| Dec 16, 2011
All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to Ald. Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee.
Among Molaro's duties: Write a 19-page white...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 4:30 AM
Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to enroll in a substance-abuse program at a federal prison outside of Denver, a move that could shave up to a year off of his prison sentence.
Blagojevich’s legal team, however, has downplayed the...
| 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.
| Sep 16, 2011
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...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 1:27 PM
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...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 2:37 PM
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.
| Sep 24, 2011
| 5:12 PM
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...
| Sep 27, 2011
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,...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
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...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 3:43 PM
Convicted 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...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 9:36 PM
William Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access.