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Illinois kids spent 7,300 days left behind bars
Feb. 17, 2015
The state's child welfare system leaves hundreds of kids stuck in juvenile jail after their time is served. One juvenile was left in jail by DCFS last year for 190 extra days—that's longer than a school year.
Unions sue to stop Chicago pension overhaul
Dec. 16, 2014
Chicago has the worst-funded pension system of any major U.S. city. But some workers and unions say the mayor's latest move is unconstitutional.
Community prosecutions credited with drop in crime
Jul. 31, 2014
A University of Chicago law professor says his research shows community prosecution has had an immediate and measurable impact on violent crime.
What happens in Cook County if you can't afford a funeral?
Apr. 29, 2014
Cook County usually buries unclaimed bodies in the warm months. The burials include many people whose families cannot afford funerals.
Judge: Cook County clerk can start marrying same-sex couples
Feb. 21, 2014
The written order says couples should not have to wait for a state law, passed last year, to go into effect.
Cook County morgue gets new cooler, hires workers
Feb. 13, 2014
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says conditions are improving at the morgue thanks to more employees and a new $1.4 million cooler.
Cook County Commissioners unanimously approve 2014 budget
Nov. 9, 2013
All 17 Cook County commissioners approved the $3.2 billion spending plan for next year. The budget came out balanced even though the county faced a $152 million shortfall.
Dart: Court records in Cook County are 'embarrassing'
Oct. 10, 2013
Sheriff Dart is increasing public pressure on Dorothy Brown to bring Cook County’s Court filing system out of the 1930s.
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