they own newly banned weapons. 'This is something that we’re not going to prosecute,' Zanotti said. 'If it’s someone that’s a decent person, who is not committing crimes with these weapons, but using them the ways they’re trained to use them: for sport, collecting or home safety purposes.'”

Illinois News Network: "Measure filed to prohibit gun sanctuary counties in Illinois"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Chicago’s Police Suicide Rate Is Higher Than National Average. What’s Being Done About It?"

Chicago Report commentary by Katelyn Johnson: "For real reform, Chicago’s next mayor must commit to fixing police union contract" . . . True accountability requires amending the Fraternal Order of Police contract that shields and encourages misconduct."

Chicago Tribune: "Drug convictions overturned for 10 framed by Chicago police sergeant: 'He took everything from me'"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "10 More Men Exonerated In Cases Tied To Corrupt Former CPD Sergeant"

New York Times: "‘A Stain on the City’: 63 People’s Convictions Tossed in Chicago Police Scandal" . . . "It is not clear how many more convictions will be challenged. Some people sought exonerations after their sentences had been served, while others are still in prison, Mr. Tepfer said. About 15 police officers who had worked on Sergeant Watts’s team were put on desk duty, but the Chicago Police Department declined to comment on Wednesday."

Chicago Tribune: "Their wrongful convictions tossed, 19 sue Chicago, corrupt cop: 'This case illustrates what the code of silence is' "

Chicago Sun-Times: "Van Dyke’s sentence challenged by attorney general, special prosecutor"

Chicago Tribune: "Attorney general, special prosecutor challenge Jason Van Dyke’s sentence in petition to state Supreme Court"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Ex-Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke beaten in prison in Connecticut, his wife says"

Chicago Tribune: "Attack on Jason Van Dyke reflects 'mentality that people won’t rest until he is either given a life sentence or killed in prison,' lawyer says"

Chicago Tribune: "Van Dyke attorneys object to prosecutors' challenge of 81-month prison sentence"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Van Dyke unlikely to appeal unless 81-month sentence is increased: lawyer"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County board votes to permanently dismantle gang database" . . . "The ordinance, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the Cook County Sheriff’s Office from maintaining, re-creating or sharing information on the database. It also mandates the sheriff’s office to “enact the final destruction” of the tool."

WLS-AM by Bill Cameron: "Gang database killed … or is it?" . . . "300 other jurisdictions have had access to the gang database, so it’s an open question whether it’s really not available."

Decatur Herald & Review editorial: "We support legalizing marijuana. Here are the hurdles we see"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "'Let's face it: This is probably going to happen'" . . . "Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said that, in her office, the prosecution of cannabis possession and delivery is not a major issue." . . . "However, Rietz is concerned about cannabis used by juveniles."

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton On Criminal Justice Reform"

Chicago Tribune: "Under a new law allowing reliability hearings for jailhouse informants, judge clears 3 to testify in cop killing trial"

Daily Herald: "DuPage judge will not expunge record of former Schaumburg cop"

Illinois Supreme Court news release: "Supreme Court announces changes to make court costs more manageable"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Judge’s remarks on gun violence didn’t taint order" . . . "A federal judge’s remarks about the gun violence plaguing Chicago did not taint the sentence he imposed on a man convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, a federal appeals court ruled."

Decatur Herald & Review: "'You can do this': Macon County drug court graduates new class of 5"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Exonerated man’s malicious prosecution filing gets revived" . . . "In a unanimous decision written by Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and released Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the 4th District Appellate Court’s ruling that denied Alan Beaman the right to a trial based on his claims against the city of Normal and three former police officers involved in an investigation that led to his murder charges."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Dwight panel recommends allowing immigrant detention center"

Southern Illinoisan: "Vienna Correctional Center inmates prepare for a future in agriculture"

Prison Policy Initiative news release: "New report uncovers the cost of phone calls in over 1,800 locally-run jails across the U.S."

Mother Jones: "It Costs About 50 Times More to Make a Call from an Illinois Jail than Illinois State Prison" . . . "Last year, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would close the gap between in- and out-of-state calls and allow the FCC to regulate intrastate calling for prisons and jails. Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signaled potential support during his confirmation hearing and has consistently agreed that costs are too high, but in practice has stymied regulation of prison phone rates in the past. Duckworth’s bill stalled in committee."

Truthout: "Illinois Prison Phone Rates Are Lowest Following Grassroots Activism"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Board approves $1.5 million settlement in 2013 jail beating case"

Rockford Register Star by Kevin Haas: "Winnebago County Jail staffing shortage hits both officers and inmates" . . . "For more than a year, inmates and former inmates have condemned long lockdown hours as inhumane, contending the experience made mental health problems worse and was unjust treatment for detainees who had not been convicted of a crime. A state inspection in 2017 confirmed that inmates were being kept on lockdown too long and concluded that the jail was understaffed. The annual Illinois Department of Corrections inspection also said officers often failed to check on inmates within the 30-minute standard, which is meant to minimize the risk of self-harm and other problems. A year later nothing has changed."

Rockford Register Star: "Sheriff threatens to sue Winnebago County Board"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Gun violence kills more than 500 Illinois kids, teens" . . . "In Illinois, kids have been fatally shot at 10, faced charges at 12, prison at 16"

Daily Herald: "Why police in suburbs, nation are facing a shortage of new recruits"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Gangs get blame for an increase in Danville violence", Alton: "'A unique case': A deep dive into the story of an accused terrorist sympathizer suffering from severe mental illness"

Chicago Reporter: "Misinformation impedes voting rights of Illinois’ formerly incarcerated" . . . "Illinois is among the few states where formerly incarcerated regain their voting rights after release, but many are misinformed and unaware."

Jan. 28 - Feb. 10, 2019

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "Chicago Inspector General: Public Doesn’t Know Full Story On Laquan McDonald Shooting" . . . "Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson is calling on city officials to release thousands of pages of records from his 2016 investigation into the police department’s handling of Officer Jason Van Dyke’s shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald. Ferguson called his probe 'a matter of high public interest and importance' and warned that the public still does not know 'the full story' about the shooting’s aftermath."

Chicago Tribune: "Charges expected to be dropped against 14 in another mass exoneration linked to disgraced cop Ronald Watts" . . . "The Cook County state’s attorney’s office has moved to vacate and dismiss drug charges against 14 men, all of whom were framed by disgraced former Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts and members of his tactical team, a news release from the Exoneration Project states."

MacArthur Justice Center news release: "Laquan McDonald’s Family and 21 Community-Based Organizations Demand Action from Attorney General and Special Prosecutor" . . . "Open letter describes Jason Van Dyke’s sentence as “unlawfully lenient” and outlines legal process to ensure a re-sentencing consistent with the law"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Van Dyke Prosecutor Joseph McMahon, Attorney General Discussing Sentence Challenge"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Special prosecutor, AG Kwame Raoul discuss challenging Jason Van Dyke sentence"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Plan to overhaul Chicago Police Department only as serious as the next mayor"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge: Chicago Police Dept. will be monitored under historic reform plan"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge approves historic court order aimed at reforming Chicago Police Department: 'Let us begin'"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police rescue man from Lake Michigan after he jumped in after his dog"

The Intercept: "Officers Accused of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police’s “Implicit Bias” Training Program"

CBS News: "Officer suicides prompts outreach in Chicago"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "High court: Vanecko probe’s files not subject to FOIA" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that statements made by former mayor Richard M. Daley during a criminal investigation into his nephew can remain out of the public’s view."

ProPublica Illinois column by Mick Dumke: "The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Says Its Gang Database Is on Lockdown, but Questions Remain" . . . "Many welcomed the announcement that the sheriff took the database offline. But the office has resisted calls to destroy it immediately or publicly explain other details of its plans."

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Advocates explain details in plan to legalize marijuana; 'Conservative' proposal to legalize cannabis statewide comes into clearer focus"

State Journal-Register: "State legislators lay out plans for recreational marijuana proposal"

NPR Illinois:"Illinois Lawmakers Give Insight Into Recreational Cannabis Proposal"

Capitol Fax: "Catholic bishops say “No” to cannabis legalization"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois Catholic bishops oppose marijuana legalization, but proponent says God put pot 'on this planet for a reason'"

Chicago Tribune: "First bill emerges this year to legalize marijuana in Illinois — would allow up to 24 plants at home"

Illinois News Network: "State Senator pushes back as gun control measures gain traction in Springfield" . . . "State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, has been ringing the alarm bell on social media, highlighting bills she says go too far. She said she’s taking a stand against another proposal that would register privately held guns with the government."

Capitol Fax: "Gun Dealer Licensing Act consequences?"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Police Required To Provide 3 Phone Calls To Arrestees Under New Proposal"

Chicago Sun-Times: "County officials back legislation to make sure arrestees get their phone calls"

Peoria Journal Star editorial: "Our View: Renew traffic stop data law swiftly"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Prosecutors to rely on jailhouse informants as trial in a Chicago cop's 2010 killing finally begins" . . . "On Thursday, (Judge Stanley) Sacks, seemingly caught off guard by the media interest in a cop killing, suddenly announced sweeping secrecy measures — unusually late with the trial just days away. He 'gagged' lawyers from talking about the case, sealed the entire court file from public view and ordered that his last-minute rulings on pretrial motions be kept secret. That means that even though Sacks heard the informants’ testimony in open court, his decision on whether they can testify wouldn’t be publicly revealed — presumably until they did or did not take the stand at trial."

Daily Herald by Barbara Vitello: "How specialty courts helped suburban woman break the cycle of arrest, conviction, jail" . . . "For the Aurora native, the criminal justice system was like a revolving door: arrest, incarceration, release, repeat. That changed on Father's Day 2014, when she was charged with stealing items from a department store at Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall. Through the collaborative efforts of public defenders, prosecutors, probation officers and a judge, she landed in Rolling Meadows' mental health specialty court."

Rockford Register Star commentary by Robbin J. Stuckert, chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices: "Illinois is aggresively working to enhance pretrial services"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Marijuana sentence to be cut after bag error" . . . "A man sentenced to nine years in prison for possessing marijuana will be resentenced on a lesser charge after an appellate panel determined prosecutors did not prove he possessed about 1,300 grams because the bags were mixed together before being tested and weighed."

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Supreme Court ruling revives Beaman claims against town, former officers" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an appellate ruling that denied Alan Beaman the right to a trial on his claims against the town and three former Normal police officers involved in an investigation that led to murder charges against him."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Once at a dead end, Beaman case gets reprieve"

Cook County Record: "IL Supreme Court: Appeals court wrongly let ex-Normal cops off hook in man's lawsuit over murder conviction"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Dwight being considered for $20M illegal immigrant detention facility"

Capitol Fax: "Pritzker opposes proposed ICE detention facility in Dwight"

John Howard Association: "JHA 2018 Special Report on Fox Valley Adult Transition Center and Reentry"

NPR Illinois: "Report: Prisoners In Work Release Program Struggle With Healthcare Costs, State IDs"

Illinois Newsroom by Lee V. Gaines: "Pell Grants For Prisoners Could Save Illinois Millions" . . . "Illinois could save millions of dollars on incarceration costs if the federal ban on Pell Grants for inmates was lifted, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice."

Chicago Tribune by Angie Leventis Lourgos: "'I'm safe here': Transgender inmate describes life at Illinois women's prison after rare transfer based on gender identity"

John Howard Association: "2018 Monitoring Report for IYC-Warrenville"

Chicago Tribune: "Viral photo of Cook County Jail inmates shoveling sparks backlash"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "7 students, parent arrested after fights at Urbana High; teacher injured"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Judge in detaining Urbana students: 'Dangerous, out-of-control' situation" . . . "State's Attorney Julia Rietz asked Judge Heidi Ladd to keep six freshman and sophomore boys who were arrested Monday locked up until they can be tried on a charge of mob action in juvenile court."

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Parents voice concerns on school fights"

Associated Press: "Chicago suburb OKs $1.25M settlement for man police tackled" . . . "The City Council in the Chicago suburb of Evanston has approved a $1.25 million settlement with a black man who sued after police tackled him and arrested him for stealing a car that turned out to be his own."

Decatur Herald & Review: "'Manning up': Decatur meets to confront the problem of youth violence"

State Journal-Register: "Meet Springfield's first Homeless Outreach Team officer" . . . "Monday was the beginning of a typical day for Jones, who, as Springfield’s newest and only Homeless Outreach Team officer, doesn’t have any typical days. The almost-14-year SPD veteran started as the police department’s H.O.T. officer at the beginning of January, after years of efforts by him and his colleagues to bring the new policing approach to homelessness to Springfield."

Daily Herald: "DuPage recognizes sheriff's deputy who saved dogs in kennel fire"

Patch, Joliet: "Amazing Art From Joliet's Prison Ruins: New Museum Exhibit"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Video: Timelapse shows McLean County jail build from start to finish"

Rockford Register Star: "Violent crime in Rockford dipped more last year, and ‘everybody sees progress’"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County Sheriff highlights need for more corrections officers"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Oswego police tout collaboration with Kendall Health Department" . . . "The police department and health department have developed a model to address access to mental health care, the opioid crisis and violence prevention strategies, officials said."

WQAD-TV, Moline: "Dixon officer who stopped school shooting named Citizen of the Year"

Peoria Journal Star: "Peoria homicides in 2018 were 1 shy of city record"

WBBM-TV: "Lake County Police Dog Named ‘K9 Of The Year’" . . . "Throughout his time with the department, Dax has found a missing suicidal woman in the woods; located a dangerous domestic violence suspect after he choked and battered a woman; and took down a robbery suspect even after the suspect punched Dax."

Jan. 14 -27, 2019

Chicago Tribune: "Prosecutors lay out potential path for Van Dyke to avoid virtual life sentence for Laquan McDonald slaying" . . . "When a Cook County judge decides former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s fate later this week, prosecutors will not be pushing for the ex-patrolman to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Laquan McDonald, according to court documents filed Monday."

Chicago Tribune commentary by Amy P. Campanelli, public defender of Cook County: "Prison is 'too dangerous' for Jason Van Dyke? Prison is dangerous for every inmate."

Associated Press by Don Babwin and Michael Tarm: "Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight by Matt Masterson: "Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison"

New York Times by Mitch Smith and Julie Bosman: "Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to Nearly 7 Years for Murdering Laquan McDonald"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "Citing security concerns, officials won't say where Jason Van Dyke to be imprisoned"

WLS-TV: "Jason Van Dyke sentencing: How does a former cop survive in prison?"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "A prison sentence too short, and a fight for reform that carries on"

Associated Press by Sara Burnett: "Call for political action after Laquan McDonald cases"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Sentence in Van Dyke police shooting case shows all black lives do not matter"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Jason Van Dyke’s Sentence Under Review By Illinois Attorney General"

Chicago Tribune: "In unusual step, attorney general's office 'reviewing' ex-Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke's sentence

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Van Dyke's controversial 'nearly seven-year' sentence explained"

Chicago Tribune: "Special prosecutor in Jason Van Dyke's trial to review sentence but raises caution about appeal"

Chicago Tribune: "Judge acquits 3 Chicago cops of covering up Laquan McDonald's killing, backing police on each disputed point"

Chicago Sun-Times: "3 Chicago cops found not guilty in Laquan McDonald cover-up conspiracy case"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Chicago’s fight against the blue code of silence must go on"

Chicago Tribune column by Steve Chapman: "Chicago's police 'code of silence' went on trial — and the code won"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Black Caucus furious over judge’s ruling in police cover-up cases"

Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Kim Foxx and Arne Duncan: "Chicago must learn from L.A. and New York that murder is more than a policing problem" . . . "Both New York and Los Angeles have coordinated, holistic, and publicly-funded plans to dramatically reduce gun violence centered on prevention, intervention, and community coordination and support. As a result, New York reached a new low of 287 murders in 2018 and Los Angeles has experienced a 30 percent reduction in homicides since instituting a comprehensive community-based strategy in 2007."

BuzzFeed and The Trace: "Shoot Someone In A Major US City, And Odds Are You’ll Get Away With It" . . . "By failing to solve so many shootings, police are 'missing a potential opportunity to stop cascades of gun violence,' said Andrew Papachristos, a professor of sociology at Northwestern University."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s testimony in Koschman case stays secret: high court"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Overhaul Chicago’s gang member database — but don’t chuck it"

Block Club Chicago: "County Gang Database May Be Gone, But Activists Want To Know How To Help Those Whose Lives Were Already ‘Destroyed’ By It"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Cook County unplugs ‘gang database,’ but critics still have concerns"

Chicago Tribune and Hoy: "Coalition calls for an investigation of the Cook County gang database"

Washington Times: "J.B. Pritzker, Illinois governor, vows to work toward marijuana legalization in inaugural address"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "What Legalized Marijuana Could Mean for Illinois" . . . "Sharone Mitchell, deputy director of the Illinois Justice Project, sees legalization as an opportunity for equity for communities of color that have been impacted negatively by drug policy."

Associated Press: "Groups urge lawmakers not to legalize recreational marijuana" . . . "Several advocacy groups are urging Illinois lawmakers not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, arguing it would, among other things, make roads more hazardous."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Illinois, there are red flags on legalizing recreational pot"

Chicago Tribune: "State's Attorney Kim Foxx announces support for legalizing pot, calls for expunging misdemeanor convictions"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Dems promote pot legalization plan during North Side town hall: ‘This is coming’"

Capitol Fax: "Pritzker to sign gun dealer licensing bill today"

Illinois News Network: "Gun advocates eye court challenge after Pritzker signs gun dealer licensing bill"

Associated Press: "Pritzker signs bill allowing Illinois to license gun dealers"

Chicago Tribune: "Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law requiring state licensing of Illinois gun dealers; rifle association threatens lawsuit"

Decatur Herald & Review: "'This is all political': Decatur-area gun sellers say new law will hurt business but not make people safer"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Supporters 'celebrating' new Illinois gun law; challenge promised"

Illinois Times: "Law takes aim at firearm sales"

NPR Illinois: "Illinois Collects Data On Traffic Stops, But The Law Is Set to Expire This Year" 

Northwest Herald: "Kenneally, Reick writing bill to opt out of new bail reform requirements"

Associated Press: "Illinois man receives posthumous clemency in stabbing case" . . . "Just days before he left office, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "One of Rauner’s last acts a first for state clemency" 

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Clemency grant happens with Kirkland assist" . . . "In one of his last actions as the state’s top executive, former Gov. Bruce Rauner commuted the multiyear prison sentences of six young men, including Jaylan Banks and Sylvester Williams. The young men were charged with low-level offenses that took place when they were juveniles at the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg."

Associated Press: "Rauner reduces prison term for man who killed grandparents"

State Journal-Register: "Illinois man receives posthumous clemency in stabbing case" . . . "S.T. Jamison said he felt elation and relief on Tuesday at a press conference at the state Capitol announcing the posthumous exoneration of his uncle, Grover Thompson, on a 1981 attempted murder charge. Jamison also felt something else. 'A sense of sadness,' he admitted, afterward. That’s because Thompson died at age 61 at Menard Correctional Center in Chester in 1996."

Associated Press: "Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case" . . . "An Illinois judge acquitted a man of murder Wednesday, more than two decades after jurors convicted him by relying on ballistics that proved to be wrong. Supporters of 53-year-old Patrick Pursley clapped in a Winnebago County courtroom when Judge Joseph McGraw issued his ruling, saying prosecutors had scant evidence to prove Pursley’s guilt in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Andy Ascher during a robbery in Rockford, Illinois in 1993."

Rockford Register Star: "Patrick Pursley acquitted in Rockford murder retrial"

Rockford Register Star: "Three Rockford men share unique bond of regaining innocence after years behind bars"

Southern Illinoisan: "Retired Carbondale cop who helped get posthumous exoneration for wrongly convicted black man honored at MLK breakfast"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Three of ‘Englewood Four’ to settle with county for $24M"

Chicago Tribune: "Cook County Board approves $24 million settlement in wrongful conviction case"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Pardon in hand, former Illini star Matt Sinclair plots next step" 

BuzzFeed: "Another Man Who Accused A Retired Chicago Cop Of Framing Him Has Been Exonerated"

State Journal-Register commentary by Alan Mills, Executive Director of the Uptown People's Law Center: "Pritzker needs to address human rights crisis in Illinois prisons" 

Side Effects Public Media: "Prisoners With Mental Illness Still Waiting For Treatment" . . . "Ashoor Rasho has spent more than half of his life alone in a prison cell—22 to 24 hours a day. The cell was so narrow he could reach his arms out and touch both walls at once."

Chicago Tribune column by Eric Zorn: "Illinois now has the lowest prison phone rates in the nation, and that's a good thing"

Illinois Times: "We Won" . . . "After more than three years, Illinois Times is on the verge of prying loose information on settlements to resolve medical malpractice claims involving state inmates."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Is Illinois' FOIA statute a sword or a shield?" . . . "Lawyers representing Franco's estate filed a legal claim alleging inadequate care against the Corrections Department and Wexford Health Sources, the state contractor in charge of providing inmate medical care. The parties reached what was described as a 'confidential settlement agreement.'"

Injustice Watch: "Illinois corrections officials contend rules not binding on their conduct"

Belleville News-Democrat: "JB Pritzker wants Brendan Kelly to take over running the Illinois State Police

Chicago Tribune: "Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging police, school district contributed to Naperville North student's suicide" . . . "A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Naperville and Naperville School District 203 filed by the family of the Naperville North High School student who died by suicide after being called into the dean’s office for disciplinary action."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "‘Emerging adults’ focus of report on state legal system" . . . "A new report this week suggests the Illinois legal system should get acquainted with a new demographic: “emerging adults.”"

Injustice Watch: "The Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday on whether a 16-year-old offender’s 50-year sentence without the opportunity for parole violates the state or federal constitutions."

Injustice Watch: "Illinois high court hears defense, prosecutor debate 50-year sentence for youth"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Illinois Supreme Court may give juvenile killer a break on sentence"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Raoul, first new AG in 16 years, gets started"

WBEZ, Morning Shift: "How ‘Deflection’ By Police Can Help Fight Opioid Addiction” . . . "Instead of arresting them, police in Chicago, Lake County and beyond are diverting some opioid addicts into treatment."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Firing of deputy for excessive force to go back before board"

Vice: "Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail"

Kane County Chronicle: "More searches at Kane jail yield bags with heroin, fentanyl residue" . . . "In a continuing effort to curb drug smuggling in the jail, Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain called for an organized shakedown of multiple housing units Jan. 21, which resulted in recovering nine small bags containing suspected heroin and fentanyl residue, officials announced in a news release."

Daily Herald: "After predecessor tried to evict it, new DuPage sheriff moves to expand jail rehab program"

Rockford Register Star: "Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Winnebago County Jail inmate’s suicide"

Associated Press: "Report: Black motorists stopped, searched more than others" . . . "A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says African-American motorists in Illinois are more likely than others to be stopped and searched for routine traffic violations." ACLU of Illinois report, "Racism in the Rear View Mirror"

Chicago Tribune: "Woman forcibly stripped in LaSalle County jail sues sheriff; incident captured on video"

Illinois Times: "H.O.T. cops reaching out" . . . "The Springfield Police Department is now one of just a handful of law enforcement agencies around the country that has a Homeless Outreach Team."

NPR Illinois: "From Prison To College: How A Formerly Incarcerated Student Overcame The Odds To Graduate"

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Police slowly rolling out body cameras"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Decatur community leaders work to combat violence as police say crime trending downward"

WPSD-TV, Paducah, Kentucky: "New detention center coming to Southern Illinois"

Southern Illinoisan: "'Let's get started': Officials give more details on new use for Hardin County Work Camp"

Chicago Tribune: "Former Northwestern PhD student accused of stealing his own car settles with Evanston, officials confirm"

Governing: "Black, White & Blue; Where you live determines how you're treated by police and other agencies of the law" . . . "Governing conducted a six-month investigation into black-white segregation in downstate Illinois, and why and how it has persisted so stubbornly there. Specifically, we focused on the cities of Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Springfield, Peoria and Rockford." . . . "Our review found many practices that placed greater burdens on black residents than white residents because of where they lived. These practices were used not just by police, but by non- law enforcement agencies like the Rockford Housing Authority. They included increased surveillance, frequent ID checks and rigorously enforced nuisance ordinances."

Decatur Herald & Review: "How Decatur schools, police monitor social media to keep kids safe"

Rockford Register Star: "Domestic violence arrests surge for Rockford area law enforcement"

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus: "Q-C nonprofits attack human trafficking"

Dec. 31, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019

WUIS, Illinois Public Radio, by Brian Mackey: "J.B. Pritzker Interview — On Criminal Justice, Higher Ed, Taxes, And Legislative Ethics"

WGN-TV: "Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline could fall victim to shutdown"

Crain's Chicago Business: "The shutdown is delaying hundreds of cases in Chicago's federal court"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Greenville prison employees work without pay amid government shutdown"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Federal Courts May Soon Feel Impact of Government Shutdown"

Chicago Tribune: "For second year in a row, double-digit decreases in gun violence in Chicago"

Associated Press: "Police: Homicides in Chicago down by nearly 100 in 2018"

Chicago Police Department: "CPD End-of-Year Crime Statistics: 2018"

The Trace: "What Can We Learn From Chicago’s Declining Gun Violence?

Chicago Tribune: "Requests for mental health help are spiking among Chicago cops, but staffing lags"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Eddie Johnson hopes to remain city's top cop after mayoral election"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police union takes no disciplinary action against ex-president for comments to news media during Van Dyke trial"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Chicago Police Adding 200 Plate Reader Vehicles to Help Combat Carjackings"

Chicago Sun-Times: "COPA employee charged with making false threat of mass shooting"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "COPA Employee Facing Felony Charges After False Shooting Threat"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "FOP motion came too late, 7th Circuit says" . . . "A federal appeals panel on Wednesday affirmed the Chicago police union waited too long to intervene in consent decree negotiations between the city government and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office."

WTTW, Chicago Tonight: "Verdict Delayed for Second Time in Laquan McDonald Conspiracy Trial"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Laying down the law, final installment: Department of Corrections visits" . . . "Inmates are now entitled to seven in-person visits per month (up from five) and allowed to list 30 people permitted to visit them (up from 20)."

Southern Illinoisan: "In crucial step to repurposing shuttered Hardin County Work Camp, Rauner signs bill allowing its sale"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "The Law Q&A | Two new state laws focus on firearm ownership"

NRA -Institute for Legislative Action: "Illinois: Firearm Registration & Dealer Licensing Bill May Reach New Governor’s Desk"

Associated Press: "Marijuana legalization debate shifts from 'when' to 'how'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Rauner grants 30 clemency requests before leaving office"  

Chicago Sun-Times: "Illinois officials agree to settle prison health lawsuit" . . . "Lawyers for approximately 40,000 state prison inmates announced that the Illinois Department of Corrections’ agreement would settle an eight-year-old federal lawsuit alleging that prison health care is so inadequate it has led to needless deaths."

Chicago Tribune: "Accused of preventable inmate deaths, state agrees to sweeping health care reforms, oversight at all prisons"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "No more foot-dragging on getting proper health care for prisoners"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "A tall task for the Illinois Department of Corrections" . . . "Legal challenges have put a spotlight on the need for improved physical and mental care for inmates, but finding the professionals to get the job done has been difficult."

Illinois Public Media by Lee V. Gaines: "Department of Corrections Director Blames Illinois Lawmakers For Lack Of Spending On Prison Books"

State Journal-Register by Dean Olsen: "Lawsuit: Springfield man killed fellow inmate in state prison"

Chicago Tribune by Jeff Coen and Stacy St. Clair: "How solitary confinement drove a young inmate to the brink of insanity" . . . "With his mental state deteriorating as he sat in the crushing isolation of solitary confinement, a desperate inmate named Anthony Gay saw a temporary way out. Sometimes it came in the form of a contraband razor blade. Occasionally it was a staple from a legal document or a small shard of something he had broken. He would mutilate himself in his Illinois prison cell, slicing open his neck, forearms, legs and genitals hundreds of times over two decades in solitary confinement. Once, he packed a fan motor inside a gaping leg wound; another time he cut open his scrotum and inserted a zipper."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Man sues state after two-decade stay in solitary"

NPR, Here & Now: "22 Years In Solitary Confinement: Looking At The Life Of Former Inmate Anthony Gay"

Chicago Tribune: "Who gets an escort from Illinois State Police? Athletes, team owners, musicians and filmmakers — but not sick motorists"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Illinois state trooper fired over 2015 Danville incident where gun went off"

Chicago Tribune: "Illinois State Police argue decision to ID cop who fatally shot Jemel Roberson should be Midlothian's"

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "2 Cook County judges — one cleared of gun charge, one reassigned for anger management — to return to bench at criminal court"

Aurora Beacon-News: "Kane County treatment program would offer drug users amnesty, 'a way out' of addiction" . . . "The 'A Way Out' program — which also runs in Lake and McHenry counties — allows anyone suffering from substance abuse to walk into the lobby of a participating police station and ask for help, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said. They’ll be able to dispose of their unwanted drugs without receiving any possession charges."

Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "What Kiwand Brown and other ex-offenders need to stay out of jail" . . . "Programs that aim to curb recidivism can make the difference. They’re no sure thing, but they’re essential to criminal justice reform."

Mother Jones: "Chicago’s Jail Is One of the County’s Biggest Mental Health Care Providers. Here’s a Look Inside."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "'We need officers that are culturally competent'" . . . "On Legally Speaking, MICHAEL SCHLOSSER, director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, talks with crime and courts reporter MARY SCHENK about attracting diverse candidates to police work and the latest in training officers to work in a multi-cultural society"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Still needed? No complaints appealed to Bloomington police review board during 2018"

WIFR-TV, Rockford: "A brief look into human trafficking in Rockford"

Joliet Herald-News: "Advocacy groups call Joliet woman's jail bond punitive" . . . "Illinois Justice Project Deputy Director Sharone Mitchell Jr. said the bond was excessive and that bond is meant to ensure a person appears in court or to protect the community."

Elgin Courier-News: "Elgin council speaks on fatal police shooting of Decynthia Clements for first time amid public outcry"

Rockford Register Star: "Winnebago County sheriff looks to beef up patrols amid beef with County Board"

Daily Herald: "Kane County sheriff books himself into jail, to see what complaints are about"

Daily Herald: "How a video of suburban cops facing a feisty squirrel became a viral hit" . . . "McHenry police took to Facebook on New Year's Day to post a funny video of an officer's encounter with a feisty squirrel that was bound and determined to barge its way into the police station."

Dec. 3 - 16, 2018

Chicago Tribune series, Part 1, reported by Elyssa Cherney, Sam Roe, Cecilia Reyes: "A robbery suspect raised his hands and dropped to the floor. When he was shot by security, nobody questioned the guard's story."

Chicago Tribune series, Part 2, reported by David Heinzmann: "Da Icehouse was told to hire armed security. For one woman, the consequences were fatal."

Chicago Tribune by Elyssa Cherney: "Ex-security guard involved in 2017 death of shoplifting suspect in Chicago pleads to charge of impersonating a cop"

Chicago Tribune: "With its low solve rate for shootings, Chicago police to add 50 sergeants to oversee detectives"

Chicago Tribune: "City officials say crackdown on illegal party buses has led to reduction in crimes"

Chicago Tribune: "Jury awards $1.3 million to family of man fatally shot by Chicago police"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Police Board to move forward with firing Van Dyke, 4 other CPD officers"

New York Times: "Police ‘Code of Silence’ Is on Trial After Murder by Chicago Officer" . . . "On trial along with the officers is the 'code of silence' that police officers across the country have been accused of operating under. In Chicago, the issue has been around for decades, bubbling up in recent years in cases involving a drunk-driving officer, an off-duty officer’s beating of a bartender and a lawsuit by two police officers who said they faced retaliation after breaking the code."

Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge denies motion for directed verdict for 3 Chicago cops in cover-up trial"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Email trail in cop cover-up case revealed: 'Any luck making the case go away?'"

Chicago Tribune: "Two trials with a similar defense — make Laquan McDonald the bad guy"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio: "Police Union Seeks To Kick Out Its Former President" . . . "A Chicago police union vice president has filed charges against former Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President Dean Angelo for comments he made to the media during the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke who was convicted in October for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald while on duty."

Chicago Tribune: "Jason Van Dyke to be sentenced next month after judge turns down new trial"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Shannon Heffernan: "Death In Illinois Prisons: He Didn’t Have A Death Sentence, But That’s What He Got" . . . "About eight people die inside Illinois prisons every month. And in many of those cases, the Department of Corrections doesn’t keep basic records, like the cause of death."

Associated Press: "State should disclose inmate-death records: Access counselor" . . . "Gov. Bruce Rauner’s corrections agency has refused to release public records about a prison altercation that led to the homicide of a 65-year-old inmate and forced the paid suspension of at least four correctional officers. The state’s public access counselor in the Democratic attorney general’s office ruled last month that Illinois Department of Corrections officials should release most of the documents regarding the May 17 incident at Western Illinois Correctional Center. The FBI is investigating. Neither FBI nor IDOC officials will comment."

WILL-AM/FM, Illinois Public Media: "Court Monitor ‘Absolutely Convinced’ Mentally Ill Inmates Abused, Inadequately Treated In Illinois" . . . "Late October, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction in the IDOC mental health lawsuit, which is now 11 years old, saying the agency has been “deliberately indifferent' to inmates’ medical needs. Baldwin said that assessment is not fair. 'But I can understand the court’s frustration with us, as well,' he said. 'This case was hanging on for a long time, and it was only in the last three-and-a-half years that Illinois decided we needed a response.'"

Illinois Review: "Prison Reform: A place for the Left and Right to meet?"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Seminaries in Illinois, nationwide have begun offering programs inside prisons"

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Culture shift: Officers learn new skills for dealing with women in prison"

Chicago Reporter by Jonah Newman: "Report: Doctors at Illinois youth prison gave kids antipsychotic medication for common behavioral problems" . . . "Psychiatrists at an Illinois youth prison have prescribed a powerful antipsychotic medication with a high potential for abuse to hundreds of juveniles in custody who have disorders for which the drug has not been approved, according to a new report."

NPR Illinois: "Illinois State Police Answer Questions On DNA Processing Backlog" . . . "According to a State Police report, DNA from nearly 13,000 criminal cases in total has yet to be processed."

WFLD-TV, Fox Chicago: "Backlog in DNA testing angers relatives of Illinois victims"

Block Club Chicago: "Crime Lab’s Huge DNA Backlog Could Take 5 Years To Clear — Even With More Scientists, State Police Say"

WGN-TV: "Illinois ranked last in solving murders; Massive crime lab backlog a factor" . . . "Illinois is ranked the worst in the nation when it comes to solving homicides. 'We have this backlog of DNA evidence that could potentially identify 750 murderers in the Chicagoland area,' Sen. Patricia Van Pelt said. 'This is something that shouldn't have happened.  We shouldn't have this backlog.'"

Chicago Sun-Times: "For robbery of $33 of underwear, Illinois appeals court upholds 10-year sentence"

Chicago Sun-Times and Injustice Watch: "Judge who now faces state inquiry after gun acquittal got a break most don’t" . . . "When Cook County Circuit Judge Joseph Claps was found not guilty in October of a gun charge, it was because another judge gave Claps the benefit of the doubt in a way that typical defendants aren’t given, an Injustice Watch investigation has found."

Belleville News-Democrat: "The Illinois Courts Commission to hear allegations against judge"

Chicago Tribune: "Woman escapes from Cook County courthouse after possibly slipping off handcuffs, officials say"

WICS-TV, Springfield: "Illinois leads in wrongful convictions due to false inmate testimony"

Associated Press by Sharon Cohen: "9,000 firearms and counting: Illegal guns flood Chicago" . . . "Chicago police regularly recover more illegal firearms than officials in larger New York and Los Angeles. Last year, the citywide haul was 7,932 firearms. The 2018 tally exceeds 9,100, and police say it could surpass 10,000 by year's end."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "New law aims to cut violence against health-care workers" . . . "More than a year and a half after two separate incidents involving nurses being taken hostage by inmates who were being treated, a new law will take effect to put protections in place for nurses across the state."

Galesburg Register-Mail by Robert Connelly: "Bill aims to return parole board for youthful offenders" . . . "HB 531 creates mid-sentence parole consideration for those 20 years old or younger when the crime occurred."

NPR Illinois by Lee V. Gaines: "Why Illinois Won’t ‘Ban The Box’ On College Applications"

State Journal-Register by Dean Olsen: "Medical officials oppose effort to legalize recreational use of marijuana" . . . "The advice several medical organizations and doctors are giving state officials is to say “no” to a legislative push that would make Illinois the 11th state with expansive laws allowing legalized recreational use for adults."

Bloomington Pantagraph: "Barickman: Marijuana will be legal in Illinois in 2020, but questions remain"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Champaign council votes to lower pot fine to $50; others will be reviewed"

Chicago Tribune: "As Michigan legalizes marijuana, the race is on with Illinois for 1st commercial sales in Midwest"

Northwest Herald: "McHenry County state's attorney asks local lawmakers to vote against marijuana legalization"

Illinois News Network: "Bill to clear some past marijuana convictions gets new support in Illinois"

NPR Illinois by Brian Mackey: "On Legalizing Pot, Pritzker Says 'Get At It'"

NPR Illinois by Lee V. Gaines: "What Happens To Pot Convictions If Illinois Legalizes?"

Belleville News-Democrat: "St. Clair County ordered to pay $301,000 to family of jail inmate who committed suicide"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Jury awards $301,000 to sons of man who committed suicide in St. Clair County jail"

WMAQ-TV, NBC5, Chicago: "Illinois County Gains $10M Detaining Undocumented Immigrants" . . . "'We still have all kinds of available capacity in our jail, so we're utilizing that capacity in a manner that makes revenue sense for us,' McHenry County administrator Peter Austin said."

Chicago Sun-Times: "How detaining undocumented immigrants became a $10M cash cow for McHenry County"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Danville NAACP president asks to see video of officer-involved fatal shooting"

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Officer-involved shooting puts Danville police's old cameras in crosshairs"

Decatur Herald & Review: "Warren Buffett on his son: 'He cares about Decatur'" . . . "To someone unfamiliar with (Howard) Buffett, whose unlikely 14-month tenure as Macon County sheriff came to a close Friday, it might be difficult to understand why the wealthy philanthropist, author, photographer and farmer wouldn't move on to some new adventure or tend to one of his numerous global projects, from border security to ending world hunger. But those people don't know Howard Buffett — or what led to this point, way back to growing up in Nebraska and learning about giving back."

Chicago Tribune: "DEA agent in Chicago charged with conspiring to traffic guns and drugs with international gang" . . . "A former Evanston police detective has been accused in a sweeping federal indictment of joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration so he could protect a vicious Puerto Rico-based drug organization responsible for numerous killings and other violence."

Capitol Fax: "Cook County Public Guardian sues DCFS: 'Abject moral and human rights failure'"

Illinois News Network: "Rauner to clear clemency backlog, issue reports in his final month" . . . "Rauner said he plans to clear any clemency request backlog and ensure each department is leaving the systems in the best order possible so operations don’t miss a beat."

Illinois Times by Karen Ackerman Witter: "Deaf Wings, a voice for victims; Deaf victims of violence are about to get the attention they need"

Elgin Courier-News: "Former Kane County sheriff left office with $309K deficit and stopped reporting finances in August, new sheriff says"

WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Community works to end violence" . . . "People came together to find ways to bring peace to the community. They came from all over. Places like Decatur, Danville, Chicago, Peoria, and Urbana. This was a 2 day training. They discussed ways to end violence, and make a greater effort to bring youth together."

Rockford Register Star: "Shop with a Cop: ‘It’s not just about arresting people, but public service’" . . . "This year, 79 children were selected, Sgt. Tammie Stanley said, each receiving $50 gift cards from Target or Meijer. The Fraternal Order of Police union and Midland Bank also donated gift cards for the event."

Daily Herald: "Kane County sheriff announces major changes to patrol and jail operations"

Lake County News-Sun: "Video captures moment Waukegan police officer stops teen from jumping in front of train" . . . "(Joe Florip, spokesman for the Waukegan Police Department) said police released the video because they recognize mental health as a huge issue. 'We thought this might be a huge catalyst for people who need help to get some help,' he said. 'That’s why we included the suicide hotline number in the press release (1-800-273-8255). We are also very proud of our police and dispatchers for the work they do on a daily basis. Sometimes the public doesn’t realize these are the type of things they are asked to do,' he said."

Dec. 17 - 30, 2018

ProPublica Illinois by Dua Eldeib: "6 Young Men, Given Adult Sentences for 'Minor' Infractions, Are Freed in Illinois" . . . "Six young men who had been sentenced to lengthy adult prison terms for committing what were described as minor infractions at a southern Illinois youth correctional facility went free Friday after outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, in an unannounced move, commuted their sentences. The young men, whose cases were documented in a ProPublica Illinois investigation last year, had only learned they would be released the day before. By Friday afternoon, all had walked out of the prisons where they were being held."

Politico: "Senate approves Trump-backed criminal justice overhaul" . . . "Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Lee led the effort."

Office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin news release: "Senate Passes Landmark Criminal Justice Reform"

WLS-TV: "Historic federal criminal justice reform passes Senate, expected to pass House" . . . "Deputy Director of the Illinois Justice Project Sharone Mitchell Jr. said the bill is a step in the right direction."

WGN-TV: "House vote sends major criminal justice overhaul to President Trump" . . . "'Back in the day folks thought that the best way to fight crime is to be a punitive as possible, lock people up as long a possible and American and our cities are our towns would be safer,' said Sharone Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Illinois Justice Project. 'The problem with that is it’s not the right way to fight crime.'"

Chicago Tribune by Mike Riopell: "Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker could get to sign gun dealer licensing bill approved under Gov. Bruce Rauner"

WGN-TV: "Full list of Illinois laws going into effect in 2019" . . . "There will be a 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases. This closes the gun show loophole for purchases made by a non-resident."

One Illinois: "Recreational pot not a pipe dream"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Dems say pot bill will create social justice, but black leaders aren’t sold yet"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Where 14 mayoral candidates stand on gun crime sentences — their full responses"

Illinois News Network: "Illinois to see longer waiting period for guns, new order of protection in 2019"

Bloomington Pantagraph by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Pritzker moves criminal justice reform under one roof"

MacArthur Justice Center and UPLC news release: "Illinois Prison Officials House Transgender Woman in Women’s Prison; After suffering repeated abuse and sexual assaults, Strawberry Hampton finally moved from men’s prison"

Associated Press by Michael Tarm: "Transgender inmate gets rare transfer to female prison" . . . "The IDOC’s hand was forced last month by a federal court that found Hampton had a strong case that her equal-protection rights were violated. Her lawyers said it was only the second such ruling in the country by a federal court."

Chicago Tribune by Angie Leventis Lourgos: "Transgender inmate moved to Illinois women’s prison after alleging years of abuse"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio by Maria Ines Zamudio: "Illinois Prison Officials Moves Transgender Woman To Women’s Prison Following Lawsuit"

WTTW, Chicago Tonight, by Matt Masterson: "Transgender Prisoner Moved to Illinois Women’s Prison After Alleged Abuse"

Truthout by Victoria Law: "Court Order Could Signal Change for Trans Women in Men’s Prisons"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo, struck and killed by train, remembered as father of 3 who served others"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police Officer Conrad Gary, devoted husband and father, wanted to protect people, relatives say"

Chicago Tribune: "Video shows 2 Chicago cops didn't see train that fatally struck them as they kept an eye on another train"

Chicago Sun-Times: "Rail agencies: We were never asked to halt, slow trains prior to deadly incident"

Chicago Sun-Times column by Neil Steinberg: "Garry McCarthy tips his hand"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police detectives face punishing pace of gun violence in neighborhoods where they are often not trusted or respected"

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police detectives face punishing pace of gun violence in neighborhoods where they are often not trusted or respected"

WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, by Chip Mitchell: "As Police Cover-Up Verdict Looms, Civil Rights Lawyer Asks Why Bosses Weren’t Charged"

Associated Press: "Man who won new trial in police torture case to stay in jail" . . . "A prison inmate whose murder conviction for a 1990 double murder was overturned this week by a judge after he contended he was beaten by Chicago police into confessing will be tried again and won’t be released from custody until January at the earliest."

Chicago Tribune by Megan Crepeau: "After witnesses recant, judge tosses conviction in shooting deaths of 2 13-year-old girls" . . . "The sign along the Stevenson Expressway reads, in urgent red block letters: Free Matt Sopron. Tuesday morning, after more than two decades of legal wrangling, Cook County prosecutors agreed to do just that."

Chicago Tribune: "Prosecutors charged a security guard with sex abuse. He kept his state license, as Illinois’ struggles to oversee a growing profession."

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:"Firing of trooper who tricked, handcuffed nude coworker upheld" . . . "A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld the firing of an Illinois state trooper who lured another trooper to his house and tried to have him arrested for breaking and entering after he discovered that other trooper was having an affair with his wife."

Chicago Tribune:"'It could be 700 murderers walking around.' Illinois families wait as murders go unsolved, evidence unprocessed"

New York Times:"Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Abuse, Attorney General Says"

NPR, All Things Considered: "New Report Reveals That In Illinois 690 Clergy Have Been Accused Of Sexual Abuse" . . . "NPR's Mary Louise Kelly interviews Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke about the Attorney General's report, revealing that 690 clergy have been of accused of sexual abuse."

Washington Post:"A boy separated from his mom at the border faces his first Christmas without her" . . . "BLOOMINGTON, Ill., -- The boy stood in the front of the church, flanked by his cousins yet utterly alone."

Chicago Sun-Times:"Ex-Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien breaks down before getting 1 year in prison"

Chicago Sun-Times editorial:"A Christmas season scandal — 19 inmates in jail just because they’re poor"

Chicago Sun-Times letter to the editor by Cook County Chief Circuit Judge Timothy Evans:"Why those 19 inmates were in Cook County Jail"

Rockford Register Star:"John Horton, who spent 23 years in prison for murder, receives certificate of innocence"

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

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette:"Officers won't be charged in death of inmate at Vermilion County Jail"

Daily Herald: "$7.9 million settlement in Delnor Hospital hostage lawsuit" . . . "A Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital nurse who was traumatized when a hospitalized jail inmate took her hostage and attacked her has received a $7.2 million settlement in her lawsuit against Kane County.Another nurse at the Geneva hospital will receive $650,000 and two others will receive $25,000 each, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request."

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette:"Boy records 9 minutes of taunting on school bus" . . . "Jamie Dunn knows bullying of all different degrees likely happens at every school. But it wasn't until her son recorded audio of more than nine minutes of verbal taunting on a bus that DeLand-Weldon's school board president woke up to the need of a culture change in the district. She said the language used against her middle school son was enough to make her blush. And fume. And wonder what could be done."

Associated Press:"Peoria’s 2018 homicides top 2 previous years combined"

Evanston Review:"Evanston has invested $6.5 million in Howard Street, once a hub for criminal activity. Is it working?"

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"