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Chicago man gets 30 years in drugs, firearms case

Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:10 Published in Local News

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced an Illinois man to 30 years in prison for convictions on narcotics and firearms charges.

Thirty-five-year-old Joel Rivas was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentence Thursday.

Rivas was convicted in July of drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and illegally possessing two guns.

The former Elgin resident was living in Chicago when he was arrested in 2010. That's when authorities say they found cocaine, marijuana and guns in an Elgin storage unit.

Prosecutors claimed that Rivas and another man, Ismael Miranda, distributed wholesale amounts of cocaine and marijuana to customers in Illinois between 2007 and 2010.

The 36-year-old Miranda pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Suspect in custody after carjacking and bank robbery

Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:13 Published in Local News

A suspect is in custody after police say he carjacked a visitor at a local hospital and then robbed a bank.

Around 1 PM the suspect stole a car at St. Anthony Medical Center. A short time later, a car matching the description of a the stolen one was used during a bank robbery.

Police say the suspect drove from the hospital and robbed the Arsenal Credit Union. Police managed to stop the suspect in the stolen car on Interstate 55 in south county.

The suspect is in custody, but he has not been identified. 

 

WHEELING, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.

The Chicago Democrat says the days were valuable for discussion to "lay a foundation" on the state's pension crisis and same-sex marriage.

However, neither issue came up for a vote before lawmakers left town.

They'll be back next month. Quinn says that'll be the time to take votes.

A bipartisan panel has been tasked with coming up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension problem, but the panel has been stalled on a plan that would save an estimated $138 billion.

Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage both held rallies this week in Springfield.

 

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