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Illinois farm deaths at lowest level in 35 years BLOOMINGTON – The number of laborers and others killed in accidents on Illinois farms is falling. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported that the number of fatalities in the 12 months ending June 30 was the lowest in 35 years. According to the insurance firm County Financial, 12 deaths were reported during that period. That’s down from 20 during the previous, 20112012 reporting period.
By JASON KEYSER The Associated Press CHICAGO – A 3-year-old boy shot in the head during this week’s mass shooting at a southwest Chicago park was recovering from surgery in intensive care Saturday, a family spokesman said. Deonta Howard was among 13 people wounded late Thursday when an unknown number of people shot up a crowded basketball court with an assault rifle. The family’s pastor, the Rev. Corey Brooks, said the boy had surgery Friday that went well. “There’s going to have to be some plastic surgery done later on,” Brooks said. “... Thankfully there was no brain damage or eye damage.” Police hadn’t announced any arrests as of Saturday afternoon as the investigation continued into a shooting that again placed Chicago’s gang violence in a national spotlight. Shootings overnight killed four people around the city and injured four others, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The latest bloodshed stretched from the upscale Gold Coast neighborhood to the Far South Side, which experiences frequent gang violence. According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the dead included an 18-year-old who was shot in the chest and arm around
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During the past year, four people were killed in tractor accidents such as roll-overs. Four others were killed in roadway collisions. The other four deaths were caused by accidents ranging from grain bin suffocation to a fall from a hayride trailer.
List of concealed-carry instructors in Ill. posted SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police have begun publishing a registry of approved concealed-carry firearms training instructors.
In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of firearms. Anyone who wants to apply for a concealed-carry license must successfully complete 16 hours of training from an instructor approved by the state. The instructor also must use state-approved training curricula. Applications for concealed-carry licenses will be available from the state police beginning Jan. 5.
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Cleo Miller, 26, plays basketball Friday in Cornell Square Park in Chicago. The park was the scene of a late-night attack Thursday in which 13 people were wounded, including a 3-year-old. The gunman used an assault-style weapon to spray the crowd with bullets, making it “a miracle” no one was killed, the city’s police superintendent said Friday. 6 p.m. Friday in the South Shore neighborhood. The Sun-Times reports that the Gold Coast incident involved a man who was shot and injured during an apparent argument over a parking space. Police have said they think Thursday night’s attack at Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood was gang-related. Several gang members were among those shot, though it was not yet clear who the intended target was, police said. Deonta was among the bystanders, Brooks said, allowed to stay up late to enjoy one of the last warm nights of summer and watch the neighborhood game with his moth-
er, something he loves doing. Brooks, the pastor at New Beginnings Church in Chicago, has found himself repeatedly comforting victims of gun violence. “Typically the kids are at home with the grandmother at 7:30, that’s their routine,” Brooks said of the 3-year-old. “But that one particular night they stayed up later than normal because it was a nice day and there was a lot of people in the park and everybody was throwing basketballs.” As the gunfire rang out, Deonta was struck just below an ear, and the bullet exited his jaw, Brooks said. The boy remained sedated in intensive care as of Saturday morning, the pastor said.
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Journalism groups condemn ruling against reporter The ASSOCIATED PRESS JOLIET – Several journalism organizations are criticizing a judge’s decision to find a suburban Chicago reporter in contempt for not disclosing how he obtained confidential police reports about a gruesome double murder. Will County Judge Gerald Kinney on Friday fined Joe Hosey, a reporter and editor for the AOL news website Patch, $300 a day for not revealing who leaked him the documents. Kinney also said if Hosey doesn’t disclose the information within 180 days he could go to jail. The board of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, which represents about 200 journalists, issued a statement calling Kinney’s decision “a slap at the First Amendment.” “Every such order makes it less and less likely that sincere and well-meaning individuals will bring wrongdoing, malfeasance and corruption to light unless it suits the whims of those in power,” the organization stated. The national Society of Professional Journalists and its local chapter, the Chicago Headline Club, also expressed “undaunted support” for Hosey. Hosey’s attorney, Ken Schmetterer, has said he plans to appeal the ruling. Hosey used the police reports in stories he wrote
about the January killings in Joliet of 22-year-olds Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover. Four people were indicted in the crime, which police have said involved attempted dismemberment. Hosey’s articles included information that hadn’t been released publicly, prompting attorneys for the defendants to seek a gag order to prevent parties in the case from discussing it or releasing information. They also filed a motion to determine how Hosey obtained the reports he cited, saying that the disclosure may have violated the defendants’ rights to a fair trial. Illinois has what’s known as a “shield law,” which states reporters may only be required to reveal confidential sources if a judge rules that all other means of obtaining the information have been exhausted and that doing so is essential to the public interest. Kinney received signed affidavits from more than 500 police officers, attorneys and other law enforcement employees stating they were not Hosey’s source. Kinney concluded that all other methods of determining the source of the leak had been exhausted. He also said that grand jury secrecy may have been violated, and that if the person who leaked the reports lied in an affidavit, he or she could have broken the law.
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