| Dec 8, 2011
| 10:01 PM
Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich, coming off a big defeat this week with his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, are now gearing up for another protracted and difficult fight — an appeal of the former governor's conviction.
But the most...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 9:43 PM
Illinois' pension system was in precarious enough shape in 1994 that Democrats and Republicans came together to solve a crisis threatening the state's financial future.
The agreement they forged was supposed to take politics out of pension funding by...
| Dec 16, 2011
All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to Ald. Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee.
Among Molaro's duties: Write a 19-page white...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 4:30 AM
Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to enroll in a substance-abuse program at a federal prison outside of Denver, a move that could shave up to a year off of his prison sentence.
Blagojevich’s legal team, however, has downplayed the...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 1:08 PM
A controversial Northwestern University journalism professor who started a landmark program to investigate wrongful convictions will retire at the end of August, the school announced today.
David Protess, one of the university’s most nationally...
| Jun 19, 2011
William Stratton, Republican governor from 1953 to 1961, was acquitted in 1965 of income tax evasion charges stemming from the way he spent some of his campaign cash.
Otto Kerner, Democratic governor from 1961 to 1968, was convicted of bribery,...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 8:03 PM
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado as he had sought, sources said Tuesday.
Blagojevich, who is due to report to prison by March 15, received word from federal prison officials in recent days that...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 6:35 AM
Rod Blagojevich will serve his federal corruption sentence at a prison in suburban Denver.
Federal prison officials have assigned the former governor to Colorado's Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton.
That's where he wanted to go;...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 1:27 PM
For decades, Betty Finn and Jim Degnan had to relive the gruesome details of their sister’s murder.
Every year for 29 years, they attended parole hearings for William Heirens -- Chicago’s notorious “Lipstick Killer” who...
| 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 18, 2011
| 5:12 AM
In a filing late Thursday, federal prosecutors argued against a new trial for Springfield power broker William Cellini amid revelations that a juror who helped convict him earlier this month apparently concealed her felony criminal background during jury...