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Filing: Chicago ‘two-faced’ on acknowledging police abuse

MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago pursues a “two-faced” strategy of acknowledging an ugly history of police brutality in public while directing its lawyers to deny that legacy in court when victims sue, community leaders alleged in a court filing Thursday. The filing in Chicago’s U.S. District Court…

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ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

Budget included language notifying consumers that state suspended a 2-cent tax hike JERRY NOWICKI
 Capitol News Illinois
 “As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022. The price on this pump should reflect the suspension of the tax increase.” Those two…

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Cearlock awarded $1000 in scholarship

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Knights of Columbus #2120 awarded Kennedy Cearlock of Taylorville a $1000 scholarship. The annual scholarship is generally given out in two $500 awards, but Cearlock was the only applicant and so received the full monetary amount. She is the daughter of Kelly and Jamie Cearlock of Taylorville. Cearlock plans to attend…

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2022 scholarship winners announced by Taylorville Community Credit Union

TAYLORVILLE – Eight graduating seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana High Schools – recently were awarded $1000 checks toward their continuing education in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s eighth annual “Stop. Shop. VOTE!” Scholarship promotion. This year’s winners from Pana High School are: Jaxon Rhoades Hayden Roeder Jaxon will attend SIU-Edwardsville to…

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Deliberations start in Russian soldier’s war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The lawyer for a Russian soldier who was the first to go on trial for an alleged war crime in Ukraine asked a Kyiv court Friday to acquit his client, who had admitted killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian during the first days of the war. Defense attorney Victor Ovsyanikov argued that…

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11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

Suicidal 11-year-old girl was in emergency room for four days BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday afternoon, a Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt of court for the 11th time for violating court orders to move children to proper placements. The 11-year-old…

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Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The official misconduct case against a Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center senior staff member was dismissed on Thursday. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Tripp dropped the charges, related to a cover-up of abuse at the state-run facility, against Choate’s quality assurance manager Gary Goins. The dismissal allows…

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Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sporting events because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday. Most sports bodies have followed the IOC guidance given on Feb. 28 — four days…

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Police: Chicago shooting leaves 2 people dead, 8 wounded

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people are dead and another eight wounded following a shooting near a fast food restaurant in Chicago that sent bystanders scattering, authorities said. The shooting happened about 10:40 p.m. Thursday near a McDonald’s on the city’s Near North Side, a few blocks from the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district. One person…

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County to separate Animal Control from Zoning and Solid Waste

Kim Paisley-Jones Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board met in regular session Tuesday, May 17, 2022. It was, once again, held in Courtroom A of the Christian County Courthouse due to the large number of attendees. Several residents of the county approached the board with comments during the public comments section of the…

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