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Hammond man accused of kidnapping after driving off with girlfriend's 2 sons | Chicago Tribune Hammond man accused of kidnapping after driving off with girlfriend's 2 sons
A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with kidnapping, neglect of a dependent and intimidation after driving erratically with his girlfriend and two children in the van. Bourgeois Jahn Jelks, 35, became irate and started yelling at his girlfriend at about 8 p.m. June 18 after she...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Elderly Aurora man charged in second child sex abuse case | Chicago Tribune Elderly Aurora man charged in second child sex abuse case
Decades-old child sexual abuse charges have been filed against an elderly Aurora man who was already facing sex assault and abuse charges in a more recent case, according to Kane County Court records. Bail is set at $250,000 for Inocente Delgado, 78, of the 500 block of Binder Street, according...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
4 finalists for U.S. attorney's job in Chicago emerge | Chicago Tribune 4 finalists for U.S. attorney's job in Chicago emerge
Several former federal prosecutors have emerged as finalists to be the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, but how the selection process will ultimately play out between the Trump administration and the state's two Democratic senators is a wild card that few venture to predict. After weeks of vetting...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Former College of DuPage administrators settle lawsuit over wrongful termination | Chicago Tribune Former College of DuPage administrators settle lawsuit over wrongful termination
Two former College of DuPage administrators have settled their wrongful termination lawsuits against the school, ending a protracted legal battle that began after the senior managers said they were fired because they campaigned against then-Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton's agenda. Terms of the settlement...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Hospital to blame for red-winged blackbird attack? Suit says yes | Chicago Tribune Hospital to blame for red-winged blackbird attack? Suit says yes
It's a warm weather rite as unfailing and unwelcome as sunburn — the sudden attack of a red-winged blackbird, driven to protective fury by the approach of an unsuspecting cyclist or pedestrian.These migratory mischief-makers can be found almost anywhere there's long grass or shrubbery, squawking...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Republicans propose new schools plan in Springfield, but a budget again remains elusive | Chicago Tribune Republicans propose new schools plan in Springfield, but a budget again remains elusive
Republican lawmakers Thursday put forward a new plan to overhaul the state's education funding system and send less money to Chicago Public Schools than a competing proposal from Democrats, who are unlikely to approve it.Democrats, meanwhile, used a second day of a special session called by Republican...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
3 injured after Palatine ambulance hits van, traffic signal, hedges, officials say | Chicago Tribune 3 injured after Palatine ambulance hits van, traffic signal, hedges, officials say
Three people were injured Thursday afternoon when an ambulance responding to a call collided with another vehicle in Palatine, authorities said. The crash happened between 2 and 2:30 p.m. when the Palatine Fire Department ambulance was westbound on Palatine Road at Rohlwing Road and collided with...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Tribune property tax series animates Cook County assessor race | Chicago Tribune Tribune property tax series animates Cook County assessor race
A first-time candidate challenging Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said Thursday his reasons for getting in the race were illustrated by a Chicago Tribune investigation that concluded the assessment system harms the poor and helps the wealthy.The "Tax Divide" series "highlighted the inequities...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Lake County officer indicted on rape charges, state police say | Chicago Tribune Lake County officer indicted on rape charges, state police say
A Lake County grand jury indicted a Lake County police officer Thursday on rape and other charges, according to a release from the Indiana State Police. The five-count indictment includes two counts of rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and criminal confinement filed against Nicholas Medrano,...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Norwood Park man accused of child luring | Chicago Tribune Norwood Park man accused of child luring
A judge Thursday set bail at $500,000 for a 30-year-old man who is accused of indecent solicitation of a 15-year-old girl.   Joseph Grigoletti, of the 5800 block of North Napoleon Avenue in the city’s Norwood Park neighborhood, was charged with indecent solicitation and child luring, police said....
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Springfield bishop restricts participation of same-sex couples | Chicago Tribune Springfield bishop restricts participation of same-sex couples
Ahead of Chicago's festivities celebrating gay pride this weekend, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, has issued a decree instructing priests in the central Illinois diocese to enforce the church's prohibition on same-sex marriage. In addition to telling people...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Foxx declines to represent political foe Alvarez in lawsuit deposition | Chicago Tribune Foxx declines to represent political foe Alvarez in lawsuit deposition
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office declined on Thursday to represent her political rival and former state's attorney Anita Alvarez when the ex-top prosecutor sits for a deposition next month in a high-profile civil lawsuit. Alvarez, who lost the Democratic primary battle to Foxx last...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Teen rescued by divers in Grayslake dies hours later | Chicago Tribune Teen rescued by divers in Grayslake dies hours later
An autopsy determined that drowning was the cause of death of a 19-year-old man who died early Thursday morning after being pulled by divers from a lake in Grayslake on Wednesday. Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said Thursday he was expecting results from a toxicology report in two to three weeks...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Preckwinkle says no new taxes next year, even as soda tax begins July 1 | Chicago Tribune Preckwinkle says no new taxes next year, even as soda tax begins July 1
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is making good on her pledge not to raise taxes next year, an election-year budget move that's easier to make because a controversial soda pop tax already is set to take effect July 1.Preckwinkle said Thursday that a 2018 budget shortfall estimated at...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Kennedy urges Democratic leaders to not endorse in governor primary as candidates speak | Chicago Tribune Kennedy urges Democratic leaders to not endorse in governor primary as candidates speak
Chris Kennedy on Thursday asked Cook County Democratic leaders not to endorse a candidate for the party's governor nomination, a plea made as J.B. Pritzker urged city ward and suburban township committeemen to side with him and against contenders who attack their rivals. The requests came as five...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Man charged with murder in South Side fire that killed friend, a paraplegic | Chicago Tribune Man charged with murder in South Side fire that killed friend, a paraplegic
A 35-year-old man set the fire that killed his longtime friend in a South Side apartment in January, prosecutors said Thursday.Freddie Polk has been charged with murder and aggravated arson in the death of Preston Tullos, 39, who was paraplegic and used a wheelchair, according to court records...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
'Help me.' Woman pleaded with toll worker moments before fatal Skyway shooting | Chicago Tribune 'Help me.' Woman pleaded with toll worker moments before fatal Skyway shooting
Moments before Lisa Fisher was shot to death on the Chicago Skyway, she made a desperate plea to the only person near her. A toll worker. "Help me," Fisher said in a low voice as her boyfriend Christopher Pena dug for change at the tollbooth at 87th Street around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Little League games called off after shots fired near West Side park | Chicago Tribune Little League games called off after shots fired near West Side park
Gunfire interrupted three Little League baseball games on the West Side Wednesday night during an event meant to build connections between two neighborhoods that grapple with violence.Teams from Little Village and Near West Side were playing at Altgeld Park at Harrison Street and Washtenaw Avenue...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
2 women wounded during argument between drivers in Englewood | Chicago Tribune 2 women wounded during argument between drivers in Englewood
Two woman were wounded Thursday afternoon after two drivers got into an argument on the South Side in the Englewood neighborhood, Chicago police said. About 12:15 p.m., a man was driving a sedan in the 6500 block of South Halsted Street when two men approached in a black SUV and one of them started...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Jury awards $300,000 to man cop punched while handcuffed | Chicago Tribune Jury awards $300,000 to man cop punched while handcuffed
A federal jury has awarded more than $300,000 in damages to a West Side man who was punched in the face by a Chicago police officer while handcuffed, fracturing his jaw. After a three-week trial and more than two days of deliberation, the jury on Wednesday found that Officer Matthew Bouch used...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Indiana man pleads guilty in stabbing, sex assault of Willowbrook woman | Chicago Tribune Indiana man pleads guilty in stabbing, sex assault of Willowbrook woman
An Indiana man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he forced his way into a Willowbrook residence and then stabbed and sexually assaulted a woman who lived there. In DuPage County court, Londale Madison, 33, entered guilty pleas to attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
First day of summer break: Gunfire on the way to the store | Chicago Tribune First day of summer break: Gunfire on the way to the store
A dozen kids from the tallest building in the neighborhood walked down 71st Street, but the sound of gunfire sent them scattering back home before they could make it to the store a block away.It was Wednesday afternoon, their first day of summer break.The gunfire sounded muffled and the kids didn't...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Durbin on GOP health plan: 'Put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still a mean dog' | Chicago Tribune Durbin on GOP health plan: 'Put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still a mean dog'
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin blasted Senate Republicans' new health care proposal Thursday shortly after it was released, saying "you can put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still a mean dog." Durbin made the comment from the Senate floor, also noting that President Donald Trump previously...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Feminist lawyer and conservative judge take eye-rolling, trash talking to next level | Chicago Tribune Feminist lawyer and conservative judge take eye-rolling, trash talking to next level
If there's one place where good manners are still expected in "locker room talk" America, it's a federal courtroom — even when a leading feminist lawyer clashes with a crusty conservative judge. So imagine the rush to the fainting couch at a Chicago mortgage fraud trial last spring when attorney...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Obama Presidential Center's plan now includes Lake Shore Drive changes, more road closures | Chicago Tribune Obama Presidential Center's plan now includes Lake Shore Drive changes, more road closures
To make the proposed Obama Presidential Center a reality, the Chicago Department of Transportation and Obama Foundation made their case to neighbors Wednesday that roads must be closed and traffic must be rerouted. In addition to the already controversial proposal to close Cornell Drive, Rebekah...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Man shot dead on Southwest Side identified | Chicago Tribune Man shot dead on Southwest Side identified
A 34-year-old man who was shot dead early Wednesday was identified as Duan Armfield, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.  Armfield was shot to death around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 4500 block of South Leclaire Avenue in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, police said.  He was...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Woman found dead on West Side | Chicago Tribune Woman found dead on West Side
A woman believed to be 40 to 50 years old was found dead early Thursday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.  The woman, who had not yet been identified, had blunt force trauma to her face and defensive wounds on her body, police said.  She was found about 1:15 a.m. in the 3500 block of West...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Black exodus accelerates in Cook County, census shows | Chicago Tribune Black exodus accelerates in Cook County, census shows
Cook County in 2016 again recorded the largest black population of any county in the U.S., but it carries that title with less conviction than previous years as more African-Americans move to outlying suburbs or warmer states in the South and West, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Between...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Wisconsin Assembly passes college free speech bill that would punish hecklers | Chicago Tribune Wisconsin Assembly passes college free speech bill that would punish hecklers
University of Wisconsin students who repeatedly disrupt campus speakers or presentations could be suspended or expelled under a Republican-backed bill the state Assembly passed Wednesday. The measure, approved on a 61-36 vote Wednesday night with no Democrats in support, is the latest salvo in...
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2017
Child shooting victims, 8 and 9, stable in hospital as Gary police investigate | Chicago Tribune Child shooting victims, 8 and 9, stable in hospital as Gary police investigate
Two children injured in separate shootings Monday in Gary were in stable condition Wednesday, according to family and a hospital spokeswoman, as police continued to investigate. Gary Police Department had no updates as of Wednesday afternoon about any suspects or arrests in the investigations,...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Divers pull teen from water in Grayslake; victim in critical condition | Chicago Tribune Divers pull teen from water in Grayslake; victim in critical condition
A 19-year-old man was in critical condition after being rescued by divers Wednesday in about 9 feet of water at the small lake at Prairie Crossing in Grayslake. The victim was swimming off of Lake Aldo Leopold Beach just after 5:30 p.m. when others at the beach noticed he was having a hard time...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Boy, 16, shot over weekend dies | Chicago Tribune Boy, 16, shot over weekend dies
A 16-year-old boy shot in the Englewood neighborhood over the weekend died Wednesday morning, authorities said. Mishawn Green, of the first block of East 50th Street, was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
'Chuy' Garcia seeks answers from Assessor Berrios on unfair property tax assessments | Chicago Tribune 'Chuy' Garcia seeks answers from Assessor Berrios on unfair property tax assessments
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Wednesday that he wants Assessor Joseph Berrios to explain troubling inequities in property tax assessments following a Tribune investigation that found wealthier neighborhoods got breaks at the expense of poorer areas. Garcia, a former candidate...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Body found in Green Garden Township ditch, 'appears to have been there for some time' | Chicago Tribune Body found in Green Garden Township ditch, 'appears to have been there for some time'
A government worker found a body in a ditch Wednesday along Manhattan-Monee Road in unincorporated Green Garden Township, according to a Will County Sheriff's Office statement. Manhattan-Monee Road was closed for nearly five hours between Harlem Avenue and 88th, according to Will County Sheriff...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Bickering continues upon lawmakers' return to Springfield | Chicago Tribune Bickering continues upon lawmakers' return to Springfield
Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Wednesday after being whistled back for a special session on the budget by Gov. Bruce Rauner, and it quickly became apparent that not much has changed in the weeks they were away. Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republicans led by Rauner remain...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Lakefront shooting: 'Every time I close my eyes, I see her lying there' | Chicago Tribune Lakefront shooting: 'Every time I close my eyes, I see her lying there'
Raven “Rave’’ Lemons had a lot to celebrate.She had a 6-year-old son, a job she loved and scores of friends.  She had just turned 25 and spent Saturday at a barbecue thrown by her father on the Near West Side.  Later that night, she headed downtown.She was standing with a friend from work, a block...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Waukegan man gets 16 years for stabbing 1 cousin to death, wounding another | Chicago Tribune Waukegan man gets 16 years for stabbing 1 cousin to death, wounding another
On the third anniversary of his victim's death, a Waukegan man received a 16-year prison term for the fatal stabbing of one of his cousins and the serious injury of another. Juan Guajardo, 41, was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Manuel Alaniz, 39, and five years...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Man charged in sex trafficking case of teen found slain in Markham garage on Christmas Eve | Chicago Tribune Man charged in sex trafficking case of teen found slain in Markham garage on Christmas Eve
A Chicago man faces a federal sex trafficking charge in the case of a 16-year-old girl found slain in a Markham garage last Christmas Eve. Joseph Hazley, 33, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with one count of sex trafficking of a minor, FBI spokesman Garrett Croon said. According...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Body found in burning vehicle at Morton Arboretum, DuPage sheriff says | Chicago Tribune Body found in burning vehicle at Morton Arboretum, DuPage sheriff says
A dead body was found Wednesday afternoon inside a vehicle in a parking lot at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, according to the DuPage County sheriff's police.Police said they were dispatched early Wednesday afternoon for a report of a vehicle on fire in a remote parking lot, and they discovered...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Man attacked with chainsaw was dating suspect's estranged wife: prosecutor | Chicago Tribune Man attacked with chainsaw was dating suspect's estranged wife: prosecutor
A man accused in a near-fatal chainsaw attack targeted the victim because he was dating the man's estranged wife, prosecutors said Wednesday.Jose A. Jaimes-Jimenez, 27, waited outside his wife's workplace in Arlington Heights on Monday, became enraged when he saw her leaving with her boyfriend...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Ex-State Rep. Keith Farnham dies in prison while serving time for child porn trafficking | Chicago Tribune Ex-State Rep. Keith Farnham dies in prison while serving time for child porn trafficking
Former State Rep. Keith Farnham, 69, who was serving an eight-year prison term for trafficking in child pornography over the Internet, died June 18 at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons officials. In May 2015, the Elgin Democrat surrendered...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Man dead, teen girl seriously wounded in South Side attacks | Chicago Tribune Man dead, teen girl seriously wounded in South Side attacks
A 29-year-old man was shot dead, and a 17-year-old girl was seriously wounded Wednesday afternoon in shootings on the South Side, Chicago police said. The fatal shooting happened about 2:15 p.m in the 7000 block of South Parnell Avenue, police said. A 29-year-old man suffered wounds to his body,...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Protester who snapped fingers in Van Dyke-Laquan McDonald case has contempt hearing | Chicago Tribune Protester who snapped fingers in Van Dyke-Laquan McDonald case has contempt hearing
A Chicago man on Wednesday faced the Cook County judge who held him in contempt of court for snapping his fingers during a hearing for Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald. Moises Bernal, 51, was found in direct criminal contempt last month after...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Court filing: City agrees to pay $9.5 million to man  tased by officer | Chicago Tribune Court filing: City agrees to pay $9.5 million to man tased by officer
The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a man who was severely injured when a police officer jolted him with a Taser and he fell and hit his head on the pavement, court records show. Few lawsuits against Chicago police over the last decade have cost...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Watchdog: No proof of cheating on Chicago police lieutenants exam | Chicago Tribune Watchdog: No proof of cheating on Chicago police lieutenants exam
Chicago's top watchdog has found no evidence that several well-connected police command officers — including Superintendent Eddie Johnson's fiancee — cheated on a promotion exam, but he also recommended that the department tighten its testing procedures. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said in...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Measure aimed at cracking down on prostitution at massage parlors advances | Chicago Tribune Measure aimed at cracking down on prostitution at massage parlors advances
Massage parlors operating illicitly would face bigger fines, and women arrested at such establishments could claim they were victims of human trafficking as a defense under a plan aldermen advanced Wednesday to try to crack down on prostitution. Studies have shown there are around 24,500 women...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Cook County Clerk David Orr won't seek 8th term | Chicago Tribune Cook County Clerk David Orr won't seek 8th term
Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election next year to the office he's held for nearly three decades. Orr, 72, will retire after seven terms and a 40-year political career that included a dozen years as 49th Ward alderman, a brief stint as interim Chicago mayor...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Former pro-wrestler with ties to Kellyanne Conway seeks Illinois governor nod | Chicago Tribune Former pro-wrestler with ties to Kellyanne Conway seeks Illinois governor nod
Is there room for another heel in the Illinois governor's race?Former pro wrestler Jon "The Illustrious One" Stewart says yes — and he's looking to put his rivals for the Libertarian Party nomination in a half nelson, then body-slam Bruce Rauner and whoever the Democrats select in the general election....
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Teen girl accused of killing Uber driver asked to provide phone password, DNA | Chicago Tribune Teen girl accused of killing Uber driver asked to provide phone password, DNA
The teenage girl accused in the fatal machete attack on an Uber driver made a brief appearance in court Wednesday, but the hearing provided no further insight into what might have motivated the alleged murder. Authorities say Eliza Wasni, 16, stole a machete and a knife from a Walmart store in...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017
Car dealership duped elderly woman into buying car she didn't want: lawsuit | Chicago Tribune Car dealership duped elderly woman into buying car she didn't want: lawsuit
June Shivers took her 2005 Lincoln LS, which was fully paid for, to a Blue Island car dealership in September to get it serviced. When the 85-year-old Chicagoan left the lot, she was driving a used 2014 Ford Fusion and was on the hook for monthly payments of $398 over six years. How that trade-in...
Chicago Tribune | June 21, 2017