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  • First Anthony Porter, now Alstory Simon: Murder convictions tossed

    First Anthony Porter, now Alstory Simon: Murder convictions tossed
    Who killed Marilyn Green and Jerry Hillard? In 1983, Cook County prosecutors were sure it was Anthony Porter who had gunned down the teenagers near a swimming pool in Washington Park — sure enough to gain a speedy conviction and send him to...
  • Rauner, Quinn out of sight day after election

    Rauner, Quinn out of sight day after election
    A day after Republican Bruce Rauner claimed victory in the Illinois governor race, both the challenger and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn remained out of the public eye as each team tries to figure out its next move. Quinn has not conceded defeat and...
  • Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race

    Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn conceded Wednesday afternoon to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a day after the most expensive and bitter contest for chief executive in Illinois history. "It's clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election,"...
  • For Bruce Rauner: An Illinois ethics agenda

    For Bruce Rauner: An Illinois ethics agenda
    The last time Illinois changed governors, the air was thick with promises of reform. Rod Blagojevich had just been impeached and would soon be on his way to prison. His successor, Gov. Pat Quinn, had launched a blue-ribbon ethics panel even before he...
  • Remembering the deaths that exposed corruption in Illinois

    Remembering the deaths that exposed corruption in Illinois
    For Scott and Janet Willis, there is pain and there are blessings, there is reason to feel sadness and reason to thank God, even if they can't answer all the questions, because life goes on and they know God has a plan. "We're 67 years old — we...
  • Thanks, G-Man Gary Shapiro, for your quiet war on Chicago criminals

    Thanks, G-Man Gary Shapiro, for your quiet war on Chicago criminals
    Shall we judge Gary Shapiro by the sleazy company he's kept in Chicago? Over here we have Joey "The Clown" Lombardo, James Marcello and Frank Calabrese Sr., all top mobsters sentenced to life for some of the Chicago Outfit's most notorious murders and...
  • Topinka in her own words

    Topinka in her own words
    Judy Baar Topinka was known for her straightforward approach. Here are some of her more memorable comments: "Well, you know the weasel eyes is because of how you make eye contact, and the governor does not have a tendency to make eye contact. That is...
  • Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman

    Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman
    You know this if you were a close friend of hers or if you just saw it on a TV commercial: Nobody appreciated a good yard sale more than Judy Baar Topinka did. It wasn’t just campaign shtick. It was true. She could be deep in conversation about...
  • Illinois is ready for change

    I have seen enough political ads of late on TV to make me wonder how I will possibly make it until November. But for those who tell us that Bruce Rauner is just too darn good of a businessman, too darn good at investing, just not savvy enough of a...
  • Man convicted 2nd time in 1983 slaying gets life in prison

    Man convicted 2nd time in 1983 slaying gets life in prison
    A man twice previously sentenced to death has been given natural life in prison for the 1983 murder and robbery of a tavern owner and the shooting of a waitress, according to prosecutors and court records. James Harris, 61, accused of killing Jesse...
  • Probe into famed Anthony Porter case nearly done

    Probe into famed Anthony Porter case nearly done
    After close to 10 months of work, Cook County prosecutors are nearing the end of their reinvestigation into one of Illinois' most pivotal wrongful conviction cases, with a decision expected within weeks that could rewrite a key chapter in the state's...