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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...
Clout StreetSpeaking 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. “...
Clout StreetDemocratic 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. ...
Court officials acknowledge that information revealed by the Tribune appears to show that a member of the federal jury that convicted Springfield power broker William Cellini concealed two felony convictions. Attorneys for Cellini said the information...
At the start of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's first corruption trial last year, federal Judge James Zagel denied a request from several news organizations to release jurors' names before opening statements. It didn't matter, Zagel said, that the Tribune'...
Tags: Chicago Tribune, Criminals, Trials, Judges, Executive Branch
Two people who administered road tests for the Illinois Secretary of State's office were charged with giving passing marks to unqualified drivers or passing people who did not even take a road test in exchange for cash, federal officials said today....
Clout StreetConvicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich will now have to clear a few more hurdles before he would even have a slight chance of collecting a $65,000-a-year state pension. The General Assembly Retirement System board added the extra layer of scrutiny Wednesday...
Tribune reporterIn a filing late Thursday, federal prosecutors argued against a new trial for Springfield power broker William Cellini amid revelations that a juror who helped convict him earlier this month apparently concealed her felony criminal background during jury...
Tags: Civil Rights, Trials, Cocaine, Judges, Blackmail and Extortion
Tribune staff reporterIn 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...
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,...
WASHINGTON — With three vacancies on the federal bench in Chicago, the names of five area lawyers have been shipped to President Barack Obama for consideration for judgeships. The recommendations by Illinois' two senators are not binding on Obama,...
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...
Tags: Taxation, Income Tax, Carol Ronen, Michael Zalewski, Judges
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