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Rockford man charged with armed robbery after hours-long standoff

Nicholas August, 39, is in jail on a $2 million bond. His charges include armed robbery, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated unlawful restraint.

Source: Rockford man charged with armed robbery after hours-long standoff

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A gunman holding a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank has surrendered – CNN

A man was arrested Friday after he held a woman hostage for more than six hours inside a Rockford, Illinois, credit union, police said.

Source: A gunman holding a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank has surrendered – CNN

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Legal weed in Illinois: How the first day of recreational marijuana sales unfolded – Chicago Tribune

Today is the day: Recreational marijuana goes on sale in Illinois. Follow along for live updates.

Some revelers in Chicago celebrated New Year’s Eve by waiting for midnight to arrive. But hours later, a different crowd of merrymakers was waiting to celebrate at 6 a.m. when they were able to make their first purchases after the state’s long-awaited introduction of legal marijuana. So far, the first day of legal recreational weed sales in Illinois has meant long lines, a few glitches — and lots of happy customers.

Here’s where to buy legal weed in Illinois

So far, 43 marijuana stores around the state have received all needed approvals to sell recreational weed. Six of them weren’t ready Jan. 1, held up by permitting issues, construction or other hurdles.

Source: Legal weed in Illinois: How the first day of recreational marijuana sales unfolded – Chicago Tribune

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Teen charged with hate crime for posting ‘Slave for sale’ ad on Craigslist with photo of African American classmate – ABC News

An Illinois teen has been arrested for a hate crime for allegedly placing a racist ad on craigslist that included a photo of an African American classmate.

An Illinois teen has been arrested for a hate crime for allegedly placing a racist ad on Craigslist that included a photo of an African American classmate.

The teen, who is a student at Naperville High School, appeared in court on Wednesday morning on two counts of felony hate crime and one count of disorderly conduct, police said in a news release.

Source: Teen charged with hate crime for posting ‘Slave for sale’ ad on Craigslist with photo of African American classmate – ABC News

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Illinois man accused of driving SUV into family, killing 1 and injuring 4 | Fox News

An Illinois man was charged with first-degree murder Saturday after he allegedly drove his SUV into a family outside a soccer game, killing a man and injuring four other people.

Priscilian Carranza, 22, of Waukegan, fled the scene but was later taken into custody after a patrol officer stopped a damaged SUV that fit the description provided by witnesses.

According to a Waukegan police statement, officers responded to reports of a fight at the Lake County Sports Center parking lot on the city’s west side.

Source: Illinois man accused of driving SUV into family, killing 1 and injuring 4 | Fox News

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Toddler killed by falling store display in Illinois mall, police say – CNN

A 2-year-old girl is dead after part of a store display fell and hit her on the head in Orland Square Mall in Orland Park, Illinois, on Tuesday.

“It appears that two temporary steel walls, approximately 8 feet high and 3 feet wide, somehow fell over,” said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, according to CNN affiliate WGN-TV. The walls weighed between 75 and 100 pounds each, said McCarthy.

Source: Toddler killed by falling store display in Illinois mall, police say – CNN

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Illinois becomes 11th state in US to legalize recreational marijuana, first to set up statewide marketplace | Fox News

Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that permits residents to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time and non-residents up to 15 grams.

The move, which fulfills one of Pritzker’s campaign promises, also implements the nation’s first comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators. It also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged.

Source: Illinois becomes 11th state in US to legalize recreational marijuana, first to set up statewide marketplace | Fox News