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About Sheriff Dart

July 29, 2017

Sheriff Tom Dart has dedicated his career to challenging injustice, fighting the violence plaguing our communities and bringing a thoughtful approach to public service. After serving as a prosecutor and an Illinois state legislator, Sheriff Dart ran for Cook County Sheriff i... [Read More]

Adolfo Favela Jr

July 20, 2017

DATE OF CRIME: JANUARY 19, 2003 GENDER: MALE RACE: HISPANIC AGE AT TIME OF INCIDENT: 19 LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 10010 W. PALMER (DRIVEWAY) LEYDEN TWP, IL. INFORMATION: VICTIM ADOLFO FAVELA JR. WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES WHILE IN THE DRIVEWAY OF 10010 W. PALMER IN LEYDEN TOWNSHIP... [Read More]

The Opioid Crisis

  More than 2 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder related to opioids, whether heroin or painkillers such as oxycodone, according to national studies. In Cook County, approximately three people die every day from an opioid-related overdose,... [Read More]

Unknown Gacy Victim Identified

July 19, 2017

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that one of the seven remaining unnamed John Wayne Gacy victims has been identified, solving a nearly 40-year-old mystery. James “Jimmie” Byron Haakenson left his home in St. Paul, Minnesota in the summer of 1976 when he... [Read More]

Criminalization of Mental Illness

July 17, 2017

On any given day up to a third of those incarcerated at Cook County Jail suffer from some form of mental illness, making the jail the largest mental health hospital in Illinois – and one of the largest in the country. The majority of these inmates are in jail for nonviolen... [Read More]

Stopping Gun Violence

Gun violence kills or wounds thousands of people across Cook County every year, sending ripples of trauma and devastation through families and communities. The Sheriff’s Office works every day on the streets and in the jail to end this violence and help victims. The effort... [Read More]

Sheriff Takes Aim at Gun Offenders

July 13, 2017

In an effort to stem the continuing violence on Chicago’s streets, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday that his office will notify local police when accused gun offenders post high bonds to return to communities besieged by shootings. Dart is also asking ... [Read More]

Teen Charged in Fatal Maine Township Shooting

July 12, 2017

A 17-year-old boy from unincorporated Des Plaines has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenage girl, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The boy’s name is not being released because he has been charge... [Read More]