Alleged Murderer of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Captured

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 30, 2021

FAIRFIELD, IL — The suspect in the murder of a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy has been captured.

Ray Tate, 40, of Kentucky, allegedly hijacked a semi-truck after the murder of Deputy Sean Riley.

Tate held the driver of the semi-truck at gunpoint and demanded the driver to take him to a gas station in St. Peter’s, Missouri.  It is further alleged that Tate participated in a series of robberies and carjackings in the St. Peter’s area.

According to police, Tate returned to Illinois in a stolen vehicle with the vehicle owner held at gunpoint.  The stolen vehicle was later found at a home in Carlyle, Illinois where Tate held both the stolen vehicle owner and homeowner hostage.

Illinois State Police’s Special Weapons and Tactics team later took Tate into custody around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.  Both hostages were found unharmed.

Tate has been charged with first degree murder by the Wayne County State’s Attorney.

Photo: Illinois State Police

Bradley Police Officer Fatally Shot At Hotel

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

BRADLEY, IL — A police officer was murdered and another was badly injured in a shooting at a hotel in Bradley on Wednesday night.

Bradley police officers responded to a complaint of dogs barking in an unsecured car in the parking lot of a Comfort Inn in the 1500 block of North State Highway 50 at 9:35 p.m., according to police.

According to investigators, officers approached the hotel room of the vehicle’s owner to inquire about the dogs.  During the questioning, the alleged suspects in the room attacked and shot both officers.  One officer was pronounced dead and the other is listed in critical condition.

Darius D. Sullivan, 25, has been arrested, and police are hunting for another person of interest.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Sullivan.

Photo: Bradley Police

Illinois Loses 122,000 Residents In 2021

By Horace Douglas, The Chicago Times

December 29, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL – According to the latest census figures for Illinois, nearly 122,000 residents have left the state.

According to the data, the net loss of 122,000 inhabitants has not been seen since the year 2000.  Population loss is due to residents fleeing the state and a lower number of people migrating to  live in Illinois. 

Population increases in Illinois included 2,800 net natural births minus deaths and a 5,800 net increase in foreign immigration.

Photo: Daniel Schwen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Illinois: Minimum Wage To Increase On New Year’s Day

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

December 21, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois’ minimum wage will be raised to $12 per hour on January 1, 2022.

The $1 raise will be applied to every hour worked in the New Year and is part of legislation passed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2019 to reach a statewide $15 minimum wage by 2025.

Employees working on tips may be paid 60% of the hourly minimum wage, or $9, as long as the difference is made up in tips.

Beginning in January 2022, workers under the age of 18 who work fewer than 650 hours per year will be paid a minimum of $9.25 per hour.

If you believe you are being underpaid, you can register a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor here.

$5 Million Dollar Bond Set For Man Who Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 92-Year-Old Woman

by The Chicago Times Staff

December 6, 2021

ADDISON, IL — The bond for a Glendale Heights man accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s home and sexually assaulting her was set today by DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden.

Anthony Lane, 53, of the 2200 block of Century Point Lane, appeared at a bond hearing this morning, where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $5 million with a 10% surcharge.

Lane faces one count of Home Invasion and two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault.

According to police, the 92-year-old victim entered her attached garage after returning home from her dialysis appointment on November 22, 2021, at approximately 6:00 p.m.  As the victim turned to close the garage door, she allegedly noticed an individual, later identified as Lane, standing in her doorway.

According to police, victim attempted to close the door to her home, the defendant forced the door open and pushed her inside.  Lane is also accused of binding the victim’s hands with duct tape, carrying her upstairs, placing her on a bed in her bedroom, and sexually assaulting her.

Lane allegedly fled the scene after assaulting the victim.

Following the alleged assault, the victim dialed 911 and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.  Authorities identified Lane as a suspect in the case during their investigation.

Lane was apprehended by Addison Police on December 2, 2021.

“The allegations that Mr. Lane broke into an elderly woman’s home, duct taped his victim and sexually assaulted her are extraordinarily disturbing,” Berlin said. “Thanks to the efforts of the Addison Police Department however, Mr. Lane was identified as a suspect, apprehended and now faces several Class X felonies punishable by up to one hundred twenty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition to the Addison Police Department, I commend all the agencies involved for their outstanding work on this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Cathy Nusgart and Nick Catizone for their work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Lane.”

“I extend my sincerest gratitude to the Bloomingdale Police Department, the DuPage County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and the Illinois State Police Crime Lab who all worked hand in hand with my office ultimately leading to the successful identification and apprehension of the suspect in this case,” Hayden said. “I also thank State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and his office for their legal guidance.”

Lane’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 21, 2021.

Illinois To Crackdown On Disability Parking Abuse

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White aims to crack down on the misuse of disabled parking placards at shopping malls over the holiday season.

Parking lot stings will target drivers who abuse placard use, as well as those who park in an accessible space without a disability placard or license plate.

Offenders could face a six-month license suspension and a $600 fine.

According to Jesse White’s office, the stings will begin on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall and then throughout the state in the coming weeks.