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  • Tributes for Lura Lynn Ryan: 'She was a great lady'

    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,"...
  • Illinois death penalty ban takes effect Friday

    Illinois death penalty ban takes effect Friday
    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...
  • Freedom for inmate who claimed torture under Burge

    Freedom for inmate who claimed torture under Burge
    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...
  • Judge rejects new trial for Cellini

    Judge rejects new trial for Cellini
    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. The...
  • 30 years to life for Blagojevich?

    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...
  • Blagojevich reportedly bound for Colorado prison

    Blagojevich reportedly bound for Colorado prison
    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...
  • William Heirens, known as the 'Lipstick Killer,' dead

    William Heirens, known as the 'Lipstick Killer,'  dead
    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...
  • Cheney says aide 'did not deserve' Fitzgerald prosecution

    Cheney says aide 'did not deserve' Fitzgerald prosecution
    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. “...
  • Man freed from death row now charged with retail theft

    Man freed from death row now charged with retail theft
    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...
  • Blagojevich sentencing on hold

    Blagojevich sentencing on hold
    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,...
  • Leader of Asian American Institute seeks to unite communities into political bloc

     Leader of Asian American Institute seeks to unite communities into political bloc
    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...