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Appeals court reverses judge’s decision, orders Antioch man to be released after being charged with sexually abusing child

An appeals court has overturned a judge’s decision and ordered an Antioch man released pending trial after he was accused of sexually abusing a young wheelchair-bound child. John G. Finch, 72, of Antioch, was charged in October with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child, a Class 2 felony. Lake County Assistant […]

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Appeals court removes Algonquin Township trustee from office due to felony conviction

An Algonquin Township trustee, who was removed from office in June due to a prior felony conviction but later temporarily reinstated, has been again removed from office after losing an appeal. Edward Zimel Jr. was elected in 2021 as a trustee for Algonquin Township. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office in August 2022 filed a […]

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Appeals court reverses conviction for Park City woman sentenced to 8 years in son’s death for failing to give him proper medical care

A court has reversed the conviction of a Park City mother sentenced to eight years for contributing to her 11-year-old son’s death by failing to give him proper medical care after his heart transplant. Jennifer B. Stroud, 42, of Park City, was charged with involuntary manslaughter of a family member and two counts of child […]

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Appeals court reverses conviction of store employee accused of falsely reporting armed men in McHenry during 2020 civil unrest

An employee who was convicted of falsely reporting armed gunmen near a mattress store in McHenry during the 2020 civil unrest had his conviction reversed by an appeals court. Casey F. Purta, 31, of Round Lake Beach, was charged in November 2020 with one count of false alarm or complaint to 911, a Class 4 […]

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Temporary restraining order against Illinois’ ‘assault weapons’ ban upheld by appellate court

(The Center Square) – A temporary restraining order issued by a judge in one of Illinois’ “assault weapons” ban lawsuits has been upheld by the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois. While justices dissented with the lower court’s ruling on three of the four subject matter counts, it upheld the court’s decision on the fourth, […]

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Appeals court upholds man’s conviction in gang-targeted arson fire that killed 12-year-old in Mundelein

An appeals court upheld a man’s conviction in connection with a firebombing of a house in Mundelein — which killed a 12-year-old boy and injured his two family members in 2009. Manuel A. Flores, 38, formerly of Round Lake Beach, was charged in May 2009 with multiple counts of murder and multiple counts of aggravated […]

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Federal court upholds law barring McHenry County Jail and other Illinois jails from housing ICE detainees

A federal appellate court has upheld a law that bans McHenry County, and all other Illinois counties, from entering into federal contracts to hold ICE detainees in county jails. The Illinois Way Forward Act prohibits jails in Illinois from housing ICE detainees. It went into effect on January 1. Senate Bill 667 — also called […]