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Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Former U.S. Attorney Takes Job at Chicago Law Firm

Former U.S. Attorney Takes Job at Chicago Law Firm

The man who helped take down former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a new job. Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will become a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's Chicago office on Oct. 29. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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By Lisa Balde

8 Former Prosecutors On List To Replace Fitzgerald

8 Former Prosecutors On List To Replace Fitzgerald

The list of candidates to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has reportedly been narrowed down to eight. The group of former federal prosecutors will be interviewed by a selection committee,... Read »

Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Durbin, Kirk Convene Panel to Search for New U.S. Attorney

Durbin, Kirk Convene Panel to Search for New U.S. Attorney

Selections for screening committee include three members chosen by each U.S. Senator from Illinois Read »

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Fitzgerald Departs as U.S. Attorney

Gary Shapiro named Fitzgerald's interim replacement. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Jeff Goldblatt, Courtney Copenhagen

Former Lawmakers Charged With Corruption

Ambrosio Medrano, who previously served as Chicago's 25th Ward alderman, and former 7th District Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, were among seven defendants in court. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Commissioner Beavers' Trial Date Set

Commissioner Beavers' Trial Date Set

Commissioner William Beavers pleaded not guilty in March to charges of filing false tax returns. Read »

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Robert Blagojevich Wants His Reputation Back

Blagojevich, brother of the disgraced former governor, escaped his own encounter with federal prosecutors, when the jury hung and the government dropped the charges. But, he complained, he was the target of... Read »

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM
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By Victoria Coleman, Alexandria Fisher

Patrick Fitzgerald's Biggest Cases

A history of high-profile cases prosecuted by United States Attorney Patrick... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Fitzgerald Puts Obama on the Hot Seat

Opinion: Fitzgerald Puts Obama on the Hot Seat

If the president replaces the U.S. Attorney with a Chicago insider, it could become a campaign issue. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Beavers Trial Gets the Gang Back Together

Beavers Trial Gets the Gang Back Together

Attorney Sam Adam and his firebrand son Sam Adam Jr. proved to be a thorn in the side of the U.S. Attorney's Office when they tried Rod Blagojevich.Perhaps that's why indicted Cook County Commissioner William... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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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