Tony Rezko, a key player in the corruption that took place under former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison. After court Tuesday, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he could not think of another sentence that was that harsh for a public corruption case.
Closing arguments in the trial of William Cellini were scheduled to begin Tuesday. In some ways, Cellini’s case represented the end of an era in Illinois: His could very well be the last trial resulting from the federal investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The days appear numbered for Lincolnwood's aptly-named Purple Hotel.Village attorneys won the right to demolish the shuttered hotel at 4500 W. Touhy if its owner doesn't fix an array of building code violations by August.
Attorneys for Tony Rezko are asking for a new trial. They told a federal judge Friday the former political fundraiser was convicted on some charges that have been found to be unconstitutional. Rezko's attorneys say he should get a new trial because the law has changed since his 2008 convictions.