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2 on motorcycle seriously injured in Crystal Lake hit-and-run crash; suspect in custody



CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (WLS) — A man and woman on a motorcycle were seriously injured in a hit-and-run in north suburban Crystal Lake Tuesday night and a suspect is in custody, police said.

Authorities responded to the crash at the intersection of Virginia Road and Berkshire Drive at about 7:37 p.m.

Investigators said a man was driving a motorcycle with a woman as his passenger when the motorcycle was hit by a red sedan. The man and woman were thrown from the motorcycle and the red sedan fled the scene westbound on Berkshire Drive, police said.

The man was taken to Condell Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and the woman was also transported to Condell Medical Center with serious injuries. Police said the driver of the red sedan was later taken into custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620. Anonymous tips can be sent to the Crystal Lake Police Department by sending the word CLPDTIP along with the information to 847411. Normal text messaging rates apply.

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African American Fermilab physicist, North Central College professor Dr. Herman B. White, Jr. honored in Museum of Science and Industry exhibit



CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago area physicist, the first African-American in history to have a scientific equation that bears his name, is being honored in an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

“You have to start with what I consider the simple stuff before you get to the complicated stuff,” said Dr. Herman B. White, Jr.

Now a North Central College Board Trustee, Dr. White spent 45 years conducting particle physics experiments at Fermilab.

“To do particle physics experiments, that means you design the experiment, you get a number of engineers to help you build the experiments and then over some period years you take the data to execute and then you analyze the experiment for a few more years,” he explained. “At the end you tell the world what you’ve done.”

White said his work on neutrino particles is purely academic and not intended to find a specific solution to a certain problem. However, it is essential to the possibility of new discoveries in the future.

“What we do is ask the most fundamental questions that you can ask in nature. Why are we here? How is it that particles interact, why does the sun work the way it does?” White said. “One of the better answers to many of the question like this is, if you had discovered the electron, could you have predicted the iPhone? The answers is no, you could not predict the iPhone, but you had to understand that was a thing called the electron.”

His work earned him the honor of having a scientific equation to bear his name.

“I know people made a great deal about the Stefanski and White formula for neutrino production. I said that very fast, but in those days we did not go about getting a name on a formula. We basically just did the work,” White said.

Now that work is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Black Creativity Exhibit.

“We have great individuals doing great things that are still alive, and some of the young people need to see them as much as they see the icons that I know very strongly, that I grew up with,” said White. “Sometimes it can motivate a young person in ways you could never imagine.”

White has also been an adjunct professor at North Central in Naperville since 1994. He said he loves working side-by-side with the next generation of great minds.

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Casey Urlacher Faces Charges in Connection to Illegal Offshore Sports Gambling Ring – NBC Chicago



Casey Urlacher, the brother of former
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, was one of ten individuals named in a
federal grand jury indictment Thursday, accused of helping to run an illegal
offshore gambling business.

Urlacher is accused of recruiting bettors
for the website in exchange for a cut of their eventual
gambling losses.

Urlacher is currently serving as the mayor
of Mettawa, a village in Lake County.

He faces charges of conspiracy and running
an illegal gambling business in connection with the indictment.

The indictment, issued by the U.S. District
Court’s Northern District of Illinois, names a total of 10 defendants,
including Vincent Delgiudice, who is accused of running the website. The
website was maintained in Costa Rica, according to the indictment, and was used
to manage the accounting, betting and logistics of the illegal ring.

In the indictment, Urlacher is accused of
asking one of the defendants to “create an online login and password for a new
gambler,” and is accused of collecting money from gamblers who had lost on bets
on the website. In one instance, Urlacher is accused of giving Vasilios Prassas,
another defendant named in the indictment, an envelope containing cash payments
for gambling debts.

The Chicago Tribune also reports that one of the defendants in the case, Nicholas Stella, is a veteran Chicago police officer, and that he was stripped of his powers last year.

“The allegations against suspended police
officer Nicholas Stella are various serious and if proven, they undermine
everything the men and women of the Chicago Police Department represent,”
Charlie Beck said in a statement to the newspaper.

Arraignment dates have not been scheduled in the case. Each of the two counts Urlacher is facing carry a maximum sentence of five years.

After Casey Urlacher’s football career came
to an end, he became involved in several political endeavors, including his
election as mayor of Mettawa in 2013. He was appointed to the Illinois Civil Service
Commission by former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and was appointed to another
term by former Governor Bruce Rauner in 2017.

cUrlacher also had an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination in the 25th State Senate District in 2015.


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Casey Urlacher Among 10 Charged With Running Sports Gambling Operation – CBS Chicago



CHICAGO (CBS) — Casey Urlacher – the brother of former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher – was indicted along with nine others Thursday on charges that they ran an illegal offshore sports gambling operation.

Urlacher, 40, is also mayor of the far north suburban village of Mettawa. He was charged with conspiracy and with running an illegal gambling business, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors alleged that Urlacher worked on the gambling operation run by Vincent Delgiudice, 54, who is nicknamed “Uncle Mick.” Prosecutors said Delgiudice paid a Costa Rica-based company more than $10,000 a month for the website, which was used for the accounting, betting, record-keeping, and logistics of the gambling operation.

Delgiudice accepted wagers on both professional and amateur sporting events from up to 1,000 gamblers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He communicated with representatives of the sports book through an anonymous end-to-end encrypted messaging application, prosecutors said.

Delgiudice recruited gamblers for the business and set them up with accounts on Uncle Mick Sports website, prosecutors said. He collected and paid out money in cash to those gamblers, prosecutors said.

Urlacher was one of eight defendants whom Delgiudice allegedly recruited to work as agents for the gambling operation. They recruited sub-agents and gamblers for the business in exchange for a commission drawn from the gamblers’ losses, prosecutors said.

Also charged as agents were Matthew Knight, 46, of Mokena – also known as “Sweaters” and “McDougal” – Justin Hines, 40, of Algonquin; Keith D. Benson, 49, of Lemont; Todd Blanken, 43, of Cary; Nicholas Stella, 42, of Chicago; Matthew Namoff, 23, of Midlothian; and Vasilios Prassas, 37, of Chicago.

Another defendant – Eugene “Gino” Delgiudice, 84, of Orland Park – identified in published reports as Vincent Delgiudice’s father – was accused of assisting in collecting and paying out money.

In 2016, Casey Urlacher ran for the Republican nomination for the 26th District Illinois State Senate seat, but lost to Dan McConchie, who went on to win the general election.

Urlacher played in the Arena Football League before entering politics.


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