James Comey
(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
June 21, 2013

James Comey Nominated To Be New FBI Director

President Obama has formally nominated James Comey, a registered Republican and former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director. If he's confirmed by the Senate, Comey will replace outgoing director Robert Mueller, who has held the post since 2001.


Pat Quinn
(Seth Perlman/AP)
June 21, 2013

The Death Penalty’s Slow But Seemingly Sure Decline

The death penalty has become a bit like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. It may never fade away entirely, but capital punishment is certainly less visible or actively pursued than it used to be.


Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
June 17, 2013

Prosecutors: Jackson Can Get Treatment In Prison

Federal prosecutors are refuting the contention by defense attorneys that Jesse Jackson Jr. should spend less time in prison because a lengthy sentence would cause his fragile mental health to deteriorate.


Lisa Madigan
(Seth Perlman/AP)
June 17, 2013

Madigan Seeks Second Delay On Gun Action Plan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court's order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.


Kevin Akins and Qwantrell Ayers
(Champaign Police Department)
June 14, 2013

Champaign Shooting Suspects Arrested in Indiana

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of gang-related shootings that occurred last weekend in Champaign, largely on the city’s north side. 


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