Tag Archives: Illinois

Baptist Church Staffer Gets 22 Years For Raping Orphan

The Baptist Press reports: A former staff member of the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services was sentenced to 22 years in prison Nov. 3 in White County Circuit Court. Daniel W. Lanning pled guilty to two counts of criminal sexual assault of a minor ages 13-17. He was arrested in April on four counts involving a teenager in his …

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Defeats Cultist Darren Bailey

The Associated Press reports: Gov. J.B. Pritzker sailed to reelection over challenger Darren Bailey in a race characterized by near-constant acrimony and outsized spending. Pritzker, a Democrat who hadn’t held political office before his gubernatorial victory in 2018, won a second term buoyed by a campaign on fiscal stability and taxpayer relief. Bailey, 56, has made crime in Chicago a …

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Gunmaker Sued In IL 4th Of July Parade Mass Shooting

Reuters reports: The firearms industry knew this was coming: On Wednesday, an unprecedented coalition of big-name law firms, from both the defense and plaintiffs’ bars, teamed up with anti-gun violence nonprofits to accuse Smith & Wesson Brands Inc of responsibility for a mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, that left seven dead and dozens wounded. …

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Illinois Republican AG Nominee Likes To Sue His Critics

The Chicago Tribune reports: While running for a downstate school board seat five years ago, Republican Illinois attorney general candidate Thomas DeVore complained in a Facebook post about students who struggled to make correct change at a concession stand during a basketball game. “Lord help us with the window lickers, I mean special children,” DeVore, a civil attorney from Sorento, …

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IL Gov Nominee Tries To Tamp Down Holocaust Furor

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Republican gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey on Tuesday tried to minimize comments he made five years ago in which he said the Holocaust “doesn’t even compare” to abortion — remarks that have enflamed the Jewish community and the state’s Jewish governor, J.B. Pritzker. “In no way was I attempting to diminish the atrocities of the Holocaust and …

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IL Gov Nominee: Abortion Is Worse Than The Holocaust

The Jewish Forward reports: Darren Bailey, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor, said in a video posted to Facebook in 2017 that the Holocaust “doesn’t even compare” to abortion on the scale of human atrocities. “I believe that abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our day and I believe it’s one of the greatest atrocities probably forever,” Bailey …

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Illinois GOP Rejects Demands To Censure Kinzinger

Politico reports: A group of Republican state legislators who support former President Donald Trump have called on the Illinois GOP to censure Congressman Adam Kinzinger for “incendiary language, wild exaggeration and personal opinions” during the House select committee’s hearings investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. But GOP governor candidate Darren Bailey, who’s backed by Trump, and Illinois Republican Party President …

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Illinois Man Charged With Hate Crime In Vandalizing Of Bakery Set To Hold Family-Friendly Drag Event [VIDEO]

Chicago’s ABC affiliate reports: A man has been arrested after UpRising Bakery was vandalized and its family-friendly drag show, set for Saturday, was canceled, Lake in the Hills police said. A the northwest suburban bakery’s owner said she canceled the event after someone broke the business’ windows and spray-painted slurs on its walls overnight Saturday. An Algonquin police sergeant saw …

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Mass Shooter’s Father: “No Regret” Getting Him A Gun

ABC News reports: The father of the alleged Highland Park parade shooter has told ABC News that he is not culpable in the Independence Day attack, in spite of having signed a consent form for his son to apply for gun ownership. “I had no — not an inkling, warning — that this was going to happen,” Bobby Crimo Jr. …

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Prosecutor: Highland Park Mass Shooter Has Confessed

The Associated Press reports: The man charged with killing seven people when he unleashed a hail of bullets on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago confessed to police that he fired on the crowd, a prosecutor said Wednesday. An Illinois judge ordered that the suspected gunman be held without bail. Police found the shells of 83 bullets and three …

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Family Warned Police About IL Mass Shooter In 2019

NBC News reports: Police reported Tuesday that in April 2019 they were notified after Crimo threatened to take his own life. They also received reports in September 2019 from family members saying, “Crimo was going to kill everyone.” “At that time, there was no probable cause” to arrest Crimo, said Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Highland Park Police Department. …

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Seventh Victim Dies In Highland Park Mass Shooting

Chicago’s CBS News affiliate reports: A 7th victim has died after the mass shooting at the July 4th parade in Highland Park on Monday, police confirmed Tuesday. No further details were immediately available about that victim. Among the victims who died were Jacki Sundheim, a teacher at North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue, and Nicolas Toledo, a grandfather in his late …

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Suspect Wore Women’s Clothes To Evade Police After Shooting, Trespassed In IL Synagogue During Passover

The Independent reports: The Highland Park shooting suspect “planned his attack for several weeks” and dressed in women’s clothes as a disguise so that he could slip under the radar as he fled the scene of the mass shooting, according to law enforcement. Robert Crimo III, 21, was arrested on Monday evening following an eight-hour manhunt, when he was spotted …

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Highland Park Mayor: Gun Was “Legally Obtained”

CNN reports: Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said while she didn’t know where the gun used in Monday’s mass shooting in her city came from, she told NBC, “I do know that it was legally obtained.” Rotering said she had known the shooting suspect, Robert E. Crimo III, as a child. “I know him as somebody who was a Cub …

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Cultist IL Gov Candidate Sorry For Shooting Message

The Insider reports: A Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate in Illinois has apologized for telling people to “move on” just hours after Monday’s mass shooting in Chicago’s Highland Park suburb. Bailey later released a statement apologizing for some of his comments during the live stream. “My intent was to pray for the victims and those affected by today’s tragedy and for the …

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Highland Park Suspect Was Known To Police [VIDEO]

Chicago’s WGN-TV reports: Police said the 22-year-old suspect was “known to law enforcement…” One question that will be asked in the days to come: Were they aware of the violent videos have been online for many months? Highland Park’s mayor Nancy Rotering also confirmed to WGN Investigates she has a connection to the suspect. She said his father unsuccessfully ran …

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Police Apprehend Suspect In Illinois Mass Shooting

CNN reports: Robert E. Crimo III, a person of interest in a mass shooting at a parade that left six dead and sent more than two dozen people to hospitals, has been taken into custody near Lake Forest, Illinois, authorities said during a brief news conference. Authorities said Crimo was spotted by a North Chicago officer who attempted a traffic …

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Police Name 22 Year-Old Suspect In IL Mass Shooting

Chicago’s CBS News affiliate reports: Police are still searching for the shooter, and are urging people in the area to shelter in place within an area bounded by Green Bay Road, Laurel Avenue, St. Johns Avenue, and Elm Place. Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen identified a “person of interest” as 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III. He is believed …

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Trump Pick For IL Gov Campaigns On Mass Shooting

This is just part of the new GOP normal: Hours after a gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade in a Chicago suburb, Illinois state Senator Darren Bailey, a Republican, called for people to “move on and… celebrate.” At around noon local time, Bailey, who is running for governor and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, went …

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Biden Condemns “Senseless” Illinois Mass Shooting

Via press release from the White House: Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full …

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