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Armed Robbery Waukegan
Vander Tuuk 2-22-18

(Waukegan, IL) Police in Waukegan are looking for a suspect that robbed a gas station late last week. The incident took place last Thursday night around 10:30 at the Mobile in the 17-hundred block of N. Sheridan Road. The suspect was said to enter the gas station, display a weapon and demand cash…he then fled on foot. He has been described as a black male in his late teens or early 20’s…about 5’9” with an average build. Anyone with more information on the crime is being encouraged to call Waukegan Police.

Lake County “Stowaway” pleads not guilty
Associated Press/Vander Tuuk 2-22-18

CHICAGO (AP) A Lake County woman with a history of getting past airport security and sneaking onto planes, has pleaded not guilty to burglary, theft and trespassing in her most recent case. Marilyn Hartman is accused of flying ticketless from Chicago to London in mid-January. A judge released the Grayslake woman after the incident, and warned her to stay away from airports…but she was arrested less than a week later at O’Hare. Hartman will remain in custody until at least March 22, when her public defender is expected to ask for a review of her bond. A judge previously denied a request from the 66-year-old’s attorney to allow her to be sent to a facility that provides housing and counseling for former jail inmates.

Ruling Puts Gang Arrests in Doubt, Appeal Likely
Vander Tuuk 2-22-18

(Waukegan, IL) An Illinois Appellate Court has upheld a Lake County Court ruling that wiretap evidence cannot be used in the trial of several alleged gang members arrested in 2014. Twenty-seven people were arrested during what was known as “Operation Shut Down the Hustle,” which targeted the 4 Corner Hustlers gang. The arrests were made in coordination with several law enforcement agencies including the FBI and DEA. Of the 27 original arrests, 19 defendants pleaded guilty, while one had his case dismissed. Of the other 6 still in pre-trial motions, the wiretap evidence was a big bone of contention. With the Appellate Court ruling, defense attorneys for some of the suspects say prosecutors have no case. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim says he will likely appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court…he also did not comment on if the ruling will affect those who already took plea deals.

Deputies De-Escalate Suicidal Man
Vander Tuuk 2-22-18

(Antioch, IL) Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies are being credited with de-escalating a possible suicidal teen. The incident took place on Wednesday morning in Antioch Township. Deputies were originally responding to an “unwanted subject” call when they encountered a 19-year-old resident, who brandished a handgun and told authorities he was going to make them shoot him. After an hour of crisis intervention, the teen surrendered and was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. The handgun, as well as a shotgun were recovered from the residence. The teen is not being identified, and any charges against him were not released.

Democrats attack Rauner, Trump, spare 1 another
Associated Press 2-22-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois Democrats running for governor attacked incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump, but largely avoided jabs at one another during a debate in Springfield. J.B. Pritzker and Daniel Biss traded barbs over familiar issues such as each one’s record on attacking a gaping pension debt in the state. But the five candidates who appeared at the University of Illinois at Springfield Wednesday night mostly stuck to stump speeches on guns, the budget, relations with the contentious Trump and the fate of state party chairman Michael Madigan. Candidate Chris Kennedy was a late scratch. His campaign said he injured his back Wednesday and his physician advised against traveling to the capital. Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Dr. Robert Marshall are the other three candidates. They face voters March 20 in a primary election to decide who among them gets a chance to replace Rauner in the November election. Rauner is facing legislator Jeanne Ives in the GOP primary.

More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices
Associated Press 2-22-18

CHICAGO (AP) A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation of misconduct within House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political and state operations. Madigan, who’s also chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, has dismissed two campaign workers in recent weeks following complaints of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. Several Democratic lawmakers and candidates say they have questions about how the Speaker handled the complaints. Madigan said last week he’s taking steps to address the issue, including retaining an independent firm to investigate harassment allegations. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy is calling for an independent investigation into “the culture of harassment in the legislature and political campaigns,” and says the investigator shouldn’t be chosen by Madigan or any other Democratic official. Democratic gubernatorial candidates have also called for an investigation.

Illinois creates searchable database to locate active liens
Associated Press 2-22-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) It just got easier for Illinois residents to search for tax liens. In a news release, the state’s Department of Revenue says it now has a searchable database where people can go to locate all active liens and releases filed by the department. The department filed more than 39,000 liens in every Illinois county last year at a cost of about $700,000. IDOR Director Connie Beard says the electronic registry will reduce costs as well as speed up tax receipts going to state and local tax funds. The Lien Registry is free and can be accessed through the “Quick Links” tab on the IDOR webpage and at tax.illinois.gov.


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