SPRINGFIELD — The storage-room merchants’ desk where President-elect Abraham Lincoln penned his first inaugural address, beseeching southern states to recall the “mystic chords of memory” and invoke “the better angels of our nature” to circumvent the Civil War, was unveiled by Illinois officials Thursday after a painstaking restoration to its 1850s splendor.
YORKVILLE — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay the man $1.8 million — the outstanding balance in hush money that the Illinois Republican agreed to pay the man in 2010.
BOSTON — The first trial in the college admissions bribery scandal opened with defense attorneys seeking to portray the two parents accused of buying their kids’ way into school as victims of a con man who believed their payments were legitimate donations.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Two lawyers are demanding the removal of two courthouse murals in Columbia that show a white man pointing a gun at a Native American man, shirtless Black men chained by their ankles, and white men being hanged and whipped.
A new report predicts that county circuit court clerks in Illinois will lose as much as $15 million total in fines and fees each year when the state eliminates cash bail in January 2023.
A federal judge has ordered a man with Chicago ties to return more than $1.9 million used to buy high-end wine and spirits in a claim connected to the massive Petters Ponzi scheme.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced a $60 million Court-Based Rental Assistance Program will be available starting Wednesday to help stem evictions as moratoriums run out.
As a Green Beret in the U.S. Army, Mir Y. Ali spent two combat deployments in Afghanistan, serving with the Afghan National Army and Afghan Security Forces. Now a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP’s Chicago office, he is striving to provide free legal aid to refugees fleeing the Taliban.