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Trial date could be set this week for defendant in Joliet double-killing

Attorneys continued to prepare Monday for the murder trial of one of four people accused of a grisly 2013 double­ homicide in Joliet. Bethany McKee, 20, has been charged in connection with the January 2013 strangling deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22. …


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Prosecutors: Man brags about ‘Fat Man’ tattoo during alleged rape


A South Side man who raped a woman during a home invasion bragged about his “Fat Man” tattoo during the attack and repeatedly asked the victim if she’d be his girlfriend, Cook County prosecutors said.

School bus driver accused of molesting 9-year-old girl


A school bus driver was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail Tuesday for allegedly fondling and kissing a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting over the weekend.

Ex-CPS janitor charged with sexually attacking 2 students


A former Bowen High School janitor raped one student and fondled another in classrooms while he worked at the South Side school in 2012 and 2013, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Reputed mobster allegedly tossed woman down stairs 3 times: affidavit


An informant said Robert “Bobby” Panozzo Sr., 54, boasted about killing an elderly woman around 1987, according to an affidavit police obtained for a search warrant. Panozzo “jokes about how surprisingly difficult it was to murder an elderly woman,” according to the affidavit.

1 dead, 6 injured in shootings across city

One man was killed and at least six people, including three teenage boys, were shot across the city Monday evening.

Summit on violence comes after another bloody weekend in Chicago


After yet another bloody summer weekend in which four people were killed and 39 people were wounded, Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a closed-door summit Monday with community leaders and law enforcement to discuss violence that continues to grip Chicago. “I think everybody here knows this …

Woman shot by police in McHenry County after pointing rifle at officers

A suicidal woman was shot and critically injured by police Sunday afternoon after she pointed an assault rifle at officers in northwest suburban McHenry County, police said.

Off-duty Chicago police officer killed in crash on Dan Ryan


The officer was riding a motorcycle south on the Dan Ryan near 71st Street when he was hit by another vehicle about 2:15 p.m., according to state police. Police initially reported the crash as a hit-and-run, but officials later said the other driver involved in the accident did remain on the scene.

Neighbor’s video of man exposing himself helps cops nab suspect


A quick-thinking neighbor captured the incident on a camera phone and called the police, authorities said. Police were eventually able to get the man’s license plate from the video to track him down to his home on Thursday.

NU student charged with reckless homicide, DUI in crash that killed 2


A Northwestern University student was ordered held on $250,000 bond Sunday after driving into a Naperville lake early Saturday, killing two passengers in the car, including another Northwestern student.

Man gets 30 days in jail for swearing at Cook County judge

Alex Bailey, 31, of the 300 block of West Evergreen Street, had just been ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail in a retail theft case when he began swearing at Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas. He was being escorted from the courtroom when he started shouting and called Chiampas a “b - - - -.”

Man dies after police use stun gun to break up fight in Brighton Park

A 41-year-old man died Saturday after a Chicago Police officer used a stun gun on him while trying to break up a fight in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Hebru Brantley statues inspired by Tuskegee Airmen damaged


The Chicago Park District discovered Sunday morning that the statues had been vandalized, spokeswoman Michele Lemons said. Some of the statues suffered only minor cracks, but whole chunks of others had been ripped away. The hands of a blue Fly Boy rested at his feet Sunday.

‘I’ll miss how she used to dance and sing,’ slain girl’s cousin says


Sharonda Jones was hosting a sleepover and was about to microwave s’mores when a stray bullet killed her friend, Shamiya Adams. At a vigil Sunday for Shamiya, she said she’s angry and wants her best friend back. “She treated me like a real sister,” said Sharonda, 11.

Man appears in court one day after his brief escape in Elgin


ELGIN — Almost exactly 24 hours after he escaped from an Elgin Mental Health Center vehicle and led some 50 police officers on an eight-hour search, Jesse Vega was back in court Thursday morning.

He told a bond court judge he hears voices in his …