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Charges dropped against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett as part of deal

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett at a surprise court hearing. The actor, who was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly hiring two men to attack him in a staged hate-crime attack near his Streeterville home in January, has reached a de


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


Schiller Park mom Mediha Medy Salkicevic admits role in terror plot

After spending four years in a federal lock-up fighting terrorism charges, a mother of four children from west suburban Schiller Park has pleaded guilty. Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 38, now admits she was part of a small group of Bosnian immigrants in Illinois, New York and Missouri who bought tactical


WSSRA Recognizes Mark DeSalvo for his 25 Years of Service on the WSSRA Board

FRANKLIN PARK, IL – The West Suburban Special Recreation Association Board of Directors recognized Mark DeSalvo, Executive Director of the Norridge Park District, for his dedication, contributions and support of WSSRA at the March Board Meeting.


Illinois woman admits providing support to terrorists

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois woman has pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists by helping to fund a St. Louis County man who fought and died in Syria. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Mediha Medy Salkicevic of Schiller Park, Illinois, admitted in federal court


Florida man sentenced to 20 years in prison after traveling to Illinois to have sex with a 13-year-old

ST. LOUIS – A man from Hollywood, Florida has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for traveling across state lines to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in Illinois. Emmanuel D. Abdon, 31, traveled from Florida to Troy, Illinois in January 2018 to have sex with a girl he met on Snapchat. He falsely t


Wisconsin man stabbed to death in Harrah’s Casino hotel in Joliet; suspect sought

Joliet police are investigating the death of a Wisconsin man who was stabbed Sunday at Harrah’s Casino hotel. Joliet police responded to a call of a fight about 10 p.m. at the hotel, 151 N. Joliet St., and found the victim, Emanuel M. Burgrino, in a hallway. The 75-year-old man, from Hales Corners,


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


Man killed in Logan Square was involved in test of Illinois concealed carry law in 2015

CHICAGO — A man found dead over the weekend inside a vehicle in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood was involved in an early test of Illinois’ concealed carry law. The Chicago Tribune reports autopsy performed Monday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined 25-year-old Everardo Custo


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.


Airport’s Night Noise Isn’t Just In O’Hare’s Skies

Not all noise near O’Hare Airport comes from aerial maneuvers, and current talks at the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission and its Fly Quiet committee are including some of the overnight sounds which can also interrupt sleep patterns.


Illinois Police adding 2,000 manpower hours for extra enforcement of 'Move Over Law'

SPRINGFRIELD, Ill. (KMOX/AP) - Fourteen Illinois State Police officers have been struck in roadside crashes this year. That's an average of more than one a week and nearly double the total for all of last year.


Illinois State Police To Pass Out Tickets Like Tic Tacs

If you drive on any Illinois road patrolled by the Illinois State police, consider yourself warned. State police have announced they will be passing out tickets "like Tic Tacs."


Chicago Man Arrested in Joliet Homicide

Officials with the Joliet Police Department say they have made an arrest in connection with an alleged homicide at a casino hotel on Sunday night. Police say 25 year-old Robert Watson of Chicago is facing a Murder charge. He was transported to the Will County Jail after police found him at the Jolie


Lawyer to seek new trial for woman convicted of killing ex-Chicago Bear's girlfriend, unborn child

Marni Yang was convicted in 2011 of killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, but her lawyer intends to file a petition for a retrial. Defense attorney Jed Stone said he plans to file the post-conviction petition sometime in June because of new evidence.


Boy killed by hit-and-run driver in Aurora

An 8-year-old boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Aurora, and a police squad car blocking traffic at the scene was hit in a DUI-related crash. Aurora police say the boy was crossing Lake Street (Route 31), near Plum Street, around 7:42 p.m. Monday with his sister and his grandfather. A southbo


Prosecutors abandon criminal case against Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — In an astonishing reversal, prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, abandoning the case barely five weeks after the "Empire" actor was accused of lying to police about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.


Emanuel: `Whitewash of justice" in Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling the dropping of charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett "a whitewash of justice." The comments Tuesday came after prosecutors dropped charges accusing Smollett of lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago.


WATCH: 17 Cops Raid 4yo Boy’s Birthday Party ‘by Mistake,’ Terrorize Family, Destroy Their Home

Chicago, IL — When Samari Boswell, 7, was celebrating her younger brother, TJ Broswell’s 4th birthday last month, she never expected to see 17 heavily armed cops come smashing through her door. However, thanks to a severe case of police incompetence, that is exactly what happened. And now, a family


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.