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Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is sponsoring legislation to expand protections for teenagers accused of murder.

She says they can't make the legal decisions required to waive legal rights. 

State law mandates lawyers be present when police officers aggressively question teenagers aged 12 and under who are accused of murder or sex crimes. 

But youth between 13-and-17 years old can waive their right to a lawyer during interrogations.

Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office

Rockford police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 29 people Thursday and seized cocaine, marijuana, and prescription painkillers.

 

Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato says they were part of a “very large drug ring” spanning several counties. Arrests include two men investigators characterize as “major suppliers,” Regulo Rodriguez of Belvidere and Esaul Rivas of Rockford.

 

Sixteen were arrested as “end users,” including former Hononegah High School football coach Timothy Sughroue.

"Demolition" by Flickr User Steve Johnson

Chicago officials say they're expediting the demolition of three vacant buildings located in an area riddled with crime.

The Chicago Police Department and the Department of Buildings say they began demolition of the buildings Tuesday.

The structures are located in the city's West Pullman neighborhood.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the demolitions are a way to fight gang activity and crime.

So far this year the city has demolished 14 structures and boarded up more than 400 buildings.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Violent crime, heroin use, and police relations in Rockford --  those three problems were the focus of a year-long study by the Department of Justice. The city invited the analysis and received the initial results Tuesday.

Michael Schmidt / AP

UPDATE: 2:10 p.m., 9/2/15

About 100 investigators are actively working on the investigation into the death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, Lake County law enforcement officials told a news conference this morning. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said the active force is down from 400 during Tuesday's initial response.

No additional details were given of the three suspects -- described simply as two white males and one black male -- in the officer's death.

Rockford Crime And Safety

May 27, 2015
Victor Yehling / WNIJ

We examine the perception and reality of crime in Rockford. We talk with people directly affected by violence, and examine efforts to prevent violent crime and ensure the safety of residents.

Rockford-area State Representative Litesa Wallace recently introduced a resolution calling on the Governor, the Mayor of Rockford, Attorney General and others to get to the bottom of the crime problem.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Victims of violent crime in Illinois can get up to $27,000 to help them deal with the aftermath. But few know they’re eligible for assistance under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police and other police agencies are still looking for 22-year-old Kody R. Walsh of Rockford. He's the suspect in a shooting death inside a vehicle on the Illinois tollway near South Beloit early Sunday morning.