More than 200 people reported seeing a fireball over Missouri Monday evening. The bright meteor was primarily seen in Missouri, but the American Meteor Society received sighting reports from people in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Nebraska.
Activists on Chicago’s South Side decry the use of ‘bait trucks,’ which they say are used to entrap black youths in sting operations police say are designed to catch burglars on and near Norfolk Southern Railroad property.
Moline, Illinois, police say an employee at QC Family Entertainment was injured after he approached a large group last Thursday night and asked them to calm down. Police have released surveillance video.
A 17-year-old boy identified as Erin Carey died Tuesday, June 19, 2018, one day after he was mistaken for dead after a shooting, according to Chicago media reports. Paramedics had placed a white sheet over his body and tended to another gunshot victim.
Police in Chicago, Illinois, say a man allegedly attacked a 67-year-old woman while she was reading her Kindle on a train. The woman could lose her eyesight because of the attack. Surveillance images helped police find the suspect.
Police arrested Keonte Griffin at a Bloomingdale, Illinois, mall Tuesday, June 12, 2018, after they say he shot a loss prevention officer who was escorting the man out for urinating in a changing room.
A judge sentenced Zachary M. Pherigo, a Decatur, Illinois, teenager, to 48 months probation for fatally shooting his 2-year-old nephew, Justin Lee Murphy Jr., while playing cops and robbers last October. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.
Macomb, Illinois, police said 41 small animals, including rabbits, rodents, reptiles and fish, were found dead inside a pet store on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The store owner, Jessica Spangler, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.
A Taco Bell manager in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood stabbed his employee in the abdomen early May 29 after an argument over a woman escalated, police said. The stabbing happened in an alley, and the victim did not press charges but was hospitalized.
School News: Belleville West and East High Schools in Belleville, IL, closed after an armed student threatened a peer in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO a week after a student with a gun killed 10 in a school shooting in Sante Fe, TX.
A Chicago police officer faces at least 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of federal human trafficking of a minor for having sex with a 14-year-old girl using condoms from out of Illinois, which helped make federal charges possible in the crime.
For a $1 each, the city of Chicago is now selling more than 3,200 vacant lots to anyone who has ever wanted a yard, a garden or maybe an outdoor patio. The program is similar to Kansas City's Dollar Homes program from 2016.
Crime news: A 39-year-old former Brooklyn, IL, police officer was charged with felony theft for cashing his paycheck twice, once on a phone and at a store in East St. Louis, IL, in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO.