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  • Rezko gets 10 1/2-year sentence

    Rezko gets 10 1/2-year sentence
    Even before Antoin "Tony" Rezko's long-awaited sentencing began Tuesday, his teenage daughter appeared anxious, her arms clutching her stomach and her face already in a pained expression. Two hours later, when a judge sentenced Rezko, once a top...
  • Blagojevich hit with 14-year prison sentence

    Blagojevich hit with 14-year prison sentence
    A contrite former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison, capping one of the state's worst political scandals and humbling a controversial and defiant figure who rode into office as a champion of reform. The sentence...
  • Judge defends his conduct in Blagojevich case

    Judge defends his conduct in Blagojevich case
    U.S. District Judge James Zagel had called for a hearing just four days before sentencing Rod Blagojevich on last-minute issues raised by the former governor's lawyers, but he took the opportunity Friday to also launch into a lengthy defense of his...
  • Insider Cellini convicted on corruption charges

    Insider Cellini convicted on corruption charges
    William Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access. A...
  • Top Blagojevich adviser Tony Rezko gets 10½ years

    Top Blagojevich adviser Tony Rezko gets 10½ years
    Hailed by prosecutors as a "wake-up call," Antoin Rezko was sentenced to 10½ years in prison today for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a top fundraiser and adviser to then-Gov. Rod...
  • Burge given 4 1/2 years in prison

    Burge given 4 1/2 years in prison
    In a packed courtroom Friday, a federal judge sentenced disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge to 4 1/2 years in prison, saying his torture of suspects irreparably damaged the justice system and blasting local, county and federal authorities...
  • Top prosecutor hits decade

    He arrived in Chicago just days before the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, a tough, uncompromising New York prosecutor already steeped in fighting the new international threat. His outsider status and appointment to an already high-profile...
  • Feds indict 2 over tainted Crestwood well

    Feds indict 2 over tainted Crestwood well
    Unwilling to fix leaky water mains in Crestwood, a south suburb known for its penny-pinching ways, village leaders secretly supplemented their supplies for more than two decades with a community well they knew was contaminated with cancer-causing...
  • Dispatch from inside Robert Blagojevich's doghouse

     
    From Carol Felsenthal's interview with Robert Blagojevich in Chicago Magazine: CF: So you’re in Nashville [Rob and wife Julie moved back there last summer], and you tell me you’re disillusioned with the news media and you get your news mostly....
  • What if...?

     
    I know, I know. Woulda, coulda, shoulda … But ask yourself: What if, back in early 2002, then-Mayor Richard Daley had shown a bit of loyalty, leadership and courage during the Democratic primary race for governor? He very well could......
  • Fitzgerald lays 'Lincoln's grave' assertion to rest

     
    Tribune photo by José M. Osorio (2007) Good for Patrick Fitzgerald, finally expressing regret for his least honorable moment in office — the news conference 31/2 years ago at which he unleashed his inner newspaper columnist. Federal authorities...
  • Guess what? We’re having a surmise party

     
    Sunday's print column Tribune graphic by Michael Miner The long-term national forecast calls for heavy speculation with intermittent innuendo and a chance of sophistry. In the hotly controversial case involving the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon...