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Chicago Police Are Arresting Thousands More Black Drivers After Traffic Stops Than They Report

An analysis by Block Club Chicago and Injustice Watch found thousands of missing traffic stops that ended in gun possession arrests in data Chicago police are required to report to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Citywide

Hundreds More Black Chicagoans Are Pleading Guilty To Gun-Possession Charges. Here’s One Possible Reason Why.

As Chicago police have made more gun arrests, prosecutors are taking nearly all cases through the secretive grand jury process, where indictments are close to a sure thing.

Citywide

Chicago Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. Eyeing A Run For Cook County Judge

West Side Ald. Chris Taliaferro also has his sights on a judicial seat.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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.

Citywide

Cook County’s New Public Defender Seeks More Visibility — And Money — For His Office

A better-funded public defender’s office could be a leader in the fight for equity and justice, Sharone Mitchell said. Public defenders “put a mirror to the system and say that this isn’t working for us."

Citywide

COVID-19 Hospitalizations At Illinois Corrections Department Leave Incarcerated Peoples’ Loved Ones In The Dark

Illinois prison officials have long failed to inform families when their loved ones are hospitalized or fall ill, advocates said. Coronavirus has made matters worse.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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.

Citywide

All Cook County Judges Up For Re-Election — Including Toomin — Likely To Keep Their Seats

Judge Michael Toomin, a 40-year veteran of the bench who presides over the court’s juvenile justice division, appeared likely to keep his seat with 62% “yes” votes as of Wednesday morning.

Citywide

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, West Loop

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

Students And Alums Reveal Racist Culture At Top Chicago Private School

Current and former Latin School of Chicago students are accusing students and teachers of racism and abuse on Latin Survivors, a new Instagram account.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

‘I Didn’t Envision Being Released In A Pandemic’

INJUSTICE WATCH: Curtis Ferdinand of the Ashburn neighborhood tells what it's like to be incarcerated — and released — amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham