Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald plan to hire a polling company to look at the question of whether the trial should be moved out of Cook County.

Authorities say a suburban Chicago middle school student has been charged with a hate crime after posting a threatening video on social media.

Police investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a suburban Chicago hotel freezer are examining a video that apparently shows her in a room of the hotel hours earlier.

About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Another ballpark brouhaha for Chris Christie.

A grand jury added 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against a white Chicago police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old.  Former Officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. 

Chicago Police are searching for five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live.  Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says detectives found the girl and reunited her with her family. She went missing on Sunday. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's discussed a pending civil rights report on the Chicago police with President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Justice.  Durbin met with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions in Washington D.C. Wednesday. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will push ahead with police reforms, regardless of the outcome of a U.S. Justice Department probe.  Thursday is the anniversary of the release of a video showing a Chicago officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

A special prosecutor says a grand jury has been impaneled to hear evidence into a possible cover-up by Chicago police officers in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. the special grand jury will begin issuing subpoenas over the next 30 to 45 days.

A convicted felon is back in custody after Evanston police say they saw him in a Facebook Live video firing a gun at a shooting range in violation of his parole.  The Evanston Police Department says an investigator with its intelligence unit was monitoring social media and recognized an Evanston gang member firing a handgun in a real-time video post.

The sheriff who oversees one of the nation's most crowded jails has voluntarily released video showing half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

An Illinois lawmaker wants to criminalize recording fights in order to post them online.   Rep. Terri Bryant says she was disturbed by a video of an altercation between two boys from her hometown of Murphysboro that was posted to Facebook. 

Gov. Rauner Weighs-In On Police Shooting Video

Dec 3, 2015
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made his first comments Thursday about the killing of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago Police officer.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has invited ministers and community activists to City Hall to discuss the upcoming release of a police car dashcam video that shows a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year.

Illinois's attorney general is asking Chicago police to release video that allegedly shows an officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

A central Illinois mayor is apologizing for taking part in a student video depicting a bank robbery and shootout that was recorded inside the village hall. 

Investigators say three men seen in a video from a home near where a northern Illinois police officer was fatally shot were not involved in the slaying.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating an incident in which a white officer tells a man shooting a video that Michael Brown "deserved" to be shot last year in Ferguson, Missouri.

Peoria Council OKs video gaming rules

Apr 28, 2015

The Peoria City Council approved new regulations for video-gaming parlors by a six-to-four vote. 

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Student reporters working for the college newspaper at Western Illinois University will be able to continue freelancing. At least for now.  

The Western Courier’s position on freelancing was called into question recently when the university suspended the editor-in-chief, Nick Stewart from his job with pay. The university took action after Stewart filmed and sold a video of a large fight after a Black Student Association event on campus.

Big names at the University of Illinois are lending their voices to a White House-backed campaign to end sexual assaults at colleges across the country.

No changes for Peoria video gaming regulations

Oct 29, 2014

   The Peoria City Council continues looking for ways to regulate video-gaming parlors. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports, the council adjourned without picking a final option:

The Peoria Riverfront Museum staff and boardmembers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  All the money raised by the Riverfront Museum participants is being donated locally, to the Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS fund. The Museum has issued the challenge to the Peoria Park District, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Peoria Civic Center.  Listen to the radio story here:

Some Dunlap School District parents expressed concern about an alleged video using images of students without getting permission.  Dunlap Superintendent Jay Marino is alleged to have used the images in marketing material for a side education business.  Some parents say that they should have been asked first before allegedly using the images for the business.  Other parents are rising to defend Marino calling it a witch-hunt.   A check of the video online shows that is was removed.