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Victoria Lunacek

Tuesday's National Night Out brought together first responders and the public of Elburn at the downtown Lions Park. People were able to explore firetrucks, ambulances and police cars to see how they work and operate. National Night Out is an annual event held in communities around the country.

Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop in the central Illinois city.

 

The Peoria County coroner says Luis Cruz was pronounced dead early Thursday at a hospital soon after the shooting.

City police spokeswoman Amy Dotson says officers stopped the vehicle as they searched for a wanted suspect. Dotson says an armed person ran away and was shot by an officer, but didn't say whether any other shots were fired. No officers were injured in the confrontation.

FLICKR USER ALAN CLEAVER

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a teenager shot by a police officer under questionable circumstances.

 

The August 2015 shooting that left Jaquise Evans seriously injured became even more controversial when U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in January accused city attorneys of withholding evidence during a trial.

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The nation's oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP, and Illinois police officials announced Thursday an agreed upon resolution they say took years to hash out.

The "affirmation of shared principles" was inspired in part by the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.

 

Rockford officials could tap a public schools support organization to create a local pipeline for new police officers and firefighters. 

The city’s Finance and Personnel Committee voted Monday in favor of a proposal that would pay Alignment Rockford $40,000 per year for three years to create high-school level certification programs for students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or firefighting.

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