Jussie Smollett convicted of staging attack, lying to police

CHICAGO — A jury has convicted Jussie Smollett on five of six charges he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself and lied to Chicago police about it. The jury returned the verdict Thursday afternoon against the former actor from the TV show “Empire” after a weeklong trial. Jurors acquitted him on one charge. Two […]

Accused of lying to police, Smollett takes the stand

Updated at 9:05 p.m. CHICAGO — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has testified that claims he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself are “100% false.” Smollett took the stand Monday at his trial on charges that he lied to Chicago police about the January 2019 attack in downtown Chicago. He refuted testimony from two […]

Brothers to take center stage in Jussie Smollett trial

CHICAGO — The trial of actor Jussie Smollett will boil down to the question of whether the jury believes the actor’s version of what he says was a racist and homophobic attack or that told by two brothers who say they helped the actor fake the attack. Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo admit they took part […]

News Around Illinois – February 25, 2020

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Union Vows To Fill Decatur School Board Meeting  DECATUR – The teaching assistants union at Decatur Public Schools is calling on members show their solidarity by packing Tuesday night’s  school board meeting. The meeting comes one day before the union and school district hold a bargaining session with a federal mediator. Teaching assistants have been without a […]

News Around Illinois – February 12, 2020

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Actor Jussie Smollett Faces 6 New Charges In Chicago CHICAGO – Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself last year in downtown Chicago. The indictment came from a special prosecutor who was appointed after Cook […]