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CHICAGO (AP) - A court will hear arguments on a Trump administration request to reverse a lower-court freeze on its policy of withholding safety grants from sanctuary cities that don't fully enforce immigration laws. Friday's hearing at Chicago's 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focuses on whether the administration exceeded its authority in setting conditions not in legislation establishing the program. The freeze applies to all 50 states. The Trump administration says it should only apply to Chicago.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge cited alleged torture by Chicago police for freeing a man who spent 21 years in prison for two 1997 murders. Police allegedly used an industrial-strength paper-cutter to slice off the toes of Jaime Hauad's shoes and threatened to cut off the then 17-year-old's toes if he didn't confess to the murders of alleged gang members Jason Goral and Jose Morales. The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission determined last year that Hauad's claim of torture was credible.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between a top Democratic rival and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps. Rauner's campaign said Thursday the ads featuring billionaire businessman J.B. Prizker and the now-imprisoned Blagojevich will air statewide this weekend.
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors. The Daily Southtown reports former Markham Mayor David Webb pleaded guilty Thursday in an agreement with prosecutors to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Authorities say bribes included payments made through campaign contributions, shell companies and small amounts of cash hidden in coffee cups. Webb's attorney says his client had a gambling problem.
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