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The U.S. Ninth Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Illinois residents have the right to file a class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its facial recognition technology. 

Federal prosecutors in Peoria say a Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states.

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Cook County is suing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for fraud after revelations that the latter obtained data on millions of Facebook users.

Peoria Police: Attempted Abduction Reports are False

Mar 19, 2018
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Peoria Police says social media posts asserting attempted abductions in the area are false.

In fact police say the posts that started on Friday are absolutely false. Police say they spoke to the original poster and it was determined her Facebook account was hacked. But apparently the modern-day rumor mill had already taken root, as that story and additional ones continued to emerge in slightly varied forms Saturday and Sunday.

IL AG Cautions of Social Media Scam

Feb 23, 2018

  CHICAGO - The Illinois Attorney General warns that a social media scam is soliciting personal information with promises of "free money" through her office.


Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she received complaints of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts falsely claiming association with her office. The accounts provide links to get "free money" through government grant funding.


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Two teenage boys who pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook have been sentenced to five years of probation.

In a plea deal with Cook County, Illinois, prosecutors, the teens pleaded guilty to child pornography in November.

The victim, now 16, and her mother looked on from the rear of the courtroom as Judge Patricia Mendoza sentenced the boys on Wednesday. Both teens were originally charged with aggravated sexual assault and manufacturing and dissemination of child pornography.

Chicago Police say they made dozens of arrests after infiltrating an invitation-only group on Facebook where they bought purchased guns and drugs. 

Peoria NAACP President: PHS' Officer Needs to Go

Oct 17, 2017
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Peoria’s NAACP chapter is calling for the immediate termination of Peoria High School’s resource officer.

PHS Officer Under Fire for Controversial Facebook Post

Oct 17, 2017

A resource officer at Peoria High School faces scrutiny, following a controversial Facebook post.

Officer Ryan Schubert posted a comment Mon. that says he wants to urinate on a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. -- though, in more vulgar terms.

In response, Peoria Public School's Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat issued a written statement that says the post "doesn't align with the district’s core values.”


Speaker Madigan Takes the Digital Plunge

Oct 17, 2017

Long-time Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is trying out a new way to connect with voters: the Internet. 

An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Facebook Integral to Pekin Police Strategy

Jun 15, 2017
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The Pekin Police Department wants its beat officers to get to know people in the area they patrol. A program called Community and Police Problem Solving or CAPPS is using Facebook and quarterly meetings to get people talking with the officers assigned to their neighborhood. Each of the five Pekin police districts has its own Facebook page with information about the area and the beat officers will manage their page. Each page also has the date of its district meeting. All the meetings will happen at 5:30.

The Illinois man who shot a Republican congressman and several other people while they practiced baseball outside the nation's capital had a number of run-ins with police in recent years, including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving.

Illinois senators have narrowly approved legislation to give individuals the right to find out what information online companies collect on them.  It would also allow internet users to determine which third party companies, like Facebook or Google, they are sharing their personally-identifying details with. 

Facebook Works to Stop Broadcast of Violent Crimes

May 4, 2017

Some leaders in Chicago’s black community say they’re working with Facebook to stop violent crimes from being broadcast on the social networking site.  Several horrific acts of violence have been streamed live on Facebook this year in Chicago, including the murder of a 2 year old.

A 15-year-old boy being sought in the sexual assault of a Chicago teenager that was streamed live on Facebook has turned himself in to police.  Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the teen's mother brought him to a police station this afternoon. 

An Illinois House committee has backed legislation meant to enhance internet privacy rights at a time when federal protections are being rolled back.  The Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee endorsed two privacy measures to meet a Thursday deadline, though the Democratic committee chairman said many issues remain to be debated.

Four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty.  The assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on Friday. They have been in custody since early January. 

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An estimated 600 people demonstrated at Willard Airport near Champaign-Urbana Sunday,  joining tens of thousands across the nation who protested in the US protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order, banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.  Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert has more.



A law recently signed by Governor Bruce Rauner will make it easier for Illinois residents to access family members' social media accounts after they die.  The legislation requires that tech companies, such as Facebook, offer users a chance to name a beneficiary who would be given access to the account after they die or become incapacitated.  

A convicted felon is back in custody after Evanston police say they saw him in a Facebook Live video firing a gun at a shooting range in violation of his parole.  The Evanston Police Department says an investigator with its intelligence unit was monitoring social media and recognized an Evanston gang member firing a handgun in a real-time video post.

The Pekin Police Department says its use of social media is helping to fight crime. The department has been using its Facebook page since mid-2013 to inform residents of suspects who have been arrested and those they're still searching for.