Patch Flash: Big Layoff at Motorola in Libertyville
Chicagoland news to talk about: Peterson trial goes on; defense withdraws motion for mistrial.
Less than three weeks after announcing its planned move to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Motorola Mobility said it will cut 700 jobs in Illinois, including at its Libertyville headquarters and Chicago office. According to Crain's Chicago Business, Motorola Mobility is cutting 4,000 jobs in total.
A 'MacGyver bomb' thrown at an Islamic school in Lombard yesterday set Muslims at Morton Grove's mosque further on edge after Friday's air rifle shooting. The air-rifle shooting incident Friday was only one of a recent series of events that have made worshippers at Morton Grove's mosque nervous, said a leader Tuesday. As Muslims draw their holy month of Ramadan to a close at the end of this week, several incidents have happened, said Rizwan Kadir, immediate past chairman of the Muslim Community Center Full-Time School
The judge at Drew Peterson's murder trial on Tuesday lambasted prosecutors who for the third time in as many weeks broached a subject they were told not to mention in front of jurors – again raising the possibility that the case could end with the judge letting the former police officer go free.
On Wednesday, lawyers for Drew Peterson withdrew a motion for a mistrial, allowing the former Illinois police officer's murder trial to go ahead. The defense attorneys' move Wednesday follows several blunders by prosecutors seeking to prove that the 58-year-old Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He's also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but never has been charged in her case.
Peterson told the judge Wednesday he does not want a mistrial.
A Bartlett man was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence causing death in relation to the incident that killed Tony Borcia, 10, of Libertyville. Borcia was run over while tubing on Petite Lake, on the Chain of Lakes, in Lake Villa, July 28. The Illinois Conservation Police arrested David Hatyina of Bartlett Aug. 13, said Ari Fisz, chief of felony review for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. Hatyina's bond was set at $1 million at a hearing the morning of Aug. 14.
A south suburban woman who told police a uniformed man raped her in a cornfield at gunpoint has been charged with filing a false police report, authorities said. Annette C. Brown, 33, of Sandwich, will be taken into custody with a bail of $10,000 when she finishes treatement at an area hospital, according to a news release from the Kendall County Sheriff's Office and the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office. She faces three Class 3 felonies.
After months of record-breaking heat and drought, many rural Illinoisans who rely on wells for water are getting an unwelcome surprise when they turn on their faucets: The tap has run dry. The lack of running water can range from a manageable nuisance to an expensive headache. Homeowners and businesses are being forced to buy thousands of gallons from private suppliers, to drill deeper or to dig entirely new wells.