Illinois

A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed by three suburban Chicago men who say they were targeted as suspects in the 2015 shooting a police officer whose death was later declared a suicide.

Raymond Willoughby, Damien Ward and Dan Cooper allege they were unlawfully arrested based on Gliniewicz's fabricated description. They were handcuffed and held in custody for hours.

The lawsuit alleges the Fox Lake Police Department had good reason to suspect from the beginning that Gliniewicz's death was a suicide, but still pursued the case.

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is opposing legislation that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients.

  

Eleni Demertzis is Rauner's spokeswoman. She said Friday the governor is committed to protecting women's rights under current law but recognizes the ``sharp divisions of opinion'' on taxpayer-funded abortion coverage.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A prosecutor says the widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who killed himself told investigators her husband intended to pay back money he took from a police youth program.

The Daily Herald reports the remarks came during a court hearing on Melodie Gliniewicz's request that a judge throw out charges against her. She's accused of being involved in her late husband's scheme to steal thousands of dollars from the Fox Lake police youth program.

DCFS

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services wants the public to help root out child abuse. DCFS is operating under a motto of “see something, say something.”  Spokeswoman Veronica Resa says a call to the child abuse hotline doesn’t mean the state will automatically break up a family. 

"What we're going to do is hopefully find them family services, help them stay united through supporting them with things such as parenting classes or anger management classes.  We even have classes to help them with finances."

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced that the Anti-Defamation League will develop a program with the Illinois State Police to train police officers in identifying and investigating hate crimes.

Rauner told reporters in Chicago on Monday that the plan is the fourth part of a program he laid out two weeks ago to battle crimes against people because of race, religion or national origin.

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