South Side Ald. Willie Cochran Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud ChargeSouth Side Ald. Willie Cochran pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of wire fraud for misusing his campaign funds for gambling and other personal expenses, including tuition for his daughter.
After Turning Down Earlier Deal, Ald. Willie Cochran Scheduled To Plead Guilty To Federal ChargesFour months after rejecting a plea deal that his attorney said would have resulted in minimal jail time, and opting to go to trial on fraud and bribery charges, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) again is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court.
Plea Deal Breaks Down In Corruption Case, So Ald. Willie Cochran Plans To Go To TrialAld. Willie Cochran pleaded not guilty in 2016 to a 15-count indictment charging him with wire fraud, bribery, and extortion, but had been negotiating a deal with federal prosecutors before rejecting a change of plea.
Ald. Willie Cochran In Talks To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesAld. Willie Cochran (20th) and his attorneys are negotiating a potential plea deal with federal prosecutors, amid allegations he shook down businessmen in his ward for bribes, and looted money from a charity he ran.
Ald. Cochran Collapses At Budget Hearing, Colleague Performs CPRAld. Willie Cochran (20th) collapsed during city budget hearings, prompting colleagues to rush to his side and call for paramedics.
Ald. Willie Cochran Indicted For Extortion, And Stealing From CharityAld. Willie Cochran (20th) has been indicted on federal charges, for allegedly shaking down businessmen in his ward for bribes, and for allegedly looting money from a charity he ran.
Aldermen Going After Gun-Shaped Smartphone CasesSome aldermen want the city of Chicago to ban the sale or possession of cell phone cases that look like handguns.
Aldermen Furious At McCarthy's Lack Of Data On Police StaffingAt City Council budget hearings on Thursday, some aldermen were angered that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy could not immediately tell them exactly how many officers are currently on the force.
Doctor: Damage To Jonylah Was 'Overwhelming'Newsradio spoke with one of the physicians who tried to save 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins in her final hours.
Alderman Suggests Requiring GPS Devices On All GunsA South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms.
Philly Getting Federal Help In Fighting Gang Violence; Why Not Chicago?As cities struggle to contain gang violence, which claims lives and holds communities hostage, federal government is sending in special agents to help -- but not to Chicago.
Report: Neighbors Frustrated As Crime Spikes In Wards Near Dangerous AreasViolence has become not just a problem for Chicago's most dangerous areas, but the adjoining neighborhoods as well.
Council Panel OKs Nearly $4M In Settlements Over Police LawsuitsThe City Council’s Finance Committee has approved millions of dollars in settlements of lawsuits stemming from deaths of people who were being held in police lockups and other alleged police misconduct.
City Council Backs Longer School Day; 4th School OKs Extra TimeAs a fourth school in Chicago voted to accept a longer school day, the City Council gave its unanimous support to the push to add at least 90 minutes to the school day at Chicago Public Schools.
20th Ward Candidates Seek To Sway VotersAld. Willie Cochran (20th) is trying to show his support is rising as he faces a re-election challenge from a high-profile challenger.