A Cook County commissioner is quietly proposing an ordinance that would require the county’s massive jail to release some inmates wanted by immigration authorities.Sponsored by Jesús García, D-Chicago, the measure would prohibit the jail from holding inmates based on an Immigration and Customs Enfor
Supporters of tougher immigration enforcement are criticizing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart for seeking legal options enabling the county’s massive jail to quit holding some inmates wanted for immigration violations.
On any given day, the Cook County Jail holds hundreds of inmates picked up on criminal charges who also happen to be wanted for an immigration violation. Sheriff Tom Dart’s office keeps them up to 48 hours beyond when the criminal cases would allow them out.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in county jails.Preckwinkle announced the formation of a new county agency Wednesday that will focus on reforming the county jail system. She said the agency will aim to improve the bond court
Despite drops in foreclosure activity, Illinois has the ninth highest foreclosure rate in the U.S. and starting this month it's likely to get worse. Over the holidays, many lenders put foreclosures on hold nationwide. But that temporary freeze is over now.
Cook County is paying out $55 million to people who were strip searched while being processed into the county jail. The settlement follows a trial from the summer of 2009 in which a jury found that the Cook County Sheriff's department violated the rights of thousands of prisoners admitted to th