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State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Feds: Rep Derrick Smith Admitted He Screwed Up Over Bribe

In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – - – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.

04/16/2014

Darrin Hanna died in November 2011, a week after he was allegedly beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun at the hands of North Chicago police. (Family supplied photo)

Feds To Investigate Death Of Man Beaten By North Chicago Cops

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago will be assuming the investigation into the death of Darrin Hanna of North Chicago, who died after being arrested and allegedly beaten by North Chicago police officers.

04/09/2014

Jason "J-Rock" Austin (Credit: Chicago Police)

Feds Seek To Prove Convicted Drug Dealer Killed Chicago Cop

Federal prosecutors have sought the stiffest sentence possible for a purported gang leader convicted of drug trafficking, arguing he was the triggerman in the murder of a Chicago cop and his female friend.

03/21/2014

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

Feds Seek 10 Years For Convicted Pitchman Trudeau

If convicted liar Kevin Trudeau pitched his supposed miracle weight-loss book to readers by telling them the truth, it would have sold slightly more than zero copies, federal prosecutors said.

03/13/2014

Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies toys. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Feds To Appeal Lenient Sentence For Beanie Babies Founder

The Beanie Baby creator hid $100 million in secret Swiss bank accounts to con the IRS, but got just two years of probation and 500 hours of community service for the crime when he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras on Jan. 13.

02/13/2014

Adel Daoud

Judge Delays Ruling Giving Defense Access To Secret Docs In Terror Case

A federal judge said Tuesday that she’ll wait for the appeals process to run its course before implementing her ruling that gives lawyers for a Chicago terrorism suspect access to secret documents spelling out how the U.S. government sought permission to spy on him.

02/11/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Bribery Trial Delayed

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.

01/16/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Ex-Cop Says Recorded Conversation About Torture-Murder Was All Talk

Steve Mandell admitted he could be heard on audio tapes talking about killing, draining the blood and even dismembering one of the men he says he was hired to investigate. But it was all talk, he told jurors.

01/09/2014

Zachary Fardon, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

New U.S. Attorney: Mayor’s Criticism Of Gun Prosecutions Unfair

Giving his first interview since he was finally confirmed by the Senate last month, Zach Fardon showed a willingness to stand up to the politicians who’ve put huge public pressure on him to do more to tackle the street violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides.

11/21/2013

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012, a day before reporting to prison. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Prosecutors File Response To Blagojevich Appeal

Prosecutors have responded to Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption conviction, challenging the notion that the behavior that landed the disgraced former Illinois governor behind bars was run-of-the-mill political horse-trading.

11/13/2013

Jesse Jackson Jr., left; Sandi Jackson (Getty Images)

Feds Want To Seize Jacksons’ Homes

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to order former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, to forfeit their homes in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as part of their upcoming sentencing next week.

06/28/2013

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (left) and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (right) arrive at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., for their first appearance on charges connected to misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds. (Credit: CBS)

Feds Recommend Prison For Both Jacksons, But Not At Same Time

Federal prosecutors have recommended former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. be sentenced to four years in prison, and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, get 18 months behind bars, though they also suggested a judge should not send them both to prison at the same time.

06/07/2013

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (right) [Photo credit: Scott Olson/Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Emanuel Not Taking Sides In Kirk And Rush Dispute Over Gangs

Congressman Bobby Rush has called U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s idea of mass prosecutions of the 18,000-member Gangster Disciples an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

CBS Chicago–05/30/2013

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Crystal Lake Man Charged With ‘Secret Shopper’ Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors have alleged 46-year-old Michael McKay sent out fake money orders – ranging from $900 to $2,000 – to more than 600 homes across the U.S., asking people to be “secret shoppers.”

05/09/2013

Smoke and flames billow out from The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on Nov. 29, 2008. Indian commandos have killed the last Islamic militants holed up inside Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel. (Credit: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

Prosecutors Want 35-Year Term In Mumbai Attack

An American who played a central role in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, that left more than 160 people dead should spend no more than 35 years in prison because of his cooperation with investigators, U.S. prosecutors argued Tuesday in asking for a relatively lenient sentence.

01/22/2013

Former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano (left) and former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno (right) have been charged in a federal corruption probe. In all, they are accused in three different bribery schemes, including one in which they both allegedly worked together to get kickbacks. (Credit: CBS)

Former Ald. Medrano, Ex-Commissioner Moreno Charged In Corruption Probe

Just two days before he officially steps down as the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald’s office has nailed two more local elected officials in a public corruption probe.

06/28/2012

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

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Feds Target Construction Giant McHugh

Federal prosecutors have set their sights on one of the biggest fish ever, a huge and well-known construction firm with plenty of clout.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

Rod Blagojevich

After Judge Deals Setback, Blagojevich Lawyers Make Impassioned Plea For Mercy

After being dealt an early setback from the judge hearing his case, defense attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an impassioned plea for mercy at his sentencing hearing, drawing on his family’s own words about the devastating impact a long sentence would have on them.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich outside his home on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (CBS)

Prosecutors: Blagojevich Trying To Dodge Responsibility

One day before Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing was set to begin, federal prosecutors reasserted that the former governor has never accepted responsibility for his crimes and urged the judge to reject Blagojevich’s push for leniency.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

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