probation

Dennis Hastert's lawyers want a judge to spare the former U.S. House Speaker from prison time in his hush-money case and give him probation. 

In January, the Illinois prison population was down by more than 2,500 inmates over a year earlier. But that’s still a long way off from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s goal of cutting the population by 12,000 prisoners over the next decade.

The commission he appointed to make that happen is still figuring out how to meet his goal, and met Monday in Chicago to continue deliberations.

The two owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were crushed to death in a stairwell in 2003 have been sentenced to two years of probation.

An attorney for the family of a Northern Illinois University student who died after a party, says five fraternity members charged in his death won't face jail time per plea agreements.

The Peoria County Probation Department is getting $300,000 in state funding to help non-violent offenders stay out of prison.  The funding is part of $7 million across the state through the Adult Re-deploy Program aimed at reducing crime and boosting public safety.