| Aug 11, 2011
| 7:23 PM
Unwilling to fix leaky water mains in Crestwood, a south suburb known for its penny-pinching ways, village leaders secretly supplemented their supplies for more than two decades with a community well they knew was contaminated with cancer-causing...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 8:44 AM
An Iranian national has been sentenced here to 51 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges related to his efforts to illegally export missile components and radio test sets from the United States to Iran, prosecutors said today.
| 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.
| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:26 AM
Patrick Fitzgerald has been one of the most intriguing figures in law enforcement in Chicago. An outsider, for one, and a New Yorker for another, Fitzgerald was known to work obscenely hard and have supreme respect for the law.
Ten years later, he is...
| 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...
| 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.
| Nov 14, 2011
| 12:27 PM
Two people who administered road tests for the Illinois Secretary of State's office were charged with giving passing marks to unqualified drivers or passing people who did not even take a road test in exchange for cash, federal officials said today....
| 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...
| 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...