It is easy to make a common mistake: People read a news story about someone being arrested and immediately assume that the suspect is guilty.
One of the most prominent Chicago suburbs, Joliet sits southwest of the city. Law enforcement officials there recently arrested a 39-year-old contractor and charged him 12 felonies, including home repair fraud and theft.
The city’s struggling public school system recently received more bad news when it was revealed that a former Chicago Public Schools employee has been accused of stealing personal information on its 80,000 workers, volunteers and vendors. The former CPS contractor has been charged with felony white collar crimes said law enforcement officials.
North Chicago is best known as home to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, but the Lake County suburb has recently made headlines as its former police chief readies for trial on charges that he stole more than $200,000 in city funds for his personal use.
East Chicago’s name is at odds with its location. If you travel east of the city, you wind up in Lake Michigan. But if you go south of the city and then slightly east, you’ll find yourself in East Chicago.
The Boy Scouts’ motto is “be prepared.” It is not clear if a former top Scouts official with the Northeast Illinois Council was prepared to be indicted on white collar charges. He faces allegations of wire fraud and forgery, law enforcement officials said.
They are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and girlfriends. Many of them are from Chicago, but all of them are locked up in Illinois prisons. They spend time in the state’s correctional system on a wide variety of charges that include drug trafficking and manufacturing, fraud, robbery and sometimes violent crimes as well.
There is an old saying that the hand is quicker than the eye. That’s not true, of course, but what is true that our eyes fix on one object at a time. We are therefore susceptible to sleight of hand; practiced hand movements that lead the eyes away from where action is really occurring.
Imagine you were wrongly accused of murder. The case seemed to be rigged from the start. The eyewitness description of the assailant was a 5’7” Hispanic man, and you’re a 6’2” black man. You go to trial, assuming the justice system will do its job—but it fails you too. You’re sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Earlier this year, you fell off a ladder at work and seriously injured your back. You went to the doctor, who prescribed you an opiate to help you tolerate the pain. The drug worked well, but now you experience extreme pain anytime you don’t take it. Last weekend, you ran out of stock of the medication, and you weren’t able to get a doctor to re-prescribe it right away.