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Cook County Tue Sep 15 2009

Chicago Justice Project On the Cook County State's Attorney Sinkhole

CJP wonders why there's no real data coming from that office.

Some pieces of information that we do not know about CCSAO:

How many prosecutors does the office employ?

What are the demographics of the prosecutors throughout the office?

What percentage of cases brought to the Office by the Chicago Police Department in violent crime cases result in charges being pursued?

Who are the prosecutors that are making decisions regarding whether or not to pursue charges in violent crimes?

What are the demographics of the prosecutors making these decisions?

What are the demographics of the individuals involved in the cases that are being turned down and the cases the Office pursues?

How do the rates vary for pursuing charges by location of the crime and the class, race, and ethnicity of the victims and offenders?

Very good questions.

 
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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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