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Kim Foxx drops more felony cases as Cook County state’s attorney than her predecessor, Tribune analysis shows

Kim Foxx drops more felony cases as Cook County state’s attorney than her predecessor, Tribune analysis shows

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is dropping felony cases involving charges of murder and other serious offenses at a , according to a Tribune analysis that comes amid a growing debate over criminal justice reform. During Foxx’s first three years as the county’s top prosecutor, her office dropped all charges against 29.9% of felony defendants, a dramatic increase over her predecessor, the Tribune found. For the last three years of Anita Alvarez’s tenure, the rate was 19.4%. Advertisement In all, a total of 25,183 people had their felony cases dismissed under Foxx through November 2019,...

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Donald Trump floats payroll tax cut, other financial relief for businesses and workers as coronavirus spreads

Donald Trump floats payroll tax cut, other financial relief for businesses and workers as coronavirus spreads

President Donald Trump said Monday he will seek financial relief for workers and businesses hurt by coronavirus, as new cases were reported across the country and U.S. stocks suffered their worst drop since 2008. Trump said he would be proposing "very major" and "very dramatic" measures but did not say specifically what they would be. He said his administration will meet Tuesday with House and Senate leaders to discuss an economic stimulus package that could include a possible payroll tax cut and relief for hourly wage earners to ensure that they won't have to miss a paycheck. “The main...

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Two charities have bailed scores of felony defendants out of Cook County Jail. Some were soon charged with new crimes.

Two charities have bailed scores of felony defendants out of Cook County Jail. Some were soon charged with new crimes.

Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Christopher Stewart with being an armed habitual criminal last year after the four-time felon was allegedly caught illegally carrying a handgun. At the time, Stewart’s ex-girlfriend had obtained an order of protection, saying that just days earlier he had shot a pistol into the ground at her 6-year-old son’s birthday party and threatened to kill her. “I should pop you right now bitch,” he shouted, according to her filing. Advertisement A charity called The Bail Project posted $5,000 in cash to release Stewart from Cook County Jail. A month later, Stewart was...

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Trump campaign calls itself the 'Death Star'; Biden team notes it gets blown up

Trump campaign calls itself the 'Death Star'; Biden team notes it gets blown up

Get the newsShare This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutIt didn't take long for the Joe Biden campaign to respond with a tweet showing the scene in which rebel Luke Skywalker destroys the Death Star.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to...

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