Illinois

Officials Uncover New Details In Sycamore Double Murder

Sep 2, 2016
Facebook: Dekalb County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

There’s been a new break in the double homicide in rural Sycamore.

Police say several hundred leads have been generated into the murders of Patricia and Robert Wilson.

Authorities now believe the crime happened between 7:45 p.m. and midnight Aug. 15.

The time frame was determined by the last time Patricia was known to have made telephone contact with a family member. 

There’s also video footage showing the Wilson’s stolen vehicle driving east on Illinois Route 64 in West Chicago.

Rockford Mayor Says He's Not Seeking Re-Election

Sep 2, 2016
City of Rockford

Three-term Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey is not running for another term in 2017.

    

He made the announcement Friday afternoon at City Hall.

Morrissey became the city's youngest and only independent mayor when he was elected in 2005.

He's also only one of four mayors in Rockford's history to serve for 10+ years. 

Three candidates have emerged for the position.

They include Aldermen Pam Connell and Tom McNamara, as well as community activist Rudy Valdez.

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Starved Rock State Park sees more than two-million visitors a year. It’s especially busy on holiday weekends.

Flood water reached its parking lots and is limiting the number of available spots, which means the park could quickly reach capacity this weekend and close to additional visitors.

Tim Schweizer, with the Department of Natural Resources, urges people visiting the park to arrive early.

IDOC

The Illinois Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $450,000 to a man who says prison officials punished and humiliated him after he reported his cellmate raped him.

The man's attorneys announced the settlement of his federal lawsuit Friday.

He was imprisoned for eight months for a minor drug offense, and was housed in a cell at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln with a gang member serving 22 years for armed robbery.

The lawsuit says his cellmate raped him in August 2011.

"Kimber Custom II" By Flickr User Madison Scott-Clary

The Chicago Police Department has released a statement in response to Dwyane Wade's call for tougher gun laws, saying officers are waging an "unwavering" fight against criminals but need help.

The statement from department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says making the city safer will depend on strong partnerships with the community.

He says the "fight against violent offenders who torment neighborhoods with gun violence is unwavering."

Guglielmi adds that police "need help to ensure these individuals stay off our streets after repeated arrests for guns."

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