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A man exonerated in a killing for which he spent 15 years in prison has reached a $9 million settlement with investigators in northern Illinois.

An attorney for Drew Peterson says he'll likely appeal an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the former suburban Chicago police officer's murder conviction in the death of his third wife.

A federal judge says Aaron Schock isn't entitled to detailed evidence prosecutors gathered from a confidential informant on the then-congressman's staff as he prepares for trial. 

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A Champaign County judge has ruled there is enough evidence to hold a suspect in a shooting during a party last month near the University of Illinois campus that left one person dead.  Robbie Patton of Champaign is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein and aggravated battery with a firearm in the wounding of three others.

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Two Cook County detectives are starting to see successes in their mission to bring justice to dozens of rape victims whose rape kits were never sent to a state police crime lab for DNA testing.

McCullough Will Have To Wait For 'The Process'

Apr 1, 2016

Convicted murderer Jack McCullough will have to wait at least two weeks to find out whether he can be released from his life sentence in Pontiac Correctional Center, as his post-conviction pleadings request.

DeKalb County Judge William Brady told two Chicago attorneys who requested to represent McCullough that he had made commitments to other parties that they would be heard on April 15, adding, "I'm going to stick with what I promise."

A Peoria County judge has ruled that he didn't err when he found a man accused of murder fit for trial four years ago.

DNA has helped exonerate more than 300 people in the US. Among the most recent was Christopher Abernathy, freed last week from a northern Illinois prison where he served almost 30 years for rape and murder.  

Push for new DNA testing in Savory murder case

Mar 14, 2013

The legal team representing Johnny Savory was back in a Peoria Courtroom Thursday. The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and Northwestern Law Students are asking, among other things, to have new DNA technology applied to the blood evidence in the 36-year-old double murder cases for which Savory is convicted. Savory was 14 years-old at the time of the gruesome murders of 14-year-old James Robinson and 19-year-old Connie Cooper. He was paroled in 2006. Savory contends his conviction was unjust: