Man Pleads Not Guilty To Teenager's Death

(Waukegan, IL)  --  The man accused of killing a North Chicago teenager says he's not guilty.  Police say Jim McPherson gunned down 18-year-old Janay McFarlane in an alley on February 15th.  If convicted, McPherson faces up to 85-years in prison.

Evicted Tenants Get Moving Expenses

(Chicago, IL)  --  The tenants of a decrepit apartment building shut down by the state will get money to help them move.  The tenants that can prove they paid rent in 2012 will get one-thousand-dollars, while the others will get 250-dollars.  The city says the 32-unit building on South Kedvale Avenue is infested with rats, roaches and bed bugs, and has fire breaches, as well as missing fire extinguishers and smoke detectors that don't work.

Suburban Teacher Accused Of Inappropriate Relationships

(Palos Heights, IL)  --  A music teacher at a suburban Christian school is facing charges for allegedly having sex with two students.  The former students at Chicago Christian High School told police they had inappropriate relationships with Kenneth Martin in 2009.  Police say there is no evidence that there were other victims.

Officers Sued In Vehicle Pursuit Death

(Chicago, IL)  --  Two Chicago police officers are being sued by the family of a man killed during a pursuit more than seven-years ago.  The family of Luis Vazquez says the officers "recklessly" contributed to the 19-year-old's death by speeding excessively and failing to end the vehicle pursuit.  Vazquez was in a car with Daniel Solano when police tried to pull them over for speeding and running a stop sign.  The two crashed into a brick wall at 45th and Pulaski.

Two Puerto Rican Parades Merging

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago's two Puerto Rican parades are joining forces this summer.  Typically one parade is held downtown on Columbus Drive and the other in Humboldt Park, but organizers say a single parade will be held this year.  The June 15th parade begins at Division and Western and kicks off the Puerto Rican Festival.

Man Guilty Of Murder In Case Of Missing Teen

(Woodstock, IL)  --  Jurors in Woodstock have handed down a guilty verdict in the decade-old disappearance of an Illinois teen.  Mario Casciaro was found guilty of first-degree murder yesterday.  Despite the ruling authorities have never recovered a body belonging to the missing teenager, Brian Carrick.      

Car Chase Ends In Flip, Three Injured

(Chicago, IL)  --  A police chase in Chicago ends last night with three people hurt.  Authorities say the chase went on for several miles.  Police say the people in the car were hurt when the vehicle flipped over in the South Chicago neighborhood.  The officer was injured as well, but the "Tribune" says they all appear to be minor.

Bill Would Ban Dog From Sitting In A Driver's Lap

(Undated)  --  Illinois canine owners who let Fido sit in their lap while they're driving could be told "bad dog" if state lawmakers get their way.  Daniel Beiser and Daniel Burke from the Illinois House of Representatives are co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit anyone behind the wheel from holding a pet on their lap.  Doing so would be a petty offense and violators would be tagged with a 25-dollar citation.    

"Civil Rights Game" This August

(Chicago, IL)  --  The White Sox will again host a "Civil Rights Game" when they play the Texas Rangers later this summer at U.S. Cellular Field.  This is the third time the Sox are taking part in a "Civil Rights Game," which the team says will feature other diversity-related events in conjunction with the action on the field.  The event scheduled for the August 24th game will in part celebrate Jackie Robinson's quest to break Major League Baseball's color barrier.


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