Amtrak conductor shot in Naperville making progress, wife says

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The wife of Michael Case, the Amtrak conductor who was shot on while working in Naperville last month, said her husband's condition is improving Monday. (WLS)

The wife of Michael Case, the Amtrak conductor who was shot while working in Naperville last month, said her husband's condition is improving Monday.

Case was working as a conductor on the Chicago-bound Amtrak train last month when he was shot on the platform in Naperville by a passenger on board the train. Edward Klein, 79, of West Allis, Wis., has been charged with attempted murder.

Investigators said Klein fired from his seat inside the train, through a window, striking the 45-year-old conductor from south suburban Homewood. The conductor had just stepped off the train. The gunman was held by passengers until police arrived.



The first few hours after her husband was shot were the worst, Case said. Case worried doctors would emerge from the emergency room to tell her Michael had not survived.

Monday, Dr. David Piazza said Case is not out of the woods yet, but he said he may be ready to leave the hospital and begin rehab in the next couple of weeks. Case is in serious but stable condition.

Case has been surrounded by family at the hospital. His wife stays at the hospital almost 24 hours per day, and his son and step-son spent part of Father's Day with him.

"He wants to be able to go back to work and be exactly like he was before," Case said.

Case said she is not following the legal proceedings.

"We're really not paying attention to that, just trusting that justice will be served," she said.

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