Man killed, 6 injured in shooting near police headquarters in Bronzeville

CHICAGO — A man was killed and six people were injured after a shooting on the street near Chicago police headquarters.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near 37th and Michigan Avenue in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

All of the victims were standing on a sidewalk when someone fired at the group.

Of the seven shot, five of them are women.

Most of the victims were shot in the leg, but a man was hit in the back and did not survive.

The man has been identified as 28-year-old Alfred Mitchell Jr.

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Secret recordings may be played at Lake County sheriff’s bribery trial

HAMMOND, Ind. — The second day of Lake County Sheriff John Buncich’s corruption trial is underway at the federal courthouse in Hammond, Indiana.

This afternoon prosecutors may play audio recordings made of Buncich, which the government says show him accepting thousands of dollars in bribes.

During the first day of testimony, a government informant told the jury that he knew he had to pay to get towing business from the county.  That business was controlled by the sheriff.  The FBI raided the sheriff’s office last year and Buncich was indicted in November, along with a deputy and another tow truck operator.

The others accepted plea deals and one is expected to testify against Buncich.

Defense attorneys say the evidence will show the sheriff committed no crime.

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Northwestern professor wanted for murder donated $1000 in name of victim

CHICAGO — There is a new twist in a murder case involving a Northwestern professor.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the two men wanted in the murder of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau donated $1,000 in the victim’s name.

Northwestern associate professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, reportedly drove to Lake Geneva’s public library shortly after the murder to make the donation.

Police said last Thursday around 8:30 p.m., a maintenance worker at Lathem’s apartment building in the 500 block of North State Street called 911 after getting an anonymous tip that a crime had happened in a 10th floor apartment.

Public records show that Lathem lived on the 10th floor in this building.

Once inside, police found Duranleau stabbed to death.

Police believe Duranleau was trying to break off a relationship with Lathem. Neighbors say they had seen Duranleau and the Lathem, walking on the sidewalk outside the victim’s home several times and indicated that they had been dating for a while.

The search for Lathem continues. He was a microbiology researcher and associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine on the Chicago campus but has since been put on administrative leave and is banned from all Northwestern campuses.

Warren, a University of Oxford employee who was a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, is also being sought by police.

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Rauner’s veto strips millions for Chicago schools from education funding bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has used his veto power to strip millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools from a school funding overhaul in a move that could mean no districts get state money before classes begin.

The Republican on Tuesday removed help for Chicago Public Schools’ pensions along with money the district formerly received in the form of a block grant, along with other changes.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton had urged Rauner to “do the right thing” and sign the legislation.

The bill now returns to the Legislature, where three-fifths of lawmakers in both chambers must either approve or override Rauner’s changes. Both options will be difficult. If neither chamber can muster the votes, the legislation dies.

Many districts are concerned about how long schools can stay open without state money.

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Indiana officer shot and killed while helping car crash victims

INDIANAPOLIS — A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday.

Lt. Aaron Allen of the Southport Police Department was responding to a call about a crash with people trapped inside a vehicle Thursday afternoon when he was shot, Sgt. Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters at a news conference. Allen died at Eskenazi Hospital, Adams said.

“Shots were fired by one of the vehicle’s occupants, striking the Southport lieutenant,” Adams said.

Police say it was 28-year-old Jason Brown who fired the shots. Brown has been arrested on a preliminary murder charge in the fatal shooting

Two other officers at the scene, including one who was off-duty at the time, returned fire, striking a person inside the vehicle, Adams said.

Allen, 38, was a six-year veteran of the Southport department and had nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience, Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said.

“Lieutenant Allen was a hard worker, and today was no different. He responded to a crash with urgency to preserve life. Tragically, his was lost,” Vaughn said at the news conference.

Adams said investigators haven’t said who was wounded and what prompted the shooting.

On Thursday night, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett called Allen’s death “a shocking and tragic reminder of the difficult, often dangerous work of police officers.” He said the community grieves for the Allen family.

Neighborhood resident Bryan McGary told WXIN-TV the shooting was unusual for the area.

“It’s just hard to believe that this would happen here. I mean I’ve lived here since 1976 and we really haven’t had much. . We do have a lot of policemen in our area that live here so it’s just one of those things,” McGary said.

Southport is an enclave within the city limits of Indianapolis.

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Lawmakers to meet for 2nd day of school funding session

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lawmakers are expected in Springfield for the second day of a legislative special session on school funding. However, not much action is expected Thursday after a slow first day.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll reject a plan the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved that changes how Illinois distributes school money. However, Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate won’t send the bill to the Republican governor until Monday.

Rauner has vowed to use his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill over objections to additional funding for Chicago schools.

If lawmakers want to override, they’ll need a three-fifths majority vote. If they don’t have the votes, the plan dies and questions remain about when schools will get funding. Another option is for lawmakers to write a new plan.

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Man indicted in 2014 death of SIU student

MORTON GROVE, Ill. –The parents of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student found dead in 2014 say a grand jury has indicted a man in their son’s death.

Pravin Varughese, who is from Morton Grove,  was last seen leaving a party on campus.  His body was found in the woods days later. Officials said he died of hypothermia.

But today a grand jury indicted 22-year-old Gaege Bethune on two counts of first degree murder.

He was the last person to see Pravin alive.

He told police he picked up Pravin to give him a ride because it was so cold and for some unexplained reason the two got into a scuffle that lasted less than a minute.  He said Pravin exited his vehicle and ran off into the woods.

Since their son’s death, the Varughese family refused to believe the coroner’s report that he died from hypothermia and that no foul play was involved.

They worked tirelessly to refute that theory and sued the Carbondale Police Department.  They hired their own investigator from the Autopsy Center of Chicago who came up with a different cause of death, that Pravin died from blunt force trauma to the head and that autopsy photos showed signs of a struggle.

Today Southern Illinois authorities called the family to tell them the news.

“We are waiting for this day,” said Matthew Varughese, Pravin’s father. “We know our son who he is.”

Varughese family will be in Carbondale for Bethune’s court appearance and every one there after.

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