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- Reuters - yahoo!finance, January 26, 2023
- Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 25, 2023
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- Fra Noi, January 16, 2023
- PBS NewsHour, January 12, 2023
More than 1,000 people died at the hands of law enforcement in 2022 and wide racial disparities persisted among those deaths. One of those killed last year was Amir Locke, who was shot by police in Minneapolis executing a no-knock warrant. John Yang spoke with Locke's mother, a Romanucci & Blandin client, about her experience and looks at where policing in America goes from here.
Read the transcript here and/or watch the video below.
- Assault weapon sales now illegal in Illinois: ‘This will save lives,’ Pritzker says after signing bill into lawChicago Sun-Times, January 10, 2023
SPRINGFIELD — Assault weapons can no longer be sold in Illinois.
The state immediately banned the sale of the military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines Tuesday evening, with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature on a bill the House had passed just hours earlier.
“Today, we made history, becoming the ninth state to institute an assault weapons ban —and one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the nation,” Pritzker said before signing the bill in a ceremony quickly put together at the state Capitol.
- KSTP, January 10, 2023
George Floyd’s family is launching a grant program for businesses and organizations in the area of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis in an effort to revitalize the Southside neighborhood.
Applicants can receive up to $25,000 and larger grants will be considered.
The fund is now accepting applications and will continue accepting them until all funds are distributed on a quarterly basis.
On Jan. 27, Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins will hold a town hall meeting at the University of St. Thomas to explain the application process.
- The Black Wall Street Times, January 10, 2023
- CBS Chicago, January 4, 2023
CHICAGO (CBS) -- Amaria Osby was the 8-year-old girl murdered by her mother in an Uptown residence for "loving her father too much".
We have now uncovered new documents that may reveal there may have been more to the motive behind Amaria's murder.
As CBS 2's Chris Tye reported Tuesday night, Amaria - who died at age 8 - was on the radar of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as early as age 3. The department admitted rules were not followed in this case - but we're learning the story told to us for eight months may be a very different than the one told to the mother now facing murder charges.
Last May, Amaria's mom, Andreal Hagler, tried to get her to drink bleach. Hagler later admitted to suffocating Amaria with a plastic bag - because "she loved her father more."
Just hours earlier, Amaria and her mom were visited at their Uptown apartment by state child welfare workers from DCFS.
- 'A year unlike any other': Highland Park shooting victims continue to deal with grief, anger and painDaily Herald, January 4, 2023
From an 8-year-old boy to an 88-year-old grandfather, the July 4 Highland Park parade shooting showed no mercy.
Six months later, the wounded dozens still ache. Loved ones of the seven people killed that day still mourn.
Through pain, grief and anger, they continue to tell their stories in the hope it can help them heal and possibly prevent future shootings.
- CBS Chicago, January 4, 2023
Six months later, CBS 2's Charlie De Mar sat down with a number of people directly impacted – from survivors to families who lost loved ones, emergency room doctors who treated some of the shooting victims, and the mayor.
All of them are on different emotional journeys as they look back at the past six months.
"It's something I think about every day," said survivor Lauren Bennett. "The trauma is very deep and very real."
- WGN9, January 3, 2023
This week, the Illinois General Assembly begins its lame duck session and lawmakers will likely use the final days before a new legislature is sworn in to vote on one of the nation’s most hotly debated topics: banning semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Casting a shadow over the debate in Illinois are the horrific events of July 4, 2022, in Highland Park.
During the north suburban city’s annual Fourth of July parade, a gunman — hiding on a rooftop along Central Avenue — used a semi-automatic rifle to fire into the crowd, killing seven people and wounding dozens of others, touching off a day filled with a creeping sense of unease around the region as the gunman remained at large.
- Chicago Lawyer Magazine, December 19, 2022
Every year is different. This year presented new challenges, norms and outcomes compared to what can be expected next year.
It’s tough to predict the future, but here are three major stories Chicago Lawyer expects to hover over in the upcoming year.
- Survivors of mass shootings in Highland Park, East Garfield Park voice support for proposed assault weapon banChicago Tribune, December 13, 2022
On the surface, Highland Park and East Garfield Park don’t have much in common.
But in the past six months, both the affluent, largely white North Shore suburb and the impoverished, largely Black neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side have been devastated by mass shootings. In both cases, assailants fired into crowds, killing seven and wounding dozens more in Highland Park on the Fourth of July and killing one and injuring 13 others in East Garfield Park on Halloween night.
Two survivors of those shootings — Lauren Bennett, who was shot twice in Highland Park, and Conttina Phillips, who was shot in the leg in East Garfield Park — were among those voicing support Monday for a proposal from Illinois House Democrats to ban the sale of certain assault-style guns and large-capacity magazines and to bar most people under 21 from getting gun permits.
Bennett and Phillips shared their stories during the first of three planned hearings on the measure, which House Democrats hope to pass when they return to Springfield for a brief lame-duck session just after the new year. Gun rights advocates are expected to testify at a future hearing.
- POLITICO, December 12, 2022
— Sarah M. Raisch has joined the civil rights team at Romanucci & Blandin, a national personal injury law firm in Chicago. She had spent a decade with the Lake County Public Defender’s Office.
- Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 12, 2022
Antonio M. Romanucci delivered the undergraduate commencement address at the University of Illinois Chicago on Saturday at the Credit Union 1 Arena. More than 1,400 degrees were conferred and more than 5,000 people attended, Romanucci & Blandin said. “Class of 2022, social responsibility is not an option,” Romanucci said in his speech. “It is essential to our community that people pay attention, stand up for good and use their talents to help others.” Romanucci is a graduate of UIC Law School (formerly John Marshall Law School).
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- 'I was slowly poisoned:' The CBS 2 Investigators dig into a growing number of cancer cases in a suburban villageCBS 2 Chicago, October 18, 2022
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- Highland Park shooting victims sue Smith & Wesson, gun shops, alleged shooter and his father over July 4 parade mass shootingChicago Tribune, September 30, 2022
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- ABA Journal, September 29, 2022
- Highland Park Fourth of July massacre: First lawsuits filed, call attack ‘predictable and preventable’Chicago Sun-Times, September 28, 2022
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- Editorial: Lessons from the Sterigenics case. Why allow harmful emissions so close to homes and schools?Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2022
- Chicago Police Sergeant Charged With Battery For Pinning Boy To Sidewalk In Park Ridge Pleads Not GuiltyBlock Club Chicago, September 23, 2022
- Chadron State College promised to honor a student after her suicide. Her family says ‘they’re hiding it’Nebraska Public Media, September 20, 2022
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- Chicago Archdiocese To Pay $1.75 Million To Woman Who Says Priest Sexually Abused Her At South Side Catholic SchoolBlock Club Chicago, August 5, 2022
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- Park Ridge child grabbed, pinned to sidewalk in busy area by man who self-identified as police officerChicago Tribune, July 5, 2022
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- Family of 84-year-old woman killed during police pursuit says city hasn’t responded to a lawsuit — three years after the case was filedChicago Sun-Times, June 6, 2022
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- ‘We’re all on board’ Progress Pride Flag raised in Glenview for Pride Month ‘The community has united’Chicago Tribune, June 3, 2022
- Founding Partner Antonio Romanucci has been named to Leading Lawyers list of Top 10 Aviation Accidents Plaintiff’s Lawyers this yearLeading Lawyers, June 3, 2022
- KTSP-5, May 26, 2022
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- Antonio Romanucci on recent Minnesota Department of Human Rights report about the city’s police departmentWashington Post Live, May 23, 2022
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- CBS 2 Chicago, April 29, 2022
- Full Report: Minneapolis Department of Human Rights investigation into the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police DepartmentMinneapolis Department of Human Rights , April 27, 2022
- ABC News , April 27, 2022
- Minneapolis police 'engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination,' Minnesota human rights department saysCNN, April 27, 2022
- Daily Kos, April 27, 2022
- Fra Noi, April 18, 2022
- Student Injured By Falling Debris From Wicker Park Building Finally Leaving Hospital, But A Long Road To Recovery AwaitsBlock Club Chicago, April 18, 2022
- ABC-7 Chicago, April 18, 2022
- Columbia student struck by falling building debris in Wicker Park faces ‘slow and tedious’ recovery, will miss graduationChicago Sun-Times, April 18, 2022
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- Chicago man sentenced to 39 years for murder of sex-trafficked teen in Markham; ‘you decided her life didn’t matter,’ mother saysChicago Tribune, April 13, 2022
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- Romanucci & Blandin Senior Partner Frank A. Sommario and Partner Bruno R. Marasso present $20,000 from the Justinian’s 20th annual Children's Endowment FundWe are the Italians, March 26, 2022
- Chicago Sun-Times, March 25, 2022
- Indemnizan con más de $700,000 a hijos de Héctor Hernández, muerto por 13 tiros de policías de ChicagoUnivision Chicago, March 25, 2022
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- Statement from Stephan Blandin and Adam Levitt on the federal indictment of Michael Madigan, former Illinois Speaker of the HouseMadison - St. Clair Record, March 16, 2022
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- Minneapolis Policy & Government Oversight Committee, February 7, 2022
- Amir Locke was respectful and curious, parents say: 'My heart ripped out of my body' to see shootingStar Tribune, February 4, 2022
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- Newsweek, February 4, 2022