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Carlos Ballesteros, Injustice Watch

Teens At Cook County Juvenile Jail Face Excessive Force, Extreme Isolation And Other Civil Rights Abuses, Watchdog Finds

Interviews, site visits, and records reviewed by a legal advocacy group reveal abusive behavior by staff against mostly Black teenagers with learning disabilities, according to a new report. Jail officials deny the claims.


In Illinois, You (Still) Don’t Have A Right To A Speedy Trial

Last April, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended the state’s speedy trial statute indefinitely, and the justices have yet to announce when or how they will reinstate it.


In 2020, Cook County Voters Cast Ballots For Judges In Historic Numbers

Voters kicked out one judge up for retention and brought four others to the brink, marking the second election in a row that a Cook County judge lost a retention bid.


Final Election Results Show One Cook County Judge Lost Her Seat, Others Hold On By A Thread

Judge Jackie Portman-Brown lost her retention bid by less than 12,000 votes.


Injustice Watch Mailed Its Judicial Election Guide To 1,000 Detainees At Cook County Jail. They Never Received Them.

Officials, in error, flagged the guides as contraband and sent them back.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Southwest Side Construction Worker Quickly Deported To Mexico While Awaiting DACA Decision

With the Trump administration seeking to kill the Obama-era program for immigrants, Jesus Alberto ‘Beto’ Lopez Gutierrez, 25, was deported after suing ICE.

Midway, West Lawn

Chicago Has Nearly Tripled Per-Capita Police Spending Since 1964, Data Shows

Chicago is spending more on policing per person than at any time in the last half-century despite a persistent drop in crime over the last two decades, while the vast majority of murders remain unsolved.