Chicago officer shot, being treated at hospital
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer helping execute a search warrant for narcotics has been struck in the face by a ricocheting bullet.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy tells the Chicago Sun-Times that someone from inside the South Side home fired a shot Sunday night that ricocheted off one surface and struck the officer between his eyes.
The 34-year-old officer was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital and later transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
McCarthy says the officer is "stable" but still has a fragment of the bullet lodged in his forehead.
Police are questioning six people who were inside the home when the shooting happened. McCarthy says officers recovered a handgun with one spent round at the scene.
He says Chicago police officers did not fire any shots.
FREEWAY WRECK-PEDESTRIAN KILLED
Ill. state police probe fatal I-88 hit-and-run
JOSLIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a motorist they say fled after hitting and killing a pedestrian on a northwestern Illinois freeway.
Authorities haven't yet released the name of the victim killed shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday on westbound Interstate 88 near Joslin in Rock Island County.
Investigators believe the vehicle involved may be a full-sized truck or a sport utility vehicle, and that it may be missing a driver's side mirror and have a damaged headlight on that side.
State police are asking anyone who may have been traveling in that area and witnessed anything to call them.
Southern Ill. man convicted of man's fight death
MARION, Ill. (AP) - Sentencing is scheduled for next month for a man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a southern Illinois fight last year that killed another man.
Jurors in Williamson County found 38-year-old Danny Dunn guilty on Friday in connection with the death of 22-year-old Trevor Martin. Both men were from Creal Springs.
Authorities say Dunn punched Martin last June, causing the victim to fall and hit his head on concrete. Martin died days later at a hospital.
Dunn's attorneys had insisted Martin's death was an accident, claiming Dunn believed he was stopping a fight between Martin and another man.
Dunn's sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 18.
RESTAURANT SLAYINGS-CIVIL SUIT
Man convicted of slaying 7 wins civil case
CHICAGO (AP) - Jurors in a federal civil case have awarded nearly $500,000 to a former handyman serving a life prison term for killing seven people at a suburban fast-food restaurant.
James Degorski had claimed a Cook County Jail guard beat him in 2002, shortly after his arrest for the 1993 murders at a Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant.
Degorski's attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said in a phone interview Sunday that it's not clear her 41-year-old client will ever see any of the $451,000. She says prison officials could try to seize it to pay for Degorski's imprisonment.
Bonjean says she understands some might be upset by the jury's decision. But she says it shows even convicted murders have rights.
Jurors returned with a verdict Friday afternoon after a three-day civil trial in Chicago.
RESTAURANT SLAYINGS-CIVIL SUIT-DEFENSE
Defense: Jury should have known murder details
CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney says jurors in a civil rights case who awarded nearly $500,000 to a man serving life in prison for killing seven people should have been told details of the Chicago-area slayings.
James Degorski had claimed in his lawsuit that a Cook County jail guard beat him in 2002 after his arrest in the 1993 murders at a Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant.
During a three-day trial that ended Friday, a U.S. judge in Chicago barred lawyers from mentioning details of the killings.
The restaurant's owners and five employees were shot and stabbed. Their bodies were stacked in a walk-in cooler and freezer.
John Winters Jr. represented the former guard. He says jurors didn't fully understand just "how vicious" Degorski was and that he was a "cold-blooded murderer."
Ill. medical marijuana law poses workplace dilemma
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Illinoisans hoping to make use of the state's fledgling medical marijuana law may risk their jobs if their employers opt to maintain or adopt zero-tolerance drug policies.
The Rockford Register Star reports that the law that took effect in January protects patients from arrest or prosecution for using marijuana. But they may not have recourses if their employers fire them for violating on-the-job prohibitions on use of the drug.
It's not immediately clear how many patients' jobs would be affected. But experts say it may be time for employers to revisit or tweak their drug policies to reflect the new law.
As a Chicago lawyer specializing in labor issues, Nesheba Kittling says employees should research their work drug policies.
OBIT-FORMER ILLINOIS JUDGE
Former Sangamon Co. prosecutor, judge dies
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Services are pending for a former central Illinois prosecutor and judge who died while vacationing in South Carolina.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Don Cadagin was 73 when he died Friday at a Myrtle Beach hospital after having recently had a stroke.
The Springfield native was appointed Sangamon County state's attorney in 1986 and was elected to the job in 1988 and 1992. He was elected as a circuit judge in 1994 and retired in 2005.
Cadagin got his bachelor's and law degrees from Chicago's Loyola University.
Arrangements are pending with Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home of Springfield.
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