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President Preckwinkle Appoints Violence Prevention Advisory Committee

By at January 23, 2013 | 10:34 am | 1 Comments

President Preckwinkle Appoints Violence Prevention Advisory Committee

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today named seven individuals to the County’s Violence Prevention, Intervention, and Reduction Advisory Committee. The advisory committee is tasked with studying and making recommendations regarding a gun court in Cook County, and advising the President’s Justice Advisory Council on how to appropriate $2 million in more...

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Cook County to Dedicate $2 Million Towards Violence Prevention

By at October 31, 2012 | 10:26 am | 12 Comments

Cook County to Dedicate $2 Million Towards Violence Prevention

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a compromise to the proposed firearm and ammunition tax and a $2 million dedicated to violence prevention, intervention and reduction programs that combat gun violence. The County will impose a $25 tax on the purchase of firearms, while eliminating the proposed tax on ammunition. The $2 million, which more...

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Cook County Sheriff’s Office Turns Run-Down Parks Into Field of Dreams

By at October 23, 2012 | 5:33 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Turns Run-Down Parks Into Field of Dreams

Originally published Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Cook County Sheriff's website: The Cook County Sheriff's Office invites park districts throughout the county to sign up their baseball fields for Sheriff Dart's "Play Ball" program before the winter season. "It is important for students to have a productive, educational and fun environment to be a part of after more...

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Cook County Sheriff Kicks Off “Jail Guitar Doors” Program

By at October 16, 2012 | 2:08 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Sheriff Kicks Off “Jail Guitar Doors” Program

Originally published Thursday, October 11, at the Cook County Sheriff website: On Thursday, October 11, the Cook County Sheriff's Office kicked off the new "Jail Guitar Doors" program at Division 11.  The program will offer an eight‐week guitar lesson program for inmates. Jail Guitar Doors was founded by Billy Bragg in 2007 to honor the life of The Clash more...

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President Preckwinkle Heralds Key Public Safety Investments for 2013

By at October 16, 2012 | 1:46 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Heralds Key Public Safety Investments for 2013

Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle announced today the completion of the first significant phase of recommendations laid out in the comprehensive Bond Court study, furthering the County’s efforts to make sustainable and systemic changes to the criminal justice system by working to reduce the jail population and the related costs of public safety in Cook County. The more...

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Cook County State’s Attorney Receives Federal Grant To Support Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking

By at September 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County State’s Attorney Receives Federal Grant To Support Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking

The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will renew a federal grant that supports the Cook County State’s Attorney’s efforts to combat human trafficking and the sex trafficking of minor children, according to State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. The $500,000 grant will provide funding over the next two years and will assist in enabling the State’s more...

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County jail to expand HIV testing

By at August 28, 2012 | 9:13 am | 0 Comment

County jail to expand HIV testing

From the Tuesday, August 28th edition of chicagotribune.com: "Every day about 200 people pass through the doorways of the Cook County Jail to have their clothes inspected, their pictures taken and their backgrounds checked. Now the incarcerated face one more examination: an HIV test. The Cook County Jail is testing everyone who goes through the intake process more...

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Judge Evans Praises Judges for Newest Juvenile Initiative

By at August 27, 2012 | 1:25 pm | 0 Comment

Judge Evans Praises Judges for Newest Juvenile Initiative

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Juvenile Justice Division Presiding Judge Michael P. Toomin announced juvenile court judges have recently diverted 269 minors, who otherwise faced detention in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), into alternative community and faith-based programs designed to address their individual problems and needs. The Juvenile more...

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Sheriff’s Office Launches First Sales at Daley Plaza’s Farmers Market

By at August 6, 2012 | 5:06 pm | 9 Comments

Sheriff’s Office Launches First Sales at Daley Plaza’s Farmers Market

The Cook County Sheriff's Office is launching its latest initiative at the Farmers Market in Daley Plaza where they are selling pesticide-free produce and herbs grown at the Cook County Jail, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced."I'm very happy to see this program expand into the farmers markets and also bringing gardens into communities which may lack local more...

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Fallen Officers Honored in 11th Annual Memorial Ceremony

By at May 9, 2012 | 9:58 am | 0 Comment

Fallen Officers Honored in 11th Annual Memorial Ceremony

Police officers and other law enforcement personnel from all police agencies throughout Cook County are expected to attend the 11th Annual Cook County Peace Officers Ceremony of Recognition and Remembrance on Thursday, May 10th. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and honors peace officers killed in the line of duty from throughout Cook County. The event will be held at the more...

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