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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chicago.

Friday
Aug222014

Quinn Signs Law Aimed at Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

(CHICAGO) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new legislation aimed at protecting survivors of domestic violence.

Signed on Thursday, "Diane's Law" will allow courts to order risk assessment and electronic surveillance of people who have been charged with domestic abuse. This is to increase protection for victims of domestic violence, officials said.

The governor's office said the law is named after Diane Kephart, who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in March 2013, just three days after she renewed a protective order against him.


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Thursday
Aug212014

Police Make Third Arrest in Alleged Gang Initiation Attack

(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police have arrested a third person in connection with an alleged gang initiation incident that happened in March and left a 15-year-old boy hospitalized.

Marco Garcia-Bojorquez was arrested Monday and charged with attempted murder in the March 16 incident that occurred on the 2700 block of South Homan Avenue.

Police said the teenage victim was attacked by a group, stabbed, robbed of his belongings, and placed in a dumpster.

Heriberto Ramirez, 20, and a 16-year-old boy have also been arrested in connection with the attack.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Two in Custody as Harvey Hostage Situation Ends

(CHICAGO) -- A police standoff and hostage situation in Harvey ended Wednesday morning with two men being taken into custody.

The situation began unfolding Tuesday around 1 p.m., when police responded to a report of a burglary at a home on the 14700 block of Seely Avenue. Police told ABC's Chicago station WLS-TV that there was a shootout at the scene involving officers and at least two suspects. This was followed by the suspects barricading themselves inside the home, along with eight people -- six children and two adults.

Four of the hostages were freed on Tuesday, while the other four were released Wednesday morning, just prior to SWAT team members storming the home around 9:30 a.m.  The two suspects were arested, WLS-TV reported. 

There were no injuries reported.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Two Indicted for Illegally Possessing 40 Firearms

(CHICAGO) -- Officials indicted two men on federal gun charges Monday for allegedly illegally possessing dozens of firearms.

Walter Freeman of Lisle, also known as "Charlie" and "Cha-Lay," was charged with one count each of being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of stolen firearms, and dealing weapons without a federal license.

Timony Vana, of Forest Park, was also charged in the case.

Between October 2010 and July 2011, Freeman, 35, and Vana, 53, illegally possessed 40 different firearms, including various 9 and 25 mm, and .22, .38, and .45 caliber pistols, according to officials.  

If convicted, the two face a minimum of 10 years in prison each.


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Monday
Aug182014

Gov. Quinn Signs Bill to Ban Smoking on State University Campuses

(CHICAGO) -- Starting next summer, Illinois students, faculty, and  school visitors will no longer be able to take a cigarette break on campus.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday prohibiting smoking on all state-supported colleges and universities campuses, with the ban taking effect July 1, 2015.

“Illinois’ college students shouldn’t be subject to unwanted cigarette smoke on the campuses they call home,” Quinn said. “We want all schools to be healthy, clean and productive places of learning for Illinois’ bright young minds. This new law will improve the health of our students and encourage healthier lifestyles after college graduation.”

At least 20 universities and colleges currently implement a smoke-free policy.

The law applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Under the new bill, smoking will still be allowed inside privately-owned vehicles that travel through campus, as well as parked, non-state-owned cars.

In addition to the ban, the governor signed House Bill 5868, placing restrictions on the display of e-cigarettes in stores. Starting January 1, 2015, the nicotine products must be sold from behind a counter in an age-restricted area or sealed case.

“While many residents may use e-cigarettes to kick bad habits, these products have no place within arm’s reach along the aisles of our pharmacies and grocery stores,” Quinn said. “This new law will ensure e-cigarettes are safely displayed behind the counter, where they belong.”


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