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Empire Is the Subject of a Class Action Lawsuit About Its Filming at a Juvenile Detention Center

Empire has a new legal mess to contend with: Fox is being hit with a class action lawsuit, with former residents of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center alleging that scenes shot at the facility left the residents in "lockdown." The suit concerns the first two episodes of Empire's ... More »

Sounds Like an Admission

In open court no less: A Far South Side man accused of shooting at a Chicago Police officer lashed out at a Cook County judge in court Tuesday, saying he should have just “smoked his a ? ?” after being ordered held without bail.“Chicago...Show More Summary

Good Question

Missed this one earlier last week, but it's a fair question: The lawyer for the Chicago police officer charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald fired his first legal salvo at the prosecution case, asking Cook CountyShow More Summary

Dart's Jail

Another great job by Tommy-Boy : Savage Life is what they call themselves — a gang of about 30 Cook County jail inmates. The sheriff’s office is trying to get them under control.Brad Curry is the Corrections Bureau Chief at the sheriff’s office. Show More Summary

ZIP code profile: 60422

The 60422 ZIP code comprises part of the villages of Flossmoor and Homewood, about a 55 minute drive from Chicago. The area sits in Cook County and is home to Coyote Run Golf Course and Flossmoor Country Club...

Liability roundup

Big win for Ted Frank’s objector project in Walgreens case: “Posner opinion blasts class actions that are ‘no better than a racket'” [ABA Journal, Kevin LaCroix/D and O Diary, Cook County Record] “It’s a bonus if they went [to the hospital]...Show More Summary

Illinois Judge Accused of Letting Clerk Dress in Judicial Robe and Hear Cases

A Cook County judge has been suspended from the bench after she was accused of allowing one of her clerks to preside over at least two cases.

Paul O'Neal, Teen Shot By Chicago Cops, Suffered Gunshot Wound To His Back

A teenager who was shot and killed by Chicago police officers last month suffered a single gunshot wound to his back, according to an autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office made public on Wednesday. Toxicology reports also found 18-year-old Paul O’Neal did not have drugs in his system. Show More Summary

Paul O'Neal, Teen Shot By Chicago Cops, Suffered Gunshot Wound To His Back

A teenager who was shot and killed by Chicago police officers last month suffered a single gunshot wound to his back, according to an autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office made public on Wednesday. Toxicology reports also found 18-year-old Paul O’Neal did not have drugs in his system. Show More Summary

Former Butler Basketball Player Joel Cornette Dies at Age 35

Former Butler forward Joel Cornette died Tuesday morning. He was 35. Phil Friend of the Indianapolis Star reported Cornette's death was confirmed by the Cook County coroner's office in Illinois. The official cause of death is not yet...Show More Summary

The Cook County Land Bank is chipping away at abandoned properties one house at a time

Imagine a county agency that doesn't rely on taxpayer dollars to operate. And not only that, but it also generates wealth and helps revitalize struggling neighborhoods.…

Illinois Seeks P3 Proposals for I-55 Toll Express Lanes Project

Daily Herald reports, “The Illinois Department of Transportation Thursday asked construction firms to submit ideas on how to build two tolled express lanes on I-55 in DuPage and Cook counties.” The report adds, “The public-private partnership...Show More Summary

On the Bus and off to the Lake

Recently I slept in a tent for three nights alongside Nolin River Lake in Grayson County, Kentucky. Twenty or more men, ages thirty-some to forty-some were invited to an annual camp out and cook out at a private lake cabin hosted by a mutual friend. Most everyone slept in the cabin, but a few of......

“Veterans’ Village” not really village for veterans

Near Chicago, is an $11 million project ostensibly to house homeless veterans with a 35-unit single bedroom set of apartments, according to the Cook County Chronicle. In June, Veterans Village celebrated its grand-opening celebration. The $11 million Melrose Veterans Project covers three city blocks in the 100 blocks of 13th, 14th and 15th avenues near […]

Who Gets Killed in Chicago?

The Sun Times "watchdogs" had this article up : Among the Sun-Times’ findings, based on a review of police and Cook County medical examiner’s reports, court files and interviews:• The vast majority of those killed in Chicago in the first...Show More Summary

Man Spits in Wife's Face Over Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Gets Arrested

A man in Georgia has been arrested for reacting to his wife's cooking in a very inappropriate manner. The incident took place in Clarke County on Wednesday and it centered on 55-year old James DePaola. More specifically, it centeredShow More Summary

Miranda Lambert Tears Up in Concert While Singing Song She Wrote With Ex Blake Shelton (Video)

Miranda Lambert got a little emotional during her concert at Tinley Park on Friday (July 29) in Cook County, Ill. The 32-year-old country singer was singing her 2012 single, “Over You,” which she co-wrote with her ex-husband Blake Shelton. Miranda broke down in tears on stage and the crowd immediately helped her finish the song. [...]

Chicago police officers' credibility questioned by judges in at least 13 cases, defense attorneys told

Cook County prosecutors recently notified defense lawyers in at least 10 criminal cases that a judge had found the court testimony of a veteran Chicago police officer to be false, a determination about the officer's credibility that could affect the cases as they move to trial. The state's attorney's...

Understaffing Again

In a properly manned and maintained jail this doesn't happen : A standoff and hostage situation at a maximum security wing of the Cook County Jail was resolved Thursday evening, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.Two inmates...Show More Summary

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