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CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says reforms planned for Chicago's police force will cause a surge in violent crime. Sessions spoke Friday to the Chicago Crime Commission about a plan to bring the Chicago Police Department under close federal court supervision. The reforms include limiting officers' ability to use force. The Trump administration wants to scuttle the plan, arguing that it takes policing authority away from police and would deprive officers of flexibility to do their jobs.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man has been charged with using social media to recruit people to fight for the Islamic State group. Ashraf Al Safoo appeared in federal court Friday on a charge of conspiring to support a terrorist organization. A judge read the charge and returned the 34-year-old to jail to await a detention hearing next Thursday. A 58-page criminal complaint describes Al Safoo as lead writer of a group that distributes IS propaganda, including violent videos.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) - After more than a decade representing a reliably Republican suburban Chicago district, Rep. Peter Roskam is suddenly among the most endangered House Republicans seeking re-election. His long right-leaning record in a safe GOP district may be his toughest opponent. Roskam, who faces Democratic business owner and scientist Sean Casten, is trying to navigate between his past positions and appealing to an electorate that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Three women who accused a University of Illinois law professor of sexual misconduct say the university hasn't done enough to protect students or discourage similar misbehavior. The News-Gazette reports that the women say they're upset Jay Kesan remains a tenured faculty member with access to students. The university's Office of Diversity, Equity and Access investigated Kesan after receiving multiple complaints about his behavior.
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