| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| Feb 14, 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tops Chicago Magazine's list of the 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans.
To see more details on each person selected, visit www.chicagomag.com.
1. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
2. Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney, Northern...
| 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...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:33 AM
Chicago -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrived at a Colorado federal prison Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on a corruption conviction.
"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," he told a crowd of sign-wielding supporters...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 9:14 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- A lawmaker indicted on a federal bribery charge failed to appear today before a special House investigatory hearing.
Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, was absent as the panel began proceedings. An attorney for the House said Smith's lawyer...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 9:36 PM
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.