Illinois man convicted in 2018 booby trap shotgun slaying

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who rigged a shotgun to a rope attached to the door of a shed on his property in 2018 has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of another man who tried to enter. The Southern Illinoisan reports that a Union County jury convicted 48-year-old William Wasmund…Read more…

Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An effort to more tightly regulate the use of jailhouse informants is gaining momentum across the country in the wake of exonerations of people wrongly convicted of crimes. A new Connecticut law approved in July will create the nation’s first statewide system to track the use of informants and how they…Read more…

Illinois agency can help find unclaimed life insurance money

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say residents have been able to collect more than $15 million from lost or unclaimed life insurance policies this year with help from the Department of Insurance. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Robert Muriel says about 25 percent of life insurance policies aren’t paid to beneficiaries because family members are…Read more…

Illinois race riot site deemed suitable for monument status

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois congressman says a Springfield site linked to the city’s 1908 race riot has been deemed suitable for designation as a national historic monument. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis had asked the National Park Service last year to conduct a survey of the block-long site. He says a review by…Read more…

2,246 fetal remains found at home of former abortion doctor

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — More than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week, authorities said. The Will County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release late Friday that an attorney for Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s family contacted the coroner’s office…Read more…

Officials: 2 new cases of Legionnaires’ in suburban Chicago

BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials are worried an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a suburban Chicago retirement home appears to be spreading with two new cases in the nearby community. Legionnaire’s is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled. The elderly and people with weakened immune systems can be particularly…Read more…

Man indicted on murder in Illinois state trooper’s death

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 45-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports Christopher R. Grant was also indicted by a grand jury on other charges including unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and armed violence. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins…Read more…

Mexican man held by ICE in northern Illinois dies in custody

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A 37-year-old Mexican man in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a northern Illinois county jail has died. Roberto Rodriguez-Espinoza was pronounced dead Tuesday. ICE officials said in a Thursday news release that he died from subdural hematoma, or when blood pools outside the brain. Rodriguez-Espinoza was taken…Read more…

Illinois lawsuit filed against top e-cigarette maker

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for more than a year has sued a leading e-cigarette maker. Attorneys filed the lawsuit Friday in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf of 18-year-old Adam Hergenreder. The 85-page suit alleges Juul Labs deliberately targeted young people through Instagram and…Read more…

Illinois man convicted in 2018 booby trap shotgun slaying

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who rigged a shotgun to a rope attached to the door of a shed on his property in 2018 has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of another man who tried to enter. A Union County jury convicted William Wasmund, 48, Thursday of both first-degree murder…Read more…

Centralia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug, Gun Charges

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Centralia man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug and gun related charges. U.S. Attorney for Illinois’ Southern District Steven D. Weinhoft said in a press release that 48-year-old David Herron pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess meth and heroin, possession with intent to distribute meth, and…Read more…

2 face drug charges following woman’s death during arrest

WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — Two people arrested during a southern Illinois traffic stop that turned deadly for a third person now face drug charges. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Jacklyn McCormack of Belleville and Shaun Myers of Caseyville were charged in Monroe County with methamphetamine possession and burglary after Tuesday’s traffic stop for a seatbelt violation. Authorities say…Read more…

After missed embezzlement sentencing, ex-mayor found dead

POSEN, Ill. (AP) — A former mayor of a Chicago suburb was found dead after failing to show up for sentencing in an embezzlement case. Former Posen mayor Donald W. Schupek was found dead in his home Thursday. The Cook County medical examiner’s office says the cause of death for the 79-year-old Schupek has not…Read more…

Probe: Chicago schools handling of sex abuse claims ‘tragic’

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal investigation has found Chicago Public Schools’ handling of sexual abuse complaints is “tragic and inexcusable” and is requiring a major overhaul. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Thursday called its investigation the most comprehensive of any major urban school district. It was sparked by student complaints dating…Read more…