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  • This drawing presented by the defense team in a court filing at federal court in Chicago shows a drawing by ex-con Walter Unbehaun, 74, sent to the federal judge in his bank robbery case before his sentencing on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Unbehaun said he robbed a suburban Chicago bank so that he could be returned to prison, which he regarded as his home. His lawyers have said he felt bored and alone outside of prison, spending much of his time drawing and watching TV. Court filings say Unbehaun made the drawing he sent to the judge in jail while awaiting sentencing. (AP Photo/Defense team court filing)

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  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's office shows Adel Daoud, of Hillside, Ill. Prosecutors say a judge's decision granting lawyers in Daoud's terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security. In an appeal filed Monday, March 31, 2014, with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors said another court "misjudged the damage to national security" by opening the documents. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's office, File)

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  • Gay marriage opponent decries fed judge's ruling

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  • CORRECTS SPELLING TO WILK IN SECOND REFERENCE INSTEAD OF WILL - Charlie Gurion, center, and David Wilk hold up their marriage license as Cook County Clerk David Orr, left looks on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Same-sex couples in Illinois' largest county began receiving marriage licenses immediately after a federal judge's ruling Friday that some attorneys said could give county clerks statewide justification to also issue the documents right away. Illinois approved same-sex marriage last year; the new law takes effect June 1. However, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled Friday that same-sex marriages can begin now in Cook County, where Chicago is located. Gurion and Wilk were the first couple to show up to get a license after the judge made her ruling. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Judge: Gay couples can wed sooner in Ill. county

    Jubilant same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses in Chicago on Friday after a federal judge ruled there was no reason for residents of Illinois' largest county to wait until the state's new gay marriage law takes effect, a decision some hope will prompt county clerks statewide to begin issuing the documents.

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's office shows Adel Daoud, of Hillside, Ill. At a pretrial ruling Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in the terrorism case against Daoud, a federal judge in Chicago agreed to let the defense view government applications submitted to a foreign intelligence court seeking permission to conduct secret surveillance, in what the judge says is a first. Daoud has denied seeking to detonate a bomb in Chicago in 2012. The defense has pressed for details on how investigators employed the kind of phone and Internet spying revealed by ex-government contractor Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's office, File)

    Judge: Defense in terror case can see secret docs

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  • Shaker Masri, 29, of Chicago was sentenced in federal court in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, for plotting to attend a training camp in Somalia to become a suicide bomber for the terrorist groups al Qaeda and al-Shabab. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)

    Chicago man gets 10 years in suicide-bomber plot

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