| Sep 5, 2014
| 5:49 AM
A former top state public health official and a Chicago businessman who got caught in a sexual tryst quickly steered a $10,000 bonus to the person who walked in on them as part of a state grant fraud scheme, federal prosecutors allege.
| May 9, 2014
| 5:25 AM
Cook County prosecutors are investigating a land deal that netted Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and her husband tens of thousands of dollars with no money down, the Tribune has learned.
Brown's husband, Benton Cook III, confirmed that a grand jury...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, already under investigation for his role in an Illinois anti-violence program, now finds himself under the scrutiny of state regulators who say he's presenting himself as a clinical...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:29 PM
The former chief executive of Republic Windows and Doors, a company that in 2008 became a national symbol of how the economic crisis hurt workers, is planning to plead guilty this week to charges he looted the company, his attorney said Tuesday in court....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 11:08 AM
The former CEO of Republic Windows and Doors today turned down an offer from Cook County prosecutors to plead guilty to charges he looted the company in the months before its North Side plant was abruptly shuttered in 2008.
The development means that...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 1:02 PM
For the second time since being found guilty in November of beating his girlfriend’s mother to death in Vernon Hills, Daniel Baker’s sentencing has been delayed.
Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes ordered that Baker undergo a mental health...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 11:41 AM
After a judge today found Daniel Baker fit to stand trial in the beating death of his girlfriend’s mother, Baker said he wants to get rid of his attorneys and represent himself when his trial is due to start Monday.
Baker is accused of killing...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 10:38 AM
Daniel Baker did not want to come to court this morning, when his murder trial was due to start, because he was afraid that his high-powered attorney was a part of the Russian mafia, his mother testified during a fitness hearing which was reopened this...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:09 PM
Daniel Baker tightly shut his eyes while a prosecutor on Friday told a Lake County judge that he bashed in the head of his girlfriend’s mother with a baseball bat.
During closing statements at Baker’s trial, Assistant State’s Atty....
| Jul 6, 2011
| 7:56 PM
Ryan LeVin had avoided prison after pleading guilty to the hit-and-run deaths of two British businessmen in South Florida, but he’ll now spend the next eight months behind bars in Illinois for failing to make a simple phone call.
The son of a...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 9:36 AM
For the first time at one of his pretrial hearings, the man accused of beating his girlfriend's mother to death with a baseball bat spoke to the Lake County judge overseeing his case.
A well-groomed Daniel Baker stood quietly and calmly as his attorney...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 8:55 AM
Daniel Baker was insane when he beat his girlfriend's mother to death with a baseball bat in her Vernon Hills home, according to a mental health expert hired by the defense.
Defense attorney Ed Genson told Judge Daniel Shanes today that he would be...