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    One of the Chicago area's top prosecutors wants to expunge the records of thousands of people for drug-related offences in a controversial 'test balloon' for the country's drug laws.  Kim Foxx, attorney general for Cook County in Illinois, said she wants to automatically wipe clean the records of people found selling cannabis in larger amounts, as well as potentially the arrest records for harder drugs like heroin and cocaine, in a bold new 'vision' that was revealed today.  The 48-year-old, who is the first black woman in her post, called the move a 'larger, progressive' approach to treating drug addiction and said that in some areas of Chicago, drug dealing 'was the only economy that they had.' Foxx's office has already automatically deleted 2,200 low-level cannabis convictions for possession of 30 grams or less; the amount that’s now legal to carry since the drug was legalized in the state in January...
    Seventeen years ago, a Waste Management employee was emptying trash bins in Cook County’s Stickney Township when she found a pair of newborn twins. The infants were dead, and their umbilical cords were still attached, according to Chicago Tribune reporting at the time. During the course of their investigation back then, police spoke with neighbors and pregnant women in the area, but never managed to solve the case. On Saturday, however, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced a breakthrough: They’d charged the infants’ mother, Antoinette Briley, with two counts of first-degree murder. Back in 2003, authorities ruled the newborn boys’ deaths a homicide after an autopsy revealed that they were born alive and died of asphyxiation. The case sat cold for more than a decade, until police reopened it in 2018. As they began their investigation anew, detectives used what a press release provided to The...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from his office.Dart last worked on Nov. 19 and received confirmation that he tested positive for the virus on Nov. 24, the release said.He began feeling symptomatic on Nov. 20 and immediately self-quarantined, the office said."The Sheriff is uncertain where he contracted the virus but has been working around the clock to combat the virus at the Sheriff's Office," the release said.Dart remains symptomatic and is under the care of his physician, officials said.
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  They are some of life’s biggest financial burdens: being evicted or foreclosed on  and massive debt. On Monday, Cook County launched a new program to provide legal aid for housing and debt. “The pandemic has been hard on each and every one of us, but the most vulnerable among us need our help now, more than ever,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “I’m grateful to the Chicago Bar Foundation and all our community partners out on the front lines making sure helps get to our residents who need it most.” PRESS CONFERENCE: Join us for the launch of Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt, a new, county-wide initiative aimed at helping residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt and tax deed issues. Tune in at 9:30 a.m.: https://t.co/wvz8dVDKHL@cookcountygov pic.twitter.com/GSIrxFwIdG — Toni Preckwinkle (@ToniPreckwinkle) November 23, 2020 The Cook County judicial system, Chicago Bar Foundation...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– A judge and four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Cook County Circuit Court, the Office of the Chief Judge announced. Officials said the judge who tested positive works in the Bridgeview Courthouse. Two employees with coronavirus work for the Adult Probation Department, including one who works in the Bridgeview Courthouse and the other in the Skokie Courthouse. Two employees with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center tested positive for the virus, along with four JTDC residents. There are a total of 68 staff members and 53 residents with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 155 employees working under the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as 9 judges. Also From CBS Chicago: Sources: Former Police Supt. Eddie Johnson Pushed His Wife Away When She Tried To Stop Him From Burning Her Underwear Scammers Hustle Way...
    Youtube Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve A 22-year-old woman was brutally attacked and killed in a nature preserve near Chicago and police are looking for the killer. Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez was at Midlothian Meadows Forest with her mother and a friend on November 2, according to the Associated Press. The three women were walking one of the preserve’s trails when Ceja-Ramirez decided to go back to the car about halfway through the walk, the AP reported. But at some point between leaving her mother and the friend and reaching the car, Ceja-Ramirez was attacked. That was not initially known, however. For two days, all that was known was that Ceja-Ramirez was missing. When her mother and the friend returned to the car, Ceja-Ramirez was not there and she was unreachable by phone. Her mother filed a missing person’s report, describing her daughter as 5’5 and 115 pounds with brown eyes...
    Election Day is Nov. 3, 2020.RELATED: 2020 Illinois vote questions answered, on mailing ballots, early voting, Election Day rules and moreClick here for information on voting, polling places, and everything else you need to know for Election Day.*Note: Clicking on the candidates' names highlighted in blue will take you to their information page or directly to their websites.UNITED STATES PRESIDENTRELATED: Steps to becoming the US presidentDEMOCRATBIDEN, JOSEPH R. & HARRIS, KAMALA D.REPUBLICANTRUMP, DONALD J. & PENCE, MICHAEL R. (I)GREENHAWKINS, HOWIE & WALKER, ANGELAPARTY FOR SOCIALISM AND LIBERATIONLA RIVA, GLORIA & PELTIER, LEONARD AMERICAN SOLIDARITY PARTYCARROLL, BRIAN & PATEL, AMARLIBERTARIANJORGENSEN, JO & COHEN, JEREMY "SPIKE"UNITED STATES SENATORDEMOCRATDURBIN, RICHARD J. (I)REPUBLICANCURRAN JR., MARK C.WILLIE WILSON PARTYWILSON, WILLIE L.GREENBLACK, DAVID F.LIBERTARIANMALOUF, DANNYUNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACES1ST DISTRICT DEMOCRATRUSH, BOBBY L. (I)REPUBLICANWHITE, PHILANISE 2ND DISTRICTDEMOCRAT ROBIN KELLY (I)REPUBLICANRABORN, THERESA J. 3RD DISTRICTDEMOCRATNEWMAN, MARIEREPUBLICANFRICILONE, MIKE4TH DISTRICTDEMOCRAT GARCIA, JESUS "CHUY" (I)REPUBLICANSOLORIO, JESUS5TH DISTRICTDEMOCRATQUIGLEY, MIKE (I)REPUBLICANHANSON, TOMMYGREENWILDA,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County wants to help people get back to work – so it’s launching a $4 million recovery job training and placement program. And it’s not just for people looking for a job. It will also help employers looking for new workers. “It will also provide workforce and recruitment support for employers looking to retain and retrain their workers,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “People need to know there are jobs available now and we will help match them,” said Karin M. Norington-Reaves of Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. We need people to go to work because we know our unemployment system is not working well.” The initiative also includes a pilot program specifically aimed at the manufacturing sector to avert layoffs. Also From CBS Chicago: Woman Who Claimed Car Was Stolen With Baby Inside Lied, Police Say Child Was With Sitter Man Who Attacked...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County election officials said at least five times as many voters have asked for mail-in ballots than requested them in 2016.The ballots may be coming in the old fashioned way, by U.S. Mail, but from that point, the system is high-tech, high-security, and there are exceedingly high expectations for a speedy and accurate vote count.The I-Team went inside the nerve center Tuesday where election authorities try to get a head start on early processing of early voting ballots and vote-by-mail forms to weed out those that may have problems with signatures. The ballots are then put in place so when the polls close, the actual vote count will be correct, and as fast as possible.In the midst of a pandemic and a chorus of concerns even from President Trump about the integrity of what is increasingly a mail-in election, Cook County officials try to get ahead...
    Election Day is November 3, 2020.Click here for information on voting, polling places, and everything else you need to know for Election Day.*Note: Clicking on the names highlighted in blue will take you to their information page or directly to the candidate's web site.UNITED STATES PRESIDENTDEMOCRATBIDEN, JOSEPH R. & HARRIS, KAMALA D.REPUBLICANTRUMP, DONALD J. & PENCE, MICHAEL R. (I)GREENHAWKINS, HOWIE & WALKER, ANGELAPARTY FOR SOCIALISM AND LIBERATIONLA RIVA, GLORIA & PELTIER, LEONARD AMERICAN SOLIDARITY PARTYCARROLL, BRIAN & PATEL, AMARLIBERTARIANJORGENSEN, JO & COHEN, JEREMY "SPIKE"UNITED STATES SENATORDEMOCRATDURBIN, RICHARD J. (I)REPUBLICANSCURRAN JR., MARK C.WILLIE WILSON PARTYWILSON, WILLIE L.GREENBLACK, DAVID F.LIBERTARIANMALOUD, DANNYUNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACES1ST DISTRICT DEMOCRATSRUSH, BOBBY L. (I)REPUBLICANWHITE, PHILANISE 2ND DISTRICTDEMOCRATS ROBIN KELLY (I)REPUBLICANRABORN, THERESA J. 3RD DISTRICTDEMOCRATSNEWMAN, MARIEREPUBLICANS.FRICILONE, MIKE4TH DISTRICTDEMOCRAT GARCIA, JESUS "CHUY" (I)REPUBLICANSOLORIO, JESUS5TH DISTRICTDEMOCRATSQUIGLEY, MIKE (I)REPUBLICANSHANSON, TOMMYGREENWILDA, THOMAS J. 6TH DISTRICTDEMOCRATCASTEN, SEAN (I)REPUBLICANSJEANNE M. IVESKINZLER, GORDONLIBERTARIANREDPATH, BILL7TH DISTRICTDEMOCRATSDAVIS, DANNY K. REPUBLICANCAMERON, CRAIGINDEPENDENT JENNINGS, TRACY8TH DISTRICTDEMOCRATS KRISHNAMOORTHI, RAJA...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As part of his COVID-19 treatment, President Donald Trump received the experimental drug Regeneron Friday; Cook County Health is currently seeking volunteers to participate in its clinical trials for the same treatment option.Trump is waking up Saturday in the hospital out of what the White House is calling an "abundance of caution." He's at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The White House said he was experiencing mild symptoms from COVID-19.He was taken to Walter Reed after suffering from a low-grade fever, chills, nasal congestion and a cough, multiple sources told ABC News.The president is being treated with remdesivir and an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron, which is also being tested at Cook County Hospital.RELATED: Trump tests positive for COVID-19, taken to Walter Reed military hospital and given remdesivir"The idea is what they attach to that spike protein and prevent the virus from being able...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  A spectacular revival in the Illinois Medical District as the old Cook County Hospital now transformed into two brand new hotels. Cook County and city of Chicago leaders  were on hand for the ribbon cutting at the new Harrison Square Hyatt House Hotel Tuesday morning. The old Cook County Hospital was replaced by Stroger Hospital in 2002. The historic building was the inspiration for the hit TV dramas St. Elsewhere” and “ER.”    
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Foot Locker stores aren't just a place to buy your favorite athletic wear anymore; they're now a place where you can register to vote."We need to vote and I think that's a good idea," said Marcellus Brown, Chicago resident.Starting Tuesday, anyone who wants to can register to vote or check their voter registration status though kiosks at Foot Locker's roughly 2,000 stores or a voter registration portal on the company's website.Vote by mail: How to request a ballot for mail-in voting, and moreEMBED More News Videos A step-by-step guide to requesting an Illinois mail-in ballot. The initiative, in partnership with Rock the Vote, hopes to reach the millions of young people now eligible to vote, and is just one of many efforts coinciding with National Voter Registration Day."From who gets a lifetime position on the Supreme Court to whether or not the Affordable Care Act continues to...
    Prisons and jails number among the top hotspots for coronavirus outbreaks in the US - and new Harvard University research suggests that for every one person who goes into a jail, another two people in the communities they return to develop COVID-19.   By the end of last month at least 78,526 people had tested positive for coronavirus in US prisons.  It's no surprise that coronavirus can spread like wildfire in jails and prisons where hundreds or thousands of people live in close quarters and share communal bathrooms and dining areas.  But the Harvard study found that the impact of these outbreaks is not confined to the prison walls.  Instead, the high turnover rate with which people enter and exit jails and return to their communities drive higher coronavirus cases in their counties, a phenomenon that add to the disproportionate effect the pandemic is having on black, Hispanic and poor Americans,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is wrapping up its count one month early.Americans in Chicago and across the country need to be tallied by Sept. 30.Census results affect how much funding and representation places get.Door-to-door canvassing, passing out flyers at church food giveaways and filling out forms online while people are in line mark Census Action Week in Cook County.Community groups and county officials are concentrating their efforts in neighborhoods with low participation, like Chicago Lawn on the Southwest Side."As a whole as a community, we are still low, so we are trying one last push before the deadline," said Mayra Sarabia with Southwest Organizing Project.The U.S. Census deadline has been moved up. Originally Oct. 31, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will end the count on Sept. 30."We already had so many barriers to get a full and accurate count here in Cook County; we know historically...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With coronavirus cases on the rise in suburban Cook County, the Cook County Department of Public Health has issued more restrictive guidelines when it comes to certain settings. Those settings include bars, fitness clubs, and personal care businesses, among others. The department noted that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in suburban Cook County – particularly among young adults in their 20s. The overall daily case count is now back where it was in March, and COVID-19 cases among those in their 20s are now about 2.5 times higher than they were at the end of March. The age group now has the highest rates of COVID-19 in suburban Cook. As of this past Friday, there was an eight-day increase in COVID-19 positivity rates in suburban Cook County and a two-day increase in hospital admissions. The positivity rate rose from 5.2 percent on July 22 to 5.8...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s birth place for tens of thousands of Chicagoans. A building so famous, it was even home to a hit TV show. But now, the old Cook County Hospital has been repurposed as a hotel. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole got a first look inside. How many people can proudly say they were born at Cook County Hospital?  Thousands. The building was falling apart. Its roof famously leaking, squatters broke in. Today,  it’s impressive on the inside, but it’s on the outside where it really shines. Its nickname was Chicago’s Ellis Island, providing medical care often to citizens without means, but by the early 2000’s Cook County Hospital was a historic but empty aging structure From the street it’s easy to see how the elegant 106-year-old Beau Arts building now shines in its rebirth, part of a $1 billion multi phase project that opened Tuesday with a 210-room Hyatt...
    Opioid Overdoses Keep Surging in Chicago, Killing Black People on the West Side ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Sign up for The ProPublica Illinois newsletter for weekly updates. Cook County residents continue to die at a staggering rate from opioid-related overdoses, and Black residents from Chicago’s West Side account for a disproportionate number of those deaths. County political and public health officials on Tuesday sounded the alarm about what they said was a preventable crisis that has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Whatever crisis faces our communities, people of color bear the brunt of it,” Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president, said at a news conference. “These compounding public health crises show the existing inequities in our system and their disproportionate impact on communities that already struggle with disinvestment, lack of resources, violence and poverty.” ProPublica Illinois first...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– A Cook County commissioner is pushing for people in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood to “Be Counted.” Commissioner Alma Anaya talked about the importance of taking part in the 2020 Census because of the critical part it plays in securing resources. “We know that a lot of the resources, the funding that comes into the parks, the schools, our roads, is allocated using census data,” Anaya said. “If the community is undercounted, the resources will not get to the communities.” You can fill out your Census questionnaire online at 2020census.gov.
    ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Sign up for The ProPublica Illinois newsletter for weekly updates. AUSTIN — Cook County residents continue to die at a staggering rate from opioid-related overdoses, and Black residents from Chicago’s West Side account for a disproportionate number of those deaths. County political and public health officials on Tuesday sounded the alarm about what they said was a preventable crisis that has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Whatever crisis faces our communities, people of color bear the brunt of it,” Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president, said at a news conference. “These compounding public health crises show the existing inequities in our system and their disproportionate impact on communities that already struggle with disinvestment, lack of resources, violence and poverty.” ProPublica Illinois first reported on the spike in opioid deaths in May and highlighted how...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For health experts a worst fear has come true — alarming numbers out of Cook County show a sharp spike in overdose deaths from opioids. Those on the front lines of the crisis call it yet another indirect symptom of coronavirus and the effects of quarantine. For those who handle the deceased within Cook County, the past few months have felt like a battle from all fronts. “We’re seeing an increase in number of deaths due to COVID,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar. “We’re also seeing an increase in the number of gun homicides recently, and now within all of this we’re seeing an increase in case load because of opioid deaths.” The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has been in close contact with public health departments over what seems to be a brewing crisis within another crisis. “The news has been pretty grim. It’s been...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Jail lost power in multiple divisions late Wednesday. The Cook County Sheriff’s office said it was using backup generators and was able to provide lights, power, and technology. All inmates and staff were secure and accounted for, the Sheriff’s office said. The facilities management team at the jail was working on restoring power. It was unclear early Wednesday evening what caused the power outage.
    LITTLE VILLAGE — Echoing the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement to defund the Chicago Police Department, protesters are urging local officials to do the same with Cook County Jail. Protesters assembled at the jail Thursday in a car caravan that disrupted traffic in the area. Following the caravan, they staged a demonstration on foot where advocates spoke about how the money going to the jail might be better spent elsewhere. Coinciding with the rally, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson introduced the “Justice for Black Lives” resolution to the county board in support of demands to defund the jail. Organizers of the rally included the People’s Lobby, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, the Chicago Community Bond Fund and Black Lives Matter Chicago. Rally organizers said there is no correlation between money spent on the criminal justice system and public safety. Spending public dollars on mental health services,...
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