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May 1, 2019
May 1 is the annual observance of Law Day which provides members of the legal and educational communities with a special opportunity to work together in promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of law and the legal system among school students. The 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free Press, Free...
Apr 30, 2019
Chicago’s top prosecutor is fighting a push to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her office’s handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says she’d welcome an independent probe into her office’s dismissal of felony disorderly conduct charges that accused Smollett of staging...
Apr 29, 2019
A Chicago police officer facing criminal charges over an allegedly unprovoked attack on a woman and man has been fired for a separate on-duty beating just a month earlier. The 9-0 decision by the mayor-appointed Chicago Police Board to discharge Officer Brett Kahn was noteworthy in part because two other...
Apr 17, 2019
Federal prosecutors charged 60 physicians and pharmacists Wednesday with illegally handing out opioid prescriptions in what they say is the biggest crackdown of its kind in U.S. history.   A special strike force from the U.S. Department of Justice, which led the investigation, began making arrests in five states early Wednesday....
Apr 10, 2019
Candida auris has been the subject of repeated alerts from public health officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has spread rapidly in the Chicago area since then, to the point where Illinois has about one-quarter of the cases nationwide. The disease was first found in Japan...
Apr 4, 2019
House Republican Leader James B. Durkin and Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi introduced legislation last week that will enact new restrictions on ethylene oxide emissions and facilities that use the chemical in...
Apr 2, 2019
Seven members of Illinois’ congressional delegation on Monday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bar Sterigenics from using ethylene oxide at its Willowbrook plant until the surrounding community is assured emissions of the gas no longer endanger public health. Ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize devices, can cause...
Mar 27, 2019
The Chicago Police Department has released its police reports in the Jussie Smollett case in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from WGN. CPD provided WGN with two reports. Both reports have redactions. Smollett had been charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct after Chicago police say he staged...
Mar 26, 2019
The audit of the state’s handling of Legionnaire’s cases at the Civil War-era home found that Shah dismissed the need for having the CDC visit the facility on the eighth day of the outbreak that began Aug. 21, 2015. In an email at the time, Shah said he didn’t “think...
Mar 22, 2019
Two-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons was found dead earlier this week in his Washington Park home — his mother Brittany Hyc and her boyfriend Dejon Waters have been arrested in connection to the boy’s death. Court papers say Waters beat the child until he foamed at the month and died. Ja’hir had...