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Emmett Till's Original Casket Found Rusting In Shack At Burr Oak Cemetery

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Some horrified relatives who searched Friday for loved ones' plots at a historic black cemetery at the center of a gravedigging sc...

Burr Oak Cemetery: 4 Charged With Dismembering At Least 300 Bodies In Graveyard Scam

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — (AP) Three gravediggers and a cemetery manager unearthed hundreds of corpses from a historic black cemetery south of Chicago, dump...

Burr Oak Cemetery Alsip, IL: 4 Accused Of Digging Up Bodies For Profit

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Three gravediggers and a cemetery manager unearthed hundreds of corpses from a historic black cemetery south of Chicago, dumping s...

Emmett Till Memorial Fund Scam Part Of Burr Oak Cemetery Scheme

Huffington Post | Ben Goldberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The woman behind a long-running scheme to dig up bodies and resell the grave sites in a historic African American cemetery also embezzled funds from a...

A Cook in Congress

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Todd Stroger intends to seek reelection, but it's hard to see him weathering an ultra-competitive primary with such shaky credentials.

Dorothy Brown Enters Race For Cook County Board President

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The race for the Cook County Board Presidency just got a little more crowded. Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown announced Friday that she...

Danny Davis Polling For County Board President Run

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Another big local name is considering running for Cook County Board president. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis is forming an exploratory committee to weigh a r...

A Ticket For Marijuana Possession In Cook County? Reduced Pot Penalty Proposed As Budget Woes Deepen

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Getting caught with a small amount of marijuana would not automatically lead to arrest if a Cook County Commissioner gets her way. An ordinance propo...

Sheriff Hires Ex-Prostitutes, Closes Mother-Daughter Brothel

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County sheriff's office has added two former prostitutes to the payroll as part of its efforts to combat the world's oldest profession, STNG ...

Taking On Craigslist Good Politics For Elected Officials

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Law enforcement officials who successfully pressured Craigslist to remove an erotic services category they say had become little more ...

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Named To Time 100

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It may be a sign of the times that the two biggest issues on Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's plate are mortgage defaulters and prostitutes. Or maybe no...

Sheriff Sets Up Suburban Government Corruption Unit

WBBM Newsradio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[Cook County Sheriff Thomas] Dart has formed a new Financial Crimes/Public Corruption Unit, the first of its kind in the sheriff's office, to investig...

Inside Cook County's 'Compassionate' Eviction Process

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NILES, Ill. — On a quiet street lined with neat homes and trim lawns, squad cars pull up to a suburban Chicago house where the owners have falle...

Craigslist Sued Over Sex Ads By Cook County Sheriff

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Cook County's sheriff filed a lawsuit Thursday against Craigslist, saying the popular online classifieds site not only allows the soli...

Tom Dart, Chicago Sheriff, Baits Fugitives With Holiday Ruse

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The sheriff's office in Chicago has arrested more than 60 fugitives with a net of holiday cheer. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Sun...

Jail Crowding May Be Reduced

Chicago Sun-Times | Frank Main | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The elimination of video bail hearings at the courthouse at 26th and California is expected to create staffing problems for the Cook County sheriff bu...

Cook County Sheriff Launching Local Most Wanted TV Show

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is launching a local version of "America's Most Wanted" on Comcast cable. "Police Blotter on Demand," which will be avai...

Stroger Threatens Huge Lay Offs If County Doesn't Get $740 Million

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nine months after a sales-tax increase that was expected to bring in nearly $400 million a year passed, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is wa...

Durbin And Dart Decry Foreclosure 'Chaos'

NBC 5 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Will help for homeowners facing foreclosure come too late? That is the fear of lawmakers meeting on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Sen. Dick Durbin says ...

Cook County Sheriff To Appear At Senate Foreclosure Hearing

ABC 7 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin will chair a hearing in Washington Wednesday on the foreclosure crisis. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will be among those...

Cook County Sheriff Resuming Evictions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE The Cook County Sheriff's office will resume mortgage foreclosure evictions Monday, October 20th. Sheriff Dart agreed to end his brief morator...

Cook County Sheriff Suspending Mortgage Foreclosure Evictions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is helping to uphold state law with his eviction moratorium: People...

Deal Bans Political Hiring In Sheriff's Department

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Thursday agreed to settle a federal lawsuit that seeks to eliminate political hiring in his office. The proposed deal...

Cook County Jail Realities

Tom Dart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Dart

Unfortunately, the recent report on conditions at Cook County Jail failed to fully recognize the plethora of changes I've introduced in the 20 months I've been in office and the dramatic changes that even those federal inspectors recognized while touring the facility with us.