James S. Bedell served 23 years as a Naperville police officer, and later became chief of police in downstate Edwardsville, where he embezzled nearly $140,000 from city coffers to bankroll a gambling addiction.
Tears fell at a sentencing hearing for a Hobart man who admitted he was drunk when he crashed his motorcycle and killed his passenger.
A serial rapist who has already served 30 years in prison was sentenced to 75 more for sexually assaulting three women within months of his release from prison in 2009.
A jury trial was scheduled to begin Aug. 19 and, if convicted, Brett Degler could have faced up to 60 years in prison.
A 23-year-old man who had been arrested or ticketed more than 20 times since receiving his driver’s license — and who continued to drive despite having had his license suspended — has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Cortez Lyons, 25, and Timothy Moore, 26, were charged with armed robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault for the attack on three teens in a Maywood alley in 2006.
Zion resident Marcus Brown received a sentence of natural life in prison Monday for the 2004 double homicide of two North Chicago residents, including one who lingered in a paralyzed state for five years prior to her death.
A woman who threw gasoline on her boyfriend and lit him on fire during a domestic dispute over his disability money at their West Side apartment was sentenced to prison Tuesday.
Anthony Triplett wore a cable repairman’s uniform and carried a tool kit when he came to his victim’s home, but those “trappings” cloaked a diabolical intent, a fuming Cook County judge said Friday in handing down a life term for the convicted murderer.
Ripping repeat sex offender Kurt Serzen as “every woman’s nightmare,” DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman sentenced the Hanover Park man to 60 years in prison for a 1996 rape that went unsolved for years.
A West Aurora student who saved the life of a choking schoolmate last year will be honored in an episode of the Steve Harvey show that airs Thursday, the Aurora Beacon-News reports.
When Kenneth Conley was nearly caught two weeks after a daring jail break last winter, he allegedly told the FBI, “It happened once — what makes you think it won’t happen again?” Now, he’ll have plenty of time to try.
A DePaul University student was sentenced to 145 days behind bars Thursday after admitting his role in a deadly Indiana brawl that claimed the life of a Beverly teenager.
Three con men who met behind bars were headed back to prison for a $3.5 million Ponzi scheme involving comic books, movies and collectibles.
Anthony LaPorta, 24, broke into neighbor Adam Giordano’s home on July 11, intent on stealing from the victim. When Giordano discovered LaPorta in his house, the assailant attacked him with a knife, killing the victim. LaPorta then set fire to the man’s home.
A jury convicted Arze of criminal sexual assault in May 2012 for the attack on a 48-year-old woman in his Berwyn office.
Mark Neiweem, 28, had been looking to buy pipe-bomb materials, including PVC pipe, caps, glue and model rocket engines, authorities said.
A former northwest Indiana megachurch pastor was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday for sex crimes involving a 17-year-old female church member.
The first of two men charged with burglarizing a Naperville apartment last summer after dropping through its ceiling has been sentenced to jail.
Lake County Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a Gary man to 90 years in prison for murder and being an habitual offender.