Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun-Times

Jon Seidel

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Jon:

Rod Blagojevich is disbarred

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said last March the former governor should lose his law license. → Read More

Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

A Clay County judge, who is clearly opposed to the order, told lawyers the controversy "begs to be resolved. It’s got to be resolved in this court, and it’s going to be and it’s going to be resolved Friday." → Read More

Corrupt ex-Ald. Ambrosio Medrano released from prison over coronavirus concerns

A federal judge once told the thrice-convicted politician he had pulled off an "unprecedented . . . corruption trifecta." → Read More

U.S. judge sides with Pritzker in religious challenge as governor moves more lawsuits to federal court

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Pritzker’s order "has nothing to do with suppressing religion and everything to do with reducing infections and saving lives." → Read More

COVID-19 outbreak among inmates at MCC in Chicago among largest across the system

A federal judge points to a warden’s decision to test two floors of detainees at the Metropolitan Correctional Center for the recent spike. → Read More

Churches target Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan in new federal court challenge

Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church in Chicago and Logos Baptist Ministries in Niles are insisting on the right to worship with extensive social distancing guidelines in place. → Read More

Chicago not-for-profit leader charged with misusing $200,000 in state grant money

The indictment against Yesse Yehudah, 71, is among the first to be filed in Chicago’s federal court in nearly two months, since the coronavirus pandemic took hold here. → Read More

Two men accused of running suburban prostitution ring caught griping how coronavirus is hurting business: feds

The feds hit the "Norridge Girls" as the virus loomed and the world began to change. → Read More

Crooked ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett leaves prison, but CPS still wants its money back

Her departure comes thanks to a Justice Department policy aimed at releasing non-violent offenders who are at risk of getting the coronavirus. → Read More

2 CTU members fight union dues, file suit saying having only one month to opt out violates 1st amendment

The federal lawsuit by a pair of Chicago Public Schools employees says the union policy violates the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus vs. AFSCME ruling. → Read More

Chicago gang kingpin Larry Hoover’s bad behavior could keep him from cutting life sentence

Held in the same super-max prison where ‘El Chapo’ is locked up, the Gangster Disciples kingpin wants a break under the First Step Act that Kanye West championed. → Read More

Surge in coronavirus cases continues at Chicago’s federal jail

The sudden rise in numbers reported at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center by the Bureau of Prisons follows questions about how the agency has been counting cases there. → Read More

Quick rise in coronavirus cases continues at high-rise federal jail downtown

In addition to the 74 inmates who have tested positive, the Bureau of Prisons said 20 staff members at the MCC have coronavirus. → Read More

Bureau of Prisons reports largest jump so far in coronavirus cases at the Chicago MCC

However, it’s unclear exactly how that agency is tabulating the number of coronavirus cases at the federal jail. → Read More

Northwestern Illinois church sues Pritzker in federal court over his stay-at-home order

The Beloved Church in Stephenson County says it plans to reopen and hold a public worship service Sunday. → Read More

Republican lawmaker launches new legal challenge against Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

State Rep. John Cabello’s lawsuit is aimed at freeing more Illinoisans from the governor’s order. → Read More

Pritzker blasts lawmaker for ‘cheap political stunt’ after judge rules on stay-at-home order ‘you could drive a Mack truck through’

The rebuke came the day after Bailey won a temporary halt on the stay-at-home order from Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney, who accused the governor of laughing off downstate Illinois’ concerns and imposing an executive order "that ain’t tailored to nothing." → Read More

Coronavirus deaths more than double at Illinois nursing homes, data shows

But the figures published by the state Friday appear to be a lagging indicator of what is actually happening on the ground — meaning the actual toll could be higher. → Read More

Federal judge tosses Jussie Smollett’s malicious prosecution lawsuit

The criminal case against Smollett "has returned in the form of a Special Prosecutor," judge writes. → Read More

Coronavirus cases rising at Chicago’s federal high-rise jail

The Bureau of Prisons has repeatedly reported lower numbers of inmate coronavirus cases to the public than local officials on the ground. → Read More