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Tribune staff reportersIn a historic display of anger and frustration, the Illinois House voted Friday to impeach disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich and send him to trial in the Senate with the aim of removing the state's 40th chief executive from public office forever. The...
Tags: Executive Branch, Marengo, Oswego, Tom Cross, Local Government
Tribune staff reporterEdward Genson's legal education began at age 6, as he tagged along with his father, a bail bondsman, and hung out in courtrooms. Dan Webb talked a dean at Loyola University into letting him start law school a year early, an unheard-of feat. He still...
The Swampby James Oliphant and updated In a statement released minutes ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats would not allow Roland Burris, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's apparent choice as Illinois' next senator, to be seated as a member of the......
The Swampby Frank James David Broder highlights in his Sunday column what he views as early missteps by the Obama presidential transition team -- the misbegotten Bill Richardson nomination, President-elect Barack Obama's initial opposition to Roland Burris's...
Tags: Executive Branch, Upper House, Harry S. Truman, FBI, Government
Tribune staff reportersIn the wake of one of the most sweeping public-corruption indictments in Illinois history, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces a legal landscape in which his former friends are turning against him, his wife remains in the cross hairs of federal...
Tags: Justice System, Crimes, Executive Branch, Jesse Jackson, Lawyers
Tribune Staff WritersIn 1995, then-Secretary of State George Ryan disbanded his inspector general's office after top aides told him that investigators had done their job so well that employee corruption was under control. The shakeup was recommended by Dean Bauer, Ryan's...
Tribune staff reporterAs he sentenced a former top aide to Gov. George Ryan to a prison term of 1 year and 1 day, a federal judge took the unusual step Wednesday of defending the governor, cautioning there was no evidence in the aide's plea deal with prosecutors implicating...
Tags: Executive Branch, Justice System, Lawyers, Kankakee, Family
Tribune staff reportersGrammy Award-winning musician R. Kelly was arrested at his home near Orlando Wednesday following the return of a 21-count indictment in Chicago charging the R&B artist with child pornography stemming from a tape in which he allegedly has sexual...
Tags: Radio Industry, Police Arrests, R. Kelly, FBI, Sean John Combs
Tribune staff reportersAfter spending a night in a Florida jail, R&B musician R. Kelly regained his freedom Thursday afternoon, posting the required 10 percent of a $750,000 bond in connection with child pornography charges brought by Chicago authorities. The 35-year-old...
Tags: Crimes, Justice System, R. Kelly, Lawyers, Sexual Assault
Tribune Staff WritersGov. George Ryan's niece was among top secretary of state officials at a key 1998 meeting where a whistle-blower urged them to investigate her allegations that driver's licenses were being sold for bribes, according to records and interviews. Federal...
Tribune staff reporterDean Bauer, the indicted former inspector general in George Ryan's secretary of state's office, was indicted Tuesday on charges of covering up allegations of wrongdoing raised by an office employee in the weeks before the 1998 gubernatorial primary "to...
Tribune staff reporterA federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Dean Bauer, the main anti-corruption official for George Ryan when he was secretary of state, on charges of racketeering and obstruction of justice, accusing him of repeatedly covering up misconduct to protect...
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