| 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...
| May 3, 2011
| 3:09 PM
The first day of testimony closed with prosecutors playing what could be described as Rod Blagojevich’s “I have a dream” wiretap, though the sentiments expressed by the then-governor on Nov. 5, 2008, were considerably less noble than...
| May 3, 2011
| 7:48 PM
Prosecutors in the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich wasted no time Tuesday trying to shoot holes in the defense strategy that the former governor was merely trying to cut a political deal, not sell a U.S. Senate seat, and was unaware that any of...
| May 9, 2011
| 9:17 PM
Federal prosecutors have dropped nearly half of the bribery charges against state Sen. Ulysses Currie, chopping seven counts that were connected to an outdated legal theory.
Currie, a Democrat, remains accused of accepting bribes from a grocery chain...
| May 28, 2011
| 12:57 AM
When DuPage County officials wanted to build 91 new units of affordable housing eight years ago, they didn't bother to follow federal rules that required them to request proposals from developers.
They didn't bother to even look outside their own...
| May 28, 2011
| 1:50 PM
When DuPage County officials wanted to build 91 new units of affordable housing eight years ago, they didn’t bother to follow federal rules that required them to request proposals from developers.
They didn’t bother to even look outside their...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 6:59 PM
Former Gov. George Ryan's lawyers vowed to continue to seek his release from prison after a federal appeals court today rebuffed his bid for freedom to be at the side of his terminally ill wife.
Ryan's legal team said it would seek the backing of the U....
| Jan 19, 2011
| 9:30 AM
Former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak reported to federal prison in Terre Haute this morning, Bureau of Prisons officials confirmed.
Vrdolyak was sentenced in October to 10 months in prison for a mail fraud conviction tied to a $1.5 million kickback he...
| Jan 28, 2011
| 3:52 PM
There are some books that all but shout, "Put me on the big screen!" and "In With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption" is one of them.
The "fallen hero" of the title is the book's co-author, a former drug...
| Dec 29, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, WGN remembers some of the big stories that made Chicago headlines, from politics to weather to sports.
Kicking off 2011 was a kick from Mother Nature -- the blizzard that hit the Chicago area on February 2 shut down Lake Shore...
| 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.