| 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...
| Jul 2, 2011
As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
| Jul 15, 2011
While the political adage holds that to the winner go the spoils, under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, even some losers have done very well.
Take Dan Seals. He failed three times to win a North Shore congressional seat, and his tax returns showed he mostly...
| Jul 16, 2011
'Remanded" -- taken into custody. In his career as a New York prosecutor and a federal prosecutor in California, Donald Heller has asked the court to remand guilty defendants countless times. He helped put away Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 5:21 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn isn't taking a position yet on his tollway board's idea to nearly double tolls to pay for new roads and road work.Asked the governor's views on the toll hike proposal, his administration offered a written statement today. ...
| 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...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 1:09 PM
About a dozen state lawmakers are headed for Cuba next week for a trip they hope will boost Illinois exports.
The six-day tour is being led by Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, and Rep. Dan Burke, D-Chicago. They said no taxpayer dollars will be spent on...
| Sep 8, 2011
In 1998, Keith Bozarth was just weeks into his job overseeing the state pension system for Illinois teachers when he agreed to a meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Springfield.
His lunch companion was William Cellini, a longtime Republican fundraiser...
| 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,...