ROD BLAGOJEVICH: The first impeachment of a governor in Illinois history occurred in 2009 after Blagojevich was charged with attempting to sell the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. At Blagojevich's first trial, he was convicted of lying to the FBI. At a second trial, he was found guilty on more widespread charges, including the attempted sale of the Senate seat.
GEORGE RYAN: Corruption charges against the former governor in 2003 were followed by a trial in 2005 and 2006 in which Ryan was convicted of corrupting the offices of secretary of state and governor.
HIRED TRUCK: City officials and trucking contractors were indicted in 2004 in a massive bribe scheme in the city's Hired Truck program. Forty-two people were convicted, including City Clerk James Laski and former Water Department No. 2 Donald Tomczak.
CITY HALL: In 2005, Fitzgerald's office indicted Mayor Richard Daley's longtime aide Robert Sorich. He and two co-defendants were convicted of conspiring to reward pro-Daley political workers with city jobs and promotions.
BETTY LOREN-MALTESE: The flamboyant town president of Cicero was indicted in 2001 and later found guilty of fleecing the town of millions of dollars.
FAMILY SECRETS: Reputed top leaders of the Chicago Outfit were indicted in 2005 in connection with 18 unsolved gangland murders, including the 1974 shotgun killing of federal witness Daniel Seifert and the 1986 beating deaths of mobsters Anthony and Michael Spilotro. Mob kingpins Joey "the Clown" Lombardo and James Marcello were among those convicted.
BENEVOLENCE: Enaam Arnaout of the Benevolence International Foundation was accused of using the Muslim charity as a front to funnel money to Al Qaida and other violent groups. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to racketeering, but he avoided prosecution for terrorism.
HAMAS: Fitzgerald charged Muhammad Salah, of Bridgeview, and Abdelhaleem Ashqar, of suburban Washington, with being terrorist leaders in the Palestinian group Hamas. A federal jury acquitted the men of terror charges but convicted them of the lesser crime of obstruction of justice.
HEADLEY AND RANA: Chicagoans David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana were charged with supporting the Pakistani terrorists who orchestrated the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people and a second, uncompleted plot to bomb a newspaper in Copenhagen. Headley pleaded guilty; Rana was convicted on some charges.
CONRAD BLACK: Media mogul Conrad Black and former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler were indicted in 2005 for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of dollars that belonged to shareholders of newspaper company Hollinger International. Radler pleaded guilty and cooperated with prosecutors. Black was convicted and sentenced to 61/2 years in prison before a Supreme Court ruling led to a decision by 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago to vacate some of the original charges. In June, Black was resentenced to 13 more months in prison in a dramatic hearing in which his wife fainted.
LIBBY TRIAL: Fitzgerald was appointed by the Justice Department as special counsel to investigate the leak of a CIA operative's identity by White House insiders. Fitzgerald indicted Lewis "Scooter" Libby, then chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, in October 2005. Libby was convicted of obstruction and perjury.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun