A contracted worker accused of setting a fire that shut down two airports is facing serious legal repercussions, according to local sources. The Illinois worker faces a felony charge after being arrested in connection with a fire that caused a ground stoppage at both O'Hare and Midway airports on September 26. So far, no court date has been scheduled as the individual is recovering from injuries.
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.
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.
A state prison guard who spends his off hours as a drug and alcohol counselor is facing serious charges, according to local news. The Illinois guard faces a felony charge for alleged forgery after it was suggested that he may have signed off on court-ordered evaluation for a DUI defendant who didn't complete the process. If he is found guilty, he may well find himself on the other side of the bars for two to five years.
A man has been accused of causing a car accident that injured a pedestrian, according to local sources. The Illinois man faces a felony charge in the alleged hit-and-run that injured a 39-year-old man in the early morning of July 16. The man was set to appear for the first time in court on July 17.
A man accused of causing the car accident that led to the death of his wife is facing charges related to the incident, according to local sources. The Illinois man is facing a Class 3 felony charge of reckless homicide and a Class 2 felony charge of aggravated DUI causing death. The one-car crash happened back on Jan. 24 of this year.
A woman who has already pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge filed against her in the case of the death of a 5-year-old girl is now pleading innocent to the charge of aggravated DUI. The felony charge comes as part of the case against the Illinois woman who police say was responsible for striking and killing a little girl with her car. Of course, an admission of guilt in the case of one crime does not automatically determine guilt in any secondary charges.
An alleged strip search has led to a criminal charge for a law enforcement officer, according to local sources. An Illinois State Trooper was indicted in a felony charge case involving an alleged aggravated battery of a man last year. The 32-year-old trooper was released after posting $20,000 bond, and he remains relieved of his duties as of this writing.
A Park Forest police officer accused of killing a 95-year-old man in an altercation at a nursing home is now facing charges in connection with the death. The 43-year-old officer has been charged with reckless endangerment, a class 4 felony charge under Illinois law. He is currently free under his own recognizance pending further proceedings.
A man identified by police as a so-called 'quick-change artist' is being held in custody pending a trial date. The 60-year-old Illinois man faces at least one felony charge related to a multitude of thefts that police say he committed, to the tune of hundreds of dollars. Unlike traditional theft, police say the man employed misdirection to confuse clerks into giving him more change than he was owed.