Sagging pants? Jail time from one Cook County Judge

By Medill Watchdog on November 18, 2014
By the staff of Medill Watchdog Update Nov. 26, 2014 Judge Gloria Chevere was reassigned by Cook County judicial officials, following a Medill Watchdog/WGN Investigates report that found Chevere had sent 30 people to jail for what they said or wore in her courtroom over the past three years, including eight young men who went… View Article

“Sagging pants” contempt judge abruptly reassigned

By Rick Tulsky on November 26, 2014
Judge Gloria Chevere was reassigned by Cook County judicial officials, following a Medill Watchdog/WGN Investigates report that found Chevere had sent 30 people to jail for what they said or wore in her courtroom over the past three years, including eight young men who went to jail for wearing pants that sagged too low, court… View Article
If you’re like us, you’ve probably been waiting with bated breath each week for the latest episode of Serial. For the uninitiated, the new podcast from Sarah Koenig of This American Life is a season-long dive into the mysterious 1999 murder of a Maryland high school student. Back then, teenager Adnan Syed was convicted of… View Article

Finding truth: Risky business

By Rick Tulsky on October 31, 2014
In a city with 400 murders a year, it’s hard to imagine any of them having greater impact than the 1982 double murder of Jerry Hillard, 18 and his girlfriend Marilyn Green, 19. This is a crime that happened 32 years ago  at Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side in the early morning hours. There’s… View Article

Of bright lines and political interference

By Rick Tulsky on October 25, 2014
We’re big believers that our currency as journalists is our credibility; we worry about most anything that leaves an audience doubtful of journalists’ reporting. So we paid attention when Dave McKinney, the Sun-Times’ respected statehouse reporter, resigned this week and posted on his website a letter accusing the newspaper of buckling to special interests. Or,… View Article