Will R. Kelly still stand trial Cook County cases after second federal conviction? Few clues in 4-minute hearing
R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Sept. 17, 2019, in Chicago. - Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — Twice-convicted R&B singer R. Kelly’s first hearing in Cook County court after his Chicago federal trial left observers with little clarity about how the lingering county cases would proceed. Thursday’s hearing was four minutes. Kelly, who is in federal custody awaiting sentencing, was not present. Attorneys got admonishments from Associate Judge Lawrence Flood that they should “start looking toward a resolution of these matters or trial.” Assistant State’s Attorney Tene McCoy Cummings said in court that prosecutors were in the process of ordering and reading transcripts from Kelly’s...