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‘This was murder’: Lake County state’s attorney reacts to verdict in George Floyd case

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said there is “so much more work to do” for criminal justice reform following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of all three charges he faced — unintentional second-degree murder, […]

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Lake County sheriff issues statement on changes to his office in light of George Floyd’s death

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg issued a statement on Tuesday to the community giving insight on the sheriff’s office’s policies and announcing changes in light of George Floyd’s death. Read Idleburg’s full letter below: “I would like to take a moment and thank the thousands of Lake County residents who have peacefully protested over the […]

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Gov. Pritzker adds Lake County, 4 other counties to disaster proclamation amid protests, looting

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has added Lake County and four other counties to his disaster proclamation, which will aid local governments handling protesting, looting and civil unrest. Pritzker announced Wednesday afternoon that Lake, Peoria, Rock Island, Williamson and Stephenson counties were being added. His original proclamation issued on Monday included Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, […]

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Lake County sheriff issues statement, says George Floyd’s death should have never happened

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg issued a statement on Thursday regarding Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s death and said it should “shock the moral consciousness of every member of society.” The following is a statement from Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg: “Over the last several days, I have been reflecting on the death of George Floyd, […]