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Onetime Michelle Obama staffer evades subpoena in Smollett-Foxx case, process server says

Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, declined Wednesday to be served with a subpoena by a retired Illinois judge seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case, according to the process server.

In an email to former Illinois appellate judge Sheila O’Brien obtained by Fox News, the process server wrote that a security guard at the Chicago law firm where Tchen is a partner “called up to her and spoke with her and she said that she in [sic] never going to accept service and to not allow me up to their Law firm.

“She knows all about this Subpoena,” the server added.

WHO IS TINA TCHEN, THE ATTORNEY LINKED TO JUSSIE SMOLLETT MESSAGES?

Edward Ryan, who runs the private investigation firm that employs the process server, spoke about the incident with The Chicago Sun-Times.

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Tina Tchen, pictured this past February. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

“I don’t know why she’d turn it [the subpoena] down, she’ll be served eventually,” Ryan told the paper.

Tchen did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

The subpoena would have required Tchen to appear at a May 31 hearing on O’Brien’s request for a special prosecutor and provide “any and all documents, notes, phone records, texts, tape recordings made or received at any time, concerning your conversations with [Cook County State’s Attorney] Kim Foxx in re: Jussie Smollett.”

Tchen reached out to Foxx on behalf of Smollett’s family during the investigation into whether the “Empire” actor faked a hate crime attack on the streets of Chicago earlier this year. Smollett was eventually charged with 16 felony counts of lying to authorities in February, but the charges were, to the astonishment of many, dropped on March 26.

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

STATE’S ATTORNEY DID NOT ‘FORMALLY’ RECUSE HERSELF IN JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE, OFFICE SAYS

In March, The Sun-Times reported that Tchen texted Foxx on Feb. 1 saying she “wanted to give you a call on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know. They have concerns about the investigation.” The paper also reported that on Feb. 20, Foxx emailed Tchen: “Spoke to [Chicago Police] Superintendent [Eddie] Johnson. I convinced him to reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get to me shortly.” Foxx had announced the day before that she was leaving the case, only for her office to clarify the following month that she had “informally separated herself from the decision-making over the case.”

Tchen has denied trying to sway the outcome of the Smollett case.

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“Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together,” she said in a March statement. “My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”

Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard is investigating how Smollett’s case was handled. O’Brien has also requested that Foxx and her top deputy, Joseph Magats, appear in court next week and produce their internal files.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sleeping woman, 71, pinned beneath out-of-control truck as driver flees, cops say

A 71-year-old woman emerged mostly unscathed Sunday night after a pickup truck plowed into her Illinois home while she slept and pinned her beneath the vehicle, police said.

Talon C. Franz was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed when he crashed his 2009 GMC pickup into the woman’s Spring Grove house, the Lake County Sherriff’s Office said.

ILLINOIS AUTHORITIES NOT ALERTED TO EARLY CLUES ABOUT WOMEN SUSPECTED IN CUTTING OPEN WOMAN TO STEAL BABY

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The scene at an Illinois home where a driver rammed their truck into the house. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman, who was not identified, had been sleeping at the time of the crash and miraculously only suffered non-life threatening injuries, the Chicago Tribune reported. A dog and two cats, however, were reported missing from the woman’s home, police said.

Franz struck a Volkswagen and a telephone pole before slamming into the home, according to authorities, who added that he fled the scene after the accident.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury traffic crash, reckless driving, failure to report a traffic crash, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Franz was being held at the Lake County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

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Illinois Republicans consider push to separate Chicago from state

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Illinois Republicans unhappy at the influence the Democrat-controlled city of Chicago holds over the state are looking at trying to blow the Windy City out of the state altogether — despite the long odds that such a push would face.

A new report by Pew Trusts’ Stateline shines light on an effort by the state’s GOP to turn the state red by turning the blue city into its own state.

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The outlet reports that a resolution calling on Congress to declare Chicago America’s 51st state now has eight Republican co-sponsors in the state’s House, as well as growing support from conservative activists.

Supporters of the move have noted that Chicago is where much of the state’s political power and money rests, and its politics are different than other more conservative parts of the state. The sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Brad Halbrook, said he supports the split due to differences on issues such as the Second Amendment and abortion.

“Our traditional family values seem to be under attack at every angle,” Halbrook said, according to The State Journal-Register. “We are trying to drive the discussion to get people at the table to say these are not our values down here.”

The bill notes a “$221 million bailout” for the city’s pension system last year, and says that “the majority of residents in downstate Illinois disagree with City of Chicago residents on key issues such as gun ownership, abortion, immigration, and other policy issues.”

Any such push would require significant political muscle, and the resolution itself is only a statement of support for the push, not legislation that would work to actually make a new state. It would need to pass both the state legislature, and be approved by Congress — making it a longshot proposition.

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Even some Republicans sponsoring the bill have indicated it’s more of an expression of frustration rather than a deep-rooted desire to boot the city out of the state.

“It’s more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states,” Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer told the Journal Register last month. ”I don’t believe that Chicago and the state of Illinois should be separated. Our relationship is mutually beneficial.”

He went on to say that the push is designed to highlight how policies from Chicago are hurting the more rural areas of the state.

“The reality is the city of Chicago is competing with New York City and L.A. and San Francisco, and (downstate is) competing against rural Indiana and rural Missouri,” he said. “The policies that come down from Chicago are actually pushing our economic opportunity away.”

But Halbrook indicated to Stateline that he, and his constituents, are dead serious.

“Everywhere I go, people say we just need to get rid of Chicago,” he told Stateline. “It gets rid of all of our problems. My constituency is serious about it. I’m trying to save the state.”

The battle over Chicago’s place in the state has been rumbling for some time. This year’s resolution is the second bill in two years and in 2017 gubernatorial candidate Robert Marshall called for Illinois to be transformed into three states: Chicago, suburbs and the rest of the state.

“Each state would negotiate how they wanted and each state would start off with a new constitution,” he told Chicago Tonight. “Everything would be new. We’d start off with a better financial situation than we are in now.”

Stateline notes that there is a precedent for Chicago being split from Illinois. Maine split from Massachusetts and West Virginia split from Virginia in the 1800s, and that the divide rose to the surface during the two-years-long budget battle between Democrats and then-Gov. Bruce Rauner. The resolution notes that there was a resolution passed by the City in 1925 to form a state of Chicago.

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And while efforts are still in their infancy, the outlet’s study finds some evidence that the movement is taking form. In April, the southern Effingham County voted to hold a referendum in 2020 to ask whether it should work towards forming a new state, and activists say they’ve gathered signatures enough for referenda in two other counties.

It isn’t the only campaign to mix up the U.S. state count, with decades-old calls for statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico to be made states. Last year, organizers of a long-running initiative to secure California’s secession from the United States (known as Calexit) said they instead want to give away nearly half of the state, including all of its federal land, to form an “autonomous Native American nation.”

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves office for last time, political future uncertain

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left City Hall for the last time Friday afternoon, ending his eight-year, often turbulent tenure.

The mayor hugged and high-fived cheering staffers as he walked through the halls but quickly exited into a waiting black SUV outside, where a much smaller and quieter public crowd stood.

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It was reportedly a drastically different scene from 2011, when Emanuel’s predecessor — former Mayor Richard M. Daley, son of Chicago legend Richard J. Daley — left office after 22 years on the job.

Sparred with Trump

Emanuel, who was known for being a flamboyant politician, started his mayoral career fighting with a teacher’s union, then consistently sparred with President Trump, defending Chicago as a sanctuary city. He also took heat for allegedly covering up a video of a police officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old  Laquan McDonald until after he was re-elected to his second term, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. McDonald was shot 16 times. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was convicted of second-degree murder.

The shooting happened at a critical point in Emanuel’s reelection campaign in 2015, and he didn’t release the video until after he won, and even then only under a judicial order. The city settled with McDonald’s family for $5 million.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last September that he would not seek a third term in office. (Associated Press)

“Again and again and again he has resisted reforms, he resisted the consent decree process that he has now embraced and is taking credit for as part of his legacy,” investigative reporter Jamie Kalven wrote, according to WLS-TV in Chicago. Kalven first reported on the existence of the dashcam video of McDonald’s shooting.

‘Dead tired’

In an interview with WLS, Emanuel explained he didn’t want to run for a third term because he was “dead tired.”

“Being mayor is not a part-time job,” he said. “There is no Fourth of July holiday. I knew I didn’t have four years in the gas tank.”

Many believe, however, that the 59-year-old Emanuel — who first drew national attention as a congressman, then as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton and White House chief of staff for former President Barack Obama — didn’t have the votes to get re-elected after the fallout from the McDonald shooting.

‘Who knows if they even want me?’

“Rahm Emanuel could not have won the African-American vote needed to secure his spot as a three-term mayor,” Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote last September. “The image of the 17-year-old [McDonald] lying on the pavement after Officer Jason Van Dyke pumped 16 bullets into his body is too ingrained in African-American voters’ minds.

He has ruled out running for president and said he needs a break from politics to be with his family. “However, should a Democrat win in 2020, might you go to Washington? You know what, who knows if they even want me?” he told Chicago’s WMAQ-TV.

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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot takes office on Monday.

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Three arrested in murder of Chicago woman, 19, who was 9 months pregnant, cops say

Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a pregnant Chicago woman who was strangled before her baby was cut from her womb, authorities announced Thursday.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her 24-year-old daughter Desiree face first-degree murder charges in the death of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who had gone to the women’s home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a press conference.

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Left to right: Desiree Figueroa, Clarisa Figueroa and Piotr Bobak (Chicago Police Department)

The older woman’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak is charged with concealing a death by homicide, police said.

Desiree Figueroa, who pretended Ochoa-Lopez’s baby was hers, admitted to helping her mother strangle the woman with a coaxial cable, police said.

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The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found early Wednesday behind the house, more than three weeks after she was last seen leaving her high school on April 23. That same day, paramedics were called to the Figueroas’ home several miles away on the Southwest Side about a newborn with problems breathing.

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Marlen Ochoa-Lopez (Facebook)

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said a 46-year-old woman called 911 reporting that her newborn baby was in distress. When paramedics arrived “the baby wasn’t breathing, the baby was blue,” said Merritt. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the baby on the way to the hospital, he said.

The family of Ochoa-Lopez, a married mother of a 3-year-old son, said a woman on Facebook had lured her to the home by offering a stroller and baby clothes.

“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes,” said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the family.

A break in the investigation came after the woman who said she had given birth to the baby set up an online fundraising campaign, another spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez’s family said. The GoFundMe campaign said that the baby was about to die and money was needed for a funeral.

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Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner’s office to identify his daughter’s body, Thursday,  in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Police then conducted DNA tests and determined that Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, were actually his parents, Walker said.

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Lopez told reporters that he understood his son was likely to die soon, but that he still wasn’t giving up hope.

“We plead to God that he gives us our child because that is a blessing that my wife left for us,” he said in Spanish through an interpreter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Escaped pet snake found in neighbor’s washing machine in Illinois: ‘I was totally creeped out’

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An Illinois woman had quite a shock Wednesday when she opened her washing machine to find a snake inside.

“I closed the lid and started screaming,” Sanela Kamencic, from Evanston, Ill., told NBC 5.

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“I was totally creeped out,” she added. “How did a snake get in the house let alone the washer?”

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Penelope the corn snake (pictured) escaped her 12-year-old owner in Evanston, Ill., this week and made her way into a neighbor’s washing machine. (Chicago Exotics via AP)

The snake was brought to the Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital by Evanston police and Animal Control Warden Jason Pound.

“I could smell it and could tell that it had actually been through a cycle,” Pound told NBC 5. “Smelled like Downy.”

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Penelope survived a wash cycle inside the washing machine before she was discovered by Sanela Kamencic on Wednesday. After the snake was examined at the Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, she was reunited with her owner. (Chicago Exotics via AP)

Turns out, the corn snake — named Penelope — was the escaped pet of a 12-year-old neighbor. Radio station WBBM reported Penelope had been missing for three days.

“Surprisingly the snake looks in pretty good shape. She’s really feisty,” veterinarian Dr. Melissa Giese told the station.

Penelope and her owner have since been reunited.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man accused of killing wife on wedding night added to FBI’s Most Wanted list, may have fled to Mexico

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An Illinois man accused of killing his new bride just hours after she married him has been added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, as federal law enforcement officials disclosed Wednesday he may have fled the country.

Arnoldo Jimenez, 37, allegedly stabbed 26-year-old Estrella Carrera multiple times before leaving her in a bathtub to die at her Burbank, Illinois home on May 12, 2012, just hours after the two were wed, the FBI said in a news release.

“He has a criminal past and a history of violence,” said Special Agent Steve Barnard of the FBI’s Chicago field office. “We want to bring him to justice.”

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The two were married May 11, 2012 in a city hall ceremony and then were joined by family and friends for a reception. What should have been a night of celebration, however, apparently took a turn for the worse on the way home, when officials believe the couple got into an argument in Jimenez’s black Maserati.

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Arnoldo Jimenez (right) is accused of stabbing to death his wife, Estrella Carrera, hours after the two were married in May 2012. (FBI)

“We believe she was stabbed in the vehicle and then dragged back into the apartment and left bleeding in the bathtub,” Barnard said.

After Carrera didn’t pick up her children — a 2-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter —  family members asked the police to perform a wellness check on May 13, when her body was discovered in the bathtub.

The 26-year-old was found wearing the same dress she’d worn to the wedding reception.

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A murder warrant was issued for Jimenez a few days after the murder, but authorities believe he may have fled the U.S.

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An award of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture of Arnoldo Jimenez, the FBI announced Wednesday. (FBI)

“He may have fled to Durango, Mexico, specifically in the area of Santiago Papasquiaro,” the FBI said. “Jimenez may also frequent Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.”

On Wednesday, authorities announced an award of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to Jimenez’s capture.

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The FBI added Arnoldo Jimenez to the agency’s “Ten Most Wanted’ fugitive list. Jimenez is accused of killing his new wife on their wedding night and possibly fleeing the country. (FBI)

The seven-year anniversary of Carrera’s killing falls on Mother’s Day this year. Family members said during a news conference they still have hope Jimenez will eventually be captured.

“Her children need justice for their mommy,” sister Jazmin Carrera told FOX32. “They shouldn’t be at a mass dedicated to her and sending flowers to the cemetery.”

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Jimenez is now 37 years old and is described as being 6 feet tall, between 200 and 225 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to the FBI. He is still considered to be “armed and dangerous,” according to federal officials.

Anyone with information about Jimenez’s whereabouts is urged to contact federal officials at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online.

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Newborn found abandoned atop trash can in Chicago alley: officials

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A newborn baby was found abandoned atop a garbage can in a Chicago alley after neighbors heard the infant’s cries from their apartment Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

A mother and daughter took the hours-old baby to a nearby fire station. The boy’s umbilical cord, still attached, was not clamped and he was bleeding, Chicago’s WGN-TV reported. He was “blue, unresponsive, no pulse,” a fire department spokesman said.

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“This poor kid was minutes away from having no chance at all,” Chicago Fire Dept. Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice said at a news conference Tuesday. He told reporters the baby was as cold as concrete, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I wasn’t ready to lose this one.”

“This poor kid was minutes away from having no chance at all.”

— Chicago Fire Dept. Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice

Fire officials performed CPR on the boy, and after being taken to a hospital in critical condition, “the little guy is crying and kicking” Chicago Fire Media tweeted Tuesday evening.

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The baby’s unclamped umbilical cord was still attached and he was bleeding, according to a report.  (iStock)

The baby was the first to be illegally left in Chicago this year, according to the Sun-Times. Under the city’s “Safe Haven” law a baby can be left at a hospital of a fire or police station within 30 days of birth — with no questions asked.

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“Come to us, call 911. We would’ve taken the baby to one hospital and her to another hospital,” Fitzmaurice said about the mother, according to WGN. “We won’t judge. Don’t leave your baby in an alley. Come to a firehouse. Leave the baby there. Give the kid a chance.”

Officials said they don’t know the mother’s identity.

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Chicago ‘car bomber’ sentence to be handed down Monday

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Chicago’s Adel Daoud will learn his fate in federal court Monday afternoon — nearly seven years after he pressed the detonator on what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb outside a Chicago bar that was designed to level the block and kill hundreds.

Prosecutors are pushing for a 40-year-prison term while the defense says Daoud should be out by 2021.

The case is one of the longest-running, and perhaps strangest, terrorism cases in Chicago’s history and is by no means cut and dry.

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Standing before federal Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in orange jail clothes and leg chains, Daoud apologized during his three-day sentencing hearing last week for agreeing to go along with the terror plot and claims he no longer harbors a desire to kill.

“I’m sorry for taking the court’s time, for making my parents cry, for making a bad name for the Muslim community and I’m sorry to the United States of America,” he said Wednesday.

Daoud, who is now 25 years old, said he listened in disbelief to secret FBI recordings of him talking about killing non-Muslims. He said he kept asking himself: “Can that really be me?”

Troubled by his lengthy Internet ramblings, the FBI opened its investigation into Daoud in May 2012. Two months later, Daoud crossed paths with an undercover agent he believed to be the cousin of someone he had been chatting with online. Daoud continued to espouse radical ideas in his taped conversations with the undercover agent and even suggested potential targets for an attack, including Chicago’s Navy Pier, bars, military offices and the Woodfield Mall.

He ultimately decided on setting off a car bomb at the popular Cactus Bar and Grill. When the undercover agent warned Daoud “people are going to die,” Daoud responded, “Yeah, that’s the point. It has to be at least a hundred people.”

Daoud, who is from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested in an FBI sting in September 2012 after pushing a button on a device he believed would trigger a real bomb. Undercover agents supplied Daoud with a fake bomb, however.

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Daoud entered an Alford plea in November, saying at the time that he accepted the “factual basis” of the charges against him but denied culpability and maintained his innocence.

In addition to the federal terrorism charges, Daoud was also convicted of soliciting an agent’s slaying and for attacking an inmate in jail.

Daoud was supposed to go on trial in 2016, but Coleman ruled he was mentally unfit. The judge said Daoud sincerely believed the Illuminati and other shadowy figures were out to get him.

Last week, prosecutors played a video of Daoud in a car heading to the Chicago bar. In it, his hands are cupped in a prayer-like pose and he could be heard asking God to make the attack successful and acknowledging it would be the first “but not our last” attack.

Daoud’s lawyer Thomas Durkin argued his client’s demeanor made it obvious he has mental issues and that prosecutors could have structured a sting around a less serious crime, like sending money to a terrorist group “to get him off the street.” Instead, he said, the government wants Daoud locked up for “mass murder based on something they created.”

“This kid, this American kid who was lost at sea, deserves a chance to have a life,” Durkin said.

Prosecutor Barry Jonas noted that the defense pointed to how Daoud suggested an attack with “flying cars” as proof he was psychologically unstable.

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“Flying cars actually exist, judge,” Jonas said. “He talked about putting bombs in flying cars.”

The prosecutor, who cited magazines describing planes with retractable wings, added, “It’s chilling.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Death toll in Illinois plant explosion raised to 3 as another body found

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Search and recovery personnel found the body of another worker Sunday in the rubble of a northern Illinois silicone factory that exploded and burst into flames two days earlier, bringing the death toll to three employees with one more body believed to be in the debris, a fire official said.

Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi said the body was found as first responders resumed searching in hazardous conditions in the shattered remains of the AB Specialty Silicones plant in Waukegan, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Chicago.

They were searching for the bodies of two of the nine workers who were there when an explosion rocked the building Friday night and left it a shattered skeleton.

“We are in the process of removing one of those two bodies,” Lenzi told a news conference Sunday. He said at least half of the building still needs to be searched.

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Of the nine in the building at the time of the blast, one body was found early Saturday. Four people were taken to the hospital and one of those died later Saturday. The condition of the other three workers in the hospital was not immediately known, Lenzi said. The third confirmed death was the body located Sunday with one other body still to recover. Two other workers did not require treatment at the time.

The cause of the explosion hasn’t been determined, although Lenzi said it originated in the building where the silicone is produced.

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“Most of the processes that they do are very non-hazardous. Silicone itself, not a hazardous substance,” Lenzi said. “Something … this weekend went horrifically wrong.”

AB Specialty Silicones makes specialty silicone chemical raw materials for products such as adhesives, sealants and coatings.

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Lenzi said authorities have concluded that the explosion and fire was accidental.

“We are not looking at foul play.”

Lenzi said that from information they have gleaned in the preliminary investigation, some of the employees realized something was wrong and alerted others to get out of the building just before the explosion.

Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said that his office would perform autopsies Monday on at least two of the bodies and would announce the names of the victims and preliminary causes of death. Dental records would be used to identify at least one of the deceased, he said.

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