News from around Illinois as reported by GateHouse newspapers.
Rev. Jesse Jackson to be in Rockford for police case
ROCKFORD - The Rev. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to appear at a 3 p.m. news conference today at Kingdom Authority International Ministries to discuss his reaction to the Winnebago County grand jury decision Wednesday that cleared two Rockford police officers in the Aug. 24 fatal shooting of Mark Anthony Barmore.
Barmore, who was wanted by police in connection with a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, was spotted downtown by police on Aug. 24. He fled to the House of Grace Day Care, which is housed inside the church. Rockford police officers Stan North and Oda Poole followed Barmore inside the church, where a struggle ensued.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said Barmore was shot once in the neck by Poole after he emerged from a boiler room and grabbed his gun. A struggle ensued, and North, who was standing 2 to 4 feet away, fired four times. Three of the shots struck Barmore in the back.
Rockford Register Star
Animal activists call for closing of elephant exhibit at Brookfield Zoo
BROOKFIELD - Animal activists are calling for an exhibit at Brookfield Zoo to close in the wake of a second elephant’s death, but they agree the elephant died of unexpected and unavoidable causes.
Christy, 29, was euthanized Tuesday as a result of kidney failure, said Mike Adkesson, associate veterinarian for the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.
“As animals and people go into renal failure, nothing can be done to stop that process,” Adkesson said. “In a person, that person would be on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant. Options like that are not available in an animal the size of an elephant.”
Catherine Doyle, spokesperson for In Defense of Animals, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals, said the group was saddened to hear about this “unforeseeable” death.
In June, the group helped organize a protest of the Brookfield Zoo’s elephant exhibit, but Doyle said the death of Christy was not captivity induced.
“I think Affie was a different case,” Doyle said. “There were signs that she was suffering from conditions that were captivity induced. She did have arthritis from inadequate conditions. The zoo lacks the space that they need.”
In 2007, Christy was diagnosed with an enlarged ureter — one of the tubes that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Adkesson said he believes this to be the first case reported in elephants.
Brookfield Suburban Life
Quinn delivers cards in Germany
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Pat Quinn has traveled to a military hospital in Germany to deliver homemade holiday cards to wounded service members and their caregivers.
Quinn was scheduled to arrive Wednesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Service members who get hurt abroad are typically treated and stabilized at the German facility before returning to the United States.
Quinn took cards made by Illinois students. He said he’s inspired by the work of the young people, who “understand what patriotism is all about.”