As a kid, Kimo Williams taught himself guitar as an escape from difficult circumstances. He served in Vietnam and after his tour he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music. By graduation, he was a full-fledged composer employing his own innovative techniques writing for orchestra. Outside the symphonic world he’s well known for his work in the Lt. Dan Band. On June 6 and 8, the Chicago Sinfonietta will be performing as part of a program paying tribute to service members. He stops by the Morning Shift first. And, we get a Springfield update.
Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification card program is supposed to keep guns away from felons and the mentally ill. But thousands of revoked FOID cards are unaccounted for, and their owners could still buy guns and ammunition.
New DNA evidence has helped Cook County investigators identify another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Tuesday that William George Bundy has been positively identified as one of Gacy's victims.
The proposed 2012 Cook County budget would help plug a projected $315 million dollar deficit but it also reflected lots of tough decisions by Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The budget involved layoffs, new taxes and new fees; and there were quite a few proposals that could affect public safety.
Cook County has found a new way to make money: by cracking down on stores that aren't paying cigarette taxes. At the urging of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office, the sheriff's office has fined retailers almost $400,000 in the first three weeks of the project.
A Northwest suburban mayor is criticizing a new Cook County policy for being weak on illegal immigration.On September 7, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a measure that allows the sheriff to release undocumented immigrants on bond from jail.
Cook County moved to center stage in the fight over national immigration policy. Sheriff Tom Dart recently suggested that he may no longer comply with federal requests to detain inmates wanted for immigration violations.