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Nation Oct 05Jury convicts Chicago officer of 2nd-degree murder in shooting of Laquan McDonald
A jury on Friday convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Politics Sep 04Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won’t seek 3rd term
"This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime," Emanuel said in remarks released by his office.
Nation Aug 15WATCH: U.S., Mexico announces new plans on cartels
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. ET today. Watch their remarks here.
Politics Aug 03With scant record, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh elusive on abortion
The big question about Kavanaugh's view on abortion remains unanswered: whether he would vote to overturn Roe. He'll almost certainly decline to answer when he is asked directly at his confirmation hearing.
Nation Jun 28U.S. judge orders immediate release of detained Brazilian boy
CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday ordered the U.S. government to release a 9-year-old Brazilian boy who was separated from his mother at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that their continued separation “irreparably harms them both.” Judge Manish…
Nation Jul 05Abner Mikva, liberal voice from Illinois, dies at 90
CHICAGO — Abner Mikva, an influential liberal from Illinois who served in all three branches of government as a congressman, federal judge and adviser to President Bill Clinton has died. He was 90.
Nation Jun 22Ex-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert starts prison term
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrived at a Minnesota prison on Wednesday to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money case involving revelations that the Illinois Republican sexually abused at least four boys when he coached wrestling at an…
Politics Dec 17Ex-House Speaker Hastert recovering from stroke
Dennis Hastert's lawyer says in an emailed statement that the former U.S. house speaker who is awaiting sentencing in a hush-money case had a stroke more than a month ago and has been hospitalized since then.
Nation Aug 04Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants federal court to rehear his appeal on corruption conviction
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday asked a full federal appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after three judges recently overturned five of his 18 corruption convictions.
Politics May 29Questions surround former Speaker Hastert’s indictment
CHICAGO — A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school…