Can you believe that 2012 is already coming to an end? Chuck Sudo, from Chicagoist, and I were recently guests on WCIU’s 26 N Halsted show, which is hosted by George Blaise, to reflect on the top stories of the year. My top picks were: The Chicago Reporter investigation that found more kids have been killed in... Read more »
School-to-Prison Pipeline.There’s been an increase in the number of young people who are in the juvenile delinquency system because of relatively minor school discipline issues. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is to have a hearing Wednesday on what officials are calling the school-to-prison pipeline. Housing History. Each Wednesday in December, the National Public Housing Museum is... Read more »
Felony or misdemeanor? How a 17-year old is charged with a crime in Illinois makes a big difference. Charged with a misdemeanor and they go to juvenile court and, if convicted, do time in a juvenile facility. But charged with a felony, and they’re automatically transferred to adult court and may end up doing time... Read more »
I would have preferred a direct flight. But on my vacation several weeks ago, the cheapest flight to Barcelona, Spain, required a two-day layover in Helsinki. I had never been, never wanted to go and likely never would have gone to Finland. I hate the cold. But I’m glad I did. In a world of... Read more »
Over the past few months, I’ve been sitting in on a drug case at the criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue. There is no high-profile defendant on trial. Just a teenager from Chicago’s West Side who got tripped up in a police sting for allegedly selling $80 worth of heroin to undercover officers. At 17,... Read more »
More 17-year-olds are arrested for felony offenses in Chicago than any other major city across the nation. And those arrest carry harsh consequences because Illinois is just one of 10 states where the teens are automatically prosecuted as adults. Here’s a look at our upcoming investigation, “Minor misconduct.” .