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The family of Yingying Zhang is hoping that 2018 will be the year they get answers about her disappearance. That’s when Brendt Christensen, the man accused of kidnapping and causing the death of the young visiting scholar from China, is to go on trial. 

Judge Denies Delay In Yingying Zhang Trial Date

Nov 16, 2017
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The trial for the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will go on as scheduled.

Defense attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China say they need more time to prepare their case.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge in central Illinois must decide in coming days whether to grant a defense motion to delay the trial of a 28-year-old man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges.

A northern Illinois judge has set bond at $1 million for a former LaSalle County sheriff's deputy who surrendered after a multi-day manhunt.

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. 

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) - An arraignment is scheduled for a 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

Family of Yingying Zhang Increases Monetary Reward

Jul 14, 2017

The family of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang has increased the amount of reward money for information about her location. 

The defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China says his client deserves the "presumption of innocence."

U of I Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Federal Court

Jul 3, 2017
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The man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court this morning.

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. 

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There are now two separate rewards posted for information that helps solve the disappearance of Yingying Zhang. Zhang is the 26-year-old University of Illinois visiting scholar from China who has  been missing since 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.

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Prosecutors say one of four people charged with the Chicago beating of a mentally disabled man demanded $300 from the victim's mother.  Prosecutors offered details of the beating during the suspects' court appearance on hate crimes, battery and kidnapping charges.

Prosecutors say a 58-year-old man will be charged with murder and kidnapping in the 1991 killing of a 14-year-old suburban Chicago girl.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois couple has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for kidnapping and transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in sexual activity. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Nicole and 46-year-old Calvin Eason were sentenced Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid, who also ordered each to serve a lifetime term of supervised release.  

Child welfare authorities say the father of a 3-year-old girl found alone near a suburban Chicago forest preserve left her in a trash can.

A 49-year-old man is being accused of kidnapping a woman in her 80s from her central Illinois home and sexually assaulting her.