Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between a top Democratic rival and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps.

A Chicago police spokesman say there is "no credible threat"  of any attack to the city's public transportation but after a pipe bomb exploded in New York, the department deployed more officers to train stations and other transportation centers as a precaution.

A federal judge has delayed until February the trial of the man accused of kidnapping visiting U of I scholar Yingying Zhang.

Family of Kidnapped U of I Scholar Speaks

Aug 22, 2017

The family of kidnapped U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang says they will not give up their search for her and Tuesday they asked President Donald Trump for help in finding her. 


The death of Tammy Zywicki confounded police and raised fears for young women traveling alone.  The 21-year-old was on her way to Grinnell College in Iowa when she had car trouble along Interstate 80 in LaSalle County.  Her body was discovered a week later along another interstate in Missouri.  She had been stabbed to death. 

After years of theories and suspects, no arrests have been made.  One witness reported seeing a semi-truck and its driver with Zywicki and her disabled car. 

Investigators say surveillance cameras at the University of Illinois helped find a suspect in the disappearance of a Chinese scholar. 

The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. 

A walk and concert are planned Thursday to show support for a Chinese woman studying at the University of Illinois who disappeared June 9.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that'll help locate a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois. 

Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping.

The legal team that investigated and prosecuted a former suburban police officer in a murder-for-hire plot is being honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission.

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The appetite for legal firearms is on the rise in Chicago, even as demand appears to wane nationally.  Illinois State Police say the number of firearm owner identification applications in Chicago doubled from about 19,600 in 2014 to nearly 39,000 last year.  It's on pace to surpass that this year.

A former suburban Chicago police detective has admitted to stealing drugs from his department's evidence room.  Gregory Salvi faces at least 10 years in prison when he returns to court in July for sentencing. He pleaded guilty to possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute.

A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed by three suburban Chicago men who say they were targeted as suspects in the 2015 shooting a police officer whose death was later declared a suicide.  Raymond Willoughby, Damien Ward and Dan Cooper allege they were unlawfully arrested based on Gliniewicz's fabricated description. They were handcuffed and held in custody for hours. 

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally shot a judge outside his Chicago home.  Authorities say Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles and a woman were getting ready to go to a gym early Monday when they were shot outside his home. The 66-year-old Myles was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The 52-year-old woman was reported in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.

A lawyer for a onetime business associate of Dennis Hastert says his client could appeal a judge's dismissal of a 2013 lawsuit against the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker.   J. David John alleged Hastert used federal funds for private business after leaving Congress. 

White House Wants To Help Chicago Address Violence

Jan 25, 2017

A White House spokesman says they want to start a dialogue with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about potential federal help to stop continually rising violence in Chicago.

There have been more than 40 homicides in the city so far this year. Last night President Donald Trump tweeted about the quote “carnage” in Chicago, and promised to send in the feds if it continues.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer followed up today:

The horrific beating of a mentally disabled white man in Chicago by four black assailants broadcast on social media is a focal point on anti-white hate crimes.  But federal statistics and experts say anti-white incidents are a smaller percentage of overall hate crimes. Anti-black hate crimes make up the largest number of cases.

Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says he’s disappointed with the head of the FBI. The bureau will look at newly discovered emails involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It’s trying to determine whether they have anything to do with Clinton’s use of a private server while she was Secretary of State.

The FBI is appealing for the public's help in solving a more than a decade-old killing of a 13-year-old Indiana girl, whose decapitated body was found by boaters in a river near Chicago. 

Police statistics show that nearly 15 people were shot in Chicago every day during June, including a daily average of more than two who died.  The department says there were 315 homicides in Chicago in the first six months of the year, or more than 100 more than during the same period last year.

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Chicago police say the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida has prompted the department to beef up security at this weekend's gay pride festival and next weekend's gay pride parade.

The FBI warned the Chicago Police Department hours before it released a video of a white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times that gang members were plotting to ambush officers.  In an email sent Nov. 24 - the same day the video was released - the FBI told the department that a confidential informant said gang members had planned to wait outside of a West Side police station and shoot CPD employees as they walked to their cars. 

As Illinois draws close to entering its second year without a budget, one of its many unpaid bills threatens to provoke a dispute with the nation's top crime-fighting force.

Authorities have identified a man found dead after two FBI agents were shot and wounded while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a suburban Chicago home.

A Chicago-area man suspected of taking part in the killing of a teenager who was beaten and shot before his body was set on fire has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. 

Pendleton Found Dead After Shootout With Police

May 16, 2016
Illinois State Police


Illinois State Police say a man suspected in the non-fatal shooting of a police officer has been shot and killed in an incident that also left an FBI agent wounded.

Dracy C. Pendleton, the Bellflower man wanted for allegedly shooting and wounding a Mahomet police officer, was found dead early Sunday, after a shootout in southern Illinois that left a member of an FBI SWAT team injured.

Illinois State Police released the following account of the incident:

Illinois State University officials say an apparent information breach allowed someone to divert the direct-deposit payroll payments of more than a dozen faculty and staff members to another account.

FBI data shows Illinois has recorded 38 gun-related domestic violence homicides since 2006, but the number is likely higher because the data is incomplete. 

A 21-year-old Chicago resident is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.  Jabari R. Dean threatened on a social media website to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago.