Tag: court

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout
Ferreting out Fraud. Illinois signed a $76.8 million contract with a private company to wade through the Medicaid rolls to identify who is not eligible for the program. The Chicago Reporter takes a look at how the process will work and concerns surrounding the evaluation of the rolls. Budget Noise A group of City Council... Read more »

Bill to admit domestic violence priors as evidence in murder cases awaits Quinn

As the murder trial against former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson gets under way, his history of domestic violence is expected to play a key role. Peterson is accused of murdering his then-wife Kathleen Savio in 2004, and prosecutors are expected to use his previous record of abuse against Savio to try and convict him.... Read more »

Need a public defender? Better be prepared to pay up

Remember that part in the Miranda rights that says, “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you…”? If you’ve watched enough cop shows, it’s pretty standard. More at chicagoreporter.com What you may not realize is that in Illinois, as well as 12 other states,... Read more »

News Roundup: Austin residents worried about police scale back

Austin residents expressed concern that cuts to the Chicago Alternative Police Strategy program may leave the neighborhood even more vulnerable to crime at a Beat 1524 meeting  in September. In an area with more than 1,000 arrests a month, community members will have to assume some of the community policing duties to prevent the crime... Read more »

Immigration court backlog reaches all-time high

The backlog for U.S. immigration court cases reached an all-time high with 242,776 cases pending after the first six months of fiscal year 2010 starting in October, according to the data released yesterday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. According to the organization, the length of time cases have been waiting increased... Read more »