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Recent articles by Jason:

Former state representative says feds interviewed him on lobbying activities, consultant fees he got from Madigan-connected ComEd lobbyists

Former Democratic state Rep. Eddie Acevedo said Thursday he was interviewed last fall by the FBI regarding lobbying activities and separate consultant fees paid to him by two ComEd lobbyists with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan. The FBI’s interview of Acevedo, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, took place as federal authorities investigated the lobbying practices of ComEd and Exelon… → Read More

Gun charges filed against man coming out of looted store on Far South Side, feds say

Federal gun charges have been filed against an eight-time felon arrested early Monday coming out of a looted store on Chicago’s Far South Side. → Read More

Man in ‘Joker’ mask charged with torching Chicago cop car faces at least 5 years in federal prison if convicted

Timothy O’Donnell, 31, was charged with torching a Chicago police vehicle during the downtown unrest over the weekend, and he faces at least five years in federal prison if convicted, prosecutors said in court Wednesday. → Read More

Feds charge man with setting fire to Chicago police vehicle, 3 others face gun charges in connection to weekend looting in Chicago

A South Side man was hit with federal arson charges Tuesday alleging he set fire to a Chicago police SUV in the Loop while wearing a “Joker” clown mask during the weekend unrest. → Read More

After a weekend of chaos, the fallout: Authorities and activists react to a wave of arrests

After a weekend of protests was overshadowed by widespread looting and intense gun violence, Chicagoans on Monday were left to grapple with the fallout. → Read More

Federal authorities accuse Galesburg man of traveling to Chicago for protests with homemade bombs, charge him with inciting a riot

An Illinois man arrested in Chicago over the weekend had homemade bombs in his car and had been seen on videos posted on the internet participating in the looting and rioting in both Minneapolis and Chicago, according to federal charges filed Monday. → Read More

Ex-Chicago cop who kidnapped, robbed drug dealers ordered released from prison six years early due to COVID-19 threat

Corrupt Chicago narcotics cop Glenn Lewellen, convicted of teaming up with a vicious gang member to kidnap and rob other drug dealers, has been ordered released from prison more than six years early due to the threat of the coronavirus. → Read More

Reputed Chicago mob enforcer wants out of federal prison due to COVID-19 threat

Reputed Outfit enforcer Mario Rainone has spent nearly half his life behind bars on a wide range of convictions, including throwing a grenade onto the roof of a theater in a ploy to take over the business. Now, Rainone is the one who has something to fear, his lawyers say: COVID-19. → Read More

Convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich officially disbarred

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was officially disbarred on Monday, more than two months after a state panel recommended he lose his law licence due to his conviction in an array of brazen corruption schemes when he was in office. → Read More

R. Kelly again denied release from federal jail after raising COVID-19 concerns

A federal judge in New York has once again rejected R. Kelly’s request for release pending trial, stating that his diagnosis of prediabetes is not enough to put him at high risk of contracting COVID-19 behind bars. → Read More

Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

A federal judge has denied a bid by two local churches challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. → Read More

Cook County sheriff accuses lawyers for jail inmates of shifting their demands over COVID-19 precautions

Sheriff Tom Dart accused lawyers for Cook County Jail detainees in a court filing Monday of playing a game of “constitutional whack-a-mole” over the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, saying he’s appealing a federal judge’s order dictating social distancing and other protocols at the sprawling Southwest Side facility. → Read More

‘The Last Dance’ takes up the murder of Michael Jordan’s father, James. 5 things to know about the criminal case that followed.

The blockbuster Chicago Bulls docuseries “The Last Dance” ventured Sunday into the shocking 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father, James, just weeks after the Bulls’ third-straight championship, but said little about the two teenagers charged with killing him. → Read More

Two local churches challenge governor’s coronavirus rules, arguing for right to worship

Two Chicago-area churches have launched a new legal challenge to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s strategy to contain the spread of coronavirus, saying the recently announced Restore Illinois plan violates their right to worship while practicing accepted social distancing guidelines. → Read More

Feds charge politically connected not-for-profit boss with fraud involving state grants

The politically connected head of a Chicago not-for-profit has been indicted on federal charges alleging he misappropriated at least $200,000 in state grants intended to develop south suburban commercial properties and fund a job training program. → Read More

R Kelly once again seeks to exit Chicago’s federal jail over COVID-19 threat

R Kelly on Friday once again asked to be released on bond from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, citing a new medical report that his lawyers say shows Kelly is borderline diabetic and has high blood pressure and cholesterol, putting him at serious risk for COVID-19. → Read More

R. Kelly pleads not guilty for 7th time in a little more than a year

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Thursday to a superseding indictment brought in New York, marking the seventh time the embattled singer has been arraigned on sexual abuse-related charges in a little more than a year. → Read More

Wild swing in coronavirus numbers reported at Chicago’s federal jail goes unexplained, leaves lawyers skeptical

A week ago, federal prison officials reported that 20 inmates at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center had tested positive for the coronavirus. But by Tuesday, the number of infected detainees at the downtown high-rise jail had dropped to just six, according to the official tally from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, a swing that has gone unexplained. → Read More

Federal judge orders additional social distancing measures at Cook County Jail

A federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction mandating additional social distancing measures to battle the spread of coronavirus at the Cook County Jail, including banning double-inmate cells and group housing in most cases. → Read More

Two sides in federal lawsuit over conditions at Cook County Jail spar again over COVID-19 response at the complex

Lawyers sparred in federal court Thursday over how the county has responded to the rapid spread of COVID-19 inside Cook County Jail. → Read More