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Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Unions Ask Federal Judge To Dismiss Rauner Lawsuit Over Dues

Illinois labor unions are trying to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit over nonmember dues from potentially curbing union power nationwide.


FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Air-Traffic Sabotage Suspect Held Without Bond

The 36-year-old Naperville man accused of setting the fire at an Aurora radar facility that effectively shut down Chicago’s airports made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, and a judge ordered him held without bond.


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Gun Owners Ask Courts To Let Them Carry Firearms In Public Right Away

Despite Tuesday’s dramatic concealed-carry victory at the Statehouse, gun-rights advocates headed back into federal court Wednesday to object to the pace at which the state intends to carry out the new law and to seek immediate authority to begin carrying their firearms in public places.


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Castillo Takes Over As Chief Federal Judge In Chicago

The first Hispanic to lead the busy federal court district that includes Chicago said Tuesday that one of his priorities will be helping ensure that juries better reflect the region’s ethnic and racial diversity.


Abdella Ahmad Tounisi allegedly wanted to go to Syria to join a terrorist group. (Family handout)

Terror Suspect Might Be Confined At Home Before Trial

An 18-year-old Aurora man accused of trying to join a terrorism organization overseas might be confined at home as he awaits a federal trial, but federal prosecutors will challenge a judge’s ruling on the suspect’s bond.


Theresa Neubauer. (Credit: Zach Crenshaw/CBS)

Ex-Crestwood Water Official Guilty Of Lying To Investigators

The former Crestwood water department head accused of lying to investigators about the village’s use of tainted well water in its drinking supply has been found guilty of the federal charges.


Colonel Phillips, a 7-month-old, 30-pound miniature bull terrier, was shot twice by a Chicago police officer after following his owner outside as the officer was writing a parking ticket. (Photo courtesy: Al Phillips)

Lawsuit Over Puppy Shot By Cop Moving To Federal Court

A lawsuit a North Side couple filed against the city and a police officer who allegedly shot their puppy earlier this month is moving to federal court.


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

Convicted Sex-Trafficker Sentenced To Life In Prison

A former northwest suburban massage parlor owner who forced four foreign women into prostitution — and tattooed them with his moniker — was sentenced to life in prison Monday.


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)

Power Broker Bill Cellini Sentenced To 1 Year, 1 Day In Blago-Era Corruption Case

William Cellini, a Springfield businessman, was targeted by the feds for extortion conspiracy in a case dating to the Blagojevich administration.


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Chicago Cop Admits Taking Protection Money From Drug Dealers

Wentworth District tactical unit Officer Kallatt Mohammed said in court he took protection money from heroin and crack dealers at the Ida B. Wells public housing complex on the South Side in 2007 and 2008.


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Federal Court Rejects Illinois Eavesdropping Law

A federal court in Chicago has granted a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of Illinois’ controversial eavesdropping law.


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Chicago Man Charged With Trafficking Minors For Sex

Carl Brandon Smith allegedly forced the victims to engage in commercial sex acts and transported one of the minors across the Wisconsin border to engage in prostitution in Illinois.


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Blagojevich: ‘I Am Unbelievably Sorry’

For the first time since he was arrested three years ago, deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich was thoroughly apologetic and admitted to making “terrible mistakes,” as pleaded for mercy before his sentencing Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Judge In Blagojevich Case Will Impose Sentence Wednesday

Prosecutors and defense lawyers say they can make their arguments in just one day on Tuesday and won’t need a second day next week. The judge will hand down the sentence the day after, Wednesday.


Datqunn Sawyer

Chicago Man Convicted Of Sex Trafficking, Faces Up To Life In Prison

A federal trial showed that Datqunn Sawyer was a pimp who chose vulnerable victims and used violence and threats of violence to exploit them sexually, knowing that they were minors.


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Federal Court Orders Chicago To Hire 111 Black Firefighters, Pay Damages

A federal court’s decision that forces the hiring of 111 African-American firefighters and the city to pay millions of dollars in damages was a “partial victory” for the Chicago, a spokeswoman says.


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High-Ranking Latin Kings Leaders Convicted

Prosecutors are hailing the conviction of the alleged top leader of the Chicago-based Latin Kings as a blow to one of the nation’s most powerful street gangs.

WBBM Newsradio–04/06/2011

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City Wins 3 Court Cases Against Police

The city won three cases in federal court on Thursday, all involving allegations against the police department.


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Bonds’ Ex-Trainer Refuses To Testify

Barry Bonds’ former trainer will be jailed later this month unless he changes his mind about testifying against the slugger.


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Feds: Suburban Man Took More Than $4M In Ponzi Scheme

A Mount Prospect man who raised about $12 million from investors in a real estate deal that federal prosecutors call a “Ponzi” scheme has been charged with wire fraud and sued by the SEC.