Job pulled for wife of Chicago officer charged with murder

Posted on March 27, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer's wife says she was told not to attend training to become a Cook County sheriff's deputy because her husband is charged with murder. Tiffany Van Dyke's husband, Jason Van Dyke, faces the counts in teenager Laquan McDonald's shooting death. She tells the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2mHqhHz ) she was to begin training last week to be a county jail correctional officer. She said she'd already quit ...

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Michigan police: Office, home of state Sen. Johnson searched

Posted on March 27, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State Police say the office and home of state Sen. Bert Johnson are being searched as part of a joint investigation involving the FBI. State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner says in an email search warrants were served Monday morning at Johnson's Lansing office and his Highland Park home. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Monday from Johnson. The Democrat represents the state's Second District, ...

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Southern Illinois prison gives inmates clothes upon release

Posted on March 27, 2017

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois prison has started a program to provide inmates who are being released with new clothes. The idea is to help inmates blend in once they're released, instead of being easily identifiable in prison-issued clothing. Darius Saddler will be released from Vienna Correctional Center April 7 after a five-year prison sentence related to drugs. He tells The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/2nvV5KP ) ...

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Grandparents ask to be guardians of 7 Illinois siblings

Posted on March 27, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Seven southern Illinois siblings' paternal grandparents are asking to be their guardian after the children's parents were found dead in a tragic chain of events. The children's father, 37-year-old Justin Campbell, was found shot in the head inside a burned home. His ex-wife, 32-year-old Cristy Campbell, was later found dead in in a lake where their 3-month-old Julian Campbell was floating inside an SUV. Emergency ...

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Campaign donation limits lifted in Illinois governor’s race

Posted on March 27, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - The limits are lifted on spending in next year's Illinois governor's race after Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy put more than $250,000 into his campaign fund. The move signals another big spending campaign among incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats challenging him. Illinois law says standard limits on campaign donations are lifted when a candidate in a statewide race gives themselves more than $250,000. ...

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Chicago man arrested with child, gun, marijuana in stroller

Posted on March 27, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after police say they found a handgun hidden in a baby stroller alongside a 1-year-old boy. Chicago police say 32-year-old Anthony Kennedy fled Friday afternoon as officers approached him in a West Side neighborhood, but that he was soon captured. Police said in a statement that officers also found marijuana in the stroller. Kennedy is also charged with unlawful possession of ...

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Some Amtrak service to be curtailed during track upgrades

Posted on March 27, 2017

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Some Amtrak trains operating between Chicago and St. Louis will stop running while upgrades designed to enable trains to reach 110 mph get done. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/2nEdkxv ) that the affected Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service trains will halt starting April 3. Buses will replace them. The Illinois Department of Transportation says some trains will run with altered schedules and others will ...

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Bears’ Hall, Packers’ Dorleant arrested in Iowa

Posted on March 27, 2017

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in central Iowa say Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall and Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant were arrested outside a bar in Cedar Falls. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts. Dorleant was cited for interference. Police say officers responded to a report of a fight outside the bar Sharkey's Funhouse on Saturday night. According to a ...

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Chicago police union: Head to meet Trump officials

Posted on March 26, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's police union says its head will meet members of President Donald Trump's administration and that deadly violence in the nation's third largest city is expected to be on the agenda. A Fraternal Order of Police statement doesn't say if Trump could participate in the Washington meeting. But it notes the Republican president, in the union's words, has referenced "bloodshed and shootings" that seem to have Chicago in a ...

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Chicago History Museum to mark 100 years of iconic city flag

Posted on March 26, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago History Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city's iconic flag. The City Council accepted the design - made up of blue and white stripes and red stars - in April 1917. Since then it's become a symbol of Chicago. Museum officials say the design also has "inspired more tattoos than we can count." A celebration is scheduled at the museum on April 4. Admission is free for Illinois residents. Visitors will ...

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