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1 hr ago | Chicago Tribune

2 Board of Review analysts sentenced to prison for bribery

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced two half-brothers to prison for taking bribes to fix property tax assessments in Cook County, calling low-level public corruption such as theirs a scourge that damages democratic society.

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Related Topix: Chicago, IL

5 hrs ago | The Capitol Fax Blog

Then and now

It's hard for me to imagine a time where patronage was so common that hard-copy records were actually kept The existence of the records was first disclosed in the report issued last month by the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force, appointed last summer by Gov. Pat Quinn to recommend improvements for Metra and the other transit ... (more)

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors, Maywood, IL

9 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune

Wife of Villa Park man who died after swan attack files suit

The wife of a Villa Park man who drowned two years ago after a swan attacked him is suing his employer and the condo complex where he tended the swans.

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Related Topix: Villa Park, IL, North Barrington, IL, Des Plaines, IL

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County recorder blasted for improper hiring practices

But in that time, records show, Yarbrough has put one family member on the payroll and hired several people with political ties to her, as well as to her husband, former Maywood Mayor Henderson Yarbrough.

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Related Topix: Maywood, IL

Patch.com

Senate Approves Community Revitalization Initiative

SPRINGFIELD - Last week, the Senate approved a proposal co-sponsored by State Senator Michael Hastings that will buoy communities currently dragged down by high rates of vacancy and foreclosure.

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Related Topix: Tinley Park, IL

Daily Herald

Penalty for firing weapon at issue in murder case

Attorneys for Mario A. Williams, charged along with Ricky J. Moreno with the 2012 shooting death of a 16-year-old Elgin boy, will argue the constitutionality of the mandatory firearm enhancement this afternoon before Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Elgin, IL

My FOX Chicago

Carl Sandburg HS on soft lockdown Wednesday

A southwest suburban high school was placed on soft lockdown Wednesday morning after two people entered the building without permission.

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Related Topix: Orland Park, IL, Education Etc.

ABC7 Chicago

Suit: Wrestler dating ex pushed man down stairs at custody hearing

A man who was attending a child support hearing was thrown down a flight of stairs by his ex's new boyfriend, a minor league professional wrestler, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court.

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Related Topix: Bridgeview, IL

The Southtown Star

Schools could get vote for elections

When the Homewood branch of US Bank was robbed on Election Day in November 2010, it forced nearby schools to go on lockdown while police searched for one of the three robbers.

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Related Topix: Homewood, IL, Hazel Crest, IL, East Hazel Crest, IL, Education Etc.

Tue Apr 15, 2014

NBC Chicago

Video Shows Cops May Have Lied On the Stand

The dramatic revelation that five officers had allegedly lied on the witness stand in a Glenview drug case, has called into question dozens of other cases which the officers have pending.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Glenview, IL, Skokie, IL

Daily Herald

Del Mar, Cleveland will battle for Cook GOP post

Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar faces a challenge for the post from Chicago GOP vice chairman Chris Cleveland when the party meets Wednesday to pick its leader in Illinois' biggest county.

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Related Topix: US News, Palatine, IL, Winnetka, IL

CBS Local

Priest Reinstated After Sex Abuse Allegation Deemed Unfounded

The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in the Lakeview neighborhood on the North Side has been reinstated after an investigation found an allegation of sexual contact with a child nearly 20 years ago was unfounded.

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Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Religion, Chicago, IL, Orland Park, IL

Chicago Sun-Times

Cloud drives county honcho from one public job - and into another

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle listens as James D'Amico, director of facilities management for Cook County, speaks during a press conference to announce significant energy savings across the county through the efforts of their ongoing partnership with ComEd.

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My FOX Chicago

Icy roads cause 9 car crash on Dan Ryan, four injured

April showers brought a fresh coat of snow blankets in the Chicago area Tuesday, making for a sloppy and dangerous commute.

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Related Topix: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago

Chicago Tribune

5 cops caught in lies on witness stand, judge says

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Patch.com

Mayor: Worth Teen's Death Investigation Fueled by 'Misinformation'

Mayor Mary Werner says she feels the pain of Brittany Wawrzyniak's family. Two weeks after Brittany's family and 150 supporters packed the Terrace Park fieldhouse in an angry confrontation with the Worth Village Board, Werner said the investigation remains active and "has not been put on a shelf."

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Related Topix: Midlothian, IL

Mon Apr 14, 2014

Patch.com

Chicago Men Arrested for February Theft

The following information is from the Glenview Police Department. An arrest is not an indication of guilt.

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Related Topix: Glenview, IL, Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL

Daily Herald

Wheeling man pleads guilty to battery

In exchange for Onetsed Ruiz's plea to the Class 3 felony, Cook County Judge Bridget Hughes sentenced him to two years in prison, with credit for the 271 days he has spent in custody since his arrest.

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Related Topix: Wheeling, IL, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Daily Herald

Bartlett man sentenced in 2010 burglary

A Bartlett man accused of breaking into an elderly woman's house, exposing himself, then punching her and knocking her down a flight of stairs was sentenced to prison Monday.

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Related Topix: Bartlett, IL, Dupage County, IL

Daily Herald

The Week in Pictures

Woodland Middle School seventh grader Bradley Wilinski was superintendent for a day on Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Wheaton, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, Plainfield, IL, Naperville, IL, Wadsworth, IL

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