Beheaded American journalist James Foley had some strong Chicago area ties.
Foley, 40, taught reading and writing to inmates at the Cook County Sheriff's boot camp for four or five years.
The Cook County jail executive director Cara Smith said Foley “ ... was just a passionate employee, dedicated about working with participants and doing what he could to turn lives around.’’
He also received a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
The university has released a statement saying, "Our Medill family is shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the murder of james foley. He was a courageous reporter who risked his life repeatedly to seek the truth around the world. Jim endures for us as a beacon, reminding us of the risks implicit in shedding light where inhumanity can take hold."