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Illinois quick hits: Illinois officials react to Trump verdict


Pritzker calls Trump ‘fraud,’ Miller calls trial ‘sham’

Illinois elected officials are reacting to former President Donald Trump’s conviction. Trump was convicted Thursday of falsifying business records to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. A New York jury found Trump guilty of 34 counts related to a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statement, saying justice has been served and after facing a jury of his peers, Donald Trump is “exposed as the liar and fraud that he is.” Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller called the trial a “complete sham” and claims the anti-Trump witnesses admitted to lying under oath.

Man convicted of importing drugs

A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted a Mexican resident on drug charges for allegedly importing the drug Pentobarbital into the U.S. from Mexico for use in committing suicide.

Daniel Gonzalez is charged with importing and distributing a controlled substance. The charges in the indictment are punishable by up to 60 years in federal prison.

Pentobarbital is a drug sold in Mexico in commercially available bottles for the purpose of euthanizing animals.

Chicken fire smoke picked up by radar

Millions of chickens were killed in a Marion County fire. Twenty-seven fire departments and 100 firefighters responded to Farina Poultry Farm Wednesday.

The smoke was so heavy that it was picked up by weather radar. Authorities said there hasn’t been a determination of what may have caused the blaze.