Last hostages freed, suspects arrested in Harvey, Ill.

Last hostages freed, suspects arrested in Harvey, Ill.

HARVEY, Ill., Aug. 20 (UPI) --A standoff in a Chicago-area house ended Wednesday when an armored car was used to break down the door, police said.
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Chicago police say they have solved the killing of a man who vanished in 1978

CHICAGO, April 23 (UPI) -- Chicago investigators say they have solved the killing of Edward Beaudion, an aspiring teacher who vanished in 1978 after leaving a wedding.
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Suit: Cook County, Ill., fails to protect inmates

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A federal lawsuit filed Thursday says Cook County, Ill., failed to protect jail inmates and allowed a "sadistic culture of brutality and violence."

Sheriff's deputy killed by men trying to rob his daughter

BELLWOOD, Ill., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- An off-duty Cook County sheriff's deputy died trying to protect his daughter from robbers outside a family holiday party in a Chicago suburb, police said.

Chicago man and accomplice charged with killing wife, mother-in-law

CHICAGO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Chicago man and an alleged accomplice were held without bail Tuesday on charges of killing his wife and mother-in-law and leaving the bodies in a burning car.

Baby's body found in Des Plaines River in Illinois

WESTCHESTER, Ill., May 15 (UPI) -- A baby's body pulled from the Des Plaines River in Illinois is likely that of a missing boy allegedly killed by his mother and her boyfriend, authorities say.
The Issue: No easy answer in gun control debate

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The sight of 20 small bodies lying on the floor of a first grade classroom in Newtown, Conn., rattled most Americans.
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Murder convict freed in error, in custody

CHICAGO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A convicted killer who was mistakenly released from an Illinois jail is back in custody, officials said.

Convicted killer mistakenly released

CHICAGO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Officials at Chicago's Cook County Jail mistakenly released an Indiana man convicted of murder, authorities said.

Search continues for John Gacy victims

CHICAGO, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Two teenage boys raped and slain in Michigan in the 1970s may be victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, investigators in Chicago said.

Gacy blood used for unsolved crimes

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Blood samples from Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy are being used to create a DNA profile for solving missing persons cases, investigators said.

Woman charged with lottery fraud

ELGIN, Ill., May 2 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman is facing felony attempted theft and forgery charges for trying to cash in a lottery ticket purchased after the drawing.

Budget limits Gacy accomplice probe

CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A full-blown investigation into the possibility 1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy had an accomplice would be too costly, an Illinois sheriff said.

Feared Gacy victim found alive in Oregon

CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Detectives say a man they feared was a victim of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been found alive and well in Oregon.

Elderly priest beaten and robbed

CHICAGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Two robbers broke into a Catholic church on Chicago's South Side early Tuesday and beat an 80-year-old priest, authorities said.
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Thomas J. "Tom" Dart is the current Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois. His department is the second largest in the United States after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Dart began his career a state prosecutor in Cook County. Afterwards he was an Illinois State Senator, having been appointed in 1991 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Jeremiah E. Joyce (D-Chicago). He was then elected and served state representative as a Democrat for Illinois' 28th House District from January 1993 until January 2003, before becoming chief of staff to Cook County Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan. In November 2002, Dart was the Democratic nominee for state treasurer of Illinois but lost to incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka.

When Sheahan announced his retirement in 2006, Dart announced his candidacy to succeed Sheahan. Dart won the Democratic primary election on March 21, 2006, defeating Sylvester Baker and Richard Remus by a wide margin, and won the general election in November 2006.

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