Waukegan: Man Found Murdered In Driveway

By The Chicago Times Staff

October 3, 2022

WAUKEGAN, IL – A man was discovered shot to death inside a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Waukegan home early Monday.

According to police, officers responded to a call of shots fired at a home in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street in Waukegan around 12 am.  On scene, officers found a male victim shot multiple times inside the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway.  Police said the victim was in his 40s.  Police do not believe the shooting was random and are investigating.

Waukegan Police are asking for any information leading to solving the murder and can be contacted via their tip line 847-360-9001.

Pritzker & Bailey Set To Debate For Governorship

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times

September 30, 2022

ILLINOIS – Gubernatorial candidates Democrat J. B. Pritzker and Republican Darren Bailey set to debate for the fate of Illinois.

The first debate is scheduled for October 6 at 7 pm at the Illinois State University campus in Normal.  The second debate is scheduled to broadcast from WGN-TV studio in Chicago on October 18 at 7 pm. and will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Both debates will be broadcast across Illinois.

The first debate at Illinois State University is set to be moderated by WGN-TV News anchor Tahman Bradley and WCIA-TV News anchor Jennifer Roscoe.  The second debate at WGN-TV studios will be moderated by WGN-TV News anchors Micah Materre and Tahman Bradley. 

The follow is a list of stations that will broadcast the debates:

WGN-TV Chicago, IL

KPLR CW St. Louis, MO

WCIA CBS Champaign, IL

WHBF CBS Rock Island, IL

WEHT ABC Evansville, IL

WMBD CBS Peoria, IL

WQRF Fox Rockford, IL

WTWO NBC Terre Haute, IN

WGEM NBC Quincy, IL

WSIL ABC Harrisburg, IL

Russia Annexes Ukrainian Regions

By S. Kinskey, The Chicago Times

September 30, 2022

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to annex areas of occupied Ukraine.

At a treaty-signing ceremony, Putin demanded Ukraine officials come to the table to end the seven months of fighting and warned that Russia would never give up the annexed regions of Ukraine even if it meant nuclear retaliation.

The Russian absorption of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions comes three days after Kremlin backed referendums in which the local population voted to join the Russian Federation.  Western powers allege the referendums were fixed.  Putin demanded Ukrainian authorities will respect the results of the Kremlin backed election.

In response, Ukrainian officials waved off Putin’s remarks and retorted that the fate of Ukraine will be decided on the battlefield.

“We continue to work and liberate Ukrainian territories.  And we don’t pay attention to those whose time to take pills has come.  The army is working, Ukraine is united. Only moving forward.” Andrii Yermak, spokesman for the Ukrainian president.

Putin has warned Ukraine and NATO that attacks on annexed regions would be considered an attack on sovereign Russian soil and would use all means available in retaliation.

Sangamon County: Man Indicted On 8 Counts Of First Degree Murder

By David Slavik, The Chicago Times

September 29, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A man suspected of committing a double homicide in Sangamon County was indicted Wednesday on eight counts of first-degree murder.

A Sangamon County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Mark N. Crites on 13 counts, including 8 counts of first-degree murder.  The charges stem from the shooting deaths of Gloria and John Norgaard and a separate arson investigation.  Charges include aggravated arson, residential arson, theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and aggravated possession of stolen firearm.

Crites’ bond has been set at $5 million and faces life in prison if convicted.

Merck To Allow Sinopharm To Sell Covid Drug In China

By Brooks M. Deering, The Chicago Times

September 29, 2022

NEW YORK — Merck & Co announced on Wednesday that it will allow China based Sinopharm to distribute and import Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral drug molnupiravir in China, pending approval by the Chinese government.

In a statement, Merck said it reached a cooperation framework agreement that grants Sinopharm  distribution and exclusive import rights of the medicine on the Chinese mainland.  In addition, Merck agreed to allow Sinopharm’s affiliate, China National Biotec Group, to manufacture the drug under a transfer technology agreement.

Northrop Grumman: Delivers Over 100,000 Artillery Guidance Kits To US Army

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

September 29, 2022

FALLS CHURCH, VA — Northrop Grumman Corporation announced Wednesday the delivery of more than 100,000 Precision Guidance Kits for 155mm artillery projectiles to the U.S. Army.  The PGK replaces standard fusing for conventional projectiles currently in inventory.

US Army

“PGK’s precision provides a critical capability to artillery units, enabling forces to rapidly achieve mission success by reducing the number of rounds required to defeat targets.  Throughout our 100,000 deliveries, we’ve maintained superior performance, surpassing the Army’s objectives for both accuracy and reliability,” said Dave Fine, vice president for armament systems, Northrop Grumman. 

According to Northrop Grumman:

“Once implemented, PGK will be one of the largest production programs within the U.S. Department of Defense to integrate this crucial capability that allows authorized users to acquire two signals from GPS satellites to achieve superior positioning accuracy.”