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07/28/17 Bail hiked for former Aurora minister to stop deportation before sex abuse trial
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - The government's new policy of seeking to deport noncitizens who have pending criminal cases has prompted a Kane County judge to increase the bond for a former Aurora minister accused of sexual abuse so he can stand trial in September. FULL STORY
07/27/17 State's attorney says he's grateful for jury that acquitted Daniel Rak of murder
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said he is not disappointed, but grateful, for the jury that found a 31-year-old man innocent of the first-degree murder of his father. FULL STORY
07/27/17 $2M bail set for 2 charged with heroin, cocaine conspiracy in Kane, Kendall counties
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - Two men have been arrested and charged in a conspiracy to transport and distribute heroin and cocaine in the Kane and Kendall county areas. FULL STORY
07/25/17 Jury acquits son accused of killing father in Burlington Township
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - A Kane County jury took less than three hours Tuesday to acquit a man of the most serious charges filed after the death of his father in February 2016. Daniel R. Rak, 31, hugged Kane County Public Defender Kelli Childress after the jury found him... FULL STORY
07/24/17 Attorney: Investigators rushed to judgment in Burlington man's death
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - Defense attorneys for a man accused of murdering his father last year in his Burlington Township home argued Monday that investigators rushed to judgment. FULL STORY
07/22/17 Removing trees, restoring power, fighting water after latest storm
By Harry Hitzeman and Doug T. Graham hhitzemen@dailyherald.com - Weary and wet suburban residents began another round clean-up from the latest strong wave of storms that raked the area Friday night. FULL STORY
07/22/17 Algonquin cancels Founders' Days festival because of floods
By Harry Hitzeman - Fallout from the flooding along the Fox River has forced the cancellation of Algonquin's Founders' Days Festival. "It's upsetting but it's what's best for the community at this point," said... FULL STORY
07/20/17 Burlington Township murder suspect admits to throwing bottle at, punching dad
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - Daniel Rak, on trial for first-degree murder in his father's February 2016 death, told investigators he "hucked" a bottle of vokda at his dad and punched him twice in the face because Jeffrey Rak walked in on his girlfriend... FULL STORY
07/19/17 Burlington murder trial focuses on cluttered home; experts coming next
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - The trial of Daniel Rak, accused of killing his father in his Burlington Township home in February 2016, focused Wednesday on the dirty, cluttered conditions in the home and medications present in the elder Rak's bedroom. FULL STORY
07/18/17 Teen gets probation in Kenyon Woods school attack that put boy in coma
By Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer - A Kane County teen was sentenced to a year of probation, counseling and community service Tuesday after admitting to slamming a former seventh-grade classmate to the ground, fracturing bones in his face and putting him in a coma for several days. FULL STORY
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