Official: 5 children wounded in Chicago drive-by
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say five children were wounded in a drive-by shooting on Chicago's South Side.
The Chicago Sun-Times says the attack happened Sunday night in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.
Police say an 11-year-old girl was shot in the neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the arm was also taken there. A 14-year-old girl who was shot in the abdomen is in serious condition at Comer Children's Hospital. A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the leg was also taken there.
Police say another 14-year-old girl later walked into Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center with a graze wound on her buttocks.
The paper says witnesses said the attack happened after a confrontation at a nearby school playground.
Authorities probe deaths of husband, wife officers
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say the bodies of a Cook County Department of Corrections officer and his Chicago police officer wife have been found at a Chicago house.
Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cara Smith says the bodies were found about 5 a.m. Sunday. Both had been fatally shot and authorities are investigating the deaths as an apparent murder suicide.
The Cook County officer was identified as Javier Acevedo. He had been with the department for about 25 years.
Authorities believe Acevedo shot his wife, identified by police as Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo, and then turned the gun on himself.
A Chicago police spokesman says Rizzo-Acevedo was an 18-year veteran of the police department.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy calls the death an "awful tragedy" in an emailed statement.
Police: 6 people injured in Easter party shooting
MONTGOMERY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say six people were injured in a shooting at an Easter party in suburban Chicago.
Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers tells Chicago's WBBM-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1jWGCgZ ) that the shooter allegedly got out of an SUV and fired bullets into the garage of a home where an Easter party was taking place and children were present. The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Four men and two women between the ages of 20 and 30 were wounded. No charges have been filed.
The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating.
Montgomery is about 45 miles from Chicago.
Authorities: Newborn baby found in plastic bag
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say the body of a newborn baby boy was found wrapped in a plastic bag on Chicago's North Side.
Chicago police and Cook County medical examiner's office say the body was found in a gangway between two buildings. Chicago police spokesman Jose Estrada says an area resident found the baby around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning and contacted police. An autopsy was set for Sunday.
Investigators have launched a death investigation.
State law says unharmed newborns can be left at designated "safe haven" locations with no questions asked. Those locations include police stations, fire stations or hospitals.
Former death row inmate details difficulties
CHICAGO (AP) - A former death row inmate whose wrongful murder conviction helped spark the end of Illinois' death penalty says life has been difficult on the outside, particularly recently.
Anthony Porter tells the Chicago Sun-Times he's angry about attorneys' decision to re-examine the conviction of Alstory Simon. His confession in the 1982 killings of two people led to Porter's release after he spent 16 years on death row.
Porter says he's under stress from renewed questions about his innocence. He claims re-examining the case is conspiracy to ruin reputations, including of former Gov. George Ryan, who pardoned Porter.
Cook County State's Attorney officials said last year that a letter from Simon's attorneys outlined reasons that warranted another look. Officials didn't return messages Sunday.
Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
VIDEO GAMBLING-EXCLUSION LIST
Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.
Illinois has a voluntary self-exclusion list for people identifying as problem gamblers. They could be arrested if found in a casino.
Proposed video gambling legislation says if the Illinois Gaming Board finds someone applying for permits has a criminal history related to gambling, they'll be put on another list. But there isn't one for problem gamblers and video gambling.
Some anti-gambling advocates want the industry to check ID's against such a list to prevent problem gambling.
Gene O'Shea of the gaming board tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register it's not practical to do so at the thousands of video gambling sites in Illinois.
Cardinal: Could be last Easter as archbishop
CHICAGO (AP) - Cardinal Francis George says this may be his last Easter holiday as the spiritual leader of Chicago's more than 2 million Roman Catholics.
The 77-year-old George is battling cancer and he spoke after a Sunday morning service at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral.
The Chicago Sun-Times cites him as saying it may be his last Easter as the Archbishop of Chicago. But he added that he didn't know if it would be his last one alive.
George said recently he believes the cancer will eventually take his life. He survived bladder cancer eight years ago and was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
George told attendees of Sunday's service that life events, like a serious illness, can force people to come to a better understanding of life.
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