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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 »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

Timeline: David Koschman Case

Timeline: David Koschman Case

Mount Prospect man David Koschman died from a single punch thrown during a drunken argument in the early morning hours of April 25, 2004. Here's the timeline of what happened leading up to the incident and... Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

Who Is R.J. Vanecko?

Who Is R.J. Vanecko?

The first public image of R.J. Vanecko came just before Christmas in 1976. He was sitting in his grandfather’s lap in what would later be re-named Daley Plaza. Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, Chris Fusco, and Tim Novak

Daley Nephew Charged in Koschman Death

R.J. Vanecko, the namesake of former mayor Richard J. Daley, has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. The charge was announced Monday. Read »

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 »

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 »

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