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3 hrs ago | Chicago Sun-Times

CeaseFire worker charged in diamond theft

A 47-year-old woman accused of stealing a diamond from a Rosemont jeweler is the latest employee of a prominent Chicago-based anti-violence program to get locked up in recent years. Stacie L. Winston, an employee of CeaseFire - an arm of Cure Violence - was charged last month with stealing a diamond worth more than $10,000 from Helzberg Diamonds on Dec. 2, according to court records.

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Related Topix: Rosemont, IL, University of Illinois Chicago

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Family of man killed by Wheeling police SUV files suit

The family of a man who was killed when he was fatally struck early Sunday by a Wheeling police SUV filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the officer behind the wheel acted recklessly. The suit, filed in Cook County by the family of Fredi Morales, alleges that as Morales was crossing McHenry Road around 5:45 a.m. Sunday, the Wheeling police officer was operating the vehicle at an unsafe speed for the area and was negligent for failing to activate the horn, siren and police lights before the vehicle hit Morales.

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Related Topix: Wheeling, IL

My FOX Chicago

Building owner, manager named in two more suits after deadly Roseland fire

The mother of four children who died in a Roseland apartment fire earlier this month and her boyfriend have filed separate lawsuits against the apartment building's owner and real estate management company. Shamaya Coleman and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Johnson, separately filed negligence lawsuits Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

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Related Topix: Oak Lawn, IL

Daily Herald

Arlington Hts. delays decision on puppy mill ban

Arlington Heights leaders are backing off discussions about village regulations for puppy sales to allow a federal lawsuit challenging Cook County's new puppy mill ban to works its way through the court system. Village officials had planned to consider "opt out" provisions that would exempt Happiness is Pets, 15 W. Golf Road, from the ordinance, which bars suburban Cook County pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits not obtained from a shelter, rescue or small-scale breeders.

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Related Topix: Arlington Heights, IL

Daily Herald

Chicago Bar Association releases judge recommendations

The Chicago Bar Association , the state's second-largest organization of lawyers with about 21,000 members, released its recommendations for judicial candidates running in the Nov. 4 election. A committee of 200 lawyers evaluates candidates on their legal knowledge, integrity, experience, judicial temperament, punctuality and other qualities.

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Related Topix: Des Plaines, IL, Northfield, IL

Daily Herald

Des Plaines approves deal for new water source

Des Plaines officials are hoping at least three of four village boards in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine and Wheeling sign off on a 20-year agreement that will allow the city to connect to a new, cheaper water source. Those four towns are members of the Northwest Water Commission and ultimately get to determine whether to sell their Lake Michigan water to Des Plaines.

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Related Topix: Des Plaines, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL, Palatine, IL, Wheeling, IL, Chicago, IL

The Southtown Star

Wife of CPD officer killed in crash suing Calumet Park over chase

The family of a Chicago Police officer killed in March when his vehicle was struck by a van being pursued by Calumet Park police has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the village. David L. Harris, a 10-year Chicago Police veteran, had just ended his shift and was on his way home the night of March 14 when the van struck his car in the 8700 block of South Lafayette Avenue just off the Dan Ryan Expressway.

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Related Topix: Calumet Park, IL

My FOX Chicago

New subpoena issued for Ill. anti-violence program

Federal authorities in Chicago issued a new subpoena seeking records involving Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program, state officials confirmed Tuesday. The 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the subject of a scathing state inspector general's report for mismanagement and misspending, already has been under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Springfield, the Cook County state's attorney and a legislative commission.

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors

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Wilmette Police Blotter: Skokie woman charged with theft from Carson Pirie Scott

The following arrests were listed among the official reports of the Wilmette and Kenilworth Police Departments. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

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Related Topix: Wilmette, IL, Skokie, IL, Retail, Carson Pirie Scott

The Southtown Star

Suit: Nurse had 'unsolicited' sex with man waiting ...

While a man was lying in his bed at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, medicated and waiting for a heart transplant, a nurse entered his room and "initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse," according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The patient and his wife filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that Advocate Christ Medical Center was negligent in employing the nurse, who "had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients," the lawsuit stated.

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Related Topix: Oak Lawn, IL, Kidney Cancer, Health

WAND-TV Decatur

Chicago man charged in sex assault, officer injury

A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and injuring a university police officer who tried to help her has been ordered held on $800,000 bond. A Cook County judge charged Diego Rodriguez, 20, on Monday with felony counts including aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated domestic battery or strangulation.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, University of Illinois Chicago

Red Eye Chicago

Gang-related violence in Uptown

A fatal shooting in Uptown on Monday is fueling concerns about gang violence in the North Side neighborhood. The shooting marks Uptown's third homicide of the year, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Related Topix: Chicago, IL

Mon Sep 15, 2014

My FOX Chicago

Man convicted of murdering 14-year-old Indian Head Park girl

John L. Wilson was found guilty on all counts Monday in the 2011 stabbing death of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin in her Indian Park Home, Pioneer Press is reporting. The verdict came just two hours after closing arguments wrapped up in the case, which included an outburst from Wilson.

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Related Topix: Indian Head Park, IL, Home Listing, Home, Suicide

NBC Chicago

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Those Cook County cities, which comprise School District 163, announced on Monday that Beacon Hill School, grades 4-8, now goes by the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math , while Forest Trail School, 4-8, has been named Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts .

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Related Topix: Park Forest, IL, Chicago Heights, IL, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Daily Herald

Shred your documents at senior center event

A Document Destruction Event will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road.

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Related Topix: Arlington Heights, IL

Chicago Tribune

Durbin has cushy lead over Oberweis, poll finds

While Democrats are at risk of losing control of the U.S. Senate this year, Illinois' Sen. Dick Durbin holds a comfortable lead over Republican rival Jim Oberweis, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll. The survey of registered voters found that 55 percent said they will support Durbin in his bid for a fourth term and 32 percent planned to vote for Oberweis.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, US Senate, Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois

KWQC-TV Davenport

Wheeling police car hits, kills pedestrian

An on-duty officer in a squad car has struck and killed a 20-year-old pedestrian in a northwestern Chicago suburb, Wheeling police said. The officer hit the man with his SUV early Sunday, police said.

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Related Topix: Des Plaines, IL

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Cops: Man dies after shooting at River Oaks mall

An 18-year-old South Holland man was pronounced dead Saturday after being shot following an earlier altercation in a Calumet City shopping mall parking lot, police said today. Ike King, of the 1000 block of West 159th Place, was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m. Saturday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Related Topix: South Holland, IL

Sat Sep 13, 2014

My FOX Chicago

1 dead, 7 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

A 17-year-old boy was killed and at least seven other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday night. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Related Topix: Chicago, IL

Daily Herald

No arrest made in Hanover Park murder, police say Updated Sep 13,...

Hanover Park police said Saturday no charges have been filed in a homicide investigation, denouncing a social media posting by authorities in southeast Missouri as misleading and inaccurate. "It's not true to say anyone has been arrested and charged," Deputy Chief Andy Johnson said, adding that the investigation of the murder of Schaumburg resident Lee Shaw on the 6600 block of Scott Lane Sept.

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Related Topix: Hanover Park, IL, Schaumburg, IL

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