Chicago woman dies days after shooting that killed boyfriend

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has died days after she was dragged from a car and shot during an attack captured on video that killed her boyfriend and drew more attention to the city’s particularly violent year. The Cook County medical examiner’s office says 23-year-old Yasmin Perez died Tuesday. Her death came three days…Read more…

Biden anti-crime effort takes on law-breaking gun dealers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is announcing an effort to stem a rising national tide of violent crime but questions persist about how effective the federal efforts will be in calming what could be a turbulent summer. His plan focuses on addressing gun violence, funding cities that need police and offering community support. Officials…Read more…

US appeals court ruling setback for St. Louis-area pipeline

A federal appeals court panel has struck down the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a natural gas pipeline that runs through parts of Missouri and Illinois. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the commission “failed to adequately balance public benefits and adverse…Read more…

Ex-suburban Chicago mayor gets 2 years for bribery scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — A former suburban Chicago mayor who admitted to taking part in a $300,000 bribery scheme has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Seventy-three-year-old David Webb was sentenced Tuesday — three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Prosecutors had asked for a longer…Read more…

Man gets 63-month sentence for firing rifle at child’s party

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for firing an automatic rifle while attending a child’s birthday party in 2020. Marco Orr of East St. Louis was sentenced Monday to 63 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in April to unlawful…Read more…

Biden anti-crime effort takes on law-breaking gun dealers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is announcing an effort to stem a rising national tide of violent crime as administration officials brace for what could be a turbulent summer. His plan focuses on addressing gun violence, funding cities that need police and offering community support. Officials say Biden plans to announce in a speech…Read more…

Salem man arrested in connection with Biggies armed robbery

MARION COUNTY — The 37-year-old suspect in Saturday night’s armed robbery of Biggies Café on IL 161 is in the Marion County Jail after being released from a St. Louis area hospital where he had been treated for injuries suffered in a car crash. According to Lieutenant Andy Garden of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department,…Read more…

Weather Service: Suburban Chicago tornado had 140 mph winds

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado that swept through Chicago’s western suburbs, damaging more than 100 homes and injuring several people, was packing 140 mph winds when it hit the heavily populated area. A weather service team that surveyed the aftermath of Sunday night’s tornado found that, based on Monday’s preliminary…Read more…

Mt. Vernon man gets 15 years after pleading guilty to child porn charges

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 32-year-old Mt. Vernon man pleaded guilty last week in Jefferson County to half of the felony counts involving child pornography against him. Philip Borcherding was facing 10 Class X felony counts of possessing child pornography depicting a victim under the age of 13. He pleaded guilty last week to counts four…Read more…

Springfield man drowns in Kaskaskia River near Vandalia

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 20-year-old Springfield man drowned Sunday in the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia. According to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, Logan Fornoff, of Springfield, was swimming in the Kaskaskia River south of Vandalia. Witnesses reported that Fornoff went into a hollow log under the water while hogging for fish and did not resurface.…Read more…

Wildlife officials tracking black bear in southern Illinois

REND CITY, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife officials are tracking a black bear that was first spotted more than a week ago by southern Illinois residents and was most recently seen wandering near a state reservoir. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Police and local law enforcement began tracking the bear on June 10…Read more…

Illinois governor signs voter access plan that moves primary

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ primary election will be moved from March to June next year under a plan that expands voter access and was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The new law makes voting by mail a permanent option, allows jail inmates awaiting trial to cast ballots and makes Election Day in…Read more…

Armed robbery suspect leads police on pursuit before crashing vehicle

CENTRALIA — The suspect in Saturday night’s armed robbery of Biggies Café on IL 161 is apparently in a St. Louis area hospital after being injured in a crash early Monday morning while fleeing from Centralia police. Biggies was robbed at gunpoint around 11:30 Saturday night and the suspect fled from the scene with an…Read more…