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Mar 27, 2019
The Chicago Police Department has released its police reports in the Jussie Smollett case in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from WGN. CPD provided WGN with two reports. Both reports have redactions. Smollett had been charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct after Chicago police say he staged...
Mar 26, 2019
The audit of the state’s handling of Legionnaire’s cases at the Civil War-era home found that Shah dismissed the need for having the CDC visit the facility on the eighth day of the outbreak that began Aug. 21, 2015. In an email at the time, Shah said he didn’t “think...
Mar 22, 2019
Two-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons was found dead earlier this week in his Washington Park home — his mother Brittany Hyc and her boyfriend Dejon Waters have been arrested in connection to the boy’s death. Court papers say Waters beat the child until he foamed at the month and died. Ja’hir had...
Mar 20, 2019
Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar...
Mar 18, 2019
A Cook County judge has allowed cameras in a Cook County courtroom for hearings in the sex abuse charges facing R. Kelly, a sharp contrast to the secrecy in the R&B superstar’s court fight over child support. In making the ruling Friday, Judge Lawrence Flood, who is presiding over Kelly’s...
Mar 12, 2019
The Justice Department on Tuesday charged more than 30 people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their kids into big-name colleges and universities. The alleged crimes, according to officials, involved cheating on entrance exams, as well as...
Mar 7, 2019
Sen. Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer and later, when she tried to talk about it to military officials, she “felt like the system was raping me all over again.” The Arizona Republican, a...
Mar 6, 2019
A bill that would keep immigration status private during most civil lawsuits has cleared a Senate Judiciary Committee vote. Senate Bill 1429 would adjust the Code of Civil Procedure to say immigration status may only be admissible evidence if it is absolutely essential to the case or the individual party...
Mar 5, 2019
New legislation would create a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits, letting victims see where their kits are languishing. There is an estimated 250,000 sexual assault evidence kits sitting on law enforcement shelves nationwide, said Ilse Knecht, policy and advocacy director at the Joyful Heart Foundation, a sexual...
Mar 4, 2019
A 2-year-old girl was killed and several others injured when a vehicle, trying to get away from police, hit another car before striking a tree. Officers were attempting to pull over a black Chrysler at 107th and Michigan late Sunday night, when the driver took...