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Chicago police say they have solved the killing of a man who vanished in 1978

CHICAGO, April 23 (UPI) -- Chicago investigators say they have solved the killing of Edward Beaudion, an aspiring teacher who vanished in 1978 after leaving a wedding.
Frances Burns

Suit: Cook County, Ill., fails to protect inmates

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A federal lawsuit filed Thursday says Cook County, Ill., failed to protect jail inmates and allowed a "sadistic culture of brutality and violence."

Sheriff's deputy killed by men trying to rob his daughter

BELLWOOD, Ill., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- An off-duty Cook County sheriff's deputy died trying to protect his daughter from robbers outside a family holiday party in a Chicago suburb, police said.

Chicago man and accomplice charged with killing wife, mother-in-law

CHICAGO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Chicago man and an alleged accomplice were held without bail Tuesday on charges of killing his wife and mother-in-law and leaving the bodies in a burning car.

Baby's body found in Des Plaines River in Illinois

WESTCHESTER, Ill., May 15 (UPI) -- A baby's body pulled from the Des Plaines River in Illinois is likely that of a missing boy allegedly killed by his mother and her boyfriend, authorities say.
The Issue: No easy answer in gun control debate

The Issue: No easy answer in gun control debate

The sight of 20 small bodies lying on the floor of a first grade classroom in Newtown, Conn., rattled most Americans.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Murder convict freed in error, in custody

CHICAGO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A convicted killer who was mistakenly released from an Illinois jail is back in custody, officials said.

Convicted killer mistakenly released

CHICAGO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Officials at Chicago's Cook County Jail mistakenly released an Indiana man convicted of murder, authorities said.

Search continues for John Gacy victims

CHICAGO, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Two teenage boys raped and slain in Michigan in the 1970s may be victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, investigators in Chicago said.

Gacy blood used for unsolved crimes

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Blood samples from Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy are being used to create a DNA profile for solving missing persons cases, investigators said.

Woman charged with lottery fraud

ELGIN, Ill., May 2 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman is facing felony attempted theft and forgery charges for trying to cash in a lottery ticket purchased after the drawing.

Budget limits Gacy accomplice probe

CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A full-blown investigation into the possibility 1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy had an accomplice would be too costly, an Illinois sheriff said.

Feared Gacy victim found alive in Oregon

CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Detectives say a man they feared was a victim of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been found alive and well in Oregon.

Elderly priest beaten and robbed

CHICAGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Two robbers broke into a Catholic church on Chicago's South Side early Tuesday and beat an 80-year-old priest, authorities said.

Gacy victim identified by DNA

CHICAGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An unidentified victim of Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been given a name thanks to DNA evidence, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.

Illinois pauper burial policy criticized

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As many as 26 fetuses and stillborn babies of Illinois mothers unable to afford burials have been buried in single pauper's coffin, authorities said.

ID thieves used medical patients' files

CHICAGO, March 26 (UPI) -- Chicago authorities say they broke up an identity theft ring that used a "well-executed" scheme to get information on patients while cleaning medical offices.

Police end investigation at cemetery

CHICAGO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The investigation into the violation of graves at a historic black cemetery in the Chicago area was declared closed Friday.

Cook County to sue cemetery for expenses

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- The Cook County Board voted Tuesday to sue Burr Oak Cemetery owners to recoup the costs of investigating allegations that bodies were dug up and plots resold.

Baby graves missing in Illinois cemetery

CHICAGO, July 11 (UPI) -- Investigators have been unable to locate the section for infants' and other children's graves in Burr Oak Cemetery in suburban Chicago.

Police: Cemetery workers emptied graves

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The manager of a historic black cemetery in Chicago and three gravediggers were charged Thursday with dismembering human bodies.

Suit: Craigslist prostitution 'accomplice'

CHICAGO, March 5 (UPI) -- Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart has filed a federal lawsuit demanding that Craigslist be forced to take down the "erotic services" section of its Web site.

'Shoptastic' scam nabs Illinois fugitives

CHICAGO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he used the fictional marketing outfit, "Shoptastic Solutions," to lure 61 fugitives to an Illinois hotel and arrested them.

Sheriff to resume foreclosure evictions

CHICAGO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The sheriff of Cook County, Ill., says he will end his prohibition on foreclosure evictions now that area renters are better protected under the law.

Mortgage lender drops eviction suit

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A mortgage lender Friday said it was dropping a lawsuit in Cook County, Ill., seeking to force a sheriff to begin evictions on foreclosed homes.
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