Judge sets final ground rules for Rittenhouse trial evidence
The hearing was likely the last before Rittenhouse goes on trial Nov. 1 for the shootings during chaotic demonstrations in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.
North Carolina man identified as victim of John Wayne Gacy
Over 4 decades later, authorities are still working to unravel the horrors that John Wayne Gacy committed in the Chicago area.
Illinois Supreme Court tosses county tax on guns, ammunition
Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis wrote in a 6-0 decision that the taxes violate the constitution’s uniformity clause. She noted revenue from the tax isn't directed toward funds or programs to curb the costs of gun violence or reduce the violence.
Illinois NAACP chapter files lawsuit alleging racial bias in new Democrat drawn redistricting maps
Filed Friday, the lawsuit says race played a role in the redistricting of House District 114. The plaintiffs say the new map jeopardizes the prospects of a candidate preferred by Black voters, and is an effort to undermine and disenfranchise the Black electorate.
Judge firms up trial date for Jussie Smollett, won't dismiss case
The case was revived when a special prosecutor charged Smollett with disorderly conduct over the police reports. The actor has pleaded not guilty.
Illinois Democrats look to increase edge with new House maps
Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, making passage of their plan all but certain. And Pritzker, a Democrat, already has approved new legislative maps drawn by politicians despite a promise on the campaign trail not to do so.
Force expert: Rittenhouse decisions to shoot were reasonable
The expert, John Black, spent hours outlining the moments that led to Kyle Rittenhouse's decisions to shoot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, offering a preview of the defense team's strategy when Rittenhouse's trial begins next month.
7 passengers on derailed train sue Amtrak, BNSF Railway
The lawsuits allege negligence in failing to prevent the derailment and seek damages for injuries and psychological trauma suffered when the train went off the tracks. They also seek to challenge a mandatory arbitration agreement Amtrak put in effect in January 2019.