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Man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in case charging him with burglarizing McHenry home, entering 2 other homes

A convicted felon has been sentenced to probation after he took a plea deal in a case charging him with burglarizing a McHenry home and illegally entering two other homes. Dakota J. Wilkinson, 29, of McHenry, was charged in July with residential burglary and two counts of criminal trespass to residence. A criminal complaint filed […]

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Former DCFS worker seeks new trial after being convicted in ‘sham investigation’ leading up to AJ Freund’s murder

A former DCFS worker has requested a new trial, arguing he did not receive a fair trial, after he was found guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund before the Crystal Lake boy’s murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 […]

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99 years in prison for gunman who fatally shot innocent man in ‘cold-blooded’ attack at Waukegan restaurant

A gunman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for shooting two men in the head, killing one, during a “cold-blooded attack,” which was a case of mistaken identity, outside Poppy’s restaurant in Waukegan. Jorge Medina, 20, of Waukegan, was charged in June 2022 with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with […]

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Former DCFS worker faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted in ‘sham investigation’ leading to AJ Freund’s murder

A former DCFS worker faces up to 10 years in prison but could also get probation after a judge found him guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund before his murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney slams governor for signing bill that limits substance use restrictions in criminal sentencing

Calling it “another face-to-palm bill,” the McHenry County state’s attorney slammed Governor JB Pritzker for signing a law that will limit judges from barring cannabis and alcohol use for those criminally sentenced. Pritzker last week signed Senate Bill 1886, which prohibits a judge from ordering a defendant from refraining from alcohol or cannabis as part […]