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  • In this Jan. 8, 2014 photo, John Blair, left, executive director of the Cook County Sheriff's Office Intelligence Center, consults with Officer John Slepski about a firearms background check Slepski is performing at the center in Chicago. Requests to carry a gun in public are pouring in at more than 1,000 per day in the nation's last state to allow the practice, triggering concerns among Illinois' local law enforcement authorities that they could fall behind in a special 30-day process to weed out applicants with a history of violence. The Cook County Sheriff's office says it already has found about 100 applications it plans to contest after the law went into effect Jan. 5. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Local authorities overwhelmed by gun applications

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  • This undated photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows victims remains of serial killer John Wayne Gacy being exhumed by authorities. The Cook County Sheriff's Department last spring secretly exhumed the bones of the 8 victims who were never identified in the hopes that scientific tests that were not around between 1972 and 1978 when Gacy killed his 33 victims will make identification possible. (Associated Press/Cook County Sheriff's Department)

    Gacy victims exhumed to ID them

    More than 30 years after a collection of skeletal remains was found beneath John Wayne Gacy's house, detectives have secretly exhumed bones of eight young men who were never identified in hopes of answering a final question: Who were they?

  • Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart addresses a press conference in Chicago on Wednesday about the renewed effort to identify eight long-unidentified victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. (Associated Press)

    Victims of serial killer John Gacy exhumed to ID them

    More than 30 years after a collection of skeletal remains was found beneath John Wayne Gacy's house, detectives have secretly exhumed bones of eight young men who were never identified in hopes of answering a final question: Who were they?

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