| Jun 28, 2011
| 10:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called former first lady Lura Lynn Ryan "a great lady" who had a big heart for the everyday citizens of Illinois.
"She was a great lady, truly a lady who cared about people, especially little people that weren't celebrities,"...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 3:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The death penalty in Illinois officially ends Friday, and the 15 prisoners who once faced execution already have been scattered across prisons throughout the state.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the ban on capital punishment March 9, but the...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 1:26 PM
A man who says he was beaten into confessing to a double murder by detectives under disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge walked free from prison today, a quarter of a century after his arrest in 1986.
Eric Caine, arrested in 1986 for the...
| Jan 25, 2012
A federal judge on Tuesday declined to grant a new trial for William Cellini, ruling that a juror's failure to disclose her criminal background during jury selection was not deliberate and did not taint the Springfield power broker's trial.
| Sep 16, 2011
Preliminary calculations by federal prosecutors indicate that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich potentially faces 30 years to life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but that is no guarantee that the government will seek that stiff of a...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| Sep 24, 2011
| 5:12 PM
A former death row inmate whose release from prison in 1999 provided a crucial spark in the push to abolish Illinois’ death penalty was back behind bars today, accused of stealing four deodorants from a store on Chicago’s South Side, Cook...
| Sep 27, 2011
A federal judge on Monday postponed the Oct. 6 sentencing of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel gave no reason for the delay in a brief written order, but it didn't come as a surprise because Blagojevich's co-defendant,...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
In many ways, Asian-Americans have done remarkably well in achieving the American dream of going to college, working at a good job and earning a nice living.
Take Tuyet Le, who came to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was 3 years...