Cook County has announced that courts will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to expected sub-zero degree temperatures. The only exception will be bond court at 26th Street and 555 W. Harrison.
This link will take you to Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ order, which includes information concerning rescheduled court dates.
Other courts have officially announced that they will be closed Wednesday, including the Federal Court in Chicago and state courts in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties. You can find information about court closures here: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/
From the Chicago Tribune:
Pedestrian stops by Chicago police officers plummeted in number beginning in 2016 after a new state law and an agreement between the ACLU and the Police Department required officers to more thoroughly document and justify the encounters to ease concerns about racial profiling and constitutional violations…
But a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says that at the same time pedestrian stops fell so sharply, Chicago police dramatically increased how often they pulled over motorists.
The number of traffic stops more than tripled, rising from 85,965 in 2015 to 187,133 in 2016, then jumping to 285,067 in 2017, the ACLU said.
The latest report also found that Chicago police stopped African-American motorists at a disproportionately higher rate than whites, Hispanics and Asians…
Multiple Chicago police officers who talked to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said they believe many officers now prefer to pull drivers over rather than stop pedestrians. The documentation they must fill out for traffic stops is much simpler than the lengthy, detailed reports required for pedestrian stops as a result of the department’s agreement with the ACLU, they said.
Police have the authority to pull over drivers who commit traffic violations, but even if a ticket isn’t issued, officers are still required to document the motorist’s race and other identifiers. These so-called blue cards, though, take far less time to fill out than the reports for pedestrian stops, the officers said.
Read the entire article here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-traffic-stops-20190111-story.html
From Fox News:
Meghan Markle‘s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested for a DUI on Friday, Fox News can confirm.
According to Oregon State Police, the 52-year-old was “stopped for speeding and officers noticed that he was visibly intoxicated.”
Per authorities, Thomas had a blood alcohol content of .11% and was issued a citation for a DUI. He was arrested and taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center. Thomas’ green Chevy Silverado was also towed.
Read the entire story here: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/meghan-markles-half-brother-thomas-arrested-for-dui
As of yesterday, January 7, 2019, two Chicago Branch Courts have been officially closed. The courthouses were located at Belmont and Western and at 51st Street and Wentworth.
Misdemeanor cases from Belmont and Western (Branch 29), will now be heard at Branch 23, located at Grand and Central.
Felony cases from Belmont and Western (Branch 45), will now be heard at the Second Municipal District Courthouse located at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie.
Cases that were previously heard at 51st and Wentworth will be divided up between the Branch courthouses located at 3150 W. Flournoy (Flournoy and Kedzie) and at 727 E. 111th Street. If you are not sure which courthouse to go to, call the criminal court clerk at (312) 603-4641.