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Chicago Inmates Are Helping Prevent Crime In Rough Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact

For nearly a year, blighted neighborhoods around Chicago have been getting a helping hand from the very people who helped erode them with crimes like ...

Race and the Economy: Learning From Ferguson

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.22.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Peter Creticos, executive director of the Institute for Work and the Economy, believes discussion about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, last month, reflects a discussion Americans have been having about inequality for decades, but that the question of why it happened extends beyond race.

Cops' 'Free TV' Sting Operation Nabs More Than 100 Fugitives

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff's police arrested more than 100 fugitives last month during a sting operation that lured wanted criminals to a county government w...

Man Robs Friends, Is Immediately Identified

Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago

The two victims of an armed robbery this weekend welcomed their assailant into the parked car where they sat chatting in Ford Heights, and the three c...

Wanted: 1,000+ Deadbeat Parents

Posted 08.21.2011 | Chicago

One day after Father's Day, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Monday that his department's website would, within the next two weeks, post photogr...

Mass Incarceration Undoes California (And the Rest of Us Too)

Locke Bowman | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Take away the fiscal emergency, and the California prison case would never have reached the Supreme Court. Instead, there'd be a boom in prison construction.

Cook County Sheriff Ramps Up Fight Against Suburban Gangs

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.18.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff's gang investigators couldn't believe their eyes. The Bloods -- a California gang portrayed in movies like "Colors" -- have nev...

WATCH: Cops Say Man Kept Alligator In Home To Attract Women

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

A Ford Heights man told Cook County Sheriff's police that he kept a 4-foot-long American alligator in his home because "it attracted women." Deway...

Man Makes Daring Escape From Police, On Crutches

Posted 06.27.2011 | Chicago

James Roesch was briefly able to elude Cook County sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning, in an escape made all the more daring by his hobbling around on...

Tween Drinking: Sheriff Says Waitress Served 12-Year-Old

Posted 05.30.2011 | Chicago

Teen drinking is one of those much-decried social ills that's begun to seem almost inevitable. But tween drinking -- that's not one you hear about ver...

Cook County Sheriff Calls Mass Baby Burials 'Disturbing'

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While it certainly doesn't sound legal to have 26 babies buried together in a wooden box along with unidentified limbs and bones, the practice is actu...

Toni Preckwinkle In Power Struggle With Tom Dart Over Budget

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two of Cook County's up-and-coming reform-minded leaders are set to square off in a battle for budget dollars. Tom Dart, the Cook County Sheriff, is ...

Fake Lawyer Tried Over 60 Cases With No Law Degree

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Tahir Malik, a 47-year-old man from Skokie, Illinois, "walked around the courtroom like he was a hotshot, strutting around," said one of his clients. ...

Family Angry At Cops For Ruining 'Designer Marijuana' Operation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Tinley Park family busted for running a $1 million marijuana grow operation in their suburban home is furious with the Cook County Sheriff's police ...

Man Jumps From Window To Avoid Paying Child Support

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man broke both of his legs Tuesday after jumping from a third-floor window to avoid an arrest for unpaid child support. Ronald "Boobie" ...

Sheriff Wants To Stop New Burials At Burr Oak

Southtown Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is trying to prevent new burials from taking place in a 10-acre parcel of Burr Oak cemetery where human remains were dug ...

Assault Rifles Stolen From Police Firing Range; Sheriff's Investigation Thwarted

chicagopublicradio.org | Produced by Alex Keefe on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Police in south suburban Harvey say nearly two dozen guns have been stolen from their firing range. They range from handguns to high-powered rifles....

'Operation Room Service': 100 Arrested, $100,000 Recovered In Sting

Chicago Public Radio | Susie An | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 100 people were arrested and more than $100,000 in drugs and cash seized as part of a six-month investigation dubbed "Operation Room Service...

Burr Oak Cemetery Opening Online Records Database

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities plan to give the public access to a searchable online database of nearly 100,000 graves at the historic black cemetery...

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 ...

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...

Puppy Mill Busted On South Side, Dozens Of Puppies Crammed Into Bird Cages (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Authorities have removed up to 70 puppies from a home on Chicago's South Side, where police say some animals were stuffed into bird cages and living w...

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...