September 2014 Archives

Chicago mayor urges reduced penalties for certain drug crimes

In a speech to the Illinois House-Senate Criminal Justice Reform Committee, the mayor of Chicago urged lawmakers to consider reducing the penalties for low-level drug crimes. According to the mayor, money is being spent to punish non-violent drug offenders and keep them in jail, but these efforts have not reduced drug use. He believes that this money and amount of effort could be better spent on focusing on other types of criminal activity.

3 Illinois county officials each face felony charge

The Attorney General for the state of Illinois announced recently that three individuals formerly in the employ of a county circuit clerk's office have been arrested on suspicion of theft.  Each of the three indicted individuals faces at least one felony charge for allegedly conspiring to steal cash bond payments from the office.  An investigation is still underway, and so far, no one has been convicted of a crime. 

Illinois woman faces felony charge in alleged shooting

A woman accused of shooting her boyfriend's dog is currently in custody, according to local law enforcement. The 32-year-old Illinois woman faces a felony charge after the alleged shooting took place.  She is currently awaiting trial in a county jail, and her bail has been set at $25,000.

Police say college students accepted mail delivery of drugs

Two Western Illinois University students were accused of accepting a delivery of marijuana to their Macomb residence through the U.S. mail. The two 21-year-old men were taken into custody in early September after officers executed a search of their residence. One of the men received a charge for manufacturing and delivering between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. The other man was handed an additional charge for manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

Illinois man faces drug charge

A 19-year-old man has been charged with DUI and drug possession, according to police sources. Illinois officers arrested the man, who now faces a drug charge and a DUI charge for allegedly being under the influence of the street drug Ecstasy while behind the wheel. So far, no trial date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the man has secured representation.

Alcohol use suspected in fatal Illinois pedestrian accident

Illinois media outlets have reported that a guitarist in a popular Chicago band may have been under the influence when he allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian on the evening of Aug. 21. The 33-year-old man's bail was set at $200,000 when he appeared in a Cook County court on Aug. 23 to face drunk driving charges. The pedestrian accident took place on West North Avenue in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood at approximately 8:24 p.m.

Drug charge filed against 2 Illinois women

Two women are facing serious charges following their arrest on Aug. 26, according to local sources. Illinois authorities apprehended the women, aged 53 and 26, each of whom now face a drug charge related to an alleged meth cooking operation. They were charged formally on Aug. 27 and were due in court as of Aug. 29.

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