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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

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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

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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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Pal Of Cicero President Larry Dominick Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

Plumber George Hunter — whose sewer business has received more than $1.8 million from Cicero taxpayers without a contract — hasn’t signed a plea deal with prosecutors. Instead, Hunter, 59, entered a “blind plea,” admitting his guilt on two counts of tax evasion without any formal agreement with prosecutors.

12/02/2014

Devin Hester.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Trucker Pleads Guilty To Scamming Devin Hester

Gregg Steinnagel, 53, promised quick, large profits to Hester if he invested with a pal, then kept the cash for himself.

11/20/2014

Javier Rocha-Sosa (Credit: DuPage County State's Attorney)

Man Gets 30 Years For Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Girl

Judge Blanche Hill Fawell handed down the sentence Monday after 32-year-old Javier Rocha-Sosa of West Chicago pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

11/18/2014

Cassandra Feuerstein slams into a bench after video tape showed her being thrown into a jail cell. (CBS)

Former Skokie Cop Gets Probation For Shoving Woman In Cell

Cassandra Feuerstein, who suffered nerve damage in her face in the March 2013 attack, was glad that Michael Hart was charged for the crime but thinks he got a “slap on the wrist,” said Torri Hamilton, a lawyer who is representing Feuerstein in a pending civil lawsuit.

11/13/2014

State Rep. La Shawn Ford arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Monday, when federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges, and he pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor tax charge. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Ford Spared Jail, Gets Probation And Fine For Tax Charge

A federal judge has sentenced Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford to probation and a fine for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.

11/07/2014

State Rep. La Shawn Ford arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Monday, when federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges, and he pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor tax charge. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Ford To Be Sentenced In Tax Case

Three days after being re-elected, Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford will learn if he’ll have to spend time behind bars for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.

11/07/2014

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Feds Seek 15 Years For Former City Comptroller

Federal prosecutors in Ohio argue Amer Ahmad—who skipped bail and fled to Pakistan in April after pleading guilty to a kickback scheme he ran while he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer—deserves the hefty sentence for “a remarkable abuse of office.”

10/24/2014

Mason Johnson (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Gets 20 Years For Stabbing Father To Death

Mason Johnson, 26, was charged in the March 23, 2013, stabbing death of his father Kenneth Johnson during a domestic dispute at the older man’s home in the 11400 block of South Rockwell, authorities said previously.

09/11/2014

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