2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office
CHICAGO (AP) - Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning. Documents obtained through open records requests show the resignations will take effect May 3 in the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Both deputies say their departures are unrelated to the Smollett case. Chief Ethics Officer April Perry wrote the memo announcing Foxx had recused herself from the case. Foxx has since said she didn't legally recuse herself but instead stepped back from the case. A Foxx spokeswoman said Perry is taking a job at a technology company. The director of Foxx's Conviction Integrity Unit, Mark Rotert, is retiring. The division reviews alleged wrongful convictions. Smollett was charged with lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in January. Charges were dropped last month against the "Empire" actor. ___ Check out the AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.
90% of U.S. school boards are picked by voters, but not in Chicago. Here's why that could change.
Politicians have appointed city school board members through nearly 150 years of power plays, state takeovers and crises. Letting voters pick the board would bring Chicago in line with most of the nation and satisfy communities frustrated by recurring budget cuts and school closings.
Preservationists connect 2 creeks separated for 100 years
PALOS HILLS, Ill. (AP) - Nature preservationists are cheering action to connect two waterways separated a century ago. Friends of the Chicago River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have linked Mill Creek in Chicago's southwest suburbs to the Cal-Sag Channel. It means the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) Mill Creek could soon be teeming with new species of fish and mussels. It currently has only five species of fish. The nearly $250,000 project funded by the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund was completed this week. Tons of limestone and concrete shelves which separated the two waterways were removed. Engineers creating the 16-mile Cal-Sag Channel in 1922 built it below Mill Creek and blocked passed for aquatic life. The channel connects the Little Calumet River to the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. It's part of the Chicago River system.
Suburban Chicago man gets 19 years for drug conspiracy
CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony drug conspiracy charges. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says in a news release Thursday that 31-year-old Gabriel Aguilar Velez of Aurora was one of three men arrested as a result of the same investigation that led authorities to seize a total of more than 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of heroin and cocaine. They were arrested after federal authorities in 2017 pulled over a truck in Kane County driven by one of the other men and found the cocaine and heroin hidden in the tire. The other men- Juan Carlos Rivera-Arroyo and Israel Tavison - were convicted and are serving prison sentences of at least 19 years.
Two top deputies resign from embattled prosecutor Kim Foxx’s office, including ethics director
Two top deputies under public prosecutor Kim Foxx are resigning, one to work at a tech firm and the other is retiring. Both have submitted resignation letters and will be leaving next month.
Concealed carry holder, felon killed in Chicago shootout
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say a 64-year-old man with a concealed carry license and a man recently released from prison fatally shot each other in what is believed to be an attempted robbery. Police spokeswoman Officer Michelle Tannehill says Mark Miller was outside a property he owns on the city's South Side when the 33-year-old former inmate pulled a handgun and attempted to rob him on Thursday morning. Miller then pulled out his own handgun. Tannehill says the gunman shot Miller in the abdomen, and Miller returned fire. She says both men were found dead at the scene, along with two firearms. Authorities have not yet identified the gunman. Autopsies for both men are scheduled for Friday. ___ Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com
Jerrell Dorsey, alleged gang member, found guilty in fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton
Alleged gang member Jerrell Dorsey has been found guilty of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton while she sold candy with her mother near their Chicago home.
Former 'jinx ship' breezes through Chicago without a hitch
In the ’60s and ’70s, the Tribune again and again reported that bridges became stuck and drivers’ commutes delayed as the vessel then known as the Medusa Challenger approached. The maritime queen of the Gorgons was informally known as the “jinx ship.”
Chicago area drops population for fourth straight year, census data show; Cook, DuPage and Lake counties also decline
New census data show the greater Chicago area has lost population for the fourth consecutive year, continuing a statewide trend of decline that could threaten future federal funding, economic prosperity and political representation for those left behind.
Elburn family sues school district, bus company for alleged mistreatment of autistic child
An Elburn family is suing their school district and a bus company after they say their autistic child was threatened with physical harm by his aides while riding to and from school. And they say you can hear it it all on tape.
Family of Chicago-area woman who died hopes officials will lift secrecy on Candida auris fungus
The family of a Chicago-area woman hopes her death will prompt the state of Illinois to disclose the names of health facilities where patients have been infected with the Candida auris fungus, which has proven resistant to traditional anti-fungal medicines.
Waukegan police lieutenant gets double demotion after overtime investigation: 'I was wrong ... but I did do the work'
The investigation, which included placing a GPS monitor on Lt. Cory Kelly’s squad car, also found Kelly was at least a half an hour late to work 32 days over a 58-day period, and on some days went home for “significant” amounts of time, according to department records.
Anderson spikes bat, gets drilled; Royals top Chisox in 10
Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' 4-3 victory in 10 innings.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says independent review of Jussie Smollett case will bring clarity: 'There are more questions than there are answers.'
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated Wednesday that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx should not step down over her handling of the Jussie Smollett investigation,