By Mary Dixon

We are remembering the work of the comedic actor Gene Wilder, who created the screen version of Willy Wonka and made us laugh in a raft of movie gems. He’s died at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  The former Jerome Silberman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin made his screen debut as a hysterical undertaker in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ followed by his first collaboration with Mel Brooks in ‘The Producers.’ Wilder was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar then; he would be nominated for co-writing the screenplay of ‘Young Frankenstein’ in 1975.
A new watchdog panel will investigate Chicago’s police-involved shootings … Russian hackers are suspected to have broken into the voter registration databases here in Illinois and in Arizona … Tropical depressions are moving in on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and the Florida Keys … The Cubs beat the Pirates in extra innings; the White Sox lost in Detroit … Thunderstorms are moving into the area. We’ll have a high today in the low-80s.



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