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McHenry County Board members vote in favor of referendum to eliminate elected coroner role

An ad hoc committee voted on Friday in support of a resolution establishing a binding referendum asking voters whether the McHenry County coroner should be eliminated as an elected office.

Following the departure of former McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski earlier this year, the Coroner's Office underwent two evaluations, one performed by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and one from Dr.

 

Chicago man charged in two overdose deaths

A 28-year-old Chicago man, arrested on Thursday, was the third person to face criminal charges in connection with another man's drug overdose death in spring.

Rufus L. McGee, of the 1700 block of North Melvina Avenue, is charged in McHenry County Circuit Court for the second time with drug-induced homicide. This charge stems from the March 7 death of 45-year-old Harvard resident Robert Gibson.

Police alleged in a criminal complaint that McGee played a role in delivering the fatal heroin-fentanyl combination on March 6.

 

Former NFL player Ryan Leaf speaks at Crystal Lake YMCA about overcoming obstacles

The first time former NFL player Ryan Leaf ever felt like he was of service to another being, he was in prison.

Leaf began his career with the San Diego Chargers before going on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks.

 

Johnsburg man sentenced to prison for drug-induced homicide

A 44-year-old Johnsburg man was sentenced to prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to delivering the heroin that killed a McHenry resident in July 2018.

Timothy Colby received a six-year prison sentence after accepting a plea offer from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office. Colby pleaded guilty to drug-induced homicide in connection with the death of 43-year-old Shawn A.

 

U.S. gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as U.S. employers shrugged off trade conflicts and a global slowdown and added 266,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate dipped to 3.5% from 3.6% in October, matching a half-century low, the Labor Department reported Friday.

 

Teen sentenced to probation after school threat

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to two years of probation, community service and restitution after pleading guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge in a social media threat against Huntley High School.

Ryan J. Sadoski, of the 10000 block of Fleetwood, Huntley, was arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct after a Sept.

 

Report: Investigators ask about Illinois House leader

CHICAGO – The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday.

Four people interviewed by investigators told the Chicago Tribune that FBI agents and prosecutors asked about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s ties to ComEd lobbyists, contracts the utility had with Madigan associates and government jobs those close to Madigan have landed.

 

Dems insist Trump impeachment charges must be drawn up swiftly

WASHINGTON – House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly because he’s likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next year’s election.

A strictly partisan effort at this point, derided immediately by Trump and other leading Republicans as a sham and a hoax, it is a politically risky undertaking.

 

Crystal Lake fire emergency crews respond to natural gas leak affecting 8 homes

Eight homes were left without gas power on Thursday following a reported natural gas leak in the 3000 block of Garden Lane in Crystal Lake, according to a Nicor Gas spokesperson.

Nicor spokeswoman Jennifer Golz said her company was notified of a gas leak caused by a third party in Crystal Lake at 11:41 a.m. Nicor's first responders arrived at 12:11 p.m.

 

Players behind 'Illinois Integrity Fund' could be revealed

The dark money source behind a series of allegedly defamatory campaign flyers could be revealed within the next month.

A Kane County judge on Thursday gave Chicago lawyer Natalie Harris 45 days to disclose further information about a group that identifies itself as the Illinois Integrity Fund. The case will resume Jan.

 

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