CHICAGO (AP) - A judge is set to announce a verdict for three Chicago police officers accused of lying in their reports to protect the officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to announce her decision in the trial of David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney. Prosecutors argued that the reports written by the three about the 2014 shooting included lies they say were designed to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke.
CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County prosecutors have vacated the murder conviction of a Chicago man and dropped all charges against him after he spent nearly 16 years in prison. Eric Blackmon learned to be a paralegal while in prison and represented himself in more than a decade of court appeals before winning a new trial after petitioning the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Blackmon was convicted in the murder of Tony Cox on July 4, 2001. He has been free on bond since the spring of 2018.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used. The Democrat visited Southwestern Illinois Community College in Belleville Wednesday. He signed his third executive order since becoming governor Monday. It requires a report within 90 days from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity outlining industries that show the potential for future growth so that state worker training can be targeted.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago building inspectors have found code violations at R. Kelly's recording studio, including evidence the industrial space was used as a residence. Building Department spokesman Gregg Cunningham says the agency will list the violations during a court hearing next week. Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenburg, says no one was living at the studio and it should not be surprising that it included places for sleeping or taking breaks.
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