CHICAGO

Teacher accused of abusing ex-student

Sexual abuse charges have been filed against a Chicago Public Schools teacher for allegedly abusing a former student.

Jason P. Gil on Tuesday was ordered held without bond on criminal sexual assault, solicitation of child pornography, solicitation to meet a child and grooming charges.

Authorities say Skokie police learned Gil had an "inappropriate relationship" with the 14-year-old girl, who lives in the Chicago suburb. Gil previously taught the girl at an unnamed CPS school.

Gil is listed on a Chicago Public Schools employee roster as a part-time bilingual teacher at an elementary school on Chicago's northwest side. A CPS spokesman says Gil was removed from his position.

It wasn't immediately known if Gil has legal representation.

‘Hamilton’ exhibit delayed by 3 weeks

The world premiere of an exhibit based on the Broadway hit "Hamilton" will be delayed three weeks in part due to recent subzero temperatures in Chicago.

"Hamilton: The Exhibition" was to premiere on Northerly Island along Lake Michigan on April 6 but producers now say it will open April 27. They blame unexpected delays in shipping, customs and a stretch of frigid weather last month when temperatures dropped to minus 23. Producer Jeffrey Seller calls the delays "frustrating, but all solvable."

The exhibit focuses on the life and times of Alexander Hamilton with the musical's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, as the audio guide. It's to remain in Chicago through Sept. 8 before traveling to other U.S. cities.

"Hamilton" the musical has been playing in Chicago since September 2016.

GREENVILLE

Two dead after kidnapping, chase

Authorities say two people are dead following a kidnapping, attempted carjacking and lengthy police chase that started in Missouri and ended in southern Illinois.

Police allege 39-year-old Leslie Austin kidnapped his girlfriend and their child Tuesday night in Jefferson City, Mo. The woman was shot during the abduction but survived.

She was able to escape with her child after Austin drove into Illinois, where Austin then fatally shot a 67-year-old man during an attempted carjacking.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Austin died after exchanging gunfire with police who stopped his vehicle by using "stop sticks" along a roadway in Greenville, Ill., about 175 miles from Jefferson City. It wasn't immediately known if Austin shot himself or was shot by officers.

Police say the woman was being treated at a hospital Wednesday. Her condition hasn't been released.

WHEELING

Man charged in wife's hot tub death

A Wheeling man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly closed the lid over a hot tub while his wife was struggling to get out, police said.

Eric Huska, 58, was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 300 block of Marion Court. The death of his wife, Laura Huska, 57, was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

According to a news release from Wheeling police, an investigation revealed an outdoor video surveillance recording of the incident. The video showed Laura Huska was in distress and trying to get out of the hot tub on her own, police said.

Eric Huska initially attempted to help his wife out of the tub. Then, police said, he "partially closed the lid of the hot tub" while his wife was still in it.

The husband went into the residence but later returned to the tub and found his wife "floating unresponsive inside the closed hot tub," police said in the news release.

— Associated Press

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