| Dec 11, 2012
| 7:21 PM
Citing an increasing concern that gang members are using handheld electronic devices to influence courtroom proceedings, the top judge in Cook County announced today the general public will be barred from bringing cell phones, tablet computers and other...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 9:50 AM
J.F.'s marriage was crumbling in 2010, but he didn't want that public.
J.F. is a well-known Chicago politician, and when he and his wife ended up in divorce court, he asked that their names be kept secret to avoid a “media frenzy.”
| Dec 17, 2012
| 10:33 AM
The special prosecutor in the case of Richard Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley, is asking that a judge from outside Cook County be assigned to the case to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Cook County Judge Arthur Hill has recused...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 3:47 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said today he has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to name a judge from outside of Cook County to preside over the trial of a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley in a 2004 death of David Koschman.
Evans agreed to a...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Two days after Cook County rolled out the first phase of its cellphone ban, a former convict from Chicago was taken into custody today after he used his phone to take photos of a circuit judge in a suburban courthouse, authorities said.
| Apr 25, 2013
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans kept hearing complaints from his judges about street gangs in their courtrooms using cellphones to photograph witnesses.
"They're bold and they're brash," Evans told me the other day. "They think they can do it in...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 5:25 AM
A crackdown on cellphones and other electronics in Cook County criminal courthouses begins next week at the busiest criminal court facility in the country.
The ban on smartphones, computer tablets and other electronic devices takes effect Monday at...
| Apr 14, 2013
Another collection of dispatches from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist
Dear members of the Illinois General Assembly:
While I admire the principle and spirit of thrift behind the overwhelming vote last...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 5:07 AM
A crackdown on cellphones and other electronics in Cook County criminal courthouses begins Monday at the busiest criminal court facility in the country.
The ban on smartphones, computer tablets and other electronic devices takes effect Monday at the...
| Nov 18, 2012
The death of Chicago's first black mayor was marked by tears of sorrow, words of praise — and down-and-dirty politicking.
A few days after Harold Washington had a fatal heart attack in his City Hall office, 25 years ago Nov. 25, a Tribune reporter...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Cook County's chief judge is giving the thumbs up to a new policy that will allow cameras and recorders inside courts on an experimental basis. …...