A 19-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he opened fire at a northern Illinois high school last month. 

Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created "immersive reality scenarios" to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside. 

Police say a teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was stopped by a school resource officer.

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

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A 43-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a suburban Chicago woman more than 20 years ago.

The sheriff in northern Illinois' Winnebago County says budget cuts mean he will lay off 64 reserve deputies on Oct. 20.

A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee have pleaded not guilty in a Chicago stabbing death that prosecutors called "exceptionally brutal."

A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee accused of killing a man as part of what prosecutors called a sexual fantasy have another court date scheduled this week in Chicago.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders. 

Winnebago County’s Sheriff dropped the idea Thursday of allowing the federal government to house immigration detainees in his jail. Gary Caruana said Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not able to agree to his terms.

In exchange for committing a portion of the jail to the federal prisoners, guarding them, and caring for them, ICE would have paid the county a daily per-prisoner fee; $80 was one figure mentioned frequently during discussions. 



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U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released. It's called Vivitrol. And proponents say it could be effective in the fight against the opioid epidemic affecting 2 million Americans and a portion of the prison population.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is releasing videos of inmates attacking deputies at the jail he oversees following his release of other videos showing excessive force by deputies.  Dart says the incidents took place in the maximum-security divisions where the most violent and disruptive inmates are housed. 

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The state of Illinois hasn’t had a budget for six months. For many of us, it’s a political debate and not much more. But for some Illinois kids, the budget impasse has meant going to prison instead of going home. Illinois Public Radio’s Patrick Smith reports.

The Illinois village where a police officer staged his suicide to look like a homicide has disciplined three other officers for a jailhouse altercation after finding "superficial" oversight by the police chief.

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BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of inmates at prisons and jails across Illinois will receive care packages assembled by members of a Barrington church as part of its holiday program.

Parishioners filled brown paper sacks with mini-doughnuts, Christmas cards and religious books after the Sunday early service at Willow Creek Community Church.

The church decided to expand the program last Christmas in an effort to send gifts to every prisoner in Illinois whose facility would allow it after members packed about 32,000 care packages.


Top officials say they're encouraged by the falling numbers of people held in the Cook County Jail but say far too many people remain locked up for months at a time awaiting trial on non-violent offenses. 

A sheriff overseeing the manhunt for an Illinois murder convict is linking his escape to recent budget and staffing cuts at the jail where he was awaiting sentencing.  

Peoria County is looking to consolidate eight separate health services between the Jail and Juvenile Detention Center under one provider. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Lawmaker wants to lessen low-level crime penalties

Feb 26, 2014

An Illinois lawmaker wants to reduce penalties for lower-level crimes, in exchange for increasing penalties on more serious offenses. The move could lower costs and ease the burden on the state's overcrowded prisons.

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says he wants to change how some inmates receive Freedom of Information Act requests. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Logan county bank official sentenced to prison

Sep 26, 2013

The former head of the Hartsburg State Bank in Logan County is going to prison for two and a half years. The U.S. Attorney's Office says a federal Judge in central Illinois has sentenced 66 year old Bryson Russell of Lincoln for embezzlement. Russell will also have to return more than $562,000 he stole by creating false loans and cashing a customer's certificate of deposit. Prosecutors and the FBI say Russell became bank President in 1989 and began stealing cash in 1992, eventually switching to the false paperwork to hide what he took to pay personal obligations and to embezzle more.

Jesse Jackson Jr. asks to go to prison before wife

Jun 17, 2013

Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is asking a judge to send him to prison before his wife.  Both Jacksons are set to be sentenced next month for misusing $750,000 in campaign cash.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: