| Jun 24, 2013
| 6:30 PM
A veteran Chicago police sergeant mired in personal debt was arrested Monday on a charge that he attempted to extort a West Side liquor store employee by offering to look up police reports, license plates and other information in exchange for cash.
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Please, let me click my heals to find out I am still in Baltimore after all ("Mayor takes a risk," Feb. 12). We city residents have stuck by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as she promised lots of magical change if we only stay. We waited patiently to...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 3:18 PM
More than two years after former Mayor Eddie A. Perez was convicted of five felony corruption charges and sentenced to three years in prison, his lawyers will have a chance Tuesday to make their case for why those convictions should be thrown out....
| Feb 19, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Former Mayor Eddie A. Perez's lawyer reiterated his argument Tuesday that Perez's bribery and extortion cases should not have been combined, and that as a result the jury was unfairly prejudiced against Perez.
Evidence from both cases was shown to the...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Your recent front page article about criminal asset seizures and the Diffenderffers was good investigative reporting ("Seizing assets to take profits from crime," Feb. 17). To recap, Michael Diffenderffer had marijuana plants in his basement. The police...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 7:16 PM
The Senate rejected a bill Monday night that would have prevented the Maryland Transit Administration from audio-taping passengers' conversations after a vigorous debate over the competing values of safety and privacy.
The 23-22 vote to kill the measure...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 4:02 PM
A reputed mob enforcer was found guilty today in federal court on a gun charge that will land him in prison for at least 15 years because of his lengthy criminal record, authorities said.
Mario Rainone, 58, had little reaction to the verdict by the...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Obviously Hamid Karzai's been smoking the sap from some of those poppies that grow so freely in Afghanistan. This guy is incredible. To accuse the United States of colluding with the Taliban just to prolong the war is beyond understanding. He's as crazy...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.
| Mar 22, 2013
| 5:46 PM
A former Chicago police officer accused in a gruesome plot to extort, murder and dismember a local businessman is now facing charges he agreed to kill another individual in exchange for revenue from a strip club and later tried to get his wife to...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 12:49 PM
South Side Ald. Anthony Beale has taken the unusual step of filing a pre-emptive lawsuit against a former Chicago Public Schools principal who he says sought to extort $1 million from him and made false claims that he sexually harassed her.
The 9th Ward...