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Tribune reporterThe state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Pat Quinn can move forward with the closure of several prisons and juvenile justice facilities. In its ruling, the court ordered an Alexander County judge to dissolve a preliminary injunction that...
Tribune reportersThe Regional Transportation Authority on Monday accused United Airlines and American Airlines of running "sham business operations" that have deprived Chicago and Cook County taxpayers and public transportation agencies of nearly $300 million during...
The Illinois Supreme Court in the past year kept seven politically connected judges on the Cook County bench after they were rejected by voters, a common practice the high court had pledged to curtail. One had given more than $20,000 to the Cook County...
Special to the TribuneThe public got its first look this morning at a Naperville woman since her arrest in the stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting. Cameras were allowed inside a DuPage County courtroom as a handcuffed Elzbieta...
Tags: Murder, Judges, Elzbieta Plackowska, Photography, Lawyers
Change of SubjectAnywhere else, the tale of Bennie Starks would be unbelievable. In 1986, Starks, then 26, was convicted of rape and battery in an attack on a 69-year-old north suburban woman who identified Starks as her assailant. The best available scientific......
Change of SubjectThe Illinois delegation to this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa is flogging the party's new line of "Save Illinois: Fire Madigan" merchandise — decals, buttons, hoodies, dog T-shirts, you name it. And, as it is my nature to find......
Clout StreetCook County commissioners on Wednesday voted to end full-time pay and benefits for political appointees on a pair of panels, a change backed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Salaries, medical benefits and pension contributions for members of...
Auctions of foreclosed homes in the Chicago area more than doubled during the first half of the year, taxing the resources of court systems and potentially delaying a housing recovery as those homes slowly make their way to the market. An overall...
Tribune reportersFormer Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and ex-Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano have been charged with bribery, federal officials said today. Moreno, who was first elected to the County Board in 1994 but lost re-election in 2010, was charged...
Tags: Corporate Crime, Crimes, Prisons, Bribery, Prosecution
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel's food truck ordinance heads toward a council vote this month, both sides — broadly represented by brick-and-mortar restaurateurs on one side and food truck entrepreneurs on the other — will make sure aldermen hear...
Tribune reporterCook County Jail inmates stuck behind bars because they can't come up with small amounts of money to go free while awaiting trial for non-violent offenses will automatically go before judges to possibly get their bail reduced under a plan announced by...
Chicago TribuneAfter spending 16 years in prison for a murder that authorities now say he did not commit, James Edwards today was cleared of the 1994 killing of a Waukegan appliance store owner. At a hearing in Lake County Circuit Court this morning, Assistant State&...
Tags: Murder, Judges, Crimes, Prisons, Prosecution
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