THE WATCHDOGS: Number of federal gun-crimes prosecutions in Chicago rose 75 percent March 2016-March 2017, another 29 percent through March 2018.
Rafael Lizak, 29, may have made only $4,000 off the scheme hatched by an inmate. Now, he could spend years as an inmate himself.
Federal prosecutors in Chicago are targeting gun crimes more.
Adel Daoud’s lawyers have asked that he be able to enter an Alford plea, which would allow him to maintain his innocence.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a preliminary injunction handed down early this year and ordered the lawsuit it generated dismissed.
Renee Johnson, 61, had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for properties owned by her and her family and credit cards.
Fenton Flowers knew he could make some extra cash by helping people with unpaid fines spring their cars from Chicago’s auto pound.
Prosecutors had hoped to put 46-year-old Ivan Reyes Arzate –– who once trained at the DEA’s academy in Quantico, Va. –– behind bars for a decade.
Two congressional races in Illinois saw Democrat challengers ousting Republican incumbents.
Rahm Emanuel had hoped to sell “Knowledge and Wonder” to help get funds to restore the Legler branch library on the West Side.
Thomas Caldwel had been warned by the feds to stop selling guns without a license. But he refused to fill out an application — “too much paperwork.”
The allegation was enough to convince U.S. Magistrate Judge David Weisman to order Ashraf Al Safoo, 34, held in custody.
The defense attorney for Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab previously said the case should go to trial, but the 25-year-old went against his advice.
Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said he wants all motions filed by Dec. 6. He set a hearing on the motions for Dec. 14.
Jessica Arong O’Brien, found guilty in February in a mortgage fraud scheme that took place more than a decade ago, is set to be sentenced Nov. 20.