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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: Crimes, Social Issues, WGN, Homes, Murder
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,...
Tags: Crimes, Murder, Prisons, Punishment, New York
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....
Tags: Crimes, Lawyers, Barack Obama, Prisons, Government
Tribune reporterFormer Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak reported to federal prison in Terre Haute this morning, Bureau of Prisons officials confirmed. Vrdolyak was sentenced in October to 10 months in prison for a mail fraud conviction tied to a $1.5 million kickback he...
Tags: Crimes, Prisons, Punishment, Chicago, Gold Coast
Tribune reporterThere are some books that all but shout, "Put me on the big screen!" and "In With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption" is one of them. The "fallen hero" of the title is the book's co-author, a former drug...
Federal prosecutors have dropped nearly half of the bribery charges against state Sen. Ulysses Currie, chopping seven counts that were connected to an outdated legal theory. Currie, a Democrat, remains accused of accepting bribes from a grocery chain...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Illinois is on its way to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The state Senate voted 32-25 Tuesday to abolish the punishment. The House passed the legislation last week. The landmark...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan to abolish capital punishment in a whirlwind reversal on a historic vote. The legislation to halt state-sponsored execution gained the necessary 60 votes Thursday after an earlier...
Tags: Death Penalty, Punishment, Human Interest, Government, Elections
About five years ago, John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc., the producer of Fisher nuts and trail mixes, agreed to build a headquarters and state-of-the-art processing facility in Elgin rather than head out of state. In exchange for $5 million in state tax...
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