No bond for 2 Chicago men accused of shooting boy
CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has ordered two Chicago men held without bond Monday on charges connected to the shooting of a 3-year-old boy hit in the abdomen and hip.
The two men - 19-year-old Alger Sanchez and 22-year-old Anton Aseves - face two counts each of attempted first-degree murder. They also have been charged with one count each of aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm.
Police say 3-year-old Jason Ares was critically wounded Friday night while standing next to his mother outside his home.
A Mount Sinai Hospital spokeswoman tells the Sun-Times he was listed in fair condition Sunday afternoon.
The two men are next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 20. It wasn't immediately clear if they have attorneys.
Furor engulfs Chicago's red-light camera system
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago city officials are scrambling to contain a controversy over the city's red light camera system, which may have issued thousands of tickets under questionable circumstances.
An investigation by the Chicago Tribune revealed dramatic increases in the number of tickets issued at a dozen intersections in recent years. City officials have not been able to explain the surges, and a number of aldermen are calling for an investigation by the city's inspector general.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to refund the fines for any of the 13,000 tickets involved that are shown to be unjustified. But some aldermen are calling for removal of the 11-year-old camera system, which they say is designed more for raising revenue than protecting public safety.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA-DOCTOR COMPLAINT
APNewsBreak: Illinois: Doctor faked pot paperwork
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois regulators say a suburban Chicago doctor misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, who has a practice in Highland Park. It's the first such complaint since medical marijuana regulations were approved.
A copy of the complaint obtained by The Associated Press says Starkman told the patient he qualified for marijuana after learning he had a previous diagnosis of glaucoma, but Starkman didn't perform an eye exam.
The complaint alleges the patient later received sham paperwork purporting to certify the patient to use marijuana.
Starkman didn't immediately return phone messages seeking comment left for him by The AP at two office numbers.
Quinn says state EPA will block PCBs from landfill
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will block the storage of toxic PCBs in a central Illinois landfill that sits over an aquifer that provides water for 750,000 people.
Quinn's office said Monday that the state EPA will move to keep PCBs from being dumped in the Clinton Landfill near Clinton after learning that local approval of the landfill in 2002 didn't include PCBs.
The state EPA had earlier signed off on a plan by landfill-owner Area Disposal in Peoria and a subsidiary to store the toxic chemical compounds.
A call to an attorney for the company was not immediately returned.
Many towns that sit over the Mahomet aquifer fear the groundwater could be contaminated by PCBs.
The U.S. EPA is still considering the landfill proposal.
WEST NILE-COOL WEATHER
Cool summer keeping West Nile in check in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Experts say what has so far been a cool, wet summer is probably limiting West Nile virus in Illinois.
Melaney Arnold is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. She tells The News-Gazette in Champaign that a year ago 4 percent of the mosquitoes trapped in counties around the state carried West Nile. At this point in 2012 that figure was 14 percent. But this year it's just 1 percent.
University of Illinois Extension Entomologist Phil Nixon says there are plenty of mosquitoes around. But most aren't the Culex mosquitoes that transmit the virus.
But a run of hot, dry weather that favors Culex could increase their numbers.
Jeff Blackford of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said the drought of 2012 led to high populations.
ROAD SALT WOES
Illinois communities scramble to find road salt
CHICAGO (AP) - Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter's record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies.
It's likely the price will be much higher - possibly double what they paid last year - if they are able to find any vendors willing to sell them road salt.
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services this month informed many city and county officials in charge buying road salt that no vendors responded to their requests for bids.
More than 560 communities participated in the solicitation for road salt bids. Department spokesman Mike Claffey says 367 communities received bids from salt vendors and 195 did not. The department has offered to seek new bids from vendors, but has also told public works departments to explore other alternatives.
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