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The Illinois attorney general's office is looking at a Chicago mayoral candidate's charitable foundation after he's handed out more than $300,000 in cash and checks to local residents.

A man who can be seen on a video chastising a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been charged with committing a hate crime.

The conviction of a man for the murder of two Chicago police officers 40 years ago has been overturned by a Cook County judge.

The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court's 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office. 

An autopsy has determined that a man fatally shot on Chicago's South Side by police was shot in the back.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Former Cook County State's Attorney Bernard Carey, a Republican who was elected in the wake of a Chicago police raid that killed two Black Panther Party members in 1969, is dead at age 83. Wife Mary Rita said Carey died Friday of stomach cancer at his home in Naples, Florida.

The Cook County, Illinois medical examiner's office is reviewing the work of a fired pathologist to determine if he made the correct rulings on 218 cases he handled.

The first African-American justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court is retiring.

A mix up at Cook County Jail led to the mistaken release of a man charged with threatening violence at gay bars in Chicago.

Cook County is suing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for fraud after revelations that the latter obtained data on millions of Facebook users.

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A former White Sox groundskeeper will return to his old job after spending more than 20 years in prison on a wrongful conviction.

An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

The number of voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago.

A judge has ordered that 15 percent of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush's congressional salary be garnished to pay for more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan.

Investigators say a 14-year-old boy found dead last year in his suburban Chicago home died from an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

A Cook County judge has ruled attorney general candidate Scott Drury be removed from next month's primary ballot over questions about whether he complied with the rules in filing of a statement of economic interest. 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cited a racial disparity in enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana as the reason she now favors legalization of the drug.

Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald plan to hire a polling company to look at the question of whether the trial should be moved out of Cook County.

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Two teenage boys who pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook have been sentenced to five years of probation.

In a plea deal with Cook County, Illinois, prosecutors, the teens pleaded guilty to child pornography in November.

The victim, now 16, and her mother looked on from the rear of the courtroom as Judge Patricia Mendoza sentenced the boys on Wednesday. Both teens were originally charged with aggravated sexual assault and manufacturing and dissemination of child pornography.

The field of Democrats vying for the chance to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is narrowing. 

With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.

A suburban Chicago school district facing a lawsuit over a transgender student's use of the girls' locker room says the allegations misrepresent the accommodations extended to the student.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is launching an awareness campaign aimed at helping the public better understand the opioid crisis. 

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.

Cook County's Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a female teen charged with fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in 2014 isn't entitled by law to a jury trial in juvenile court.

The U.S. Justice Department contends the city of Chicago and Cook County violated federal immigration laws when they were awarded public safety grants last year.

Soda Tax Not Done ---Yet

Oct 11, 2017

Cook County Commissioners took the final vote to repeal the controversial sweetened-beverage tax Wednesday. But it’s not gone just yet.

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Cook County officials are expected to take a major step toward repealing a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. The county board's finance committee is meeting Tuesday to vote on a measure to repeal the unpopular penny-per-ounce tax. Commissioner Sean Morrison said last week he has enough "yes" votes to eliminate the tax effective Dec. 1 and withstand any potential veto.

A Cook County commissioner says a deal has been reached to repeal a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. 

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