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Woman Sexually Assaulted In Rogers Park Laundry Room

CBS Chicago

Updated at 6:30 p.m. on 1/30/2014

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was sexually assaulted while doing her laundry in an apartment in Rogers Park on Wednesday evening, police said.

The 24-year-old woman was in the basement laundry room of a building in the 1200 block of West North Shore Avenue about 7:00 p.m. when an unidentified male approached her from behind and covered her eyes, police said.

The apartment is near the Loyola University campus. Loyola officials notified students of the assault via email and said the victim was not affiliated with the university.

The alleged attacker said he had a gun and demanded the woman’s money, taking her keys and cell phone from her pocket, police said.

When the woman tried to fight back, he struck her head against a support beam in the room and sexually assaulted her, police said.

One tenant tells CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov that…

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Illinois General Information

Illinois

Abbreviation: IL

Population: 12,882,135

Land Area: 55,584
(sq. mi.)

 

Illinois (Listeni/ˌɪlɨˈnɔɪ/ IL-i-NOY) is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th most extensive state, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.[7] With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms[7] and politics.

Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago (in the northern part of the state) originally the state’s European population grew first in the west, with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. After the American Revolutionary War established the United States, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1810s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.[8] John Deere‘s invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois’ rich prairie into some of the world’s most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. Railroads carried immigrants to new homes, as well as being used to ship their commodity crops out to markets.

By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in Chicago, who created the city’s famous jazz and blues cultures.[9][10]

Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was the only US President born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954.[11][12] The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in the state capital of Springfield.