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Monday, February 18, 2019

NBC 5 Investigation shows Illinois State Police revoked Aurora Shooter’s FOID card, but never confirmed surrender of weapon

Aurora shooter Gary Martin reportedly told the doctor examining him after violent attack of Chyreese Jones in 1994 , "I have a problem controlling my temper…when I get real upset."

In 1996 Chyreese Jones warned: "I am afraid that someone may end up dead, all because the prison system wants to be rid of him."

Illinois State Police don't know why there was no follow up to forfeit his gun after they revoked his Firearm Operator's Identification (FOID) card.

Man Shot in Homeless Encampment Near Taylor St and DesPlaines Ave, South Loop, Chicago

Male, age 57, shot in the abdomen at homeless encampment near Taylor St and DesPlaines and transported to a nearby hospital by Chicago Fire Department paramedics. Man listed in critical conditions, according to CFD.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ken Nordine, 'The Voice' and WBEZ 'Word Jazz' creator, dies at 98

Ken Nordine, known as "The Voice" in the Chicago creative community for eight decades, died Saturday at his home in the Edgewater neighborhood. He was 98.

Nordine was the creator and host of the Word Jazz show, which was an iconic feature for 40 years.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Administration, Illinois EPA shut down Sterigenics in Willowbrook Regarding Ethylene Oxide toxicity fears

The Illinois Environment Protection Agency ordered Sterigenics — a health equipment sterilization facility in Willowbrook near Route 83 and I-55 -- to be immediately sealed on Friday February 15, 2019.

Location of Sterigenics plant directly across Quincy Street from the Willowbrook Police Department and a Willowbrook water tower. The Village of Willowbrook posted an update Friday February 15, 2019 showing high levels of ethylene oxide were detected earlier in February outside the Willowbrook Police Department, located near government and industrial buildings. New record high readings of 21 parts per billion (which equals 38 micrograms per cubic meter) and 89 parts per billion were recorded at the Willowbrook Village Hall and Police Department, respectively. Indoor readings also taken at both locations are even higher in some cases.

Active Shooter Aurora: Police Explain Officers’ Injuries, Victims, Shooter Information, Gun Used, Police Resources Used and Timeline | Cardinal News

Five employees shot and killed, one employee shot and wounded, five police officers shot, shooter shot and killed by police. One police officer injured, not by gunshot. 

The shooter was being fired at a termination meeting when he reported for work and opened fire at the termination. People at the meeting are believed to be the five people that are deceased. It is initially believed that three deceased victims were shot in the termination meeting, and two of the deceased victims were shot just outside the termination meeting.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rope found around Jussie Smollett's neck purchased by 2 brothers: “Sources” | ABC News

Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo of Nigeria agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope that was allegedly used in an attack of Jussie Smollett.  During the alleged attack, Smollett was on the phone with Brandon Moore, his music manager. Smollet and Moore claim that the alleged attackers yelled "MAGA country" — the campaign slogan used by President Donald J. Trump.

Aurora Shooting Victim Killed On First Day Of Internship | CBS Chicago

Trevor Wehner, 21, a Northern Illinois University human resources intern was fatally shot on his first day at Henry Pratt. He was one of 5 that were shot and killed by employee Gary Martin, and was one of 11, including 5 police officers, that were shot by Martin. Only one employee survived among those that were shot.

ISP Trooper Injured After Police Chase on Dan Ryan Expressway Involves Crash on Lafayette, Chicago

An ISP trooper suffered a knee injury and was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition. Details of the pursuit were not initially available.

Vigils and funds planned for Aurora shooting victims, families

Highpoint Church's North Aurora campus will host a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,  2301 Tanner Road.

The "Aurora Strong" prayer vigil is scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday outside the Henry Pratt Co., 401 S. Highland Ave. 

The city of Aurora established the Aurora Strong Community Fund to assist families of victims who lost their lives or were injured. To donate, visit


Police release 2 brothers questioned in alleged Empire actor Jussie Smollett attack

Two Nigerian brothers were released without charges after they were arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. Police indicated new evidence obtained.

Smollett, age 36, who is black and gay, reported two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA country!" beat him and looped a rope around his neck early on Jan. 29, 2019. Smollett also reported some kind of chemical was poured on him.

New Owner Pipeline Health plans to shutter Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park

The upcoming closure of Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park was announced late Friday February 15, 2019 by the Village of Melrose Park.  Westlake Hospital has 800 employees.

Los Angeles-based Pipeline in January 2019 purchased Westlake, West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and Weiss Memorial Hospital in Uptown for $70 million.

New Fire Chief for Arlington Heights Is Chief Andrew Larson…

Chief Andrew Larson on Friday February 15, 2019 became the 6th Fire Chief of the Arlington Heights Fire Department. Larson's fire service career in Arlington Heights started in 1997 when he joined the Department as a firefighter. Larson rose through the ranks successfully holding the positions of Instructor at the Arlington Heights Training Academy, Firefighter/Paramedic, Firefighter/Engineer, Shift Lieutenant, Incident Safety Officer, Public Education Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief since 2017 followed by his service as Acting Fire Chief since November 2018.

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