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Chief Cook County Judge Tim Evans requiring employees to be vaccinated

Employees include court reporters, administrative staff and workers at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Judges — elected officials — are exempt from Evans’ mandate.

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Man jailed in Rogers Park carjacking now facing murder charge in same-day shooting

Julius Flowers, 23, was already in Cook County Jail when he was charged with murder in the shooting death of Rae Park.

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Feds seeking 1-year sentence for former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz

Muñoz pleaded guilty in September to stealing thousands from the Progressive Reform Caucus for personal spending.

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Jussie Smollett juror: Split decision was ‘favor’ to actor after debate over final count

"I just hope that [Smollett and his attorneys] know that we went in there with an open mind," the juror told the Sun-Times after the actor was found guilty of staging a hate crime. "I listened to both sides."

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Jussie Smollett guilty of staging hate crime and lying about it

The "Empire" actor was found guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct, but the jury acquitted him on one count.

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Jussie Smollett jurors begin second day of deliberations

Jurors were back at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Thursday morning after being sent home without reaching a verdict in the high-profile case the night before.

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Jurors sent home without reaching verdict in Jussie Smollett case

The panel of six men and six women, including a Black man, spent 2 1⁄2 hours in deliberations Wednesday. The jurors will return Thursday morning to deliberate.

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Jussie Smollett case set to go to jury Wednesday

During a tense two hours on the stand, the actor said his alleged accomplices, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, offered to clear Smollett for $2 million payoff.

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Will Jussie Smollett take the stand? Critical question remains as actor’s trial resumes Monday

Experts say that Smollett has to tell his story to sway a jury.

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4 things to know from first week of Jussie Smollett trial

Prosecution witnesses said Smollett was the mastermind of a hoax attack in 2019. But the defense has lobbed a few bombshell accusations as they’ve tried to tear down testimony by Smollett’s alleged accomplices.