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Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

The proposed legislation targets advertising site Backpage.com for its "adult services" section. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Starts New Domestic Violence Task Force

Chicago Starts New Domestic Violence Task Force

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced the inter-governmental task force on Tuesday. It also will include efforts from Chicago police and the Department of Family and Support... Read »

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Quinn: 'Guns Are a Plague on Too Many of Our Communities'

Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday signed a new gun safety law that requires background checks for all gun purchasers statewide as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns for the first time in Illinois history. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:42 AM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Vanecko Indictment Sets Up 'He Said, She Said' Debate

Vanecko Indictment Sets Up 'He Said, She Said' Debate

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed Monday she'd convened a grant jury to investigate David Koschman's death, but a judge says he had little confidence in the office. Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Alvarez Says She Convened Koschman Grand Jury, Too

Alvarez Says She Convened Koschman Grand Jury, Too

Alvarez was urged in 2011 to open an investigation into how the Koschman death was investigated. At the time she said no favoritism was given to Vanecko because he was Daley's nephew, that there was no report or... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg, Charlie Wojciechowski

Gangsters to be Pursued Like Mobsters

Gangsters to be Pursued Like Mobsters

New law targets street gangs by giving prosecutors the ability to punish gang leaders who give crime orders, not just gang members who commit violent crimes. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Will Koschman Case Get Special Prosecutor?

Will Koschman Case Get Special Prosecutor?

A Mount Prospect mother may have a better idea Wednesday if she'll get her wish for a special prosecutor to look into a seven-year-old homicide case involving former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:57 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Judge to Hear Koschman Special Prosecutor Case in March

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's office appears to be preparing to fight call for special prosecutor. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley
      

Special Prosecutor Requested in Koschman Case

More than seven years after 21-year old David Koschman of Mount Prospect was killed during a fight on Division Street, the MacArthur Justice Center is asking that a Special Prosecutor be named to probe... Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Two Towns Accused of Stealing Cook County Taxes

Kankakee, Channahon accused of participating in kickback scheme. Read »

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