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Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 6:54 AM
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By Ivanna Hampton

New Vanecko Judge Has Daley Link: Report

New Vanecko Judge Has Daley Link: Report

The new judge in the manslaughter case involving former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew faces new scrutiny. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Taxpayers Off the Hook in Koschman Investigation

Taxpayers Off the Hook in Koschman Investigation

Going forward, the investigation into a 2004 homicide allegedly involving former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew will not cost taxpayers a dime. Read »

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Webb To Interview Daley Security In Koschman Death

Webb To Interview Daley Security In Koschman Death

Members of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's security detail reportedly are being questioned in the investigation of the involuntary manslaughter case against his nephew. Read »

Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

McHenry County Judge To Preside Over Vanecko Case

The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered a judge from McHenry County to preside over the Cook County case of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko. Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley
      

Judge Steps Aside In Daley Nephew Case

After disclosing ties to former Mayor Richard Daley, the judge assigned to the case against Daley nephew Richard "RJ" Vanecko stepped aside Monday. Vanecko was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the 2004... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Carol Marin & Anthony Ponce
      

Judge Assigned to Vanecko Case Has Daley Ties

Richard "RJ" Vanecko appeared in court for the first time Monday morning to face involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2004 death of David Koschman. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:42 AM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Vanecko Indictment Sets Up 'He Said, She Said' Debate

Vanecko Indictment Sets Up 'He Said, She Said' Debate

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed Monday she'd convened a grant jury to investigate David Koschman's death, but a judge says he had little confidence in the office. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Vanecko Charge Raises Questions About Chicago Clout

Eight years after a man's death, a new indictment has many wondering if there's a double standard for justice in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Alvarez Says She Convened Koschman Grand Jury, Too

Alvarez Says She Convened Koschman Grand Jury, Too

Alvarez was urged in 2011 to open an investigation into how the Koschman death was investigated. At the time she said no favoritism was given to Vanecko because he was Daley's nephew, that there was no report or... Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Don Moseley
      

Koschman Mother: Charges Are Bittersweet

"Seeing it in print makes me feel better," Nanci Koschman said Monday. "But it doesn't bring David back." Read »

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