Illinois Prisoner Review Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A former Illinois state lawmaker has withdrawn her name from a post on the state parole board, amid criticism that she was appointed to the job shortly after voting for Gov.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.
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.