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State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Attorney: Taking Money Not Necessarily A Bribe

“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.

04/16/2014

Thomas M. Chmura (Credit: Antioch Police)

Monk Denies Trying To Lure Children

Thomas Chmura is accused of attempting to lure four children into his vehicle on April 25 and April 26. The children were all females, ages 14, 12, 12 and 11.

05/15/2013

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Suspects In Hadiya Pendleton Murder Plead Not Guilty

The two men charged with murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton pleaded innocent on Thursday.

03/28/2013

Natisha Hillard (right) is accused of selling her baby to Christopher Bour (left) to make child pornography. (Photos supplied by Sun-Times Media)

Mom Pleads Not Guilty To Selling Her Baby For Child Porn

A northwest Indiana woman pleaded not guilty Monday morning to selling a child to a man, who also pleaded not guilty, to make child pornography, the Post-Tribune is reporting.

03/11/2013

State Sen. Donne Trotter leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after being released on $25,000 bond on Dec. 6, 2012, on a charge of trying to bring a gun onto a plane at O'Hare International Airport the day before. (Credit: CBS)

March Arraignment Date Set For Sen. Trotter On Gun Charge

A Cook County judge found probable cause Thursday to pursue felony gun charges against State Sen. Donne Trotter, charged with attempting to bring a firearm onto an airplane in December.

01/17/2013

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

Ex-Dixon Comptroller Pleads Not Guilty To $53M Embezzlement Scheme

The former comptroller and treasurer for the western Illinois town of Dixon has pleaded not guilty to charges she stole more than $50 million from the town.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers To Be Arraigned On Friday

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will be arraigned Friday on tax evasion charges for allegedly failing to report and pay taxes on income he earned by using campaign funds and county expense accounts for personal use.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2012

Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, was charged with kidnapping and murder in the 1957 slaying of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore, Ill. (Photo credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

1957 Murder Suspect To Be Indicted On New Rape Charges

A Seattle man charged in the kidnapping and murder of a 7-year old Sycamore girl in 1957 will be in court Wednesday to face more charges.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2011

Melikah Little (Credit: CBS)

Suburban Village Clerk Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly DUI Crash

A south suburban village clerk has pleaded not guilty in a drunken driving crash that left a young mother dead.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2011

White Sox

UPDATED: Ex-White Sox Executive Pleads Guilty

Former White Sox executive David Wilder is set to be arraigned in U.S. District Court Friday, on charges of skimming thousands of dollars in kickbacks to get top players.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2011

Carla Oglesby (Police Booking Photo)

Ex-Stroger Aide Due For Arraignment

A onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is due in court for an arraignment this morning.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2010