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Around the state 3-25-18

Chicago-area dad charged after allegedly threatening school
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have charged a suburban Chicago father for allegedly writing on Facebook that his brother could go to an elementary school with an AR-15 rifle to send a message his son shouldn't be bullied.
Paul R. Chapman, of Lyons, appeared in Cook County bond court Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old made the threat last week after his first-grader son was pushed into a bookshelf by another student at Lyons' Robinson Elementary School. The postings included a photo of the brother in a military uniform.
Chapman's lawyer says his client never threatened any specific person or place. The judge set bail at $10,000. He also ordered Chapman to stay off social media and not have contact with the school.
Chapman's next hearing is Tuesday.
Thousands in Illinois join US anti-gun violence marches
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of students and activists protested across Illinois to press for gun control in the wake of a shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school last month.
Chicago's March for Our Lives rally saw protesters fill Union Park west of downtown, holding signs that said "Never again" and "I stand with the students." Jones College Prep student Eduardo Medel said Saturday's event wasn't "just a march, this is a movement." Similar protests were planned across the Chicago suburbs.
In Bloomington, hundreds gathered outside the McLean County Museum of History. There also were hundreds of marchers in O'Fallon in southern Illinois.
The Illinois protesters are among hundreds of thousands who rallied in the nation's capital and cities across America on Saturday in one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam era.
Officer indicted for smuggling contraband into jail
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal correctional officer has been indicted for accepting bribes and smuggling contraband into a downtown Chicago jail.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Friday that 28-year-old Rafael Lizak pocketed bribes from two inmates in exchange for delivering contraband over a several month period last year. The inmates would then sell the contraband to others detained in the federally-operated Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
The contraband includes cellphones, synthetic marijuana and cigarettes.
Lizak and the two inmates have been indicted on charges of bribery and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The three also face up to five years imprisonment for additional charges of conspiracy to provide a prohibited object to a prison inmate.
Man wearing body armor with loaded gun arrested in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A man with a loaded handgun, wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a bag of SWAT equipment authorities believe was stolen from New York City police has been arrested at Chicago's busiest train station.
Chicago police say 21-year-old Isaiah Malailua was arrested Friday morning at a Union Station ticket counter and charged with unlawful use of a weapon for wearing body armor.
Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke set bail at $100,000 and ordered Malailua, from Redding, California, to remain in the Chicago area.
Lyke says: This is troubling, to say the least, in light of what's happening in our country."
Malailua was arrested after police dogs sniffed explosive residue in an unattended bag, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Officers found materials with NYPD SWAT patches inside and a bus ticket for Malailua.
Hundreds of alpacas in Peoria for weekend national show
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — More than 800 alpacas are expected in Peoria this weekend for the Alpaca Owners Association National Alpaca Show .
The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that this is the first time the national show has been held in Peoria. It occurs annually after a series of regional shows and competitions. The starring event is the National Supreme Championship that has the best alpacas competing in a best-in-show challenge for males and females.
There also will be other activities, including selfies with alpacas, alpaca obstacle courses and visits with vendors and owners. The event will be at the Peoria Civic Center from Friday through Sunday. Admission is free.
Event spokeswoman Cindy Berman Morrow says the animals are "like children and are very gentle creatures."

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