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NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A 66-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged in the death of a prominent attorney who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Northfield police say John Gately III of Winnetka was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in the shooting death late Monday of 72-year-old Stephen Shapiro in his Northfield home. After the shooting, police tracked Gately to his apartment, where he was arrested. Authorities have not said what led to the shooting.
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors called as witnesses friends of two men charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago high school student, and all backed away from statements made to investigators. One even denied what transcripts showed he said in grand jury testimony after Hadiya Pendleton's shooting in January 2013. Prosecutors read excerpts from the three witnesses' grand jury testimony and signed statements. Defense attorneys suggested police threatened the witnesses into implicating the defendants.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has rallied Republicans at the Illinois State Fair by bashing Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and promising to make the GOP the "majority party." The first-term Republican rounded off a slate of candidates for statewide office at Governor's Day Wednesday. Rauner is facing his own tough re-election campaign against billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago activist who helped organize a protest march that briefly shut down Lake Shore Drive this month now wants to disrupt traffic with a Labor Day march on an expressway near O'Hare International Airport. At a Wednesday news conference, the Rev. Gregory Livingston said the anti-violence march will take place on Labor Day on the Kennedy Expressway.
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