Gacy victim identified by DNA

CHICAGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An unidentified victim of Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been given a name thanks to DNA evidence, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.

Illinois pauper burial policy criticized

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As many as 26 fetuses and stillborn babies of Illinois mothers unable to afford burials have been buried in single pauper's coffin, authorities said.

ID thieves used medical patients' files

CHICAGO, March 26 (UPI) -- Chicago authorities say they broke up an identity theft ring that used a "well-executed" scheme to get information on patients while cleaning medical offices.

Police end investigation at cemetery

CHICAGO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The investigation into the violation of graves at a historic black cemetery in the Chicago area was declared closed Friday.

Cook County to sue cemetery for expenses

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- The Cook County Board voted Tuesday to sue Burr Oak Cemetery owners to recoup the costs of investigating allegations that bodies were dug up and plots resold.

Baby graves missing in Illinois cemetery

CHICAGO, July 11 (UPI) -- Investigators have been unable to locate the section for infants' and other children's graves in Burr Oak Cemetery in suburban Chicago.

Police: Cemetery workers emptied graves

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The manager of a historic black cemetery in Chicago and three gravediggers were charged Thursday with dismembering human bodies.

Suit: Craigslist prostitution 'accomplice'

CHICAGO, March 5 (UPI) -- Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart has filed a federal lawsuit demanding that Craigslist be forced to take down the "erotic services" section of its Web site.

'Shoptastic' scam nabs Illinois fugitives

CHICAGO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he used the fictional marketing outfit, "Shoptastic Solutions," to lure 61 fugitives to an Illinois hotel and arrested them.

Sheriff to resume foreclosure evictions

CHICAGO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The sheriff of Cook County, Ill., says he will end his prohibition on foreclosure evictions now that area renters are better protected under the law.

Mortgage lender drops eviction suit

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A mortgage lender Friday said it was dropping a lawsuit in Cook County, Ill., seeking to force a sheriff to begin evictions on foreclosed homes.

Cook Co. sheriff to stop serving evictions

CHICAGO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area official has said his office plans to stop serving eviction notices on people who have fallen behind on their rent or mortgage payments.

Arrest in vandalism at Jewish cemetery

CHICAGO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A member of a neo-Nazi group has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing nearly 60 gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in Illinois this month, a report said.

Vandals damage Jewish cemetery

NORRIDGE, Ill., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Police say vandals caused at least $100,000 in damage when they defaced an estimated 57 gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in the Chicago area.

Sheriff makes changes at Cook County Jail

CHICAGO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, in a speech to the City Club of Chicago, outlined steps he has taken to regain full control of one the nation's largest jails.
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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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