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.

Tamie Yost

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. 

The FBI director James Comey says police anxiety in "the era of viral videos" appears to be part of the reason for rising violent crime in several big U.S. cities.

Several FBI agents raided the Peoria campaign office of former Congressman Aaron Schock Thursday.  A nearby business owner says the agents spent more than six hours at the office loading boxes into a truck.  The move comes a day after Schock’s former assistant testified before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of improper campaign spending.  U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul declined to comment.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be arraigned this week following an indictment that alleges he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to someone from the town where he was once a teacher and coach.

Dennis Hastert faces federal charges

May 28, 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is facing a federal charges filed by the U.S. attorney in Chicago. 

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case of an arson fire that destroyed 13 horse-drawn carriages on Chicago's North Side.

The Justice Department is formally investigating US Representative Aaron Schock. 

Illinois officials say the FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of medical marijuana business owners. Two state licensing agencies announced the FBI approval Tuesday. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded licenses this week to 70 medical marijuana businesses before out-of-state criminal background checks could be done through an FBI database, as expected under state law.

Associated Press

A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility halted all flights in and out of the city's two airports, and is impacting flights throughout the Midwest.

Peoria police make arrests in 8-year old murder case

Jul 2, 2014

Peoria Police have arrested three people in connection with a murder that occurred eight years ago.

Quest Charter among 19 schools searched by FBI

Jun 11, 2014

Federal agents searched Quest Charter Academy in Peoria last week as part of an investigation into the company that runs it. The FBI Office in Cleveland as well as the U.S Department of Education and Federal Communications Commission served search warrants to 19 schools as part of the probe into Des Plaines-based Concept Schools.

Closing arguments expected in Derrick Smith trial

Jun 9, 2014

A federal judge says she expects attorneys to make their closing arguments in the bribery trial of an Illinois state representative Monday.