Murder Indictment

Vander Tuuk 6-6-19

(Waukegan, IL) A North Chicago teen has been handed charges by a Lake County Grand Jury, in connection with the shooting death of a man last month. Marquez Walker-McVae is facing multiple counts of first-degree murder in the May 4th shooting death of 20-year-old Xavier Collins. An alleged motive for the shooting still hasn’t been released, but investigators believe Walker-McVae acted alone. The 18-year-old is due back in court next week…he is currently in the Lake County Jail on a 1.5-million dollar bond.

Crimestoppers ID/Credit Card Theft

Vander Tuuk 6-6-19

(Lake Forest, IL) The Lake County Crimestoppers and the Lake Forest Police Department are seeking the public’s help in solving a case. Back on May 19th, someone stole credit cards from the pastor’s wife and mother during services at the Church of the Covenants. Those cards were used to make purchases in Waukegan and Gurnee both that day and the following day. Church members say the possible suspect was a white male, about 6 feet tall, 185-200 pounds who was last seen in blue jeans and a plaid shirt. Anyone with more information is being encouraged to contact Lake Forest Police, or the Lake County Crimestoppers at 847-662-2222.

Gun Stolen From Another State Found in Buffalo Grove Traffic Stop

Vander Tuuk 6-6-19

(Buffalo Grove, IL) Buffalo Grove police say a recent arrest turned up an item stolen several decades ago, in another state. Officials say they took Rafael Rodriguez Jr. into custody on Saturday on suspicion of DUI. Inside the 20-year-old’s vehicle, police found a revolver. When they ran the serial number, they found the weapon had been stolen before their suspect was even born…tracing the theft to 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. The discovery led to an addition charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon against Rodriguez. He’s due in court at the end of the month.

Pritzker signs state budget, income tax measure

Associated Press 6-6-19

CHICAGO (AP) Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a nearly $40 billion state budget along with a measure that could lead to a graduated income tax in Illinois. Pritzker inked the measures Wednesday afternoon at a state government office in downtown Chicago. He says a “new era of fiscal responsibility has arrived in Illinois.” The budget includes a $1,600 annual pay raise for lawmakers, which many urged the Governor to use an amendatory veto on…he refused. The income tax measure adds a constitutional amendment question to 2020 ballots asking voters whether they want rates to increase with income.