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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich waves to supporters outside his home after returning from his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after being found guilty of 18 charges in two trials including trying to sell President Obama’s vacated senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Appeals Court Tosses Some Blagojevich Convictions, Vacates Prison Sentence

A federal appeals court has thrown out some of the convictions against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and tossed out his 14-year prison sentence.

07/21/2015

Kamron Taylor. (Source: Chicago Police)

Murder Convict Who Spurred 3-Day Manhunt Sentenced To 107 Years

On April 1, Kamron Taylor escaped from the Jerome Combs Detention Center after attacking a guard who was making rounds.

05/11/2015

Vidal Rainey (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Man Gets 40 Years After Admitting To String Of Robberies, Sex Assaults

Vidal Rainey, 25, pleaded guilty to Monday to multiple charges including aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said.

01/08/2015

John Wilson Jr. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Ex-Con Gets 160 Years For Murder Of Suburban Teen

A jury in September found John Wilson Jr. guilty in the murder of Kelli O’Laughlin. Prosecutors said the 14-year-old Lyons Township High School freshman interrupted Wilson as he was burglarizing her Indian Head Park home.

10/10/2014

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

Former Country Club Hills Police Chief Gets 5 Years In Prison

U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough told Regina Evans that she “broke the law in magnificent fashion with a magnificient fraud.”

05/01/2014

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Teen Pleads Guilty Of Sexual Assault Posted On Facebook, Sentenced To 26 Years

Scandale Fritz, 17, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and Judge Timothy Joyce sentenced him to 13 years on each count to be served consecutively, for a total of 26 years.

02/14/2014

Amy Pherigo (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

Mom Gets 20 Years For Concealing Boyfriend’s Abuse Of Son

Not only did Amy Pherigo look the other way as her boyfriend was beating her 4-year-old son severely, but she kept the boy inside and put make-up on him so others could not see the bruises, according to prosecutors.

02/13/2014

President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)

Obama Commutes Illinois Prisoner’s Life Sentence On Drug Charges

Reynolds Wintersmith was a teenager at the time he was convicted for his role in a Rockford-based drug conspiracy, which included selling crack cocaine, and sentenced in 1994 to life in prison under then-mandatory federal guidelines.

12/19/2013

Chicago police display some of the more than 300 guns seized in the city in the first two weeks of 2013. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: Study Bolsters Call For Stiffer Firearms Sentences

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s argument for stiffer firearms sentences is bolstered by a new study showing gun possession offenders placed on probation are more likely to get re-arrested for murder than other felons, his police superintendent says.

10/14/2013

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Durkin Supports Tougher Gun Penalties, But Warns Of Cost

The new leader of Illinois House Republicans said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for tougher penalties for gun crimes could be a good thing, but also expensive.

WBBM Newsradio–10/10/2013

Tatiana Meakens (Chicago Police Department)

Mom Gets 5 Years In Prison For Leaving Toddlers Alone Before Fire

Tatiana Meakens pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment and Judge Diane Cannon sentenced her to five years in prison.

08/01/2013

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012, a day before reporting to prison. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Blagojevich Appeals Conviction, 14-Year Sentence

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal just before a midnight deadline Monday that challenges the imprisoned former Illinois governor’s corruption conviction and 14-year prison term, including on grounds the trial judge allegedly committed a litany of errors.

07/16/2013

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller in Dixon, Ill. (Credit: Boone County Sheriff)

Crundwell Appeals Sentence, Lawyer Claims Dixon Residents ‘Not Victims’

An attorney for the former Dixon comptroller, who was convicted of stealing nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city, is appealing her nearly 20-year federal prison sentence.

07/11/2013

Dustin McCowan is charged with murder in the death of Amanda Bach, 19. (Credit: Porter County Sheriff's Department)

Boyfriend Gets 60 Years In Portage Woman’s Murder

Dustin McCowan was apparently jealous in his rocky relationship with Amanda Bach, 19, of Portage. Police found her body close to railroad tracks, about 300 yards from his home.

03/28/2013

Drew Peterson (Credit: Will County Jail)

Drew Peterson Moved To State Prison In Pontiac To Begin Sentence

Less than a day after declaring his innocence at the top of his lungs during his sentencing hearing, former Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson was transferred from the Will County Jail to a state prison in Pontiac to begin serving his 38-year sentence for murder.

02/22/2013

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)

Former Gov. Ryan Spending Last Full Day In Federal Prison

Former Gov. George Ryan was set to be released from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday, and transferred to a halfway house on the Near West Side early Wednesday to complete his sentence.

CBS Chicago–01/29/2013

David Headley (Credit: New Delhi Television)

David Headley Gets 35 Years For Role In Mumbai Terror Attack

Chicago native David Headley was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, and for planning another attack in Copenhagen, Denmark.

01/24/2013

Riley Choate, left, has been sentenced in the death of his son, Christian. (CBS)

Man Sentenced To 80 Years For Death Of Caged Son

Christian Choate was confined in a dog cage, beaten and fed minimal amounts of food.

01/11/2013

Christopher Vaughn is accused of killing his wife and three children in 2007. (Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office)

Christopher Vaughn Sentenced To Life In Prison For Family Murders

An Oswego man has been sentenced to life in prison for the horrifying murders of his wife and children.

11/27/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Attorneys Think Blagojevich’s Sentence Will Be Reversed On Appeal

Attorneys in the first trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich still keep in touch with him, and think his sentence will be reversed on appeal if the case ever gets there.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

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