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Maurice Dailey (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Final Burr Oak Scandal Defendant Pleads Guilty To Desecrating Graves

Maurice Dailey, who was a backhoe operator at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, pleaded guilty to desecration, removal of buried remains and removal of headstone charges.

07/15/2015

Quinshaunta Golden (Courtesy: Chicago Sun-Times)

Former State Worker Sentenced To 8 Years For Bribery, Kickback Scheme

A former chief of staff to the head of Illinois’ public health department was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in a case that involved a multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving government grants and contracts.

06/24/2015

Joeann Smith (Credit: Chicago Police)

Woman Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter In Fatal 2014 Shooting

Joeann Smith, 54, was sentenced to 30 months probation for the Jan. 8, 2014, shooting in the 1700 block of East 72nd Street, court records show.

06/05/2015

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Former Aide To Alderman Brookins Gets 15 Years For Taking Bribe

Curtis Thompson Jr. pleaded guilty in December to taking a $7,500 cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant at a 2013 Christmas party at the alderman’s office. He pocketed the Christmas card full of cash after helping the informant land the alderman’s essential support for a liquor license in the 21st Ward.

05/27/2015

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

Aurora Man To Plead Guilty In Chicago Terror Case

An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says her client intends to change his plea to guilty.

05/27/2015

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Man Gets 2 Years For Trying To Ship Thermal Camera To Pakistan

Bilal Ahmed, 33, of Bolingbrook pleaded guilty to willfully violating export control regulations, specifically the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

05/14/2015

Edward McMenamin (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Downers Grove Doctor Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin says that 68-year-old Edward J. McMenamin pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one child pornography count. He faces up to 30 years in state prison when he’s sentenced in May.

03/11/2015

Phillip Payne (Credit: Chicago Police)

Suspect Pleads Guilty In Mugging Of Mayor Emanuel’s Son

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to theft and aggravated battery for mugging the son of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and stealing his cell phone as the mayor’s wife looked on in the courtroom.

03/09/2015

Former state lawmaker Keith Farnham arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago to face child pornography charges. Farnham wore a nasal breathing tube and carried an oxygen bottle as he arrived at court. He had resigned, citing health issues, days after a raid of his house and district office. (Credit: CBS)

Judge Won’t Delay Sentencing For Ailing Ex-Lawmaker Charged In Child Porn Case

Judge Edmond Chang says in an order filed Friday that the Democrat seems “physically capable” of attending the hearing. He adds there are “victim interests at stake” in sticking to the March 19 sentencing date.

02/27/2015

Former state lawmaker Keith Farnham arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago to face child pornography charges. Farnham wore a nasal breathing tube and carried an oxygen bottle as he arrived at court. He had resigned, citing health issues, days after a raid of his house and district office. (Credit: CBS)

Feds: Sentencing Of Ex-Rep Farnham Shouldn’t Be Delayed

Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to go ahead with the sentencing of former Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham on a child pornography conviction despite illness that could soon take his life.

02/26/2015

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Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty To Taking Kickbacks For Anti-Psychotics

A now-suspended psychiatrist pleaded guilty Friday to taking kickbacks and benefits worth nearly $600,000 from pharmaceutical companies for prescribing an anti-psychotic drug to thousands of elderly and mentally ill patients.

02/13/2015

Linda B. Lopez  (Riverside Police)

Woman Set Fire To Apartment After Boyfriend Smoked All The Pot: Police

Linda B. Lopez was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

02/12/2015

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Man Gets 23 Years For Beating Death Of Police Officer Grandmother

Keshawn Perkins was 15 when he was arrested for the Nov. 4, 2011, murder of his grandmother, Hester Scott, at their home in the 8800 block of South Wallace. Perkins, now 19, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree murder at a hearing before Judge Clayton Crane, who handed down the 23-year sentence.

02/12/2015

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Priest Pleads Guilty To Trying To Help Convicted Mobster

A Roman Catholic priest says he’ll plead guilty to trying to help a convicted mobster recover an expensive violin hidden in a Wisconsin home. Sixty-five-year-old Eugene Klein made the announcement Wednesday just as his federal trial was about to get underway.

02/11/2015

Michael Campbell (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Gets 32 Years For “Brutal” Rape At West Town Bus Stop

Michael Campbell, now 29, pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, and was sentenced by Cook County Judge Charles Burns, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

01/29/2015

Willie Johnson (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder Case

Gov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.

01/13/2015

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Man Gets 26 Years For Raping CTA Worker At Gunpoint

Devonte Willis, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated criminal sexual assault with a firearm, according to a statement from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

12/23/2014

Former state lawmaker Keith Farnham arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago to face child pornography charges. Farnham wore a nasal breathing tube and carried an oxygen bottle as he arrived at court. He had resigned, citing health issues, days after a raid of his house and district office. (Credit: CBS)

Ex-Lawmaker Farnham Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Friday, after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

12/05/2014

Former state lawmaker Keith Farnham arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago to face child pornography charges. Farnham wore a nasal breathing tube and carried an oxygen bottle as he arrived at court. He had resigned, citing health issues, days after a raid of his house and district office. (Credit: CBS)

Ex-Lawmaker Expected To Change Plea In Child Porn Case

A defense filing this week said Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham intends to plead guilty in federal court in Chicago on Friday as part of a plea deal.

12/05/2014

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Former Brookins Aide Pleads Guilty To Taking $7,500 Bribe

A former chief of staff to Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded guilty Thursday to taking a $7,500 cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant at a 2013 Christmas party at the alderman’s office, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

12/04/2014

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