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Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals.

 

He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago's South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom.

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A 19-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he opened fire at Dixon High School last month.

 

Matthew Milby Jr. entered his plea Thursday in Lee County. He faces felony gun charges and is being held in jail on $2 million bond.

Milby is accused of taking a semi-automatic rifle to Dixon High School on May 16 as graduation practice was taking place in the gym. Authorities allege that Milby, who was a member of the graduating class, fired at a gym teacher and was running away when he was confronted by school resource officer Mark Dallas.

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The chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday, at Madigan's request, after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment.

 

Sherri Garrett, a $42,000-a-year account technician for the House, told a news conference in Chicago that Timothy Mapes brushed aside her complaints of lawmakers' harassment of her and other women on at least two occasions.

 

Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Lawyers for Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan are asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ex-campaign worker who alleges her reporting of sexual harassment cost her a promotion in the speaker's political organization.

The request in federal court by the Illinois Democratic Party and three Madigan-controlled campaign funds denies allegations by Alaina Hampton. She contends in her lawsuit her effort to stop Kevin Quinn's unwanted advances prevented her from getting further work on Democratic campaigns.

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A top Democrat has resigned his leadership post in the Illinois House after a legislative activist alleged he harassed and humiliated her. But he calls the allegations "absurd."

 

Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie submitted his resignation Thursday as the No. 3 House Democrat.

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