Jim Thompson

(Credit: CBS)

Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Had No Rival”

The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.

12/17/2014

Anita Alvarez

Former Judges, Ex-Prosecutors Urge Alvarez To Drop Perjury Case

The letter to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the prosecution of Willie Johnson could discourage other people from recanting prior testimony.

05/05/2014

Chaplain Jim Thompson, who is blind, ministers to a patient at Little Company of Mary. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Blind Chaplain Jim Thompson

(CBS) – You could call him a wounded healer. He’s a priest who serves the sick, and he has a disability of his own. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says Father Jim Thompson is someone you […]

01/17/2014

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Attorney: George Ryan Broke No Rules In Weekend Trip To Restaurant

George Ryan’s lawyer said Tuesday that the former governor did nothing wrong when he went out to dinner with family and a few friends on Sunday, despite being on home confinement through early July.

WBBM Newsradio–02/19/2013

George Ryan

Former Gov. Ryan Seeks Appeal To U.S. Supreme Court

While one ex-governor heads off to federal prison, another is still there, pinning his hopes for an early release on a long-shot before the U.S. Supreme Court.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2012

Lura Lynn Ryan

Lura Lynn Ryan Laid To Rest At Private Ceremony

Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan was buried on Tuesday at a private service and Ryan’s lawyer said the former governor was not there.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011

U.S. cash (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

Retired Pols Drawing Six-Figure Pensions

Some of the most notable — and even some of the most obscure — retired state officials are drawing massive pensions as the Illinois budget is bleeding red ink, a Better Government Association report reveals. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

04/28/2011

U.S. Cellular Field

Dorfman: 20 Years Of New Ballpark And New Era For White Sox

Twenty years ago today President George W. Bush was basking in high approval ratings following the first Gulf War, Cheers was the popular TV show in the land, and a new era started for the Chicago White Sox.

670 The Score–04/18/2011

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Rules Ryan Will Stay In Prison

A judge has ruled that former Gov. George Ryan will stay in prison, denying a request by his attorneys that he be allowed to go home to be with his ailing wife.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2010

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson (CBS)

A Look Back At Closest Illinois Governor Election

Whoever wins the governor’s race, it probably won’t go down as the closest in Illinois history.

WBBM Newsradio–11/04/2010