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Small plane crashes in rural Will County

PEOTONE, Ill. (CBS) -- A small plane went down Friday afternoon in rural Will County.The Peotone Fire Department was on the scene for the small plane crash south of Monee and northeast of Peotone. The closest intersection is Will Center and Eagle Lake roads, but the crash scene is next to Rock Creek and far from any road. The fire departments from the Will County communities of Manhattan and Monee also responded.A heavy tow truck was also on the scene to try to stabilize the back end of the plane's fuselage.CBS 2's Kris Habermehl reported the plane appears to have gone down at a steep angle in a wooded area next to the creek. The engine had come loose from the firewall, and it appeared that the plane stalled out and came down at a nose-down, vertical attitude, Habermehl reported.A person was rescued after being trapped inside the wreckage, and was loaded into a University of Chicago Medicine Aeromedical Network helicopter to be taken to the U of C Medical Center.The person's condition was not immediately available.
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Six current, former U.S. Postal employees accused of collecting fraudulent unemployment benefits, business loans

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Six current and former U.S. Postal Service employees have been charged with fraudulently obtaining loans for businesses that did not really exist. The six defendants were charged as part of an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General's Task force on Unemployment Benefits Insurance Fraud. They all applied for a variety of government loans and assistance during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Attorney General's office. In addition to trying to get loans from the Small Business Administration for businesses that were not real, four of the defendants are accused of filing for fraudulent unemployment...
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Chicago man arrested for allegedly kidnapping, raping, and chaining woman in abandoned home

CHICAGO (TCD) -- A 44-year-old man was taken into custody a month after a woman was found chained up inside an abandoned home on the city’s South Side. The Chicago Police Department announced Joel Cammon was located and arrested June 21 by members of the department as well as the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force on the 11800 block of South Central Avenue in Alsip, Illinois.

Sean Morrison gets special police protection at expense of other taxpayers

Sean Morrison gets special police protection at expense of other taxpayers. Most homeowners rarely ask the local police to do a formal security check of their homes. When they do, it might be once or twice a year. But Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, who owns a security company called Morrison Security, received more than 60 home security checks on average each year that he was in office on the Cook County Board. The security checks are not like normal drive-bys that police provide to regular people routinely. Each Morrison security check required that a report be completed and filed by the police officers.

Whiting man gets 180 years for killing woman, 2 teens in ’98

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Lake County man to 180 years in prison for killing a woman and two teenage boys found bludgeoned to death in 1998 in a house in northwest Indiana. Fifty-two-year-old James H. Higgason III of Whiting, was sentenced Friday to...

Lansing Garden Club beautifies LARC campus

LANSING, Ill. (June 24, 2022) – Members of the Lansing Garden Club spent much of Saturday, June 18 improving the grounds of LARC, a Lansing organization that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. The Lansing Garden Club is a volunteer organization that takes on gardening-related projects in Lansing with...

Small plane crashes in Peotone

PEOTONE, Ill. - A small plane crashed in Peotone Friday afternoon near Black Walnut Creek. The aircraft could be seen from SkyFOX buried in some trees, however, it is unknown if there are any injuries at this time. We have reached out to local authorities, and will update this story...

Diane Kathleen Gombash, 79

Diane Kathleen Gombash age 79 of Momence, Illinois, formerly of Worth, Illinois, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Arcadia Care in Morris, Illinois. Born July 18, 1942 in Glendale, California, Diane Kathleen was a daughter of William Baynes and Bette Mae (Schenck)Baynes- Whetzal. She was raised in Warrenville, Illinois, graduated from Wheaton Central High School, and attended Spencerian College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Diane worked for the Frito Lay Company in Downers Grove until she retired in 1998, after nearly 30 years of service as an Executive Secretary.

With Roe overturned, Illinois — a Midwest refuge for abortion care — prepares for influx of patients from other states

Illinois’ role as a haven of abortion care in the Midwest was magnified Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a watershed decision that reverses nearly a half-century of federally protected reproductive freedoms. In the absence of Roe, the 1973 landmark case that guaranteed the right to terminate a pregnancy, the matter of abortion law falls to the states. Terminating a ...

Berry Lane drainage improvements delayed by limestone quarry strike

A strike at a local limestone quarry that already had impacted projects at one local school district now has put a long-awaited Flossmoor project on hold, as well. Flossmoor Public Works Director John Brunke told the village board Monday, June 20, that a union strike that includes Thornton’s limestone quarry led to work being paused on the village’s long-awaited Berry Lane Drainage Improvement project. The Local 150 strike, which began June 7 and is impacting three local quarries, already Receive a 3-day free trial of unlimited digital access.

Saturday: Still hot

LANSING, Ill. (June 24, 2022) – Though isolated showers are a possibility in the greater Chicago region, Lansing’s current forecast includes no rain for the next seven days. Saturday’s high is anticipated to reach 91, under partly sunny skies. Current conditions, the four-hour forecast, and the five-day...
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Pilot Critically Injured When Small Plane Crashes Into Field: Peotone Authorities

A pilot was transported to a Chicago-area hospital with life-threatening injuries after crashing a small plane into a field Friday afternoon in suburban Peotone, according to officials. At approximately 3:20 p.m., first responders were called to the area of Will Center and Eagle Lake roads regarding a reported plane crash,...

Man charged after kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman in West Pullman

ALSIP, Ill. (CBS) --  A Blue Island man is charged after kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman, 36, in an abandoned building in West Pullman last month. Joel Cammon, 44, is charged with one felony count of aggravated kidnapping and one felony count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.He was described as the offender who kidnapped and sexually assaulted the victim inside an abandoned building in the 11900 block of South Eggleston from May 18 to 21, police said. Prosecutors say that a good samaritan was walking to the bus station when he heard noises coming from the abandoned home. He immediately called police and waited for them to arrive.   The victim was discovered in the upstairs attic chained at the ankle to a wall and both hands handcuffed, prosecutors said. She was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition. Chicago Police Department and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Cammon on Tuesday, in the 11800 block of South Central. Cammon appeared in bond court Wednesday where he was denied bail.He is due back in court on July 12. 

Amazon ‘told workers shifts would continue despite shooting in warehouse car park’

Amazon has reportedly told workers that they must continue working after a shooting at one of the company’s warehouses.An “altercation” between two people occurred on Tuesday morning in south suburban Matteson, Illinois. One person opened fire on another, striking a vehicle; no injuries were reported.It is unclear if either the shooter or the victim are Amazon employees. Police have identified a person of interest, but no arrests have yet been made.It has also been stated that this is not an active shooter incident. Information gathered "indicates that this is an isolated and targeted incident between two parties, and there is...