Four people have been killed by gun violence in Chicago since the start of the month on Friday. Murders were reported in the Garfield Park, Bridgeport, and Belmont Cragin neighborhoods over the weekend. Three have been 636 shootings deaths in Chicago this year.
State leaders celebrated Illinois’ 199th birthday with eyes on next year’s 200th. Governor Rauner participated in events at Chicago’s Navy Pier Sunday. There will be flag raising ceremonies across Illinois today to mark the beginning of the state’s bicentennial year.
The man whose mother’s remains were dumped into Lake Michigan has pleaded not guilty in her murder. 55-year-old Brian Peck was indicted for first degree murder and trying to cover up the death of 76-year-old Gail Peck. He claims he killed his mother in self-defense and then “hacked her up.”