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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, a decision that was certain to fuel renewed calls for other states to do the same. Gov. Pat Quinn,...
Tags: Illinois Governor, Chicago, New York, Government, Elections
William Stratton, Republican governor from 1953 to 1961, was acquitted in 1965 of income tax evasion charges stemming from the way he spent some of his campaign cash. Otto Kerner, Democratic governor from 1961 to 1968, was convicted of bribery,...
Tags: Illinois, Crimes, Government, Taxation, U.S. Senate
Former Gov. George Ryan's lawyers vowed to continue to seek his release from prison after a federal appeals court today rebuffed his bid for freedom to be at the side of his terminally ill wife. Ryan's legal team said it would seek the backing of the U....
Tribune staff reporterA 19-year-old Northbrook woman died of an apparent suicide nine days after telling University of Notre Dame police that she had been sexually attacked by a football player in a dorm room, the Tribune has learned. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, a freshman...
Tribune staff reportersThe parents of a Northbrook teenager who killed herself a week after accusing a University of Notre Dame football player of sexually attacking her say they feel betrayed by the school they love and that several generations of their family have attended....
Tags: Cell Phones, Family, Government, Sun Bowl, Interior Policy
Tribune reporterFormer Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak reported to federal prison in Terre Haute this morning, Bureau of Prisons officials confirmed. Vrdolyak was sentenced in October to 10 months in prison for a mail fraud conviction tied to a $1.5 million kickback he...
Tags: Chicago, Illinois, Gold Coast, Crimes, Prisons
Tribune reporterThere are some books that all but shout, "Put me on the big screen!" and "In With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption" is one of them. The "fallen hero" of the title is the book's co-author, a former drug...
Federal prosecutors have dropped nearly half of the bribery charges against state Sen. Ulysses Currie, chopping seven counts that were connected to an outdated legal theory. Currie, a Democrat, remains accused of accepting bribes from a grocery chain...
Tags: Illinois, Maryland, Ulysses Currie, Government, Public Officials
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Illinois is on its way to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The state Senate voted 32-25 Tuesday to abolish the punishment. The House passed the legislation last week. The landmark...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan to abolish capital punishment in a whirlwind reversal on a historic vote. The legislation to halt state-sponsored execution gained the necessary 60 votes Thursday after an earlier...
Tags: Illinois Governor, Illinois, Government, Elections, Pat Quinn
Tribune reportersA controversial Northwestern University journalism professor who started a landmark program to investigate wrongful convictions will retire at the end of August, the school announced today. David Protess, one of the university’s most nationally...
Change of SubjectLast year, critics complained that the case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was too complicated. Jurors got lost in the legalistic thicket of 24 mostly interlocking counts and ended up being unable to reach a unanimous conclusion on 23 of......
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