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Inmate beaten in Cook County jail hours after judge ordered him free
Sep. 12, 2014
Under the authority of Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County makes inmates who’ve already been freed by a judge, go back to jail to be processed out.
Standing in the gap: Parenting amid violence
Aug. 18, 2014
50 school-aged children have died so far this year in Chicago—on sidewalks, on streets, even inside a friend’s home. For parents living in neighborhoods where violence is a reality, even the most benign setting can feel unsafe and out of control.
Illinois counting on Cook County program to fix juvenile parole
Jun. 9, 2014
The state is expanding its Aftercare pilot, but experts and data question whether the program is working.
Roll call: Ill. governor candidates’ views on concealed carry
Mar. 12, 2014
A concerned citizen poses questions about violence and the state’s new law allowing people to carry concealed guns. We find a surprising lack of consensus among the candidates and researchers, too.
Murdered Chicago teen died with bus ticket out of town
Oct. 3, 2013
17-year-old was two days away from moving before he was shot to death.
IL campaign pushes kids to report abuse
Oct. 2, 2013
State child welfare officials say one in five Illinois kids is abused, but adults aren’t doing enough to help.
State lawmakers: Feds needed to curb guns
Aug. 19, 2013
A new gun law requires full background checks on private sales and gun owners’ report on loss or theft within 72 hours.
Chicago OKs strict changes to assault weapons ban
Jul. 17, 2013
The City Council has unanimously approved tweaks to the city's assault weapon ban.
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