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Ex-City Worker Dwight Washington Gets 9 Years for On-The-Job DUI

Last week, we reported on the curious case of Dwight Washington, a former city worker from Chicago who crashed his truck into a crowded area and injured seven people last year.

Washington pleaded guilty last week. Now, his sentence has been decided. He will be serving nine years in the slammer for his conviction on four counts of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm.

Joey Chavez is being held on $550,000 bail for a DUI accident that resulted in the deaths of two children on the Southwest Side. On Monday, Chavez was charged with four felony counts of aggravated DUI, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Chavez allegedly caused a fender bender Saturday evening at the intersection of 43rd Street and Western. While fleeing the scene of the accident at high speed, Chavez rear-ended a car carrying 10-month-old Julissa Ochoa and her 5-year-old brother Eric Ochoa.

Ex-City Worker Pleads Guilty in 2011 DUI Crash that Injured Nanny

Dwight Washington, a former employee of the City of Chicago, pleaded guilty on Friday to four counts of aggravated DUI in connection with an accident last spring. Eight people were injured in the accident when his pickup truck crashed into a crowd of pedestrians on the Near North Side, reports The Chicago Tribune.

Washington was on duty at the time of the incident. He was a laborer for the Department of Streets and Sanitation when his truck jumped a curb on May 21, 2011. The truck hit a nanny who was walking a toddler.

Pedestrian Under the Influence: Man Arrested for Drinking and Walking

Did you know that you could be charged for being a pedestrian under the influence, under Illinois DUI laws? An Aurora man recently came to know that when he was arrested on March 18 in the 2600 block of Showplace Drive after being observed walking along Route 59 under the influence of alcohol.

David Robert Brest, 36, was arrested at 12:28 a.m. on Sunday. In addition to being cited with a charge of pedestrian under the influence, he was also charged with interfering with an officer.

Drunk Woman Runs Down Brawlers at House Party in Gresham

Denise Carter of Gresham, Ill. took it outside. Literally.

After a fight in the street outside a house party, Carter allegedly climbed into her SUV and ran down a crowd of people, injuring a woman.

Grandfather Crashes into Tree and Injures 2 Grandchildren

Forty-six-year-old grandfather Walter Everhart got into a DUI accident over the weekend that resulted in the injuries of his eight-year-old grandson and six-year-old granddaughter. For the grandfather DUI, Everhart likely faces aggravated charges.

On Saturday afternoon, police found Everhart’s damaged pickup truck in Porter County. The truck had sustained heavy damage as it had been driven off the road and had struck several trees, reports MyFox Chicago.

How to Get a Chicago Liquor License

Are you thinking it might be fun to run a neighborhood cafe or a local pub?

If you're considering operating a business in Chicago that will sell liquor, whether it be a cafe, grocery store or sports bar, be forewarned that you will need a liquor license and will need to jump through many hoops to get that license.

The following is a quick step-by-step on how to get a Chicago liquor license.

Avoid a St. Patrick's Day DUI this Weekend

St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday and you can count on many Chicago locals celebrating Irish-based festivities with family and friends. But as the holiday has become linked to drinking, it is also an especially dangerous time for motorists and St. Patrick's Day DUIs.

For most holidays associated with alcohol consumption like New Year's Eve and Thanksgiving, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has worked with local police to step up DUI enforcement. You can probably count on an increased law enforcement this weekend as well.

Justin Staples Suspended for DUI

Justin Staples has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Illinois football team for a drunk driving episode last month. Staples was stopped by Champaign Police on February 9 while allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.157, reports The Daily Illini. That's nearly twice the legal limit and for someone Staples' size, and that probably means a lot of beers.

Generally, for an ordinary DUI, someone faces penalties that can include community service and possibly a day or two in jail. However, the real penalty of having a DUI on your record may not be what is written in a statute, but how the DUI affects you in your everyday life.

Expunge a DUI in Illinois? Not if You've Been Convicted

You may have heard about the process called "expungement" where individuals can clear their names and records of a criminal conviction. Expungement gives convicts a fresh start and chance not to be tainted by one dumb act for the rest of their lives.

While most misdemeanor convictions can be expunged from your records after some period of time, there is one giant exception that any Chicago DUI lawyer can tell you about -- you can't expunge a DUI in Illinois.

Three years ago, Chicago police officer Richard Bolling was drunk driving his Dodge Charger when he struck a 13-year-old boy riding his bicycle. After hitting the child, Trenton Booker, Bolling continued driving with a blood-splattered windshield. When he was later stopped, the cop demonstrated more remorse for the food in his passenger seat than he did for the child he just killed.

Not only was Bolling criticized for hitting the child, but the cops who were called to the scene were criticized for the way they handled the fatal DUI, reports the Chicago Tribune. As one of their own, the Chicago police were accused of giving favorable treatment that no other DUI suspect would have received.

Chicago Cop Files False Police Report to Avoid DUI

Off-duty Chicago cop Sean Dailey was pulled over for speeding and running a red light while possibly intoxicated. Despite admitting to having a few drinks, the officer who pulled him over let him off the hook provided that Dailey call for a ride and not drive himself home.

Avoiding the DUI ticket was not good enough for Dailey and he apparently wanted to drive himself home as well. So Dailey reportedly made a false police report to get the arresting officer off his tail.