CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police say a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting and wounding of an officer has been shot and captured. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL’-mee) tweeted Saturday that officers apprehended a “person of interest” believed to be 45-year-old Michael Blackman following an armed encounter with officers and a daylong manhunt. He says the individual was shot by police and no officers were injured.
DIXON, Ill. (AP) – Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home may have to close its doors due to financial woes. WREX TV reports that the Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home and Visitor’s Center is seeking donations to stay afloat. Patrick Gorman, the center’s executive director, says the house in Dixon generates $30,000 annually through tours and the gift shop. Operating expenses cost about $70,000 a year, creating a $40,000 annual deficit.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago mall has reopened after a man drove an SUV into it and sent frightened shoppers and employees scurrying. Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg reopened Saturday, a day after the 22-year-old man drove in and plowed into kiosks and a clothing store. Nobody was seriously hurt or hit by the vehicle despite the panic that ensued. Authorities say the man, who was arrested, may have been suffering from a medical condition.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Pedestrian and motorist safety around trains and railroad tracks will be the focus of Illinois Rail Safety Week next week. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police announced that the fifth statewide rail safety initiative will be Sunday through Sept. 28. In 2018, there were 86 rail-crossing collisions involving motor vehicles. They resulted in 26 injuries and 15 deaths. There were 40 incidents that resulted in 18 injuries and 22 fatalities after victims trespassed on railroad property.