State

State

Man charged with fatally shooting attorney

NORTHFIELD (AP) — A 66-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged in the death of a prominent attorney who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Northfield police say John Gately III of Winnetka was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting late Monday of 72-year-old Stephen Shapiro in his Northfield home.

Family sues after police enter home, point guns at kids

CHICAGO (AP) — A new lawsuit alleges Chicago police pointed guns at a family and two children after bursting into the wrong apartment with a search warrant.

The Chicago Tribune reports the federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the children's father, Gilbert Mendez. It alleges false arrest and seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

Illinois to impose tougher penalty for texting while driving

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — People caught texting while driving will face stiffer penalties under a new Illinois law.

Starting July 1, 2019 drivers caught texting will be issued a moving violation that will go on their driving record. Anyone convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period may have their license suspended.

Debt forces hunt for Lincoln-item auctioneers

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The foundation holding a $10 million bill for thousands of artifacts associated with Abraham Lincoln has voted to find an auction house to sell part of the collection.

Illinois company to lay off 150 workers, move to Mexico

CHICAGO (AP) — A storage safe manufacturer is closing two Chicago-area factories and moving operations to Mexico to counteract the effects of metal tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump's administration.

The Chicago Tribune reports Stack-on Products will lay off about 150 people at its Wauconda and McHenry plants when they close Oct. 12.

Officer sues over placement on desk duty since 2009

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer placed on desk duty while being investigated for corruption has filed a federal lawsuit saying his constitutional rights have been violated.

Thomas Sherry was suspended without pay in 2006 after being accused of robbing drug dealers and law-abiding citizens of cash and property.

2 charged with stealing opioids, selling pills for profit

CHICAGO (AP) — Two women have been indicted on charges they stole opioids from the Chicago pharmacy where they worked then sold the drugs for a profit.

The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Monday that 33-year-old Elizabeth Cruz of Stone Park and 27-year-old Jacqueline Green of Chicago are charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Chicago police report drop in weekend violence

CHICAGO (AP) — Six hundred more police officers patrolled five violent Chicago police districts over the weekend following an alarming number of shootings a week earlier.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Monday that extra patrol officers will continue to be deployed "until we're comfortable things are stabilized."

Opening statements today in trial of 2 over shooting death

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of two men accused in the 2013 shooting death of 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities.

Priest, other passengers celebrate jet crash survival

DES PLAINES (AP) — An Illinois priest and several fellow passengers celebrated their survival of a jet crash in Mexico during a Mass in suburban Chicago.

The Rev. Esequiel Sanchez returned to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines with Sunday's Mass, 12 days after the Aeromexico jet crashed during takeoff in Durango in northern Mexico.