* Jurors convict Burge of perjury, obstruction
Burge, 62, showed no emotion, his hands folded, when a federal jury found him guilty Monday afternoon of lying under oath about torturing African-American criminal suspects at the Area 2 police headquarters. The perjury was part of a 2003 civil lawsuit filed by former Death Row inmate Madison Hobley. Burge was found guilty of two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury and could face up to 45 years in prison when he sentenced in November.
There was silence in the courtroom — as U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow ordered — when the jury’s decision was read.
But outside, there were high-fives, celebratory hugs and even tears.
* Burge found guilty
For years it looked as if Burge would escape criminal charges altogether. He was fired from the Police Department in 1993 for torturing a cop killer, but a four-year investigation by special Cook County prosecutors concluded in 2006 that the statute of limitations on the claims of abuse had long passed. It wasn’t until 2008 that federal prosecutors figured out a clever way to indict him — not for the tortures themselves, but lying about them.
* Detective’s testimony swayed jury in Burge case
* Sun-Times: Long-awaited Burge verdict sends message
* Mitchell: Chicagoans have paid dearly for police brutality
* Good news for job-seekers? Local jobless rate reduced
* Schools boss: Some class sizes won’t go up
Plans to add five kids to the typical CPS high school classroom come as city high school test scores have stagnated, and concerns about student deaths due to violence have triggered a two-year, $60 million anti-violence campaign.
Kelvyn Park High English and social studies teacher Liz Brown said the number of essays she will have to grade would soar from 130 or 140 to 165 under the plan. Writing conferences and classroom discussions will suffer, and violence might well increase, Brown said.[…]
Huberman said the state Board of Education’s decision last week to restore some “categorical” funding in such areas as special education had brought the district an extra $57 million. That, combined with $18 million in new district cuts, was allowing CPS to cancel plans to raise the typical class size to 35, he said.
* Huberman Still Wants Union Concessions, Despite Better CPS Budget Outlook
* Brookfield tax talk brings out zoo’s allies
* CLC accepts $1 million in grants
* Pekin Council OKs Dragon’s Dome loan
* County mulls rules to address funding shortages from the state
* Marion looks at city problems
* Illinois birds at risk from oil spill?
By some estimates, 60 species of birds travel from Illinois to or through the Gulf of Mexico when colder weather arrives.