Robert Gnaizda, Lawyer Who Fought for Social Justice, Dies at 83

Robert Gnaizda, a lawyer whose deft powers of persuasion in defending the civil and economic rights of the poor and minority groups often rendered messy and costly lawsuits against their adversaries a needless last resort, died on July 11 in San Francisco. He was 83. The cause was listed as a heart attack. His son […]

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Utility Company Gave Jobs to Allies of Top Illinois Democrat, Prosecutors Say

When it came to a scheme to try to influence the speaker of the Illinois House, a politician so deft and powerful that he is known as the “Velvet Hammer,” a lobbyist had some plain advice for his client, Commonwealth Edison, the state’s largest electric utility, prosecutors say. “I would say to you, don’t put […]

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