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01, Apr 2015 - Former Illinois state lawmaker sentenced to 8 years for child porn
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Illinois state lawmaker to eight years in prison for sending child pornography through office computers, rejecting a request that the critically ill man be allowed to die at home. Former Democratic Illinois State Representative Keith Farnham, 67, of Elgin, has pulmonary fibrosis and is expected to have only a ...
01, Apr 2015 - Attorney General Lisa Madigan Announces Group to Combat Sexual Assault
CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today, joined by other state officials, will announce a new joint working group seeking to improve prosecution rates of sexual assault cases throughout the state. The Sexual Assault Working Group was created to address statistics that show survivors of sexual assault are not reporting these crimes to authorities. Studies suggest that between 5 ...
01, Apr 2015 - Randolph, IL Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot
CHESTER, Ill. — Drew Peterson, a former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in his fourth wife's disappearance, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in prison. Peterson's feet were shackled as he waived a preliminary hearing in the court in Randolph County in southern Illinois. He was charged ...
31, Mar 2015 - Jesse Jackson Jr. To Be Released From Prison In Alabama And Sent To Halfway House In Washington, D.
Jesse Jackson Jr., who just turned 50 on March 11, is set to be released from a federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama, much earlier than expected. While this seems to be good news, the former Illinois Democratic congressman is not gaining his freedom to go back home to Chicago to do as he pleases. Jesse Jackson Jr. To Be Released From Prison In Alabama And Sent To Halfway House In ...
31, Mar 2015 - Judge: Ernie Banks' will giving estate to caretaker is valid - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois &
CHICAGO (AP) - The will signed by Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks giving all of his assets to his caretaker is valid, a Cook County judge determined Tuesday.
31, Mar 2015 - BofA must face Chicago-area predatory lending lawsuit
A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. In a decision dated Thursday, U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an outsized number ...
31, Mar 2015 - Joliet, IL Suburban Chicago cousins arrested in Islamic State case
A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and his suburban Chicago cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Attorney's...
31, Mar 2015 - River Forest, IL Morning Shift: ACLU report says CPD stopping and frisking more than NYPD at its peak
      ACLU report says CPD stopping and frisking more than NYPD at its peak A few years back, the New York Police Department came under fire for its controversial stop-and-frisk policy. The practice was disproportionately used to perform searches on minorities and a federal judge found the policy unconstitutional. A few years later, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois say Chicago cops ...
31, Mar 2015 - Father Wrongly Accused of Owing $120,000 in Child Support Payments Prevails in Court
CHICAGO, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A father was wrongly accused of owing over $120,000 in child support by the State of Illinois although he already paid all of it.  The devoted father made his child support payments using money orders, but did not keep the receipts.  The State knowing that the father was without receipts likely thought it was an easy prosecution. The father sought the help ...
31, Mar 2015 - Bank of America must face Chicago-area predatory lending lawsuit
A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages.
31, Mar 2015 - Aunt of men accused in terror plot: They're 'not monsters'
(AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Kevin Tanaka). Tiffany Edmonds, the aunt of two suburban Chicago men accused of plotting terrorist attacks on a military facility in northern Illinois speaks to reporters at federal court after a brief detention hearing Monda...
30, Mar 2015 - Dekalb, IL Court Uphold Man's Conviction in 1957 Murder Case
CHICAGO -- An appellate court has upheld the 2012 conviction of a man accused of abducting a 7-year-old schoolgirl from a northern Illinois street, then choking and stabbing her to death nearly 60 years ago.
30, Mar 2015 - Illinois National Guardsman accused of ISIS plot held until trial
CHICAGO — Saying he was an imminent threat to society, prosecutors wanted 22-year-old Hasan Edmonds to remain in a federal lockup until trial — and Monday the judge agreed. But it was his defense attorney who told judge Sheila Finnegan he wasn’t ready and needs more time to study up on the case. Edmonds, an Illinois Army National […]
30, Mar 2015 - Illinois man charged in Utah with abusing 3-year-old on flight from Chicago to San Diego
SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors in Utah have charged a man accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy on a plane. Investigators say in court documents filed Tuesday that the child was seated next to Kevin C. Matthews on the flight from Chicago to San Diego with a layover in Salt Lake City.
30, Mar 2015 - Illinois National Guardsman ordered held in base attack plot case
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A National Guardsman charged with plotting an attack on an Illinois military installation as part of a conspiracy to support Islamic State was ordered to remain in custody on Monday after his bond hearing was postponed. An attorney for Chicago-area resident Hasan Edmonds, a 22-year-old Army National Guard Specialist, asked a federal magistrate judge at a ...
30, Mar 2015 - Lake, IL Illinois man freed after 20 years in prison gets $20 million
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man who was freed from prison after 20 years for a murder he did not commit was awarded $20 million in a settlement - the highest individual settlement ever given in a wrongful conviction case, his lawyers said on Friday. Juan Rivera, 42, was cleared by DNA evidence of the 1992 rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in Waukegan, a city ...
30, Mar 2015 - Washington, IL Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to be released from prison
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to be released from prison on Thursday to a halfway house in Washington, D.C., after spending roughly half of his 30-month sentence behind bars, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy said on Wednesday. Kennedy, a friend of Jackson, said that he met with the former Illinois lawmaker at an Alabama prison on ...
30, Mar 2015 - Man charged with sexually abusing 3-year-old during flight to SLC
An Illinois man sexually abused a 3-year-old boy during a flight Monday from Chicago to Salt Lake City, according to federal court records filed in Utah.
29, Mar 2015 - Judge agrees to move ex-Illinois legislator's sentencing
A judge in Keith Farnham's child pornography case is taking the rare step of moving the ex-Illinois lawmaker's sentencing from Chicago's federal courthouse to a venue closer to the Democrat's suburban home.
29, Mar 2015 - Union, IL Chicago Supt. McCarthy responds to ACLU report of city’s high stop-and-frisk rate
CHICAGO — The ACLU of Illinois accuses Chicago police officers of racial profiling and an excessive use of its “stop and frisk” policy. WGN’s Patrick Elwood spoke to Kelvin Anderson who says he is turning his life around after a 2013 arrest and prison sentence. This year alone, he says, he has been stopped and […]
29, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Courts delay pot license and compel state to turn over applications
A medical marijuana license will remain in limbo, while lawyers will get their first look at some of Illinois' secret applications to grow the drug, after two court rulings Thursday.
29, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Independent monitors to assess Illinois residential treatment centers
A federal judge on Tuesday agreed to allow independent monitors inside the state's troubled residential treatment centers to evaluate the safety of youths living in them and determine whether their needs are being met.
29, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Chicago Trial Lawyer Speaks on Closing Arguments
Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices, spoke on “Closing Arguments” at seminar sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on February 16th, 2015. (PRWeb March 11, 2015) Read the full story at
28, Mar 2015 - Move ex-Illinois legislator's sentencing? Judge to decide
A U.S. judge will decide if the sentencing hearing of a former Illinois lawmaker for child pornography can be moved from Chicago's federal courthouse to a venue closer to his suburban home.
28, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Indictment pursued against US Islamic school head
ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois (AP) — A prosecutor says grand jury indictments will be pursued against the head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school who is charged with sexual assault.
28, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL House Democrats introduce plan to plug budget hole
Illinois' Democratic House speaker has introduced a plan combining the use of special funds and cuts to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole affecting subsidized child care programs, prisons and court reporters.
28, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Medical marijuana grower says court-ordered delay hurts
CHICAGO (AP) - A court-ordered delay will financially harm a company chosen to grow medical marijuana in northeastern Illinois, an attorney told a Cook County judge Tuesday. Cresco Labs' attorney Steve Levy said a competitor, PM Rx, which pursued delays in court, should file a $2 million bond to compensate ...
28, Mar 2015 - Knox, IL New Book Tells How a Public Defender Reconciled with Sister’s Killer
Twenty-five years ago, Jeanne Bishop’s sister and brother-in-law, and their unborn child, were murdered in a crime that rocked Winnetka, Illinois, an affluent suburb of Chicago. A Christian, Bishop forgave the killer, a teenage neighbor. (PRWeb February 26, 2015) Read the full story at
28, Mar 2015 - Judge: Sexual harassment case against Rutherford may proceed
An ex-employee's claim that former Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances toward him may proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled Friday.U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow in Chicago declared that Edmund Michalowski, whose allegations torpedoed the Republican Rutherford's aspirations to be governor in dramatic fashion a year ago, may press the matter in a ...
28, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Legal fight begins over Illinois medical marijuana documents
CHICAGO (AP) - A legal fight is shaping up over whether the state of Illinois will have to produce any documents showing how permits were awarded in the medical marijuana industry. Alice Keane of the Illinois Attorney General's office said in court Monday the state's medical marijuana law makes it ...
28, Mar 2015 - Chicago, IL Judge grants delay of medical marijuana permit in Kankakee
CHICAGO — A Cook County judge on Wednesday halted a medical marijuana growing operation, granting a temporary restraining order that heightened concerns about legal challenges over how Illinois issued marijuana licenses.In the first lawsuit filed against the state over the program, Judge Kathleen Kennedy's action puts on hold a permit for Chicago-based Cresco Labs to grow marijuana in Kankakee ...
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
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 - 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 - 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 ...
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