High school teacher accused of assaulting student
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Bond was set at $250,000 for a suburban Chicago high school teacher accused of having sex with a female student.
Ryan W. Dolan, a history teacher and wrestling coach at Tinley Park High School, is charged with two counts of felony criminal sexual assault. He appeared Monday in Will County Circuit Court on two counts of felony criminal sexual assault.
Prosecutors allege the 29-year-old Dolan had sexual contact with a 17-year-old student on Friday. He was arrested Saturday.
Prosecutors sought bail of $500,000, but defense attorney Earl Grinbarg requested a lower amount, noting Dolan has no criminal record. He says Dolan won't return to the school.
Bremen High School District 228 Superintendent Bill Kendall said Dolan is suspended with pay while the district determines what action to take against him.
Reputed gang member sentenced in boy's death
CHICAGO (AP) - A reputed street gang member has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old Chicago boy as he played basketball in a park.
The Cook County state's attorney's office says 21-year-old Jamal Streeter was sentenced Monday.
Earlier this month, the same county judge imposed a 50-year prison sentence on 24-year-old Aramis Beachem for his role in the shooting of Darius Brown.
Both men were convicted of first-degree murder in January.
Prosecutors say they drove up to the South Side park on August 3, 2011 intending to shoot at members of a rival faction of a street gang. They say nine shots were fired and one bullet struck Brown in the back.
A third defendant is awaiting trial.
Jury selection begins for driver in fatal crash
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in the reckless homicide trial of the driver of a semi-trailer truck that struck and killed a firefighter in McLean County has year.
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that jury selection in the trial of Mansur Shakirov, of Spokane, Wash., started on Monday morning.
The 29-year-old Shakirov is charged in the March 5, 2013, death of Chris Brown. Brown was working as a volunteer firefighter with the Hudson Fire Department when a truck driven by Shakirov crashed into three emergency vehicles that had responded to a crash on Interstate 39.
Five other emergency responders were injured.
Couple charged in $7 million shoplifting jailed
CHICAGO (AP) - A judge says both heads of a suburban Chicago family accused of stealing $7 million in goods in a multistate shoplifting spree must stay in jail pending trial.
Prosecutors had argued at a Monday detention hearing that both 58-year-old Branko Bogdanov and 52-year-old Lela Bogdanov were flight risks.
The judge didn't immediately rule about whether their daughter, 34-year-old Julia Bogdanov, could be released.
The three Bogdanovs were accused of working in tandem for a decade to pilfer merchandise and sell it on eBay. They were arrested last week at their home in a wealthy Northbrook neighborhood.
All three family members face the same single count of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries a maximum 10-year prison term. None has entered a plea.
Clerk's spouse earned $146K from troubled program
CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 was paid to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Benton Cook received $146,401 in salary and benefits from a state grant for his work with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood. The neighborhood received $2.1 million over two years from the effort.
Cook says he worked for the program, but didn't receive that much money.
An audit of the $55 million initiative released in late February questioned expenditures claimed by service providers.
Quinn's office says the state had no role or involvement in Cook's hiring and issues raised by the audit were fixed more than a year ago.
Quinn attends Calif. fundraiser for re-election
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign is getting an out-of-state boost.
The Chicago Democrat flew to Los Angeles on Friday for a fundraiser attended by actors and others in the movie industry.
Quinn campaign spokeswoman Leslie Wertheimer confirmed Monday that Quinn was in Los Angeles for the fundraiser. She said a similar one was thrown in his honor in 2013.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported those in attendance included actor Joe Mantegna of CBS' "Criminal Minds."
Quinn has kept a low-profile on the campaign trail so far. He faces one lesser-known Democratic challenger on March 18. Activist Tio Hardiman of suburban Hillside is running.
Four Republicans are running for Illinois governor. They are state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, business man Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd).
After Boeing bid, Rockford targets high-tech jobs
(AP) - A few years ago the people paid to build up Rockford's long-struggling economy took a hard look at the pieces they had to work with, one thing stood out.
The town had far more aerospace-related companies than people seemed to realize.
Eric Voyles is vice president of national business development at the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. He said the number of companies is close to 100.
The town used that aerospace base to bid for a Boeing aircraft manufacturing site. And state and local officials say the company seemed impressed.
Now city and state officials hope to use that feel-good moment to generate more opportunities for the area.
They're planning to head to major air shows to pitch the town and its airport to other companies.
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