Life on the line: Prisoner seeks to prove wrongly convicted of Chicago murder

Carl Williams was convicted of being part of a group that committed a carjacking, rape, and murder. Three members of the group said he was involved, and he confessed. But the three other suspects, and Williams, have since said he had nothing to do with it, and that Chicago police coerced their statements. After years of delay, Carl Williams’s day in court approaches.

A sign advertises Jeanne Marie Wrenn's campaign for Cook County Circuit Court in 2018.

Cook County judicial voters reject old habits, disfavor poorly rated candidates

It was not business-as-usual in the Cook County judicial primaries last week. Candidates with blemishes on their record were disfavored by voters. Judges already serving by appointment, or candidates who came out of the prosecutors’ office, found those perceived advantages did not sway voters. And Latinos seemed to gain strength at the expense of the traditional dominance of Irish names.

Judge tells Cook County: Do not cut circuit judges’ funding, for now

A visiting Lake County circuit judge on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order directing Cook County not to cut funding for court employees until a hearing can be held on the chief judge’s lawsuit against the board. The county had contended the cutbacks were necessary after the controversial soda tax was repealed. But the judge ruled that the risk of harm was too great to permit the cutbacks without a further hearing.