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Vernon Hills man found guilty of second-degree murder following week-long trial in Lake County

A Vernon Hills man was found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm and second-degree murder charges for killing a Zion man outside of Portillo’s Gurnee in 2021, authorities said. Joey Gonzalez, 27, was convicted of a class one felony charge of second-degree murder, two class X felony counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, […]

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Police: Driver in crash that resulted in death of 4-year-old Zion child may have had medical episode

The 37-year-old driver of a silver KIA was heading eastbound on Sunset Avenue Wednesday morning when his vehicle swerved into westbound lanes and slammed head-on into a brown Chevrolet Equinox near Kellogg Avenue, Waukegan Police said in a news release Friday. A 4-year-old child, later identified by Lake County Coroner officials as Kaleb Hardge of […]

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Lake County Black Lives Matter Executive Director charged with contempt of court for taking courtroom photos without consent

A Lake County activist, founder and Executive Director of the Lake County Chapter of Black Lives Matter is facing contempt of court charges for taking pictures of a judicial proceeding without receiving authorization by the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Lake County, court records show. Clyde McLemore, of Zion, admitted to taking pictures in Lake […]

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Juvenile arrested after 4-year-old child was shot in the head in exchange of gunfire between two groups in Zion

Zion Police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile in connection with a shooting involving two groups which resulted in a 4-year-old being shot in the head, police said. Zion Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Galilee Avenue for multiple reports of gunfire and, upon arrival, a father approached officers saying his 4-year-old daughter had […]

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Zion police are actively chasing down leads after 4-year-old child was shot

Detectives are actively investigating several “promising” leads after a four-year-old child was shot in Zion Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The Zion Police Department responded to the area of Galilee Avenue and 22nd Street in Zion at 2:17 p.m. Saturday for shots fired. Zion Police Lt. Derek Zaloudek said dispatchers received 911 calls of the gunfire. […]