Illinois Prisoner Review Board

Joseph Bigsby (right) was convicted of killing Chicago Police Officer Edward Barron (left) in 1973, and sentenced to 200 years in prison, but granted early release on June 25, 2015. (Credit: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation/Illinois Department of Corrections)

Convicted Cop Killer Granted Early Release For 1973 Murder

After spending more than 40 years in prison for killing a Chicago police officer in 1973, a 58-year-old man has been granted parole, enraging Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and rank-and-file officers.

06/26/2015

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

Chester Weger (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Illinois’ Longest-Serving Inmate Denied Parole Again

Chester Weger, 75, came closer to gaining his freedom last year than he did this year. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 7 to 7 last year. This time it voted 9-3 against parole.

12/18/2014

Nancy Rish (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Nancy Rish To Make New Bid For Clemency In 1987 Murder Case

A woman who has long maintained she took no part in an infamous 1987 kidnapping and murder in Kankakee was set to make another bid to get out of prison on Tuesday.

07/08/2014

The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Juvenile Court building. (Credit: CBS)

Rules Agreed To For Juvenile Detention Hearings

Illinois will implement new rules to help ensure the due-process rights of juveniles in a settlement of a 2012 lawsuit that alleged hundreds of children on parole are illegally detained each year, according to recent federal court filings.

05/20/2014

(Left to right) Convicted cop killers Joseph Hurst and Ronnie Carrasquillo. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Chicago Cops To Testify Against Parole For 2 Cop Killers

Anytime an inmate convicted of killing a Chicago police officer comes up for parole, officers go to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board to stand for the fallen.

11/21/2013

Careen Gordon & Pat Quinn

Embroiled Ex-State Rep. Withdraws From Parole Board

A former Illinois state lawmaker has withdrawn her name from a post on the state parole board, amid criticism that she was appointed to the job shortly after voting for Gov. Pat Quinn’s income tax hike.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Report: State Prison Board Member Worked 1 Day

Roger Walker Jr. is supposed to be on the job at the Illinois Prisoner Review Board at a salary of almost $86,000 a year.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2010