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Department of Justice / whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama has pardoned one Illinois resident and shortened the sentences of seven other Illinoisans convicted of federal crimes.

Rockford Housing Authority

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced a smoking ban in public housing, effective within the next year or so. But what does that mean for nearby communities?

fbi.gov

The executive director of the Illinois Republican Party says the FBI told the state party months before the presidential election that some of its email accounts may have been hacked last year.

Nick Klitzing told the Chicago Tribune Sunday that the FBI raised questions with the state party in June about four inactive or rarely used accounts.

However, the FBI didn't tell the state party the possible hacking was part of a larger federal investigation into alleged Russian activity in the U.S. political system.

Week Of Testimony Begins In Andrew Rifkin Case

Dec 7, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Thursday is the first day of several days of testimony in the case against a former Northern Illinois University police officer who was accused of sexual assault.

Court officials anticipate the trial of Andrew Rifkin taking about a week and including about ten witnesses. That includes the alleged victim’s former roommate, a digital forensics expert, and NIU health services personnel, according to court documents.

McCullough Hearing Rescheduled To Late January

Dec 5, 2016
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Jack McCullough’s hearing for a certificate of innocence was pushed back to next year.

It was supposed to be held Monday. Instead, newly-elected DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato signed a court document that day,  postponing the court date to the end of January.

Amato didn't immediately return calls from WNIJ regarding his rationale for the decision.

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