| May 12, 2011
| 2:09 PM
The Obama administration is ordering an ambitious cleanup of the Chicago River, a dramatic step toward improving an urban waterway treated for more than a century as little more than an industrialized sewage canal.
In a letter obtained Wednesday by the...
| Aug 28, 2011
Cornelius Osborne may not seem like baby-sitting material.
He was convicted of raping two women. A succession of felonies, from robbery to failing to register as a sex offender, repeatedly sent him to prison, state records show.
But over more than two...
| Apr 27, 2011
The Arizona Medical Board has taken emergency action to restrict the license of Allan Aven, a doctor who practiced in the Chicago area for decades, after a psychosexual assessment found he "is a danger to female patients and should not see them under...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 5:16 AM
Federal authorities have begun a criminal investigation into how nearly a dozen union officials became eligible for inflated city pensions, according to subpoenas obtained by the Tribune and WGN-TV through an open-records request.
The Chicago municipal...
| Dec 15, 2010
To analyze attempted child abductions by strangers in Chicago and Cook County, the reporters linked computerized police records with court and U.S. Census data. Reporters also pored through thousands of pages of court and police files, and interviewed...
| Oct 29, 2011
Eighteen-year-old Hampton University student Armand Browning was on spring break and with two friends, cruising out from Oak Park in the passenger seat of a Suzuki 4X4, when the three apparently crossed an unseen gang boundary on Chicago's West Side....
| Nov 1, 2011
| 4:56 PM
On the day Muaz Haffar was to appear in court, spectators packed the room.
The muscle-bound son of a prosperous suburban physician, the 21-year-old was accused of smashing in the head of a university student with a U-shaped bike lock, even as horrified...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 7:48 PM
At a 90-minute closed door meeting Thursday, top federal, state and local law enforcement officials laid out their plans for improving the government's faltering efforts to apprehend violent fugitives who cross U.S. borders to evade justice in Illinois....
| Nov 2, 2011
| 7:00 AM
Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks vanished eight years ago on the eve of his high-profile corruption trial.
Federal authorities had charged him with running a crew of rogue cops who robbed drug dealers, pocketed the illicit cash and sold the...
| Oct 29, 2011
In 1990, Nigerian native Abdulrafiu Shokunbi shot and killed a bystander during a street confrontation with the brother of a woman he'd approached, according to police. Shokunbi was arrested but released on $3,000 cash bond, and fled across the border. In...
| Aug 26, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly granted new life to judges after they were rejected by Cook County voters, despite promising to end the questionable practice nearly 20 years ago.
A Tribune review found that since 2000, the Supreme Court has...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 1:01 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed former Chicago Ald. Freddrenna Lyle as a Cook County Circuit Court judge to fill a vacancy.
Lyle, the former 6th Ward alderman, will serve until next year’s elections determine a replacement for Judge...