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31, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
CHICAGO — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.Alstory Simon's confession gained international attention in 1999, largely because of an investigation by a journalism professor ...
31, Oct 2014 - Chicago, IL Illinois Ancestors: Witches, ghosts relevant to genealogical research
It has been over 300 years since 20 innocent men and women were put to death because they were convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. It has been over 300 years since 20 innocent men and women were put to death because they were convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Hundreds of others were accused of witchcraft and many languished in prisons awaiting trials. read more
31, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Illinois releases prisoner, bringing wrongful conviction full circle
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case went full circle on Thursday when authorities freed a man sentenced for a 1982 double murder and said they believe another man exonerated 15 years ago is probably the murderer after all.
30, Oct 2014 - Judge orders release of US prisoner whose confession helped free death row inmate in 1999
CHICAGO - A judge ordered the immediate release Thursday of a prisoner whose confession had helped free a death row inmate in a 1982 double killing — a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end the death penalty in the state of Illinois.
30, Oct 2014 - Inmate ordered freed in landmark Illinois case
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge ordered the immediate release Thursday of a prisoner whose confession had helped free a death row inmate in a 1982 double killing — a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end Illinois' death penalty.
30, Oct 2014 - Illinois man ordered freed after serving 15 years for murder
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man who had served 15 years in prison for murder was ordered freed on Thursday after a judge dismissed charges at the request of prosecutors amid doubts over the man's confession in a controversial 1982 case that helped lead to Illinois abolishing the death penalty. Prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the conviction of Alstory Simon, the second of two ...
29, Oct 2014 - Judge denies ex-representative new bribery trial
A federal judge in Chicago has denied a motion for a new trial filed by a former Illinois legislator convicted of bribery and attempted extortion.
29, Oct 2014 - Geneva, IL Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP Announces That a Securities Class Action Has Been Filed A
NEW YORK and CHICAGO -- Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against ...
28, Oct 2014 - Northrop must face whistleblower anti-missile lawsuit: U.S. judge
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A Chicago federal judge on Thursday rejected Northrop Grumman Corp's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by a former employee who accused the defense contractor of defrauding the U.S. government in performing a contract to develop a missile defense system for commercial aircraft. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah said the employee, Illinois resident Leo Danielides, plausibly ...
27, Oct 2014 - Federal judge orders court-appointed monitor for IDOT hiring
CHICAGO — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems.The ruling — less than two weeks before the election — followed a motion filed in April by [...]
27, Oct 2014 - Chicago Crime Commission releases latest publication to address new unregulated gambling machines
CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Chicago Crime Commission released its latest publication called The Nightmare of Sweepstakes Video Gaming designed to assist law enforcement in identifying and removing the new gaming machines that have been introduced in Illinois.  The publication provides information on the identification and operation of the gaming machines, the ...
27, Oct 2014 - Federal judge deals Quinn ethics blow on IDOT patronage hiring
A federal judge has granted a request by a Chicago attorney to appoint a monitor to oversee hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, dealing a blow to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn less than two weeks before Election Day.
27, Oct 2014 - Ex-state lawmaker could change plea in child porn case
CHICAGO — A former Illinois state representative is deciding whether to change his plea to guilty in a child pornography case.A lawyer for Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham said Monday during a hearing in Chicago federal court that his client is negotiating a plea deal. If that falls through, attorney Terry Ekl says Farnham could still plead guilty without a deal or chose to still go to trial.The 66 ...
27, Oct 2014 - Elwood, IL State considers temporary closing of Elwood crossing
CHICAGO – An Illinois Commerce Commission administrative law judge will consider whether to temporarily close a controversial railroad crossing later this month.
27, Oct 2014 - Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems. The ruling - less than two weeks ...
12, Oct 2014 - New initiative to educate voters in upcoming judicial elections
CHICAGO – In an effort to better educate the electorate about choices for judge in the upcoming General Election, the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) is announcing a new initiative called Judges: Good and Bad-You Can’t Afford to be Indifferent.
10, Oct 2014 - Rahm Emanuel Wants Illinois To Decriminalize Marijuana
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to reform sentencing for low-level drug offenses, which would include ticketing rather than arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana. Click here for the rest of the article...
10, Oct 2014 - Billionaire Ken Griffin Claims He Already Paid $60 Million To His Wife In Divorce Case
Ken Griffin, the hedge fund billionaire who is locked in a contentious divorce proceeding with wife of 11 years, Anne Dias-Griffin, put forward his side of the story in documents filed in Chicago’s Illinois state court on Thursday. In the court documents, Griffin claimed that he already has made $60 million [...]
10, Oct 2014 - Cook, IL Man sentenced to 30 months for lying about 1992 double murder
A 43-year-old Texas man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying on the witness stand about a 1992 double murder in Chicago — even though a former Illinois governor and more than 20 other distinguished attorneys tried to stop the prosecution. Those attorneys, including former Gov. Jim Thompson and retired federal appeals judge Abner Mikva, sent a letter to Cook County State’s ...
09, Oct 2014 - Chicago, IL Ex-Sen. Roland Burris an issue in Chicago trial
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business. ...
09, Oct 2014 - Chicago, IL Ex-Sen. Ronald Burris an issue in Chicago trial
An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming
09, Oct 2014 - Chicago, IL Robert Clifford to Teach at Fred Lane’s ISBA Trial Technique Institute on Opening Arguments
Founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices will be one of the “celebrity” instructors at Fred Lane’s 36-week Trial Technique Institute sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association tomorrow (Tuesday, October 7, 2014). (PRWeb October 06, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/RobertCliffordTeach/FredLaneISBATrial/prweb12227363.htm
09, Oct 2014 - Hearing delayed for Chicago-area man charged with trying to join Islamic State
A detention hearing for a Chicago-area man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group has been postponed by a federal judge until Oct. 21. Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, was arrested Saturday at O'Hare International Airport for allegedly trying to fly to the Middle East and ...
08, Oct 2014 - Lawrence, IL Inmate charged with 2004 sex assault, murder
A Chicago man currently serving time in an Illinois prison is facing new charges in a 2004 sexual assault and murder after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, authorities said.
08, Oct 2014 - A cartoonist, a composer, a criminal lawyer: See the new 'genius grant' winners
Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois all have recipients this year of the $625,000 MacArthur Foundation award.
08, Oct 2014 - A cartoonist, a composer, a criminal lawyer: Meet the new 'genius grant' winners
Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois all have recipients this year of the MacArthur Foundation award
08, Oct 2014 - Illinois pension reform law challenges to be argued next month
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Challenges to Illinois' pension reform law remained on track for a ruling by yearend after a judge on Wednesday ordered both sides back in court next month to argue their cases. Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz, who is overseeing five consolidated lawsuits filed by labor unions and others, set Nov. 20 for arguments for and against the constitutionality of the law ...
08, Oct 2014 - A cartoonist, a composer, a criminal defense lawyer: See the new 'genius grant' winners
Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois all have recipients this year of the $625,000 MacArthur Foundation award.
05, Apr 2014 - U.S. judge tosses law firm's motion seeking Malaysia plane evidence
An Illinois judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. law firm's motion to obtain evidence of possible design and manufacturing defects from Boeing Co and Malaysian Airline System in connection with the disappearance of flight MH370 three weeks earlier. Cook County Judge Kathy Flanagan also threatened to impose sanctions against Ribbeck Law Chartered, citing previous instances where the Chicago-based law ...
04, Apr 2014 - Chicago, IL Gay couples can now get Illinois marriage licenses
Chicago — Illinois' attorney general says county clerks statewide can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the state law legalizing gay marriage doesn't take effect until June.
04, Apr 2014 - Eavesdropping law unconstitutional
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, which will likely force state legislators to overhaul the privacy legislation. The 1961 Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which mad
04, Apr 2014 - Rockford, IL Illinois Court: Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Supreme Court has declared the state's decades-old eavesdropping law unconstitutional.
04, Apr 2014 - Court: Illinois eavesdropping law unconstitutional
CHICAGO — Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the law was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime. The ruling is the final defeat for the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, ...
04, Apr 2014 - Court deals Illinois eavesdropping law final blow
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the statute was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime.
04, Apr 2014 - Jackson, IL Illinois voters say 'no' to candidates who were convicted, indicted
Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, despite predictions of local political observers, according to results available Wednesday. "It appears there is a ...
04, Apr 2014 - Chicago, IL USA, Illinois: Cook County Issues Almost 600 Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples
Couples have been quick to take advantage of the chance to marry early in Chicago. The Cook County clerk's office says it has issued 575 marriage licenses to same-sex couple in the month since it was allowed by a court ruling.
04, Apr 2014 - Williamson, IL Federal Court in Illinois Imposes over $3.5 Million in Sanctions against Dimitry Vishnevetsky and h
Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) obtained a federal court Order requiring Defendants Dimitry Vishnevetsky formerly of Chicago, Illinois, and his company, Oxford Capital, LLC (Oxford) to pay a civil monetary penalty of $1,910,982 and restitution for defrauded customers totaling $1,608,327. The default judgment Order, entered by the Honorable Ruben Castillo of ...
04, Apr 2014 - Final blow for Illinois eavesdropping law as state supreme court declares it unconstitutional
CHICAGO — Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the statute was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime.
03, Apr 2014 - Mchenry, IL Illinois man gets 16 years in machete attack
A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in connection with a machete attack.
03, Apr 2014 - Macon, IL Gay couples can now get Ill. marriage licenses
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' attorney general says county clerks statewide can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the state law legalizing gay marriage doesn't take effect until June.
03, Apr 2014 - Macon, IL County clerks get green light on same-sex marriage licenses
CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday told an Illinois county clerk that he and others around the state have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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