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Decoding
the Cook County
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A data-driven collaboration to investigate and reveal how Cook County’s courts work.

The Charges

A detailed breakdown visualizing more than 3 million criminal cases filed in Cook County between 2000 and 2018.

Meet the Cook County judge attorneys least want to appear before

Judge Diane Gordon Cannon criticized for verbal outbursts, a pro-prosecution bent and jailing of probationers for sometimes-minor infractions.

A veteran Cook County judge has been repeatedly blocked from hearing sex offense cases. Here’s why.

An unprecedented investigation of court data finds systematic effort to keep Judge James Linn from deciding sex charges after a controversial ruling he made years ago.