25 Notable Chicagoans Who Passed Away In 2021From the arts and sports to politics and activism, 2021 saw the loss of some notable Chicagoans who helped define the culture of the city for generations. Here is a look at 22 notable Chicagoans who passed away this year.
Anthony Porter, Former Death Row Inmate Whose Case Helped End Death Penalty In Illinois, Dies At 66Porter was convicted in the 1982 murders of Marilyn Green and Jerry Hillard, but was exonerated and released from prison after another man confessed to the crime.
Freed Inmate Sues Northwestern, Others For $40M For Coercing False ConfessionA 64-year-old man who was freed from prison last year, after prosecutors dropped charges in a 1982 double murder case, has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University, accusing a former professor and his team of railroading him into a false confession.
Alstory Simon Freed In 1982 Murder CaseIn another stunning reversal in a 1982 double murder, Cook County prosecutors have thrown out the conviction of 64-year-old Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession freed Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, approximately 48 hours before Porter was to be executed.
Prosecutors To Again Interview Man Convicted Of 1982 Double MurderCook County prosecutors were taking another step Wednesday toward possibly releasing a man from prison - 15 years after he confessed to two murders.
Prosecutors Interview Man Convicted Of Double Murder After Case ReopenedThe Cook County State's Attorney has been re-evaluating a 1982 murder case to see if the right man is in prison, and WBBM has learned there are developments in the case.
Devine: 'I Don't Recall' Any Questions Raised About Freeing Death Row InmateFormer Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine has said he doesn’t remember one of his top prosecutors raising concerns about the innocence of a man who was freed from death row in 1999, in a case that became a catalyst to end the death penalty in Illinois.
State's Attorney's Office To Review Conviction In 1982 Double MurderAlstory Simon confessed to the murders of two people, but has since said his confession was coerced.
Police Union Wants Alvarez To Review Landmark 1982 Double Murder ConvictionThe Chicago police union has asked the Cook County State's Attorney’s office to examine a milestone double murder case, to see if the right man is behind bars.
Exonerated Death Row Inmate Going Back To Prison For Stealing DeodorantA Chicago man who spent years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction is headed back behind bars.
Report: NU Cancels Journalism Professor's ClassDavid Protess and his students at Northwestern University have helped free innocent men from Illinois prisons. But now, it seems that the professor and the university are at odds.