CHICAGO (AP) - Defense lawyers highlighted a lack of physical evidence in the trial of two men charged in the 2013 shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. Separate juries are hearing the cases against Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams in the death of Hadiya Pendleton. Prosecutors say the shooting was a botched attempt at gang retaliation.
CHICAGO (AP) - The judge overseeing the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald has ruled the victim's mother has to comply with a defense attorney subpoena or be barred from attending the trial. Attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke want Tina Hunter to testify at trial about the teen's troubled past. Attorney Randy Rueckert on Tuesday told Judge Vincent Gaughan his team twice visited Hunter's home with a subpoena. And both times they were turned away.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The mayor of South Bend is pushing for a downtown relocation of a commuter railroad that runs between the northern Indiana city and Chicago. Mayor Pete Buttigieg told the Common Council on Monday that he plans to pursue bringing the South Shore Line downtown by 2025, despite the location's much costlier price. The city voted last year to spend $25 million in tax increment financing district property tax money to build a new station. The mayor says the downtown option could cost $100 million.
SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A massive Chicago-area evangelical church whose founder faces accusations of sexual harassment paid $3.25 million to settle lawsuits alleging a church volunteer sexually abused two disabled children. The Chicago Tribune reports that court documents show Willow Creek Community Church made the payments last year and in February. The volunteer, Robert Sobczak Jr., is serving a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2014 to sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy and an older boy.
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