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Private donors and local governments have joined forces to pool money that will be offered as a reward for information on the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.

The city manager for El Monte, California, told Fox LA that the city agreed to add $10,000 to the reward for the gunman.

Minutes later, a private East Coast law firm agreed to add $25,000 to the pool. The influx of cash has tripled the original reward of $100,000 to $300,000 for information on the gunman.

NEW: Sheriff Villanueva tells me he was just notified that a private law firm on the East Coast has just pledged $25,000 to the reward for the LASD ambush suspect, now putting the total at over $300,000 pledged. @FOXLA

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 16, 2020

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been working to get more people to add to the reward for information on the gunman, who has been on the run since the shooting took place on Saturday. On Tuesday, Villanueva challenged NBA star LeBron James to double the private donations that had been put toward the reward. At the time, $75,000 had been donated to the cause. James has not responded to the challenge.

The shooter was filmed walking up to the squad car and firing several shots at the two deputies inside before running away. Both of the officers were rushed to the hospital, where they were met by protesters chanting: "We hope they die." The two officers are both expected to survive the shooting.

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MEX talks 2020 annual speaker series goes virtual

CHICAGO (WLS) -- MEX talks, an annual speaker showcase that gives Mexican and Mexican American leaders a platform, has gone virtual this year, due to COVID-19.

Maritza Guzman, with Latinos Progresando, the organization that hosts the event, joined ABC 7 Chicago Saturday morning to talk about the event.

Latinos Progresando created MEX talks in 2012 to give Mexican and Mexican American leaders the platform to reflect on a shared identity and tell stories to inspire positive change. Rather than the traditional live event, the 2020 MEX talks is a multi-part virtual series, centering Chicago voices and focused on the power to heal.

The program began Thursday and continues through Sept. 29. Sessions begin at 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.

Participation is free, but donations are suggested.

Those who wish to participate must register before each session at latinospro.org/mex-talks.

Latinos Progresando is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with the mission to deliver high-quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives. Visit latinospro.org and facebook.com/latinospro for more information.

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