Suburban Chicago police officer shot
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban Chicago police officer's colleagues pulled him to safety after he was shot while responding to a domestic dispute.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the Arlington Heights officer was shot in the neck last night.
Police Cmdr. Andrew Whowell told reporters the 20-year department veteran was in critical condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
Whowell said the gunman barricaded himself in the home on the north side of Arlington Heights. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Whowell said officers shot the man after forcing their way into the home.
The woman who'd been taken hostage was not injured.
Whowell says the unidentified officer who was shot was the first inside the home and his fellow officers helped get him outside.
GUN IN SCHOOL
Charges filed after boy brings gun to school
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed charges against a man they say owned the loaded gun that a 7-year-old boy brought to a suburban Chicago school.
Rashaad Byrd of Romeoville is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and child endangerment.
Authorities say the 27-year-old was staying with the boy's family. They say the second grader found the gun and brought it to his Elgin school yesterday.
Elgin Area School District U-46 officials say another student saw the handgun in the boy's backpack and reported it to a teacher.
Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda says no charges will be filed against the boy. Swoboda wouldn't discuss the boy's motive for bringing the gun to school.
It was unclear if Byrd has an attorney.
Man charged in 1988 sex assault, murder in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1988 sex assault and killing of an 81-year-old woman.
Chicago police said yesterday 48-year-old Prentice Phillips of Evanston was linked to the case through DNA evidence. They say the evidence was collected at the time of the crime and processed this year through a cold case grant.
In a press release, police say the victim was in her apartment on Chicago's North Side when someone forced his way in and assaulted her. She later died from injuries sustained in the attack.
Police say Phillips already was being held in Cook County Jail on unrelated charges. He was questioned and charges were filed yesterday.
Phillips is scheduled to appear in court today.
New St. Louis river bridge to open in February
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Interstate 70 motorists and truckers crossing the Mississippi River in St. Louis soon will have a different option.
Missouri and Illinois officials say the new four-lane, cable-stayed bridge will open to traffic Feb. 9. The day before, there is a ribbon-cutting and other events scheduled, including letting pedestrians walk out onto the span.
The roughly $700 million project began in 2010, and crews finished connecting the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the river in July.
The span will relieve traffic on the 50-year-old Poplar Street Bridge, one of just two in the nation that accommodate three freeways.
Illinois prisoner dies after 5-story fall
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Corrections says an inmate serving a 70-year sentence on a murder conviction plunged five stories to his death after a visit at the maximum-security lockup by his girlfriend.
Corrections officials say inmate Angel Garcia was pronounced dead at a hospital three hours after the fall inside Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet.
The 33-year-old was convicted of murder in Cook County and officials say he wasn't eligible for parole until 2079, when he would have been 99.
A statement from the corrections department says Garcia had not been on suicide watch and he wasn't a mental health patient.
Officials say Garcia was returning to the cell house after a visit from his girlfriend when he suddenly ran to a fifth-floor spot and jumped.
Chicago mother charged after death of 7-month-old
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the mother of a 7-month-old baby who was found dead in a Chicago apartment.
Twenty-five-year-old Erica Hampton was charged yesterday with one felony and two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services also is investigating.
Authorities say a neighbor found the baby girl unresponsive Wednesday after her 6-year-old sister went next door to ask for food. They say a 2-year-old girl also was in the apartment. No adults were home.
The baby was wrapped in a blanket and snowsuit and lying in a car seat.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says an autopsy yesterday was inconclusive.
Hampton is expected to appear in bond court today. It's unclear if she has an attorney.
Judge says group can sue bankrupt coal plant owner
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge says a Chicago environmental group can proceed with a lawsuit against a bankrupt coal plant operator over alleged groundwater pollution.
The Environmental Law & Policy Center says that U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jacqueline Cox lifted a stay on the lawsuit against Midwest Generation late Wednesday. That means the suit can continue before the bankruptcy proceedings are over.
An automatic stay was imposed when Midwest Generation declared bankruptcy late last year.
The judge ruled the case has a reasonable likelihood of prevailing on the merits.
The ELPC says the Illinois Pollution Control Board should determine that Midwest Generation is responsible for cleaning up any groundwater contamination caused by coal ash ponds at plants in Joliet, Pekin and Romeoville.
Midwest Generation did not immediately comment on the ruling.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-TV ADS
APNewsBreak: Illinois TV ads push health insurance
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is launching a long-delayed TV advertising blitz today telling people to "enroll now" for insurance coverage under the nation's health care law.
The $1 million television ad buy in eight major markets across the state comes just 10 days before a Dec. 23 sign-up deadline for people who want their coverage to start Jan. 1.
One 30-second ad shows people at work in factories, on farms and in kitchens. The voiceover says: "Now we can all be covered." The ads, which direct people to the Get Covered Illinois website, are funded by a federal grant.
The TV ads had been postponed because of problems with a federal website. State officials waited until now to make sure the HealthCare.gov site was working, so consumers wouldn't be frustrated with error messages.
Southwestern Ill. man convicted of molesting girl
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 66-year-old southwestern Illinois man has been convicted of molesting a preschool-aged girl.
Madison County jurors deliberated 45 minutes yesterday before finding Harvey Simington guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The South Roxana man told investigators in a taped interview played for jurors Wednesday that the victim, then 4, initiated the incident.
Assistant State's Attorney Amy Gabriel called that explanation preposterous.
Authorities say the abuse took place in early 2011 and surfaced about a year later.
The girl, now 6, is in foster care.
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