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Aurora shooter should not have had a gun due to felony conviction, but state law failed to stop him

Gary Martin should have given up his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson in 2014 when the Illinois State Police finally found out about a decades-old felony conviction, authorities said Saturday. But he was s…
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Aurora shooting updates: Gunman opened fire after being told he was losing job, police say

An employee opened fire at an Aurora manufacturing plant Friday shortly after a meeting in which he was terminated from his job, authorities said. Police said the suspected gunman, Gary Martin,
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Man struck and killed by driver’s mirror in Elk Grove Village

A pedestrian died after he was struck by a vehicle's sideview mirror Thursday in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village.
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Gary Martin, gunman in Aurora shooting, was a divorced father with history of violent, threatening behavior

The gunman who opened fire in an Aurora factory, killing five and wounding six, was a divorced father of at least two children with a history of violent and threatening behavior spanning more than tw…
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Detectives want to talk to Jussie Smollett about ‘new information’ in case

CNN reported Saturday that police sources told the station that Jussie Smollett paid two men released from custody Friday to orchestrate the attack.
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Aurora victim had helped gunman get job back, ‘died trying to set it straight’

Union representative Russell Beyer had vouched for the Aurora shooter to help him keep his job previously, Beyer's father said.
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Man found dead in Norridge is Cook County’s 31st cold-related death

An 83-year-old man who died from Thursday is Cook County's 31st cold-related death since the start of the season.
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The Aurora victims' stories: Intern's 1st day on the job, a family patriarch, 'incredible' dad, Mississippi State fan

A student at Northern Illinois University was on his first day as a human resources intern at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora on Friday when he was killed, one of five victims who police say were
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NIU student known as ‘big bear’ killed on 1st day of internship at Aurora plant

Trevor Wehner, remembered as a driven young worker, was just three months away from graduating.
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Chicago police want to question 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett after questioning and releasing 2 brothers

Chicago police said Saturday they have reached out to the attorney for "Empire" star Jussie Smollett because they still want to speak to Smollett after releasing two brothers they had been questionin…
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Audience confuses medical emergency in stampede at ‘Hamilton’ performance

Chaos broke out during a performance of the musical "Hamilton" at San Francisco's Orpheum theater.
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New owner to close Westlake Hospital

Melrose Park officials denounced plans to shutter the hospital, which has operated in the near west suburb since 1927.
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Theo’s ‘year of reckoning’ takes on different meaning for Cubs at start of camp

Almost a week into spring training, and the Cubs are still waiting to talk about baseball.
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Ken Nordine dies at 98; radio announcer & influential “Word Jazz” artist

Ken Nordine's voice was so unique, "companies would come to him to create the commercial, based on his style with 'Word Jazz,' " said his son Ken.
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Shots fired at one vehicle from another in parking lot in Hermosa

About 12:25 p.m., the shots were fired in the 4600 block of West North Avenue, according to Chicago police.
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