| 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.
| Sep 1, 2011
| 10:15 AM
He arrived in Chicago just days before the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, a tough, uncompromising New York prosecutor already steeped in fighting the new international threat.
His outsider status and appointment to an already high-profile...
| 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....
| Sep 19, 2011
| 2:37 PM
Speaking a few paces from Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's offices, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney said today that his former chief of staff did not deserve prosecution by the federal prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case.
| Jun 28, 2011
A federal jury Monday convicted Rod Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, putting an end to a tragicomic legal and political drama that brought down Illinois' showy and would-be populist former governor.
In its 10th day of deliberations, the 11-woman, one-...
| Jun 28, 2011
It couldn't have started more dramatically.
A 6 a.m. arrest of a sitting governor at his home, followed by uncharacteristically strong remarks by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who famously described Rod Blagojevich as carrying out a "political...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 7:49 PM
Even before Antoin "Tony" Rezko's long-awaited sentencing began Tuesday, his teenage daughter appeared anxious, her arms clutching her stomach and her face already in a pained expression.
Two hours later, when a judge sentenced Rezko, once a top...
| 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...
| Nov 2, 2011
William Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access.
| Nov 22, 2011
| 1:42 PM
Hailed by prosecutors as a "wake-up call," Antoin Rezko was sentenced to 10½ years in prison today for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a top fundraiser and adviser to then-Gov. Rod...
| Jan 21, 2011
| 8:22 PM
In a packed courtroom Friday, a federal judge sentenced disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge to 4 1/2 years in prison, saying his torture of suspects irreparably damaged the justice system and blasting local, county and federal authorities...