Remorseless Killer Gets 20 Years for Murder of Naperville Roommate

After making an in-court statement that lasted more than 90 minutes, a man who strangled his new roommate in Naperville in 2014 was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison. In his address, Grant Muren, 24, criticized the DuPage County state’s attorneys who prosecuted him, called the man he killed, Charles Clark, a “vicious psychopath”…

How 25 Million in Chicago Tax Dollars Fueled the Rise of Gang Kingpin

Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 10-year prison sentence for Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, who became a multimillionaire in a wrongful conviction lawsuit against the city and went on to become a ruthless Chicago gang leader. Jimenez has pleaded guilty to possessing a gun illegally in 2015. He and a sidekick, Jose Roman, were riding in…

New Attorney General, Focusing on Violence Rather than CPD Reforms

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent the clearest signal yet that the Trump administration may not keep pressing reforms to policing in Chicago, sowing uncertainty as to how much change will come to a Police Department the previous administration branded as systemically abusive. In his first major speech since being appointed by President Donald Trump,…

Boy, 15, Shot in Round Lake Beach

ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. A 15-year-old boy was shot Monday night in northwest suburban Round Lake Beach. Paramedics responded about 9:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Meadow Green Lane, according to Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Lt. Dennis Ostrander. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the lower leg and was taken to…

Wanted Chicago Gang Member Captured in Detroit

A gang member wanted for armed robbery and vehicular hijacking in the north suburbs was captured Friday in Detroit. Timothy R. Adams, 34, was wanted on a $500,000 warrant for armed robbery and vehicular hijacking in Waukegan, and a $200,000 warrant for unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Lake County, according to the Lake…

Illegal Immigrants Priority over Minority Murder Epidemic in Chicago

Last week, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan convened a summit with local civil rights leaders to address the fear caused by President Trump’s immigration executive orders. Unlike a lot of other summits, it wasn’t just talk. Madigan announced new hate-crimes legislation: Illinois House Bill 3711, which would ensure all “victims of hate crimes are afforded…

State Accidently Released Violent Murder Suspect, Manhunt Underway

A manhunt was underway Monday for an accused killer mistakenly released from state custody. Garrett Glover, 29, was set free when he should have been held in custody in lieu of $2 million bond. Now, he is the target of a citywide manhunt as Cook County officials try to figure out how the screw-up happened.…

Third Gang Member Charged in Killing of Westside Toddler

LEFT TO RIGHT: Dionel Harris, Jeremy Ellis, Lavontay White, Devon Swan Two more men have been charged with the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old boy and his uncle that also left a pregnant woman wounded on Valentine’s Day in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Bond was denied Friday for Doniel Harris, 19, who faces one count…

Chicago Police, 81 Arrested in Gang Raids across the City

Chicago Police have struck back at known, violent offenders in a series of raids on the city’s South and West sides. Dozens of convicted felons were taken into custody Friday and police are promising more to come. Police are also crediting a new technology initiative with helping identify many of their suspects. Police targeted their…

Owners Under Spot Light as Violence Rages on at Parkway Gardens

At a worn-out playground in the Parkway Gardens low-income housing complex, Mykita Stadium, a high school student, kept a close eye on her 4-year-old sister as she played in the fading daylight. It was a warm February day, with temperatures near 70 degrees, yet just a handful of the more than 1,000 children who live…

Chicago, 2017 Murders Hit 100

Chicago has already seen 100 murders in 2017, according to a DNAinfo analysis. A particularly violent Wednesday that saw six people killed — including a pregnant woman and 60-year-old man — pushed the city to the grim milestone overnight, according to DNAinfo data. In 2016, the city had seen 100 murders by Feb. 24. That…

Woman Found Stabbed to Death in Chicago Heights

Chicago Heights police said a woman was found dead in a grassy area next to a home on Schilling Avenue Wednesday night. Police said they received a 911 call shortly before 9:30 p.m. from a caller saying she could hear a woman screaming for help in the 1400-block of Schilling Avenue. When police arrived at…

Burr Ridge Man Guilty of Murdering his Mother Outside Church

A 30-year-old man has been found guilty for the 2013 murder of his mother after shooting her in the back of a vehicle in southwest suburban Burr Ridge. Michael Bassaly, formerly of Downers Grove, was found guilty of first degree murder for the fatal shooting of 61-year-old Yvonne Zaky Bassaly, according to the DuPage County…

4 Charged with Neglect in Starvation Death of Boy Age 9

Hubert A Kraemer, left, and Chad Allen Kraemer, right Robin Lee Kraemer, left, and Sarah Beth Travioli Four people have been arrested in the death of 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy who authorities say was malnourished and neglected. Cameron R. Hoopingarner was blind and weighed less than 15 pounds when officers found him Tuesday…

12 Chicago SWAT Team Members Suspended

A dozen Chicago SWAT officers have been suspended for a critical mistake during a barricade situation. It was a volatile situation that unfolded on Chicago’s Southeast Side December 1st. The Commander of the 4th District, Noel Sanchez, was working in the 8800 block of South Sanginaw when his unmarked police car was shot at and…

Suspect in Custody after Tuesday’s Shooting of Jefferson Park Teen

UPDATE, A man has been charged with shooting and critically wounding a 17-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. William Pacheco, 18, faces one count each of aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and possession of between 100…

Two identical SUVs Hit in Shooting on I-57, One by Mistake

Two vehicles were targeted in shootings on outbound I-57 in the southwest suburbs Wednesday afternoon, according to Illinois State Police, who say the first car appears to have been the intended target, while the second, similar vehicle was apparently shot by mistake. Police say the first victim, a male driver, noticed a silver Chevrolet Impala…

Blue Island Swat Standoff Ends with Seven Arrests

Seven people are in custody after an hours-long standoff in south suburban Blue Island. SWAT teams swarmed the home in the 2200-block of 119th Place just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The barricade situation ended several hours later. The Daily Southtown reports a man who tried to drive around a car parked in the alley was…

Police Release Audio Recording of Suspect in Indiana Girls Deaths

A teenage girl turned her cellphone on and recorded a man saying “down the hill” before she and a friend were killed along a northern Indiana hiking trail last week, authorities said Wednesday. Indiana State Police played a clip of the man’s voice during a news conference at which officials appealed for more tips from…

Chicago Public Schools, Cook County Sheriffs, Keeping ICE Agents Away

Amid increasing anxiety over the Trump Administration’s new guidelines on deportation procedures, the Chicago Public Schools sent a memo to its principals. In it, it made clear that “CPS does not provide assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement” when it comes to civil immigration law. ICE agents are not “permitted access to CPS facilities…

Bloody Chicago, 3 Dead, 3 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday

After getting out of work late Tuesday, Terry Lowe planned to stop by a Roseland food and liquor store on the Far South Side. He was stopped by Chicago police tape surrounding the body of a 30-year-old man who had been shot to death near 100th Street and South Michigan Avenue. “Typical,” Lowe said as…

Bloody Chicago, 1 Dead, 8 Wounded in Shootings on Monday

One man was killed and eight others were wounded in separate attacks Monday, police said. A man was fatally shot about 8:15 p.m. Monday in or near the 900 block of East 132nd Street in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood, police said. Officers responded to the area for a call of shots fired and found the…