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Change of SubjectA lightly edited transcript of my conversation Monday afternoon with Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Council 31: ZORN: Public-sector union employees seem to be in the cross-...
Change of SubjectToday's news -- Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6 -- prompts me to take a look back at a portion of my blog entry from last year, What to Expect While We're Expecting a Verdict: [Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich......
Change of SubjectThe Davis case was never as simple as the quick summaries in news accounts suggested -- it was a patchwork of assumptions, allegations, suspicions, contradictions, mitigations, denials, omissions and a few hard facts. If anything will ever dull the...
At a bond hearing for a man accused of murder in the disappearance of his wife 20 years earlier, attorney Sam Adam Jr. showed up at the Criminal Courts Building with something up his sleeve. It was a stack of "missing" posters he had made with the face...
Tags: Sports, Justice System, Judges, Children, Sexual Assault
A summerlong trial that has provided more than its share of twists and turns offered one more Wednesday: a divided jury unable to reach a unanimous decision on at least some of the corruption counts against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich or his brother,...
Tags: Regional Authority, Fraud, Justice System, Trials, Crimes
A federal appeals court ruled the judge overseeing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial acted too hastily when he decided to keep secret the identities of jurors. The three-judge panel ordered U.S. District Judge James Zagel to hold...
Tags: Justice System, Illinois, Trials, Local Government, Judges
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's federal corruption trial will feature prosecutors feeding voters a steady reminder of the worst elements of Illinois' political culture — allegations that money, insider influence and personal interest drive public...
Tribune staff reportersThey showed up at Rod Blagojevich's home before the sun. By daylight, federal agents had arrested and handcuffed the governor, throwing him -- and all of Illinois -- into one of the most momentous and absurd times in the state's sordid political history....
Detailed questionnaires filled out by jurors in the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich were destroyed after the jury had been picked, a clerk for U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Wednesday. The surprise disclosure came as the Tribune was delivering...
Tribune reportersA man who says he was beaten into confessing to a double murder by detectives under disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge walked free from prison today, a quarter of a century after his arrest in 1986. Eric Caine, arrested in 1986 for the...
Tags: North Carolina, Television, Jon Burge, Justice System, Trials
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, a decision that was certain to fuel renewed calls for other states to do the same. Gov. Pat Quinn,...
Former Gov. George Ryan's lawyers vowed to continue to seek his release from prison after a federal appeals court today rebuffed his bid for freedom to be at the side of his terminally ill wife. Ryan's legal team said it would seek the backing of the U....
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