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CHICAGO (AP) - Federal racketeering charges filed against nine members of a Chicago street gang allege they participated in a criminal organization that killed six people. Federal prosecutors say from the mid-1990s until this year the Four Corner Hustlers committed robberies, extortion and batteries. They allegedly dealt drugs, robbed rivals and used violence and intimidation to stop victims and witnesses from cooperating with law enforcement. The indictment was returned Sept. 14, 2017 until Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says beginning next year, every officer will undergo hours of training annually. The new training regimen will be the first for many officers since graduating from the city's police academy as new recruits. The plan announced Thursday will expand training to 40 hours a year for every officer beginning in 2021, up from 16 hours next year. The effort comes in the wake of the 2015 release of video showing an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An attorney for Drew Peterson says he'll likely appeal an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the former suburban Chicago police officer's murder conviction in the death of his third wife. The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that hearsay statements by Peterson's third and fourth wives were properly used against him. Kathleen Savio's 2004 death was initially ruled accidental but was reclassified a homicide in 2007 after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.
BURR RIDGE, Ill. (AP) - The son of a woman found dead in a suburban Chicago health club two days after she entered the facility wants more information about her death. Burr Ridge police say 78-year-old Patricia Austin of Chicago was pronounced dead after she was found July 14 in a bathroom stall at Life Time Fitness. Austin's son Terrance Austin on Wednesday filed a court petition in Cook County asking the gym for video and other records. Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness says its "terribly saddened" by the death.
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