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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Lunch Bus kicks off its summer service Monday.

It will distribute meals at two suburban routes starting Monday and runs through August 12. Dropoffs along Chicago routes begin June 27 and runs through August 19.


There will be a total of 12 daily stops Monday through Friday at places like parks and libraries.



West Suburban Route
11 a.m. -Berwyn Township, 6600 W. 26th St.
12:10 p.m. -Justice Park District, 7747 S. Oak Grove Ave.
1 p.m. -Cicero Public Library, 5225 W Cermak Rd.
2:30 p.m. -Maywood Public Library, 121 S 5th Ave.


South Suburban Route
10:45 a.m. - Faith United Methodist Church, 15015 Grant St. Dolton
11:50 a.m.- Jirtle Park, E 25th St. & Union Ave.
1 p.m. - Smith Park, W 14th Pl. & Ashland Ave.
2 p.m. -Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave.

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Crime and Public Safety | Santa Cruz woman sentenced to prison in vehicular manslaughter case

SANTA CRUZ — A 39-year-old Santa Cruz woman was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after she drove into a man operating an electric wheelchair and left him dying on the side of a Live Oak road.

Jessica Thompson admitted she took the life of James Johnson, 69, of Live Oak, after pleading no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges during a Nov. 2 hearing. Johnson was struck shortly after 10 p.m., Sept. 11, when he crossed Capitola Road, west of Seventh Avenue, traveling in a southerly direction.

Jan Downey, describing Johnson as her “friend, partner and father of our daughter,” addressed Thompson directly in court Wednesday. Johnson’s loss had left daughter Molly in mourning as she birthed her second child.

“(Johnson’s) death was brutal, tragic and ended suddenly,” Downey said.

Assistant District Attorney Alex Byers said he supported the highest prison term in Thompson’s case, describing a series of past criminal convictions, including previous prison time.

“Ms. Thompson’s been victimizing our community for 20 years,” Byers said. “Her last victim is dead and she should be held accountable for that.”

In her victim impact statement, Downey said Johnson had “a beautiful, infectious smile and a light of energy around him.” She went on to describe Johnson as a passionate poker player and lover of music and sports, especially the Raiders football team. Downey said Johnson resided at the Santa Cruz Post Acute: Skilled Nursing And Post Acute Care, just blocks from where he was struck by Thompson’s car.

“I will never get to be with James again, feel his love or see his smile and laugh,” Downey said. “I will never be able to have a conversation with James again.” Related Articles

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Thompson, dressed in red jail garb, cast her gaze toward her friends and family sitting in the gallery during much of the court proceedings. In lieu of giving her own statement Wednesday, Thompson’s defense attorney Ryan Perreault said he had observed his client having a “deep sense of guilt and remorse” in the months he had come to know her.

Prior to handing down Thompson’s sentence, Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Syda Cogliati gave the woman credit for taking responsibility and feeling some remorse, according to her probation report. She alluded, however, to statements made to a probation officer that “were quite disappointing” and which she would not read aloud Wednesday.

“She’s got children and she’s got a life ahead of her that Mr. Johnson doesn’t have,” Cogliati said of Thompson. “But I hope this is really the changing point for her. The Johnson and Downey family will never be the same and I’m very sorry for your loss.”

Per Cogliati, Thompson is not eligible for probation, based on her past felony conviction and the nature of the most recent crime. She heads to prison with a time-served credit equivalent to 180 days.

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