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Tony Gordon

Tony Gordon is the Daily Herald legal affairs reporter for Lake County, responsible for covering courts and major crimes. Since he began covering courts in Lake County in 1988, he has reported on cases including Juan Rivera's three convictions for the 1992 murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in Waukegan; William Rouse's 1996 confession and subsequent conviction for the 1980 murders of his parents and the 2008 prosecution of Peter Hommerson, who fled to Mexico after murdering Marvin and Kay Lichtman in their Barrington Hills mansion.

He has attended numerous law enforcement training programs, including courses on investigations of murders, drug crimes, auto theft and arson. In 2000, Gordon was part of the Daily Herald team that produced the series "Driving Drunk Again and Again" which was awarded the Peter Lisagor Award for public service for exposing the dangers of repeat drunken drivers.

Gordon was featured in the 2008 Court TV documentary "House of Secrets" on the Rouse family murders.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald in 1994, he worked at newspapers in Waukegan, Wilmette, Carbondale and Robinson in Illinois and Evansville, Ind. In addition to covering courts and crime, Gordon has reported on local governments, schools, politics and motor sports over a career that began in 1978. The Lake County native is a graduate of Stevenson High School, the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he majored in journalism and political science.

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Past may have lead to death, lawyer says

Feb 20 2013 | 1:55 pm - A Zion man accused of murdering his 4-month-old daughter had "a nightmarish existence" growing up that may provide a foundation for an insanity defense, his lawyer said Wednesday.The lawyer's comments came after Larnell Mace, 19, pleaded not...

Man charged in infant's murder 19-year-old told police he punched daughter

Feb 20 2013 | 1:55 pm - Officials said Saturday a 19-year-old Zion man angry that his girlfriend had not given birth to a boy beat his 4-month-old daughter to death when she would not stop crying.Larnell Mace is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jasmine...

Panel discussion on false confessions, featuring Juan Rivera, set for Sunday

Apr 12 2012 | 4:13 pm - A panel discussion on false confessions and how they impact society is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Forest College. The featured speaker will be Juan Rivera, the former Waukegan man who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a 1992 murder before...

Special investigator assigned to Lake County jail death case

Apr 11 2012 | 5:50 pm - A special prosecutor has been ordered to investigate the death of a Grayslake man who was paralyzed after an altercation with guards at the Lake County jail. The order, issued Wednesday by Lake County Chief Judge Victoria Rosetti, concerns the March...

Antioch Township woman denies running up $6,000 in charges using stolen credit card

Apr 11 2012 | 2:49 pm - An Antioch Township woman accused of running up more that $6,000 in charges on a credit card taken from a stolen purse pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lake County circuit Court. Lisa Meredith, 52, of the 26000 block of Channel Avenue, faces up to...

Gurnee teen denies attempted house burglary

Apr 10 2012 | 5:23 pm - The last of three teens accused of trying to burglarize a Gurnee house pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court. Tevin Christor, 18, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of attempted residential burglary but would also be...

Jobs program steers Lake Co. juveniles away from crime

Apr 09 2012 | 12:20 pm - Lake County officials say they are happy with the progress made in year one of a program designed to train juvenile probationers to get and hold jobs. While all court systems have job training programs for troubled youth, the Youthful Offender Job...

Car found in Fox River in Elgin

Apr 08 2012 | 7:59 am - Elgin police said Saturday they believe someone drove a stolen car off a boat ramp and into the Fox River near the Route 20 bridge. Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said a 2011 Honda with Nevada license plates was reported stolen from Chicago sometime...

Men charged in crash that killed 10-year-old Island Lake boy plead not guilty

Apr 04 2012 | 5:28 pm - Two men charged in connection with a car crash that killed a 10-year-old Island Lake boy pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lake County Circuit Court.

Beach Park man accused of stabbing death of woman pleads not guilty

Apr 03 2012 | 3:26 pm - A Beach Park man accused of the stabbing death of a woman in a Zion industrial park pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court. Derrick Taylor, 38, faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Joy...

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