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Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Chicago’s Gun Ordinance

A federal judge has thrown out part of the city’s gun law, finding a section of the ordinance is too vague and unconstitutional.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2012

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Judge Won’t Reverse Shakedown Conviction Of Powerbroker Cellini

A federal judge Thursday denied one-time political power broker William Cellini’s latest bid for a new trial.

WBBM Newsradio–05/31/2012

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about the uptick in police-involved shootings. (CBS)

McCarthy: Hudson Juror Had Unreasonable Expectations Of Police

Chicago’s top cop is responding to a juror in the William Balfour trial who said police bungled the investigation into the murder of Jennifer Hudson’s family members.


Scales Of Justice

Aurora Man Convicted Of Second Murder, Faces Life Term

A 28-year-old Aurora man has been found guilty of murder for the second time, and now faces spending the rest of his life in prison.


George Ryan

Ryan Wins Another Chance To Petition For New Trial

Former Gov. George Ryan has served most of his 6 1/2 year prison sentence and is set to be released next year, but he will have a chance to appeal for a new trial again before that.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2012

George Ryan

Former Gov. Ryan Seeks Appeal To U.S. Supreme Court

While one ex-governor heads off to federal prison, another is still there, pinning his hopes for an early release on a long-shot before the U.S. Supreme Court.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2012

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

No More Time Behind Bars For Rezko In Fraud Case

A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced Tony Rezko to 7 1/2 years in prison for a fraud conviction, but will allow him to serve it at the same time as his longer sentence in a separate case.


Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich’s Lawyers File Notice Of Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorneys have officially taken the first step toward an appeal of the former governor’s conviction on 18 corruption counts.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2011

Meet Luella, the Blagojevich family's new puppy. (CBS)

On Night Out, Blagojevich Gets Upstaged By New Puppy

The former governor and his wife, Patti, and their two daughters traveled to Chicago’s PAWS animal shelter to get a Maltipoo named Louella, which had been rescued from the city pound.


Rod Blagojevich

Madigan: Blagojevich Should Lose His Pension

A day after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich got more bad news when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a legal opinion that he shouldn’t collect his state pension.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Sam Adam Jr.

Former Blago Attorney: Tapes Would’ve Changed Outcome

Former Rod Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr. still maintains that if all the tapes of wiretapped conversations had been played at trial, the outcome would have been different.

CBS 2–12/08/2011

Rod and Patti Blagojevich enter their home after the former governor was sentenced to 14 years in prison. (Credit: Getty Images)

Blagojevich Begins Final Countdown To Prison

The countdown is on until deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has to report to prison.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Wants To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking to play wiretap recordings that were previously placed under seal when he’s sentenced next month.

CBS Chicago–11/25/2011

Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich

Ex-Prosecutor: Rezko’s Sentence A Bad Sign For Blagojevich

A 10 1/2-year sentence for political fundraiser Tony Rezko is not a good sign for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a former federal prosecutor.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2011

James Hampton (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Man Gets 20 Years For Rape Of 12-Year-Old Girl, Has 6 Cases Pending

CHICAGO (STMW) — A Chicago man accused in seven rapes was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for his youngest victim, a 12-year-old girl. James Hampton, was sentenced after being convicted of one […]


The Rod Blagojevich Facebook page.

Blagojevich Goes To Facebook To Garner Support Before Sentencing

Rod Blagojevich is hoping support from the public can reduce his sentence for corruption.

WBBM Newsradio–10/18/2011

Diane Eldrup (Lake County Sheriff's Department)

Lake County Shelter Owner Convicted Of Animal Torture

A jury has convicted a former Lake County shelter operator on charges of animal torture.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2011

Ricardo Robledo-Espino was convicted of aggravated battery to a child. (Kane County State's Attorney's Office)

Elgin Man Convicted Of Breaking Infant’s Legs

Ricardo Robledo-Espino faces up to 30 years in prison after being convicted Monday of breaking an infant’s legs as he took care of the girl last year.


A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

18 Years, 4 Months For Man Who Took In Millions In Phony Tax Returns

A former Chicago resident is going to prison for more than 18 years, after admitting to trying to defraud the state and federal government out of more than $65 million using the identities of prisoners and the dead.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Files Appeal, Says Judge Favored Prosecutors

In a move that was fully expected, deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich is filing an appeal to overturn his conviction on corruption charges.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2011