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  • Prosecutor returning to U.S. attorney's office as Fardon's top assistant

     Prosecutor returning to U.S. attorney's office as Fardon's top assistant
    A former veteran federal prosecutor who was part of the team that won the conviction of former Gov. George Ryan will become the top assistant to U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon. Joel Levin, who has been in private practice since leaving the U.S. attorney'...
  • Prosecutors free inmate in pivotal Illinois death penalty case

    Prosecutors free inmate in pivotal Illinois death penalty case
    Rewriting a key chapter in Illinois' death penalty history, Cook County prosecutors Thursday threw out the murder and manslaughter conviction of Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession unraveled one of the state's most pivotal wrongful convictions,...
  • Governors, raining taxpayer $ on Illinois

    Governors, raining taxpayer $ on Illinois
    The announcements from Gov. Pat Quinn's office arrived via email bearing the official state of Illinois seal, signaling Real Government Business. But we all knew what they really were: campaign-ish announcements disguised as Real Government Business....
  • Saving Catholic schools has been Cardinal George's personal cause

     Saving Catholic schools has been Cardinal George's personal cause
    To help tens of thousands of Chicago-area Catholic school students, Cardinal Francis George has gone to Springfield, launched a $350 million fundraising campaign and just last week put the archdiocese's schools in his will. But his 17-year tenure has...
  • 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...
  • Wanted: A public corruption buster

    Wanted: A public corruption buster
    "It's time that Illinois' highest legal official takes an active, hands-on role in cleaning up government. That's what people expect of their leaders and elected officials. And I will not let them down." — Lisa Madigan, candidate for attorney...