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Former college tennis coach acquitted of stalking ex-girlfriend

A Cook County judge has acquitted a former collegiate tennis coach from Australia of charges that he stalked a former girlfriend and threatened to post nude photos of her online. Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson on Wednesday found Mark T. Henderson, 33, not guilty of aggravated stalking, cyberstalking...

Body found in forest is man reported missing in Arlington Heights

Officials with the Cook County Sheriff's office said Wednesday that a body found in a Barrington Hills forest preserve is a man who was reported missing earlier this week from Arlington Heights. The body of the 38-year-old man was located at roughly 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning by an employee of...

Judge: Chicago Archdiocese can be punished for its part in McCormack abuse case

A decade after former Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack was arrested for molesting children at his West Side church, a Cook County judge has ruled that victims abused by McCormack after September 2000 can seek punitive damages against the Chicago Archdiocese if their lawsuits go to trial. In...

Oh, Poor Baby

You might think that after the first three or four trips to prison, someone might have learned something, but we guess not: Tina Hunt had gone to the Cook County criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue to attend herShow More Summary

Have you thought of a visit to Mr. Madigan?

Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, visited the Tribune Editorial Board this week to warn that for lack of payments from the state, she'll soon have to lay off workers and curtail programs that collect child support enforcement, reduce criminals' recidivism and promote public...

Girl charged in 14-year-old Endia Martin's killing given jury trial

A Cook County judge decided Tuesday to let a jury decide the fate of a girl when she goes on trial in juvenile court for fatally shooting 14-year-old Endia Martin and wounding a second girl. In objecting to the defense request for a jury trial, Assistant State's Attorney Athena Farmakis said that...

Woman faces mandatory 6 years in prison for kicking deputy on shin

Tina Hunt had gone to the Cook County criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue to attend her son's court appearance in November 2013 when she found herself in a dispute with sheriff's deputies. After she was taken into custody, a sheriff's deputy charged that she kicked him in the...

Man sentenced to 2 life sentences in 2009 spree killings of 2

A Cook County judge on Monday sentenced a 31-year-old man to two natural life sentences without parole for the 2009 killings of two men with a high-powered rifle, prosecutors said. Ricardo Marchan, 31, had been reeling from a breakup with his girlfriend a few days earlier when he crossed paths...

Preckwinkle warns of possible county layoffs due to state budget impasse

With the state falling further behind in paying its bills, Cook County is starting to consider layoffs of workers who help collect child support and keep non-violent offenders out of state prisons, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday. As of Jan. 31, the state was $66.1 million behind...

Priest Shortage Could Force Chicago Archdiocese To Close Parishes

A "large number" of Roman Catholic churches in Cook and Lake counties could close in the next 14 years. [ more › ]

Gage Park victims' identities officially released by medical examiner

The Cook County medical examiner's office on Saturday officially released information on the identities of the six people found killed inside a Gage Park home this week. The six family members were found dead a little after 1 p.m. Thursday when police were called to a home in the 5700 block of...

Cook County State's Attorney Thinks Laquan McDonald's Shooting Was Handled Just Fine 

Following Rahm Emanuel’s fumbling around the fatal shooting of LaQuan McDonald by Chicago police in 2014 and the year it took to release the incident’s footage, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says everything was handled just fine. Read more...

Alvarez, answer the simple question

The question for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez was simple: Would you have brought murder charges yet against Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke if the famous dashboard camera video were still under wraps? It's a question that gets to the heart of why 71 percent of Cook County residents...

Remembering Sen. Marlow Cook: One of Kentucky's last moderate Republicans

Marlow W. Cook first flashed across the horizon of Louisville and Jefferson County a little more than a half-century ago, full of ideas, enthusiasm and youthful energy. He brought something that our city, then the nation's 31th largest,...Show More Summary

Wrong-way Lake Shore Drive driver apologizes for crash that changed families' lives

The mother of a promising University of Chicago Law School student sobbed Thursday as she talked in a Cook County courtroom about how a crash caused by a man driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive while drunk had forever changed two families' lives. Judith Wasil's son, Michael, 24, suffered...

Qaw’mane Wilson Dead? Hoax Claims That Rapper Young Q.C. Was Raped And Killed In Prison

Qaw’mane Wilson is not dead, despite widespread internet rumors that the rapper known as Young Q.C. was stabbed to death in prison. Reports circulated this week that Young Q.C. was attacked in the shower at the Cook County Jail, where other inmates reportedly raped and stabbed him. Show More Summary

School warns parents after cop who volunteered as photographer charged with child porn

Officials at Prospect High School alerted families Thursday that a Northwestern University police lieutenant facing child pornography charges in Cook County has for years volunteered to take photos of students participating in school activities. In a letter emailed to parents Thursday morning,...

Alvarez: 'I don't believe any mistakes were made' on McDonald case

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Thursday that she doesn't "believe any mistakes were made" in her handling of the Laquan McDonald police shooting case, while two Democratic challengers continued to fault her for waiting 400 days to charge Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke with...

Morning Spin: Alvarez, challengers to spar today in state's attorney's race

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin It's Thursday, Feb. 4, and the Democratic candidates for Cook County state's attorney are scheduled to appear at a forum, and you can watch...

Northwestern University police lieutenant charged with child porn

A Northwestern University police lieutenant is facing child pornography charges in Cook County, according to court records and officials. Ronald Godby, 53, of Mount Prospect, has been charged with manufacturing and possession of child pornography, as well as grooming, the records say. He appeared...

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