Category Archives: Illinois

McHenry Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Providing Fatal Dose Of Xanax To Woman

Chicago (CBS) — A McHenry man was sentenced to four years in prison for delivering a fatal dose of Alprazolam to a woman last year, according to the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office.

(Credit: McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office)

Jacob Reis, 22, was convicted of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance for delivering the drug, commonly sold under the brand name Xanax, to Rachel Ramirez on May 14, 2018, which caused her death.

Berwyn Man Killed In Home Invasion

Chicago (CBS) — Berwyn police are looking for three suspects in a home invasion that left one man dead and another injured Thursday night.

Police responded to a call just before 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Clinton Avenue, and found a man who said three armed offenders had entered his home and separated him from his stepfather by putting him in the basement. The 19-year-old victim said he jumped out of a window and ran to the neighbors for help.

Officers found 57-year-old Juan Torres unconscious and bleeding, but no offenders inside the home. The man was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood and later died from his injuries. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Berwyn police are investigating and do not believe it was a random incident.

Anyone with information can contact Berwyn Police Detectives at 708-795-2160 or the Berwyn Police Department Crime Tip Hotline at 708-749-6564.

BREAKING: First Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Villa Park Man In Fatal Sound Bar Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS)–A Villa Park man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a security guard at River North nightclub Sound Bar on March 8

Thurmond Bailey, 28, was killed while working security at the club on the 600 block of North Franklin in the early morning hours when shots broke out. Another man, 58, was wounded, police said.

(Chicago Police)

Armond Williams, 37, was arrested March 20, and has since been charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder.

Williams was part of a group of people who were denied access to the club, police said.

A fist fight broke out before Williams pulled out a gun and started firing at Williams, according to police.

Williams was identified from surveillance images from outside the club.

He was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

Things To Do In Chicago: Field Museum Showcases World’s Best Wildlife Photography In New Exhibit Starting Today

CHICAGO (CBS)—You probably won’t ever get close enough to see a leopard’s whiskers if you’re in Chicago.

But the Field Museum is bringing up-close images of wildlife to the public with a new exhibit, “Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” showcasing life behind the lens of a wildlife photographer.

Arshdeep Singh / Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Field Museum) 

The exhibit opens today and will focus on the breathtaking photos that earned photographers the honor of “Wildlife Photographer of the Year.”

The images were taken by both professional and amateur photographers, who snapped awe-worthy photos of landscapes, animals and plants.

The exhibit will stay open until January of 2020.

Illinois Legislature To Hear Proposals To Legalize Sports betting

CHICAGO (CBS)–From brackets to betting the spread, it’s common for people to put money down on March Madness, despite it being illegal in Illinois.

A state representative wants to change that, however.

Two proposals would allow betting at casinos and racetracks and online. Operating licenses would cost $10 million and the Illinois Gaming Board would provide oversight.

A third option would allow betting at sports venues, and a fourth proposal would give the Illinois Lottery jurisdiction over betting.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is already counting on $200 million in revenue from sports gambling to help fund next year’s state budget.


Court Tosses $4 Million Copyright Award Against Zillow

(AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a $4 million copyright infringement ruling against the Seattle-based online real estate company Zillow.

Zillow faced a 2015 lawsuit from Rosemont, Illinois-based VHT, the nation’s largest professional real estate photography studio. VHT said Zillow’s use of its photos violated VHT’s copyright.

A federal jury awarded VHT more than $8 million, an amount a judge later cut in half.

Last Friday, however, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that award and sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Seattle for further proceedings related to a smaller group of photos.

In a statement, Zillow attorney Ian Crosby called it a major win. VHT did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Rockford Shooter Floyd Brown To Appear In Court Today

CHICAGO (CBS)—The man charged with killing a McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy is due back in court today.

Federal and state prosecutors have both charged 39-year old Floyd Brown with murder.

Jacob Keltner (Credit: Facebook)

Floyd Brown, 39, was identified as the gunman who shot a sheriff’s deputy serving an arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel on March 7, 2019. (Source: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Brown is accused of shooting through the door of his Rockford hotel room at a U.S. Marshals’ task force.

Officers were there on March 7 to serve him with an arrest warrant.

Brown jumped out of the window, and police say he then shot 35-year-old Deputy Jacob Keltner in the parking lot.

Brown was later arrested in downstate Lincoln.

Keltner, of Crystal Lake, was a married father of two children.




Illinois Village Approves Immigration Detention Center Plan

DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) — Trustees of a small village near Chicago are moving closer to allowing a private immigration detention center to be built in the area, despite pushback from activists and communities.

Dwight trustees last week voted to annex and rezone 88 acres (36 hectares) where Virginia-based Immigration Centers of America could build a detention center. The company must now secure a contract with the federal government by September 2020.

Village Board President Jared Anderson says the project could help stimulate the region’s economy by creating about 300 jobs. Dwight is about 80 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

Those against the plan are concerned that a for-profit prison will focus on increasing inmates to gain money. Opponents also raised concerns about ICE policies that separate children from their parents.

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Illinois Supreme Court Denies Bid To Resentence Van Dyke

CHICAGO (CBS) — A request to reconsider a nearly seven-year prison sentence being served by former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was denied Tuesday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul and prosecutor Joseph McMahon filed a Supreme Court petition in February asking for a new sentencing hearing for Van Dyke, who was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke on only the second-degree murder charge and not the aggravated battery charges, which would have carried a larger sentence.

The Supreme Court petition sought a resentencing hearing that could have resulted in a tougher prison sentence.

Van Dyke was beaten in a low-security federal prison in February, according to his wife and attorneys. He was recently relocated to a medium-security prison in New York state.

“We recognize and respect the Supreme Court’s authority,” Raoul stated.

Attorney Dan Herbert said he was happy but not surprised.

“Thankfully they looked at this and they did it in a way we think was appropriate,” Herbert said.

Van Dyke could be released from prison as early as three years from now.

Both candidates for mayor criticized the Supreme Court’s decision.

Lori Lightfoot called it a “sad reminder to create a system free of institutional racism.”

Toni Preckwinkle compared Van Dyke’s sentence to that of the man convicted of murdering teenager Hadiya Pendleton.

“There’s a lot of difference between 81 months and 84 years,” she said.