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Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Will Koschman Case Get Special Prosecutor?

Will Koschman Case Get Special Prosecutor?

A Mount Prospect mother may have a better idea Wednesday if she'll get her wish for a special prosecutor to look into a seven-year-old homicide case involving former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:57 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Charlie Wojciechowski

Judge to Hear Koschman Special Prosecutor Case in March

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's office appears to be preparing to fight call for special prosecutor. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Special Prosecutor Requested in Koschman Case

More than seven years after 21-year old David Koschman of Mount Prospect was killed during a fight on Division Street, the MacArthur Justice Center is asking that a Special Prosecutor be named to probe... Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Two Towns Accused of Stealing Cook County Taxes

Kankakee, Channahon accused of participating in kickback scheme. Read »

Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Pot Prosecution Drains the System

Why Pot Prosecution Drains the System

Fourteen states have changed the punishment for marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. Yet possession cases keep clogging up Illinois courtrooms. Read »

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, Tim Novak

Koschman Death Needs New Look: Alvarez

Cook County State's Attorney calls for independent investigation into homicide involving mayor's nephew. Read »

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Organized Retail Theft Bill

Quinn Signs Organized Retail Theft Bill

Illinois has lost out on $77 million in taxes because of thefts, says Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Alvarez, Preckwinkle Battle Over Budget Cuts

Alvarez, Preckwinkle Battle Over Budget Cuts

County Board President accuses State's Attorney of reneging on deal. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Barack Obama

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