CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer testified investigators were tailing a white auto for some time before arresting its driver, a suspect in the 2013 shooting of 15-year-old high school honor student Hadiya Pendleton. Kevin Kilroy testified defendant Micheail Ward was wearing a distinctive turquoise sweatshirt when arrested. Other witnesses testified the sweatshirt resembled that worn by the alleged shooter of Pendleton. Co-defendant Kenneth Williams was arrested the same night in a different car.
LANSING, Ill. (AP) - A Chicago suburb is settling a lawsuit filed by the family of a black teenager who was pinned to the ground and threatened by a white off-duty police officer. The Lansing board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the $70,000 settlement. A Facebook video shows Officer William Mason pinning down 15-year-old Jordan Brunson in June 2017 after he and a white minor refused Mason's orders to stay off his yard.
ROXANA, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois oil refinery will spend nearly $11 million on pollution controls in settling a federal lawsuit accusing it of excessive dangerous chemical emissions. The lawsuit filed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged Phillips 66's Wood River Refinery in Roxana violated the Clean Air Act with increased emissions of chemicals including sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide and benzene. The refinery is along the Mississippi River near St. Louis.
ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) - A railcar manufacturing plant in northern Illinois is set to close as the factory building goes up for auction. Nippon Sharyo announced Thursday it would be closing its Rochelle plant at the end of this month after a failure to deliver 130 bi-level Amtrak passenger cars for Illinois and California. The company said the complexity of the project ultimately prevented completion and brought significant financial losses. The city hopes in the meantime to recruit another manufacturer to the facility.
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