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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted five petitions for clemency and denied 97 others. The Republican's office announced the action on Wednesday, saying it's the twenty-first set of petitions Rauner has taken up since becoming governor in 2015. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board says the five cases involve convictions from 1986 to 2001 and involve theft, burglary and drugs charges.
CHICAGO (AP) - Federal court records unsealed this week show a suburban Chicago man is facing federal charges alleging he stole guns and assault rifles from a train yard last year. The Chicago Tribune reports Cameron Battiste is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from the September 2016 heist at the Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago's South Side. The 35-year-old Battiste was arrested in Iowa earlier this month. A federal magistrate ordered him held without bond.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago mom who pleaded guilty in the death of her severely disabled daughter is heading back to prison. A Cook County judge on Tuesday ordered Bonnie Liltz to report back to prison next week. The judge denied her motion requesting the Illinois Department of Corrections provide special medical care. She's scheduled for a January hearing before the Prisoner Review Board. Liltz was sentenced in May 2016 to four years but was released on bond a couple months later.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois state fire marshal is urging people to be safe in the kitchen this week as Thanksgiving is the day of the year when the most home cooking fires occur. In 2015, fire departments nationwide responded to over 1,700 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Fire Marshal Matt Perez suggests staying at home when the turkey is cooking and to check on it often.
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