Audit of Quinn program sent to authorities
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A scathing audit of an anti-violence program launched by Governor Pat Quinn in 2010 has been sent to law enforcement authorities.
Republican lawmakers released a letter Friday from Auditor General William Holland. It indicated the audit of Quinn's $55 million "Neighborhood Recovery Initiative" went to James Lewis, U.S. attorney for the central district of Illinois, and Ricardo Meza (MAY'-zuh), the state's executive inspector general. The legislators had asked Holland to forward his findings.
The Democrat Quinn initiated the Chicago-area anti-violence program in the fall of 2010. But Holland's audit found "pervasive deficiencies" in the program which Republicans believe could involve criminal activity. Quinn has said he's the one who fixed problems.
A Lewis spokeswoman confirmed receiving the audit. A Meza spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
STATE GRANT INDICTMENTS-JERI WRIGHT
Federal jury upholds Il. money laundering conviction
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal jury in Springfield has convicted the daughter of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright of money laundering and making false statements in connection with the alleged misuse of a state grant.
Jeri Wright of Hazel Crest, convicted late Friday, was accused of participating in a fraud scheme led by former Country Club Hills police chief Regina Evans. She then lied about her involvement to law enforcement and a federal grand jury. Wright is the daughter of the minister whose sermons and later statements sparked controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign.
U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough has scheduled sentencing for July 7th.
Evans pleaded guilty last year to obstruction of justice, conspiracy and witness tampering in misusing the $1.2 million 2009 Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant
Then Illinois Senator Barack Obama's attendance for many years at the Reverend Wright's church was often brought up by conservative commentators during the 2008 presidential campaign.
BOEING 787-WING CRACKS
Wing cracks lead to Dreamliner production delay
NEW YORK (AP) - Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu.
Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built. The Chicago-based manufacturer says none of the 122 jets already flown by airlines around the world are affected.
"We are confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said in an email. "We understand the issue, what must be done to correct it and are completing inspections of potentially affected airplanes."
Boeing says that roughly 40 airplanes might be affected and that it will take one to two weeks to fix the cracks found on shear ties on a wing rib.
The production problem was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Guzman lieutenant says he wants trial in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - A reputed lieutenant of recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who was expected to plead guilty to federal trafficking charges has changed his mind.
Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez had been scheduled to enter a guilty plea Friday in federal court in Chicago.
But his attorney, Paul Brayman, told a judge Hernandez wants to go to trial.
Brayman says Hernandez changed his mind after a television news report last week. Brayman says the report claimed Hernandez planned to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against Guzman.
Brayman tells reporters the story sparked rumors in Mexico that Hernandez had "turned against Guzman." Brayman insists that is not true but says Hernandez fears for the lives of his wife and children in Mexico.
The trial is scheduled for May 12th.
STRUCK BY TRAIN
Chicago teen struck and killed by commuter train
CHICAGO (AP) - A 17-year-old Chicago high school student has been struck by a commuter train and killed on the city's Northwest Side as he made his way to school.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Taft High School student identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office as Erik Lucansky was struck by the Metra train on Friday shortly before 7 a.m.
The paper reports that the school's web site says the student was struck and killed while crossing the tracks on the way to school. The web site also said that grief counselors were meeting with students and staff.
Trains were stopped for about 45 minutes before service was resumed at about 7:35 a.m.
Body found in Chicago drain pipe identified
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago authorities have determined a woman's body found in a drain pipe on the city's South Side is that of a woman who was reported missing more than two years ago.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday identified the body of that of 30-year-old Latasha Nevitt.
Nevitt's decomposing body, wrapped in plastic, was discovered Wednesday by Chicago Water Department workers less than 100 feet from the house where Nevitt lived with her husband and three children. The crew was at the location to shut off a valve to work on a nearby water main.
The woman's husband, Isaac Nevitt, said the woman was last seen October 15th, 2011, walking to a convenience store.
Authorities say an autopsy to determine the cause of the woman's death was inconclusive.
THRIFT STORE-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
Woman killed when gun in donated clothes fires
CHICAGO (AP) - A woman working at a Chicago thrift store was killed when a gun that was in dropped-off clothing accidentally discharged, hitting her in the chest.
Chicago police say 54-year-old Carmen Dominguez and a male co-worker were sorting the donated clothing in a back room of the store in the city's Washington Heights neighborhood early Friday when the co-worker shook a sock. A .22-caliber gun inside the sock fell into the co-worker's hand and discharged.
The wounded woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Relatives said she was a wife and mother of two children.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
Man gets 50 years in prison in Galesburg slaying
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the stabbing death of a Galesburg man.
WGIL radio reports that Kai Lefler of Oneida was sentenced Friday for killing Robert Kilgore in January 2013.
Prosecutors say Kilgore was stabbed multiple times when he confronted Lefler, who they believe was trying to break into Kilgore's parked car. Lefler was convicted in November 2013.
Knox County Circuit Court Judge Scott Shipplett noted Lefler's previous criminal record when sentencing him to the maximum prison time.
Lefler apologized in court.
MVC-SHOT CLOCK WOES
Quarterfinal game delayed by shot clock outage
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A shot clock lost power early in the second half of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinal between Illinois State and Missouri State, causing an awkward delay.
The clock under the Missouri State basket went blank three times in the opening minute Friday and the game was halted with 19:03 to play. Tournament director Jack Watkins said the game was delayed three minutes while personnel repaired the connection.
"It felt kind of weird, I guess you could say," said Illinois State guard Zach Lofton, who had been on the bench. "Long breaks we don't usually have."
Missouri State won 53-48, advancing to the semifinals against unbeaten and second-ranked Wichita State on Saturday.
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