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Sheriff Slams Concealed Carry Law As A 'Monstrosity'

Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago

With Illinois' new concealed carry law set to take effect next month, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is once again taking aim at the legislation he call...

Kim Bellware

Illinois' Largest Mental Health Facility Is A Jail

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Before he was an inmate, a middle-aged man in a tan correctional uniform heard voices and believed he was God. Former Rep. Patrick Kenne...

Tom Dart Proposes Concealed Carry Ordinance For Cook County

Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago

With the status of the state's new concealed carry law still in limbo, Sheriff Tom Dart has proposed a new ordinance he hopes will keep Cook County fr...

Latest Search For Gacy Victims Comes Up Empty

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.12.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- If serial killer John Wayne Gacy murdered more young men in the 1970s than the 33 whose bodies he stashed under his house or tossed in a ri...

Prosecutors OK Warrant To Search For More Gacy Victims

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 01.12.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Detectives who have long wondered if John Wayne Gacy killed others besides the 33 young men he was convicted of murdering may soon get to s...

Audit: State's FOID Program Broken, Puts Public 'At Risk'

Posted 05.04.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has lashed out against the state's firearm owners identification (FOID) program, which a recent audit found to have serio...

Suburban Prison Could House Detained NATO Protesters

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Individuals arrested while protesting the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago could be bound for the suburbs, as the city is short on other options in the...

Does Preschool Help Prevent Crime?

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois law enforcement leaders joined forces last week to speak out against cuts to state preschool funding, claiming cutting early educa...

'This Is Just Not Right' 11 Bodies Found Stacked In Suburban Cemetery

Posted 04.15.2012 | Chicago

A man made a disturbing discovery last week when he visited the grave a recently deceased loved one he had been told was buried at the south suburban ...

Cook County Inmates Learning Chess

AP | By DON BABWIN | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Call it the Sheriff's Gambit. A sheriff in Illinois is turning to kings, queens and rooks to help teach inmates at his jail not to behave ...

Does Quinn's Budget Plan Go Far Enough?

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has had a rough year. The state's credit rating was downgraded, he has been berated by Republican governo...

Sheriff Says County Jail Is Largest Mental Health Provider In The State

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the county jail is so overwhelmed with people whose offenses are more attributable to mental health issues than crim...

Police: Man In Custody In Indian Head Park Teen's Slaying

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

As hundreds gathered to mourn the death of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin, police in suburban Indian Head Park were questioning a man suspected in her...

Sheriff's Office Will Be Watching Sex Offenders On Halloween

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County Sheriff's Office will be visiting the homes of registered sex offenders Monday, making sure they don't open their doors for trick-or-t...

WATCH: Presumed Gacy Victim Found Alive

Posted 12.26.2011 | Chicago

A former Aurora man thought to be one of eight unidentified victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been located, alive and well, in Florida afte...

WATCH: Survivor Of John Wayne Gacy Attack Speaks Out

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

Last week, the Cook County Sheriff's Department exhumed the bodies of eight John Wayne Gacy victims, hoping to identify them using modern science afte...

Sheriff: Solid Leads In Effort To ID Gacy Victims

AP | By DON BABWIN | Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A sheriff whose office exhumed the skeletal remains of eight of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's never-identified victims said Monday that d...

PHOTOS: Gacy Victims Exhumed, Sheriff Hopes To Identify Victims More Than 30 Years Later

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 12.12.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — More than 30 years after a collection of skeletal remains was found beneath John Wayne Gacy's house, detectives have secretly exhumed ...

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...

Joseph Erbentraut

Cook County Indigent Bodies To Be Donated To Science, Not Buried

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

A memo released late last month by Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Nancy Jones reported that the bodies of individuals whose families cannot af...

Illinois Rejects Federal Immigration Mandate, Again

Posted 11.10.2011 | Chicago

When it comes to federal immigration compliance, Illinois lawmakers have been bold in their rejection of some Obama administration policies in recent ...

WATCH: 'Prostitution: Leaving The Life' Tackles Problems Facing Cook County Sex Workers

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago

For about 20,000 women in the Chicagoland area, prostitution is a way of life. Over the years, many of these women are arrested and locked up briefly,...

Clout-Heavy Concessionaire Who Lost O'Hare Contract Sues City

Posted 10.05.2011 | Chicago

Though the two-year-long battle over the lucrative O'Hare International Airport terminal concessions contract appeared to come to an end last week whe...

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...

Disturbing Details Emerge In Slaying Of Pregnant Teen

Posted 06.29.2011 | Chicago

A south suburban couple has been charged in the murder of a pregnant teen who was found strangled in a Cook County Forest Preserve near Calumet City j...