Family of wounded child, 6, asks public to provide tips

2013-07-22T00:05:00Z Family of wounded child, 6, asks public to provide tips
July 22, 2013 12:05 am

CHICAGO | Chicago police have released two people they were questioning in connection with a shooting that left a 6-year-old girl critically wounded.

No charges have been filed. Chicago police said Sunday that two people were briefly brought into custody.

A day earlier the mother of the 6-year-old encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

Juannakee Kennedy spoke Saturday outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where the child remained in critical condition after being shot in the chest, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The child was struck by crossfire Friday as gunmen shot at each other on the city's South Side. A woman was also wounded on the sidewalk during the shooting. It's unclear if the two are related.


UIC poet's 'The Field Museum' included in Pushcart anthology

CHICAGO | A poet at the University of Illinois at Chicago has won the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Roger Reeves is an assistant professor of English at Illinois-Chicago. He received the prize for his poem "The Field Museum," originally published by the Cincinnati Review.

Reeves' poem and the works of other winners will be published in the annual Pushcart anthology of stories, poems, essays and memoirs.

Last year, Reeves received a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing grant for outstanding poets. He's using the $25,000 award to investigate the Rock Springs Massacre, an 1885 riot in Wyoming, when white miners killed 28 Chinese miners over wages and other issues.

Disability parking compliance checked at Joliet speedway

SPRINGFIELD |  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office checked for compliance with disability parking regulations Sunday at Chicagoland Motor Speedway in Joliet.

White's office says secretary of state police conducedt compliance checkpoints to crack down on the misuse and abuse of disability placards and license plates.

Secretary of state officials say it is against the law to use a placard without the authorized holder in the vehicle or to alter or create a fraudulent placard.

Unauthorized parking in a space reserved for disabled motorists carries a minimum fine of $250. Parking a car with a placard or disabled license plate in such a spot without the authorized user in the car brings a mandatory fine of $250.

East St. Louis man accused of driving into two officers

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. | A southwestern Illinois man is accused of driving into two investigators at the cordoned-off scene of an East St. Louis killing.

St. Clair County prosecutors charged Darryl Robinson, 24, of East St. Louis, with aggravated battery, attempted aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Authorities allege that on July 5, Robinson knowingly drove his vehicle into a secured crime scene of a homicide, nearly hitting East St. Louis police Lt. Marion Riddle and Illinois State Police Sgt. Mark Doiron. Robinson then allegedly resisted being pulled from his car and drove off, hitting Riddle and Doiron. Those officers sustained minor injuries.

Robinson was later arrested in Centreville.

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