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Defendant in Joliet double-murder waives right to jury trial

A defendant in a grisly double-murder in Joliet has waived his right to a jury trial. Joshua Miner is accused of killing Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, in January 2013. His trial in front of a judge is expected to begin Tuesday.


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Judge to hear recording of alleged mastermind of grisly Joliet murders


The voice of the man who allegedly engineered a grisly double-homicide on Joliet’s Hickory Street in January 2013 could finally echo through a Will County courtroom Wednesday.

The murder trial of Joshua Miner, 26, kicked off Tuesday with prosecutors telling Will County Judge Gerald Kinney …

State rep candidate voted in Illinois and Wisconsin


Republican Kathy Myalls is urging voters to elect her to a seat in the Illinois State Legislature. But will she vote for herself? It’s a fair question since records show Myalls has voted in both Illinois and Wisconsin in recent years. In one case, she cast a vote in a primary election in Illinois. Then just three months later, records show she voted in Wisconsin to cast a ballot in the state’s recall election.

Medical pot license seekers 'everyone from Cheech and Chong . . . to hedge fund guys'

Those hoping to cash in on the Green Rush descended en-masse on the Thompson Center Monday, the final day to apply for marijuana dispensary licenses under the state’s medical pot pilot program. From the moment state offices opened, the application counter was inundated with hundreds who plunked down a non-refundable $5,000 per-application fee.

U.S. rep wants black contractors to get fair share of 95th Street station project


U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has given the CTA until Friday to promise that African-Americans will get 35 to 40 percent of the jobs and contracts in the rebuilding of the 95th Street station.

1 killed, 10 wounded in shootings Monday


One man was killed and at least 10 people were injured in shootings on the South and West Sides on Monday. About 8:40 p.m., a 20-year-old man was killed and two people were wounded in a shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood.

Parents who want to attend school fair asked to provide names, emails


Chicago’s middle school students have one shot to see nearly every high school in the city in one place in early October. But parents who want to attend the school fair are being asked to give names, emails and a ZIP code to a new parent group that has strong ties to the charter school world and won’t disclose its donors.

Bishop Blase Cupich: ‘I’m going to love this city’


The man who will become the new leader of Chicago’s Catholics was welcomed to town Monday with a Chicago Bears cap, scarf and handkerchief. Bishop Blase Cupich quipped that to learn about his new post, he would start reading the sports pages.

Diesel tax hike for commercial vessels urged to fund waterway repairs


Two Illinois congressmen are backing a 6-cent-a-gallon increase in diesel fuel tax for commercial vessels to fund waterway repairs.

Truck driver arrested after allegedly holding children hostage near Midway


A southwest suburban man held his children and dogs hostage during a short standoff that shut down a busy street near Midway Airport before ending without injuries Monday afternoon.

Joshua Miner to go on trial in gruesome Jan. 2013 double homicide


Joshua Miner is set to go on trial for the January 2013 murders of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, whose bodies were facedown on pieces of plastic, with bags wrapped over their heads and their hands behind their backs, as if they had once been tied up. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Will County court.

Hispanic families embrace Cupich


The fact that Chicago’s next archbishop will not be of Latin American decent did not faze parishioners of a Southwest Side church comprised largely of Mexican American families as they exited Mass Sunday afternoon.

Area Catholics optimistic about Cupich


Catholics in the Chicago area emerged from masses Sunday expressing optimism about the appointment of Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich to be the next archbishop of Chicago.

2 dead, 21 wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday night

Two people have been killed and 21 others wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago since Friday night.

Gas, electric price hike estimates lowered by northern Indiana utility

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has lowered its estimates of how much electricity and natural gas bills will go up under its seven-year modernization plans. Documents filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission show natural gas rates will go up under 5 percent by 2020, compared with earlier estmates of nearly 10 percent.

Convicted rapist charged in 2004 murder, rape on South Side


A convict already serving 10 years in prison for brutally assaulting and raping a woman has been charged in a 2004 South Side murder in which his neighbor was beaten, raped and strangled just four days after the attack that sent him behind bars.