Experts say the low vaccination rate endangers inmates, correctional officers and the communities where staff live.
The county sent out hundreds of jury notices ahead of the trial, a test to see if the massive court system can return to normal.
The state halted in-person visits in March 2020. Family members with loved ones inside are calling for plans to reopen.
Prosecutors currently have more than 28,000 pending cases — up about 35% because of the yearlong pandemic shutdown.
Officer Kevin Bunge said he was worried about being carjacked before he wounded two men. Prosecutors say the victims were unarmed.
After a sweeping reform bill, county leaders predict budget shortfalls and an overburdened system. Others say it’s a small price for justice.
Chicago schools, restaurants and bars have all partially reopened, but depression remains a problem for many residents after a year like no other.
After nearly a year without jury trials, prospective jurors are being sent summonses along with details on COVID-19 precautions.
The new law means the end of cash bail for people awaiting trial, mandatory body cameras for all officers and dozens of other changes. But some law enforcement leaders say it’ll make the state less safe.
Department members started getting vaccinated in late January. But less than 40% of CPD employees have indicated that they want the vaccine.