Opening Statements

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Bribery Trial Starts For Rep. Derrick Smith

Opening statements Thursday at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial focused on a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant, referred to in court only by a first name, Pete, who secretly recorded state Rep. Derrick Smith allegedly seeking a $7,000 bribe.


Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Opening Statements Given In Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

Derrick Smith, 50, is accused of taking $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter supporting a day care center’s application for a state grant.


Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Defense Attorney’s Injury Delays Opening Statements In Kustok Murder Trial

Opening statements scheduled for Thursday morning in Allan Kustok’s murder trial have been postponed until Friday after defense attorney Rick Beuke slipped on ice outside the courthouse


Heriberto Viramontes (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Baseball Bat Beating Victim Describes Attack

A man charged with beating two young women with a baseball bat in 2010 lurked in the shadows of a Chicago night until he “unleashed his violent rage” on his victims, a prosecutor said Wednesday during opening statements.


Cook County Commissioner William Beavers speaks to reporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on March 11, 2013, as proceedings got underway in his trial on tax evasion charges. (Credit: CBS)

Dramatic Opening For Defense In Beavers Tax Trial

During a losing streak at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino in April 2007, William Beavers went back to the bank three times in less than five hours to cash a total of $6,000 in checks from his political campaign fund, prosecutors alleged as the Cook County commissioner’s trial began Thursday.


Drew Peterson

Peterson Trial: Neighbor Weeps While Testifying About Finding Savio’s Body

In opening statements for Drew Peterson’s long-awaited murder trial Tuesday, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said Peterson once boasted that “he had learned enough to kill someone and make it look like an accident.”

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Former Aide Testifies About Blagojevich’s Senate Seat Schemes

A former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified on Tuesday that the deposed governor asked him what he could get for himself in exchange for appointing a U.S. Senator about a month before Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 and vacated his Senate seat.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2011

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti arrive at the federal courthouse where opening remarks were delivered at his corruption retrial on May 2, 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Prosecutor To Jurors: Blagojevich ‘Sold Out’ Illinoisans

Federal prosecutors said Monday that Rod Blagojevich “sold out” the trust of Illinois voters by repeatedly trying to line his own pockets through his power as governor, but – borrowing from Shakespeare – the former governor’s lawyer said the government’s case was “a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

CBS Chicago–05/02/2011

Standing with his attorney Sheldon Sorosky, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R) speaks to the press outside his home April 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich used the press conference to again proclaim his innocence ahead of his retrial which is scheduled to begin April 20. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Won’t Delay Start Of Blagojevich Retrial

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers to push back his retrial on corruption charges by a few weeks.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011