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5 Years In Prison For Serial Con Man Who Scammed Riverdale

John Thomas felt invincible, his attorney said. He wore wires and helped the feds put powerful politicos in prison. He used drugs, guzzled four bottles of wine a day and claimed he could take down an entire bottle of vodka without feeling drunk.

07/09/2015

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Prosecutors Call Probation Sentence For ‘People’s Attorney’ Incorrect

A jury convicted Warren Ballentine in October on six counts connected to a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly sentenced Ballentine to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service.

07/09/2015

Quinshaunta Golden (Courtesy: Chicago Sun-Times)

Former State Worker Sentenced To 8 Years For Bribery, Kickback Scheme

A former chief of staff to the head of Illinois’ public health department was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in a case that involved a multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving government grants and contracts.

06/24/2015

Juan Ramos (left) and Saul Sandoval (right) were convicted of  following a 70-year-old jeweler from Swap-O-Rama in Chicago to the jeweler's home in Riverside, and robbing him of $30,000 worth of jewelry. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections/Cook County Sheriff)

Two Men Get More Than 20 Years Each For Robbing Jeweler

Saul Sandoval, 20, and Juan Ramos, 22, have been sentenced to decades in prison after being convicted of robbing a 70-year-old west suburban man of $30,000 worth of jewelry as he returned from a Swap-O-Rama in Chicago last year.

06/17/2015

Joshua Enriquez (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Deadly Crash

Joshua Enriquez apologized Tuesday for killing two women and seriously injuring two others after he intentionally rammed into their car and caused it to crash on the Northwest Side.

06/17/2015

Matthew Quigley (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Man Gets 109 Years For Two 2002 Murders

A man who was 17 years old when he fatally shot two people in separate 2002 incidents in west suburban Aurora was sentenced Friday to 109 years in prison after a life sentence was overturned.

06/15/2015

Joeann Smith (Credit: Chicago Police)

Woman Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter In Fatal 2014 Shooting

Joeann Smith, 54, was sentenced to 30 months probation for the Jan. 8, 2014, shooting in the 1700 block of East 72nd Street, court records show.

06/05/2015

Angelo Bennett (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Gets 45 Years For Deadly Road Rage Incident

Angelo Bennett said all he’s ever wanted to do since he was charged with murdering a gentlemen’s club manager was apologize to the slain man’s family. He got his chance on Wednesday.

05/28/2015

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Former Aide To Alderman Brookins Gets 15 Years For Taking Bribe

Curtis Thompson Jr. pleaded guilty in December to taking a $7,500 cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant at a 2013 Christmas party at the alderman’s office. He pocketed the Christmas card full of cash after helping the informant land the alderman’s essential support for a liquor license in the 21st Ward.

05/27/2015

Daniel Olaska (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Daniel Olaska Gets 43 Years For Fatally Stabbing Teacher Shaun Wild During Bar Fight

A 31-year-old west suburban man has been sentenced to 43 years in prison for fatally stabbing an elementary school teacher and stabbing two other men during a bar fight in Naperville in 2012.

05/20/2015

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Man Gets 2 Years For Trying To Ship Thermal Camera To Pakistan

Bilal Ahmed, 33, of Bolingbrook pleaded guilty to willfully violating export control regulations, specifically the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

05/14/2015

Javier Garza (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Man Gets 51 Years For 2013 Murder Of 14-Year-Old Boy

Michael Orozco was on his way to an ice cream shop with friends about 4:30 p.m. on April 7, 2013, when he was shot in the chest in the 2200 block of South Leavitt, Chicago Police said at the time. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he died less than an hour later.

05/11/2015

Maricela Arciga (Booking Photo)

Woman Gets 20 Years For Trying To Have Ex-Boyfriend Killed

Friday night, Kane County Circuit Judge Susan Clancy Boles sentenced 28-year-old Maricela Arciga to 20 years in prison after a jury convicted her in July 2014 of solicitation of murder for hire, and solicitation of murder, each a Class X felony, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

05/11/2015

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Former Chicago Police Officer Gets 1 Year In Tow Truck Scam

Former Chicago police officer Francis Zoller was sentenced to a year in prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty to fraud and extortion last year. He was charged with participating in an insurance fraud scheme involving a staged accident, in which he accepted a $2,000 bribe from a tow truck driver who was cooperating with the FBI.

05/07/2015

Enrique Torres (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Convicted Killer Gets 25 More Years For Attempted Murder

Enrique L. Torres, 31, was convicted of attempted murder in August 2014 in connection with an April 2007 shooting in Aurora, according to a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

04/30/2015

State Rep. Derrick Smith arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his bribery trial. (Credit: CBS)

Former State Rep. Derrick Smith Gets 5 Months For Taking Bribe

Former Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith was sentenced to five months in prison on Thursday for pocketing a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting from a purported day care in return for his backing of a state grant application.

04/23/2015

Armando Vega has been convicted of sexually assaulting a young child he knew over a period of four years. (Credit: Kane County State's Attorney)

Elgin Man Gets 37 Years For Raping Underage Girl

Between February 2007 and February 2011, Armando Vega allegedly committed multiple sexual acts with the victim while she was sleeping on the sofa at a relative’s home. Vega knew the victim, who was younger than 13 at the time. He was convicted in February of four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

03/31/2015

Former state lawmaker Keith Farnham arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago to face child pornography charges. Farnham wore a nasal breathing tube and carried an oxygen bottle as he arrived at court. He had resigned, citing health issues, days after a raid of his house and district office. (Credit: CBS)

Ex-Rep. Farnham Gets 8 Years For Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang also ordered former state Rep. Keith Farnham to begin serving that prison term in two months, denying his attorneys request to allow him to stay on house arrest and die at home.

03/19/2015

Gabriel Guardiola (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Convicted In Friend’s Murder Sentenced To 55 Years

Gabriel Guardiola, 38, was convicted of one count of first-degree murder on Jan. 30 for the shooting that killed Cicero resident Ricardo Rivera in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2013, court records show.

03/17/2015

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Chicago Activist Gets 18 Months For Hiding Israel Bombing Conviction

A Palestinian immigrant who hid an Israeli terrorism conviction from U.S. authorities when she moved to the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and will likely be deported to Jordan upon her release.

03/12/2015

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