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It’s not really Chicago…Rockford is closer to the Wisconsin border. But anyway, Derrick Shareef, who wanted to throw a grenade into a crowded mall near Rockford, Illinois during Christmas of last year, was convicted at the end of November 2007. He was caught in 2006 through a sting operation when he tried to make an exchange for hand grenades and a gun for his planned attack on the Cherry Vale Mall in Rockford, Illinois.

From here and here.

Derrick Shareef was Hassan Abu-Jihaad a.k.a. Paul R. Hall’s room mate at one time.  Jihaad is a former U.S. Navy sailor.  Abu-Jihaad was charged in Phoenix with supporting terrorism by disclosing ship locations and plotting attacks.  His trial begins in Bridgeport, Connecticut in February, 2008.

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