25 years after son’s killing in East Chicago, mom seeks answers

William “Bill” Graber died after he was shot once in the chest Aug. 2, 1995, while hanging out with friends on a corner in the 800 block of West 149th Street in East Chicago — about a block away from the apartment he shared with his mother.  Graber’s family didn’t know anyone who’d been murdered before he was killed, said his mother, Mary Katherine Laird. “We lost a son,” she said. “We lost our home.”

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7th Circuit removes East Chicago lead pollution case to federal court

Companies sued by residents who claim their former housing complex in East Chicago was polluted by toxins including lead and arsenic prevailed in their bid to have the case heard in federal rather than state court. In doing so, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals also eased the standard for when a defendant may assert a defense of acting under federal authority.

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