Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Mark Brown: Vanecko judge should step down — or explain why not ]]> Lead story image

The elephant in Room 201 of the Rolling Meadows courthouse Tuesday was what the judge handling the trial of Richard J. Vanecko might have to say about a judicial ethics investigation into the circumstances surrounding debts her ex-husband escaped through their divorce. Unfortunately, McIntyre said nothing about either the Sun-Times’ stories or a resulting Judicial Inquiry Board probe. ]]> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:46:08 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/20113966-452/mark-brown-vanecko-judge-should-step-down-or-explain-why-not.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/20113966-452/mark-brown-vanecko-judge-should-step-down-or-explain-why-not.html <![CDATA[ Daley nephew trial expected next year, grand jury still working ]]> Lead story image

The involuntary manslaughter trial of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley accused in the death of 21-year-old David Koschman, won’t happen till next year, the judge in the case said Tuesday. Meanwhile, a grand jury investigation led by special prosecutor Dan K. Webb into the way the case was handled by the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office continues longer than expected and is now expected to be completed in July. ]]> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:16:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/20102275-418/daley-nephew-trial-expected-next-year-grand-jury-still-working.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/20102275-418/daley-nephew-trial-expected-next-year-grand-jury-still-working.html <![CDATA[ Koschman special prosecutor bills come to $1 million ]]> Lead story image

More than $1 million — that’s the final tally for the special prosecutor’s investigation that led to a manslaughter charge against former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko after the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office twice declined to charge him in the 2004 death of David Koschman. ]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 06:46:25 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/19504423-452/koschman-special-prosecutor-bills-come-to-1-million.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/19504423-452/koschman-special-prosecutor-bills-come-to-1-million.html <![CDATA[ Bar group honors Sun-Times’ Koschman stories ]]>

Chicago Sun-Times coverage of the manslaughter indictment of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko was named a winner Tuesday of the Chicago Bar Association’s Herman Kogan Media Awards. The honor, for print coverage of the legal system, went to reporters Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin for their work on a 15-page special report published Dec. 4, 2012, of the indictment of the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the 2004 death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mount Prospect. ]]> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:15:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/19957424-420/bar-group-honors-sun-times-koschman-stories.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/19957424-420/bar-group-honors-sun-times-koschman-stories.html <![CDATA[ ‘Lost’ files in Daley nephew case ‘removed,’ then mysteriously returned ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Key documents from a manslaughter case involving a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley that vanished from the Chicago Police Department and then mysteriously reappeared weren’t lost or misplaced — they were “removed” without authorization, apparently by someone in the department. That’s according to a newly obtained report made by the police lieutenant who said he found the missing records. ]]> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 06:04:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/18849909-452/lost-files-in-daley-nephew-case-removed-then-mysteriously-returned.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/18849909-452/lost-files-in-daley-nephew-case-removed-then-mysteriously-returned.html <![CDATA[ Clear up cover-up in Koschman case ]]> Lead story image

Sunday marks the ninth Easter for Nanci Koschman. Nine since her only child, 21-year-old David, died from a lone punch thrown at him on Division Street in April of 2004. Mrs. Koschman now waits for Special Prosecutor Dan Webb to conclude his probe of how Chicago Police and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted this “heater” case. She waits for the involuntary manslaughter trial of Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, the nephew and grandson of two mayors named Daley, whom Webb last December charged in David’s death. But as she waits, she feels a quiet fury about why it’s taken nine … ]]> Thu, 30 May 2013 17:27:15 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/19152186-452/clear-up-cover-up-in-koschman-case.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/19152186-452/clear-up-cover-up-in-koschman-case.html <![CDATA[ Vanecko judge has link to old Daley Machine ]]> Lead story image

When the high-profile manslaughter case against Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, was shifted to a McHenry County judge, the judge made one thing clear. “I do not know anyone involved,” Judge Maureen P. McIntyre said on Jan. 18. “My family does not know anyone involved.” But McIntyre does have family connections to the Democratic Party in Chicago going back to the time it was run by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. ]]> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 06:03:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/18646746-418/vanecko-judge-has-link-to-old-daley-machine.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/18646746-418/vanecko-judge-has-link-to-old-daley-machine.html <![CDATA[ Vanecko judge’s live-in ex-husband owed $750,000 to clients, IRS ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: The judge presiding over the involuntary manslaughter case of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko averted financial disaster in 2006 when she divorced her husband, a since-disbarred attorney who owed $750,000 in judgments to clients and the IRS, according to interviews and records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Judge Maureen P. McIntyre got most of the couple’s assets, including their Barrington Hills home, though her ex-husband, Raymond X. Henehan, continued to live with her, records show. ]]> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:11:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/18182795-452/vanecko-judges-live-in-ex-husband-owed-750000-to-clients-irs.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/18182795-452/vanecko-judges-live-in-ex-husband-owed-750000-to-clients-irs.html <![CDATA[ After 5,400 hours on Daley nephew probe, special prosecutor’s team will work for free ]]> Lead story image

Cook County taxpayers will no longer be on the hook for the mounting cost of special prosecutor Dan K. Webb’s investigation into why the Chicago Police Department and Cook County prosecutors didn’t charge Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, in the death of David Koschman in 2004. ]]> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 12:06:15 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17924374-418/after-5400-hours-on-daley-nephew-probe-special-prosecutors-team-will-work-for-free.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17924374-418/after-5400-hours-on-daley-nephew-probe-special-prosecutors-team-will-work-for-free.html <![CDATA[ Former Mayor Daley’s police detail under scrutiny in Koschman death ]]> Lead story image

For the 22 years he was mayor, Richard M. Daley relied upon a select group of police officers to ensure his safety and that of his family. The security detail’s members routinely traveled with Daley and his family. They drove his kids to school. They ran errands for the family. Now, members of the police security detail that served Daley are being questioned by Dan K. Webb, the special prosecutor appointed to reinvestigate the 2004 death of David Koschman and also to determine whether criminal charges should be filed regarding the handling of the Koschman case by police and prosecutors. ]]> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:10:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17637987-452/former-mayor-daleys-police-detail-under-scrutiny-in-koschman-death.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17637987-452/former-mayor-daleys-police-detail-under-scrutiny-in-koschman-death.html <![CDATA[ New Vanecko judge will stay on case, says, ‘I do not know anyone involved’ ]]> Lead story image

The McHenry County judge chosen earlier this month to preside over the involuntary-manslaughter case of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, held her first hearing in the case on Friday and wanted to make one thing clear. “I do not know anyone involved,” McHenry County Circuit Judge Maureen P. McIntyre said. A previous judge had stepped aside, prompting the Illinois Supreme Court to appoint someone from outside Cook County. ]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:03:07 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17655905-418/new-vanecko-judge-will-stay-on-case-says-i-do-not-know-anyone-involved.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17655905-418/new-vanecko-judge-will-stay-on-case-says-i-do-not-know-anyone-involved.html <![CDATA[ McHenry County judge selected to preside over Vanecko case ]]> Lead story image

A McHenry County judge who handles a wide variety of juvenile matters will preside over the involuntary-manslaughter case of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, accused in the death of David Koschman on Chicago’s Near North Side. ]]> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:09:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17384980-418/mchenry-county-judge-selected-to-preside-over-vanecko-case.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17384980-418/mchenry-county-judge-selected-to-preside-over-vanecko-case.html <![CDATA[ McHenry chief judge: I’ll pick ‘best suited’ jurist for Vanecko case ]]> Lead story image

A judge from McHenry County will be brought in to Cook County to preside over the involuntary-manslaughter prosecution of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. The Illinois Supreme Court ordered the move Friday, saying “the public necessity so requires” it. ]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:48:57 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17156874-418/mchenry-chief-judge-ill-pick-best-suited-jurist-for-vanecko-case.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17156874-418/mchenry-chief-judge-ill-pick-best-suited-jurist-for-vanecko-case.html <![CDATA[ Daley nephew case needs outsider on bench: chief judge ]]> Lead story image

The involuntary manslaughter prosecution of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, was put on hold Monday when Cook County’s chief judge asked the Illinois Supreme Court to assign a judge from outside Cook County to preside over the politically explosive case. ]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:11:12 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17067814-418/daley-nephew-case-needs-outsider-on-bench-chief-judge.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/17067814-418/daley-nephew-case-needs-outsider-on-bench-chief-judge.html <![CDATA[ Mystery in Daley nephew case: Why did police open 2nd case file? ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: There’s a mystery in the David Koschman case that the Chicago Police Department has never explained: Why did detectives open what they labeled a “non-criminal” investigation into Koschman’s death on the same day they reclassified what originally was a battery case as a homicide? Law enforcement sources say it’s unusual for the police department to open two separate files on the same case. ]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:07:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16971768-452/mystery-in-daley-nephew-case-why-did-police-open-2nd-case-file.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16971768-452/mystery-in-daley-nephew-case-why-did-police-open-2nd-case-file.html <![CDATA[ Vanecko judge with ties to Daley, Devine: ‘I can be fair, impartial’ ]]> Lead story image

The involuntary manslaughter case of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, was assigned Monday to a judge who worked in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office for Daley and his successor, Richard Devine, whose handling of the David Koschman case remains under investigation by a special prosecutor. Still Judge Arthur F. Hill Jr. declined to step aside, saying he “believes I can be fair and impartial.” ]]> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:10:03 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16926961-452/vanecko-judge-with-ties-to-daley-devine-i-can-be-fair-impartial.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16926961-452/vanecko-judge-with-ties-to-daley-devine-i-can-be-fair-impartial.html <![CDATA[ Video surfaces in Vanecko probe showing Koschman before punch ]]> Lead story image

Security surveillance video has turned up showing David Koschman a few hours before his drunken 2004 encounter with Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, the nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley who’s charged with killing the 21-year-old Mount Prospect man, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. ]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:39:44 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16830664-452/video-surfaces-in-vanecko-probe-showing-koschman-before-punch.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16830664-452/video-surfaces-in-vanecko-probe-showing-koschman-before-punch.html <![CDATA[ Nephew accused in Koschman case basically ‘good kid’: Bill Daley ]]> Lead story image

The death of David Koschman was “a tragedy all the way around,” but Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko is “basically a good kid,” his uncle William Daley said Tuesday in the first public comments from anyone in the Daley family since Vanecko’s indictment Monday on an involuntary manslaughter charge. ]]> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 10:01:50 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16811589-452/nephew-accused-in-koschman-case-basically-good-kid-bill-daley.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/koschman/16811589-452/nephew-accused-in-koschman-case-basically-good-kid-bill-daley.html