Updated July 19, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Cook County commissioners meet Wednesday morning to consider, among routine items, likely the first of several expensive legal settlements related to the arrest and conviction of four teenagers in the mid-1990s. A $5.6 million settlement to Terrill Swift, who was convicted of rape and murder but later released on DNA evidence, is on Wednesday’s Finance Committee agenda. Three other teenagers were also arrested and convicted, and say Chicago police and county prosecutors coerced their confessions. Board President Toni Preckwinkle will also make her first public availability since announcing last Friday that the county was laying off 300 people and eliminating 600 vacant positions.