Police said Leslie Austin, 39, died Tuesday night after exchanging gunfire with police in Greenville while fleeing after kidnapping his girlfriend and their child in Jefferson City, Mo., and killing a 67-year-old man during an attempted carjacking. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities said two people, including a man who formerly lived in Champaign and Rantoul, are dead following a kidnapping, attempted carjacking and lengthy police chase that started in Missouri and ended in southern Illinois. read more

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  • Discussions continuing on proposed Algonquin 'Colosseum' project
    Village staff and the developer of the "Colosseum," a proposed entertainment, retail and housing development in Algonquin, are continuing to work on plans for the project amid a myriad of concerns brought up by residents and trustees. During a packed meeting of Algonquin's Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, some residents spoke about their problems with the project, while others lauded it as a way to bring younger people back in the community and provide something fun for them to do. No formal decisions were made on the More
  • Habitat for Humanity rehabbing site of 1988 Richard Church murders
    The Woodstock house where a deadly attack occurred more than three decades ago currently is undergoing major renovations in preparation for a new owner. Habitat for Humanity McHenry County is in the process of restoring 209 W. Greenwood Ave., once dubbed the "House of Death" following the double murder of its former owners in 1988. Richard J. More
  • Cary-Grove student gets perfect score on ACT, SAT
    A Cary-Grove High School senior earned perfect scores on the SAT and ACT test, making him the first student in District 155's history to do so. Ved Patel received a 36, the top composite score, the first time he took the ACT his sophomore year, according to the district. More
  • Impeachment witness says Trump asked about Ukraine probes
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time a top diplomat testified Wednesday that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about “the investigations” he wanted Ukraine to pursue that are central to the impeachment inquiry. William Taylor, the top U.S. More
  • House GOP pushes once again for ‘urgent’ ethics overhauls
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republicans continued to push for quick movement on a package of legislative ethics reforms Tuesday despite no indication from House Democratic leadership that the initiatives will receive committee votes this week.  Several House GOP members called the Statehouse news conference to push for what they called “urgently needed” reforms in light of the recent arrest of a state representative and ongoing investigations of other lawmakers and state government insiders. More


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