Chicago girl, 2, dies in dog attack at kin's home
CHICAGO (AP) - A 2-year-old Chicago girl's death from a dog attack over the weekend has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
The Cook County medical examiner's office says an autopsy determined Jah'niyah White died Saturday from injuries suffered in a dog attack at her grandfather's home.
Jah'niyah was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Park Hospital.
Chicago Police detectives are conducting a death investigation, and state child welfare officials are conducting their own investigation of allegations of abuse.
CHICAGO SCHOOLS-ROUGH TRANSITION
Chicago schools transition - smooth or rocky?
CHICAGO (AP) - They call them welcoming schools - public schools in Chicago that have taken in students and some staff from nearly 50 buildings that closed earlier this year.
Chicago Public Schools administrators say the transition has been smooth.
But parents and staff at some of the welcoming schools say that's not true. They complain about overcrowding and an overall lack of support.
The Chopin School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood is so packed that staff and students have given up the very amenities this transition was supposed to provide - the computer lab, the library and art and music rooms. Some counselors and therapists are using storage closets as offices.
A CPS official says that's simply an example of a principal making creative use of space.
Illinois Wesleyan professor voted for Mandela
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A professor from Illinois Wesleyan University is recalling his vote for Nelson Mandela - and his sense of awe at the time of the historic election in South Africa.
William Munro says he traveled home to South Africa in 1994 to vote in the country's first multiracial election.
Munro is a professor in the university's political science department. He says he worked against apartheid as a college student before leaving South Africa in the 1980s for graduate school in the United States. He says he was surprised the election was happening after so much violence and turmoil in the country.
Mandela, the former South African president, died Thursday at age 95.
Munro says Mandela's legacy is complex and won't be fully understood for some time.
Driver charged in Chicago bicyclist's death
CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban man faces multiple charges including driving under the influence in the death of a bicyclist who was riding on Chicago's West Side.
Cook County Judge James Brown set bail Sunday at $400,000 for 54-year-old Robert Vais of Riverside. Prosecutors say Vais' blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit when his van hit 28-year-old Hector Avalos of Chicago late Friday.
Avalos was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead early Saturday.
Vais, who stayed at the scene of the collision, has been charged with driving while under the influence in a fatal accident and other charges.
Vais' attorney, Rick Beuke says his client is devastated and that it was a "tragic accident."
PAUL WALKER-ROAD RALLY
Hundreds hold road rally for 'Fast & Furious' star
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Police in suburban Chicago say they kept order as hundreds of drivers and cars massed for the start of a road rally organized to pay tribute to the late "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker.
Police from three jurisdictions responded Saturday evening as a crowd gathered in an Arlington Heights bar's parking lot.
Prospect Heights Police Cpl. Bill Suerth says when officers arrived there were about 150 cars. The vehicles eventually overflowed into the parking lots of a high school and a Target store. He says there were only minor problems as the rally headed out just before 9 p.m.
Walker and a friend were killed Nov. 30 in a car crash north of Los Angeles.
STATE'S ATTORNEY DEATH
Menard County state's attorney dies at 55
PETERSBURG, Ill. (AP) - Menard County's state's attorney has died of natural causes.
Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards told The Associated Press that Ken Baumgarten was pronounced dead Friday at Memorial Medical Center's emergency room in Springfield just before midnight. He was 55.
Baumgarten, of Petersburg, had been state's attorney for more than 15 years. He was a former legal counsel to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. He was also a candidate for Menard County circuit judge.
Baumgarten is survived by his wife, Susan, and two children.
FORMER OFFICER ARRESTED
Ex-police officer faces DUI, impersonation charges
CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a former southwestern Illinois police officer has been charged with driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.
Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez says 56-year-old Harold J. Johnson of Brooklyn is being held in the St. Clair County Jail with bond set at $10,000.
Authorities say Johnson was pulled over for a traffic violation early Saturday. Alvarez says Johnson was driving under the influence and claimed to be a Brooklyn police officer during the stop. He had a loaded gun with him, which police seized. Police later learned Johnson had been fired from the Brooklyn police force earlier this year, but he hadn't turned in his gun and badge.
It was not immediately clear if Johnson has an attorney.
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