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David Cicarelli smiles Thursday while getting acquainted with his new six-person group home in Wheeling. (Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune / February 23, 2012)

Disabled man who won civil rights lawsuit moves into new group home

When the moving truck finally arrived, David Cicarelli popped out of his parent’s house with a 10-pack of juice boxes, excited that his long wait … Read more ›

Crystal Calusinski, sister of Melissa Calusinski, hugs attorney Paul De Luca following her sister's 31 year sentence at the Lake County Courthouse on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Waukegan.  Melissa Calusinski was sentenced to 31 years in prison for the death of Benjamin Kingan who died in 2009.  (Stacey Wescott/ Chicago Tribune)

UPDATE: Still claiming innocence, former daycare worker gets 31 years for killing Deerfield toddler

Calling it a tragic case of “needless, senseless violence,” a Lake County judge on Thursday sentenced a former day care worker to 31 years in … Read more ›

Owner of day care center where boy killed seeks bench trial

The owner of a Lincolnshire day care center where a boy was murdered appeared in court Tuesday on charges that she obstructed the homicide investigation. … Read more ›

Sandra Rogers, now 55, has served seven years of her 30-year prison term. (DAVID TROTMAN-WILKINS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE / July 24, 2003)

Woman convicted in ’03 sledgehammer attack now wants to take back guilty plea

When Sandra Rogers stood before a Lake County judge in 2004 and admitted to attacking her ex-husband and his wife with a sledgehammer, it was … Read more ›

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after the first day of his sentencing hearing last December. (Chris Sweda)

Blagojevich to serve sentence in Colorado prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado as he had sought, sources said Tuesday. Blagojevich, who is … Read more ›

Ditka son scores pretrial win in DUI case

Michael P. Ditka – one of two sons of the former Bears coach facing DUI charges out of Deerfield – scored a legal touchdown of … Read more ›

A driver uses a cellphone in Evanston in 2010. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Ban on cell use while driving could go statewide

Drivers throughout Illinois would not be able to use hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel under a measure making its way through the Illinois … Read more ›

Two Stevenson High School students charged in drug investigation

Two teenagers are being brought up on charges in juvenile court for allegedly selling drugs on Stevenson High School’s campus, following a two-month long police … Read more ›

A decorated photo at her funeral Wednesday shows Lyvita Gomes, who died after a hunger strike while in the Lake County jail. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Lake Co. sheriff releases new details about hunger strike victim

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, responding to questions about an India native who died after starting a hunger strike in jail, released a timetable of … Read more ›

On Wednesday in Waukegan, Rodney Fernandes and his wife, Lyemia, attend the funeral for her sister, Lyvita Gomes, who died after a hunger strike while in the Lake County Jail. ( Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012 )

Funeral is held for inmate who died after hunger strike in Lake County Jail

Hundreds of people turned out at funeral services Wednesday for Lyvita Gomes, a native of India who died after a hunger strike in Lake County … Read more ›