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December 12, 2009 | By Annie Sweeney
His team already was dressing for battle, and Andrew Dennis was trying to catch up. With the trunk of his car open, he secured his rifle. Helmet. Headset. Pistol. Taser. He was then quickly briefed about the night's target: a small home on a dark street with someone inside rumored to carry a gun. Cook County sheriff's police believed there were drugs inside, and the hostage barricade and terrorist team was going in to find them. About 30 minutes earlier, Dennis had raced out of Stroger Hospital from his other job, where he treated one last patient who came in from a car crash.
November 8, 2009 | Kristen Mack
Their bodies are stacked on metal trays in the medical examiner's 30-degree cooler, a warehouse-size refrigerator for the dead. Here, the indigents wait. They lay on scaffold-like structures, six bodies high and three deep, while Cook County tries to find a family, an open estate or any means to bury them privately. Those who remain unclaimed, unknown or simply forgotten are placed in a plywood box, which serves as a makeshift coffin. The box is loaded into a rented truck and hauled to Homewood Memorial Gardens.
September 1, 2009 | Richard Wronski
A motorist zipping along Veterans Memorial Tollway near Lemont, Ill., wouldn't think twice if a large green-eyed bug splattered on his windshield, but Dan Soluk would be heartbroken. The demise of even one Hine's emerald dragonfly is of grave concern to Soluk, a biologist whose life's work is studying the endangered species. Only a few thousand adult Hine's emerald dragonflies are believed to inhabit Illinois each summer, and many of them live about 100 feet below the deck of the tollway bridge spanning the Des Plaines River Valley.
August 9, 2009 | Lolly Bowean
Authorities in Illinois say they are done collecting evidence at Burr Oak Cemetery and admit that families may never know what happened to their loved ones' remains after an estimated 300 grave sites were desecrated. "The closure that a lot of people expected . . . you're not going to get here," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said at a news conference at the cemetery Friday. "It's unfortunate. We wish it were otherwise." The sheriff's office and the FBI's Chicago office had been collecting evidence at the cemetery near Alsip since allegations surfaced last month that cemetery employees had dug up bodies, relocated them to a vacant lot on the premises and resold the plots for profit.
April 26, 2007
Tax returns from 2005 show the net migration difference between California and all U.S. counties outside the state. Migration from California High: (200 to 11,375) Low: (1 to 199) -- Migration to California High: (114 to 1,217) Low: (1 to 113) -- Following the money In net terms, those leaving are wealthier than those arriving, based on tax returns filed in 2005.
July 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Cook County's chief executive, who had a stroke more than three months ago, dropped his reelection bid and will retire July 31, according to a letter his office released Friday. The decision paves the way for the son of Cook County Board President John H. Stroger Jr. to replace him on the November ballot. Stroger has not been seen or heard from publicly since his stroke a week before he won the March primary.
June 11, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
When John H. Stroger Jr., president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, suffered a severe stroke one week before the Democratic primary in March, all public communication with the longtime politician understandably stopped. Three months later, there's still been no official word. No photographs. No interviews. Nothing to show that the man who heads up the second-most-populous county in the country -- and the 19th-largest government in the United States -- was able to do his job.
August 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
For the most chances to get a job, consider working in Los Angeles. But if you want to earn a high wage, try New York City. A new U.S. Census Bureau report being released today shows that populous Los Angeles County leads the nation with the largest number of businesses while Manhattan tops the chart with the highest average salary. The bureau's 2003 County Business Patterns report analyzes business establishments in more than 1,000 industries on the national, state and local levels.
February 20, 2004 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Richard M. Daley publicly endorsed same-sex unions this week, saying he had "no problem" with Cook County issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, because they "love one another just as much as anyone else." Daley -- a Roman Catholic who has taken a liberal stand on other social issues -- declined to say if the country's third-largest city would follow the cue of San Francisco, where thousands of marriage certificates have been issued to same-sex couples in the last week.
Four men who spent nearly two decades in prison for a double murder--freed only after a journalism class discovered new evidence--settled a lawsuit with Cook County on Friday for $36 million, the largest police misconduct payout ever, attorneys said. The agreement comes just a month after another Chicago man was freed after 16 years on death row following an investigation by another group of students taught by Northwestern University professor David Protess.
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