A Chicago man is pursuing a civil claim for damages against a suburban police department for an ordeal he underwent in 1996 after he was arrested for two unrelated homicides. There was no evidence linking him to the crimes but in an apparent effort to close two unsolved cases police interrogated him for hours and even threatened to kill him in order to obtain a confession.
This week police arrested about two dozen protesters who were inside Chicago's City Hall at the end of a three-day demonstration against proposed school closings. Community activists, teachers, and concerned parents have conducted marches and staged protests to express their dissaproval of a plan to close 54 Chicago area schools.
Police have put a Cicero pastor on house arrest inside of the church that he founded 16 years ago. The clergy member and his wife are accused of white-collar crimes, particularly a fraud scheme that involved applying for federal grants for low-income families and then diverting the funds away from the church.
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk made the news earlier this month when he announced that one of his priorities for his time serving Illinois on the federal level will be to increase the arrest rates for Chicago organized crime groups.
A young South Side rapper known as Lil Reese was arrested recently after police issued a warrant connected with trespass, battery, and mob action charges. The Chicago resident was reportedly sleeping in a vehicle at the time of the arrest and is being held in lieu of posting bail.