| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:51 PM
A U.S. Senate committee cleared the nomination of Zachary Fardon on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, sending it to the full Senate for a final vote.
The unanimous voice vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes more than 15 months after...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:19 PM
Zachary Fardon was sworn in Wednesday as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, five months after he was nominated by President Barack Obama.
Fardon, 47, began work in his Dirksen U.S. Courthouse office after U.S. District Chief Judge...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:55 PM
The trial of a woman accused of slapping huge liens on then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and other high-ranking federal court officials was postponed at the last minute Monday after the judge ruled that the woman's "disturbing" legal filings proved...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:39 PM
An Iranian man today pleaded guilty in a Chicago federal courtroom to trying to illegally export missile parts and other equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. law, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office said today.
Authorities say Davoud Baniameri in...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 7:48 PM
At a 90-minute closed door meeting Thursday, top federal, state and local law enforcement officials laid out their plans for improving the government's faltering efforts to apprehend violent fugitives who cross U.S. borders to evade justice in Illinois....
| Dec 2, 2011
| 9:27 PM
U.S. District Judge James Zagel had called for a hearing just four days before sentencing Rod Blagojevich on last-minute issues raised by the former governor's lawyers, but he took the opportunity Friday to also launch into a lengthy defense of his...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 4:42 AM
A contrite former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison, capping one of the state's worst political scandals and humbling a controversial and defiant figure who rode into office as a champion of reform.
| Jun 14, 2011
| 9:07 AM
A former Bartlett man has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for creating a live-streaming online video of himself sexually molesting an infant.
The prosecution of Brian Annoreno, 35, ended "one of the most significant international child...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 3:46 PM
Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, appearing today in federal court for the first time on tax charges, leveled harsh allegations against U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, saying he used “Gestapo-like tactics” that led to the suicides of...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 12:12 PM
A Roman Catholic priest pleaded not guilty today to federal charges he tried to help Outfit hit man Frank Calabrese Sr. spirit a family violin away from the federal government after it had seized the imprisoned mobster’s possessions.The Rev....
| Aug 8, 2011
| 5:27 PM
Former state Rep. Robert Molaro is facing an investigation into legislative scholarships he awarded to a longtime supporter’s family following a Tribune report on how he doled out the publicly funded tuition waivers.
Newly released records and...