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Jussie Smollett Delivers His First Statement After The Felony Charges Against Him Were Dropped

The case of Jussie Smollett took another bizarre turn on Tuesday when the Cook County prosecutor in Chicago cleared the Empire actor of all charges. Earlier this month, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to authorities and filing a false police


Illinois Residents May Soon Pay a Tax When It Rains

If you think Illinois had a tax for everything, you're wrong! A new tax is being proposed that will cost you money every time it rains. It's being called the 'rain tax.'. A new tax on rainwater is being proposed in Springfield, according to Illinois State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee). He is


Townhomes & Condos For Sale in Darien, Illinois - March 2019

Townhomes & Condos For Sale in Darien, Illinois - March 2019. There are currently 46 townhomes & condos for sale in Darien with an average list price of $252,867. Darien Subdivisions with Townhomes & Condos for Sale:


Son of 'Chicago Fire' actor, retired chief dies after beating, officials say

The son of a retired Chicago fire chief and “Chicago Fire” actor has died after allegedly being severely beaten by three acquaintances in one of their homes over the weekend, officials said.


Clarendon Hills residents start petition drive to stop special tax district for summer construction

For the first time since Clarendon Hills began using special service areas in 2009 to help fund its annual road improvement program, some residents are planning to submit petitions that would prevent the collection of additional property taxes from two areas where work is scheduled this summer.


Kids Can See Cop Cars, Learn About Safety At Downers Grove Event

DOWNERS GROVE, IL -- Kids will have a chance to see fire trucks, police cars, and other village vehicles up close at the upcoming Passport to Safety and Wheely Big Trucks event in Downers Grove. The free, family-oriented event will be held at Lincoln Center on April 6.


3 dead in 4 days — Joliet police investigate string of violent deaths

Joliet has been the scene of a deadly house fire, a fatal stabbing at a casino hotel and a fatal shooting over the past several days. Since Friday, an elderly woman died in a house fire allegedly caused by her grandson, an elderly man staying at a hotel at Harrah’s casino was stabbed to death in an


Florida man sentenced for traveling to southern Illinois to have sex with underage girl

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – A 31-year-old Florida man was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for attempting to engage in sexual activity with a local underage girl he met on the internet.


8-year-old boy killed in Aurora hit-and-run

AURORA, Ill. — An Aurora family is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run Monday night while he was walking home from the park with his sister and grandfather.


Grandson Confesses In Court To Setting Deadly Fire In Joliet

JOLIET, IL - On his fifth day of incarceration at the Will County Jail, 32-year-old William Vera appeared for a bail hearing and Vera informed Will County Courtroom 305 that he was admitting to setting the fire that killed his 87-year-old grandmother Teresa Collado at her two-story house, 1906 Glaci


Shooting At Berwyn Airbnb Leaves 27-Year-Old Man Dead; Police Search For Killer

CHICAGO (CBS)–A man was fatally shot at a house party at an Airbnb property in Berwyn on Sunday, and the killer is still on the loose, police said. The victim, 27-year-old Michael Rivers of Chicago, was shot multiple times at an Airbnb on the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road on March 24 around 2:30 a.m.


Did Top Prosecutor Break Law Cutting Deal With Jussie Smollett?

CHICAGO, IL — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx came under fire Tuesday after prosecutors in her office deferred prosecution of Jussie Smollett on felony charges related to allegations the "Empire" actor reported a hate crime he orchestrated against himself.


Man charged in fatal crash in Elgin was driving 75 mph, court records say

A Glendale Heights man charged in a fatal crash on Summit Street and Dundee Avenue in Elgin this month was driving more than 40 miles over the speed limit, court records show. Criminal complaints filed in Kane County Circuit Court said Adrian Velasco, 21, drove his vehicle at an estimated speed of 7


Judge Steven Watkins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Judge Steven Watkins is a Cook County judge who oversaw the Jussie Smollett case. Smollett, who was accused of making false reports to Chicago police after reportedly staging a hoax hate crime, had all charges against him dropped Tuesday.


Breaking: Joliet police investigate fatal shooting on city's east side

Joliet police sought the public's assistance in an active shooting investigation Tuesday. An individual was reportedly shot and killed on the city's east side Monday morning. Police responded just before noon Monday to the area of Cutter Avenue and Ada Street for a report of shots fired, according t


Kamala Harris says she's 'completely confused' on the Smollett case

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) said Tuesday evening that she is "completely confused" and "at a loss" after prosecutors dropped charges earlier in the day against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.


Burglars Caught Red-Handed In Burbank: Cops

BURBANK, IL -- Two Chicago men under police surveillance were arrested when they were caught burglarizing a home in Burbank, prosecutors said. Hislen Moncada, 20, and Ivan Reyes, 19, appeared before Judge John Mahoney on a felony charge of residential burglary.


Woman's body found in Waukegan motel; authorities rule death a homicide

Employees of a Waukegan hotel discovered the body of a woman over the weekend as they were cleaning rooms, and authorities are investigating her death as a homicide after the coroner’s autopsy Monday found she had been strangled.


Joliet will replace two local bridges in 2020

Joliet plans to replace two local bridges, including one that is 108 years old. The city will begin engineering for replacement bridges at Essington Road over Rock Run Creek and Garnsey Avenue over Spring Creek.


Smollett case focus of latest mayoral debate

Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday demanded a “fulsome explanation” for why felony disorderly conduct charges for staging a hate crime were dropped against Jussie Smollett, arguing that the “stunningly-fast turnaround” raises “serious questions.”