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Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko leaving the Rolling Meadows courthouse after pleading guilty Jan. 31 to involuntary manslaughter in David Koschman’s death. | Brian O’Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

A year after Vanecko’s guilty plea, City Hall probe of cops continues

One year ago, former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew walked in to a Cook County courtroom and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, finally admitting he threw a punch that killed David Koschman a decade earlier.

But the politically volatile case involving Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko isn’t over. Chicago cops remain under investigation by City Hall’s inspector general. And Koschman’s mother is pursuing an appeal on a federal lawsuit accusing police and Cook County prosecutors of engaging in a conspiracy that kept Vanecko from being charged until a special prosecutor was brought in.

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