Illinois State Police

Victoria Lunacek

School buses are ubiquitous in northern Illinois. For parents, they're key to getting children to school, and for everyone, they're a significant presence on the road. Brian Scott is Terminal Manager for the buses at Rockford Public Schools. He says it's important for drivers to obey the stop sign that swings out when the buses are unloading children.

"If you are on a two-lane road and you are trailing a school bus or approaching a school bus, all traffic needs to stop when that stop sign comes out," he said.

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The state's response to a protest that shut down a Chicago highway cost taxpayers about $200,000.

WBBM-TV says the cost of managing protesters on the Dan Ryan Expressway on July 7 was about $200,000. Thousands of people turned out to call for more jobs and education opportunities and to draw attention to violence in poor neighborhoods.

Hundreds of troopers, sergeants and others were on duty during the protest. The march stretched from 67th Street to 79th Street. No arrests or injuries were reported.

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When a new employee is fingerprinted for a job in Illinois, the employer receives a snapshot of their criminal record, and they receive notifications for any future run-ins with the law in the state. But lawmakers are considering a proposal that would also allow employers to be notified of convictions that happen across state lines.

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The opioid epidemic continues to plague communities across Illinois. For the state’s youth, the biggest threat may be hiding in their home medicine cabinet.

In 2016, there were nearly 1,500 prescription opioid overdose deaths in Illinois—a number that quadrupled in 3 years, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. Studies suggest that more youth are experimenting, and dying, from prescription pills.

The Illinois State Police will now house receptacles for people to safely dispose of unused pills. Lieutenant Matt Boerwinkle says it’s greatly needed.

Elgin Woman Shot And Killed By Police On I-90

Mar 13, 2018
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An Elgin police officer shot and killed a woman armed with a knife along an interstate outside Chicago yesterday.

The woman has been identified as 34-year-old Decynthia S. Clements of Elgin, officials announced in a press release.

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Illinois is joining several states to abandon drug field testing by state police.

The test involves putting a substance in a liquid vial to confirm the presence of drugs.

The DEA, along with state police in Missouri and Michigan, have also ditched the practice; the move comes as awareness to the danger of opioid exposure is growing.

Police in Illinois have limited power when it comes to matters of immigration. Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued legal guidance Wednesday to remind officers of what's permissible.  

Illinois law prohibits an arrest based only on someone’s immigration status. Madigan said this is important because, nationwide, police say they're getting fewer reports of crime from immigrants. She noted they are a group "who may be concerned that, if they come forward to report, that either themselves or their family members may be in jeopardy of deportation."

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Nearly 200 law enforcement agencies in Illinois will participate in a statewide Labor Day road-safety campaign this holiday weekend. Illinois transportation officials say that includes the Rockford and DeKalb police departments, along with those in LaSalle, Freeport and Sterling.

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Illinois State Police (ISP) officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding the kidnapping and murder of Tammy J. Zywicki.  

Aug. 23 is the 25th anniversary of Tammy’s death, and her case remains active as the FBI and ISP continue exploring new leads, examining 200 items of evidence, and retesting items with modern DNA technology.

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Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper has died and his canine partner was injured following a crash involving a semi-truck along Interstate 74. 

State police say Ryan Albin died after being injured in the Wednesday afternoon crash near Farmer City in central Illinois.

Police say Albin's canine partner Biko was in the rear of his police vehicle and had minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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A teenage girl who slipped into an abandoned Illinois prison for an urban adventure ended up serving a short sentence when she accidentally locked herself inside a cell.

Illinois State Police say two teenage girls entered the Joliet Correctional Center through a hole in its fence Monday.

Joliet Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Stromberg says the teens were exploring the suburban Chicago prison that's been closed since 2002 when one of them locked herself inside a cell.

Illinois Sees Plunge In Speeding Tickets Issued By Troopers

Dec 19, 2016
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The number of speeding tickets issued in Illinois has plunged since 2010, while the number of roadway fatalities has ticked up.

  

The Springfield State Journal-Register reports the number of speeding tickets Illinois State Police issue dropped 40 percent since 2010, when about 210,000 tickets were issued. Troopers issued about 127,000 tickets in 2015.

Meanwhile, roadway fatalities have increased - most notably over the last two years, though there's no definitive proof the two statistics are closely tied.

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Rockford police seized $8.6 million in cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in a raid last month in southeast Rockford, officials announced Thursday.

Officers found the drugs after raiding 629 16th Avenue on Nov. 22, where they arrested 58-year-old Luis Ruiz, according to the Rockford Register Star. He's been charged with delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to deliver.   

The Illinois State Police is warning drivers to use extra caution on the roadways this holiday season.

Authorities say they're stepping up enforcement starting Wednesday. They'll have extra officers patrolling Illinois interstates and road side safety checks.

Extra patrols will focus on stopping people who are driving under the influence, speeding or distracted.

Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Willliams says the number one goal over the Thanksgiving weekend is to reduce the number of fatal crashes.

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Illinois State Police say they're going to start cracking down on violence on Chicago-area expressways.

State police said yesterday that they'll start using aircraft, video cameras, undercover officers and covert vehicles as part of the Chicago Expressway Anti-Violence Surge.

The goal is to stop expressway shootings. Police say there also will be more uniformed troopers on the expressways.

State police officials say that over the last few years gang-related gun violence has escalated and shifted to Chicago expressways.

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The Illinois State Police drones have flown nearly 50 missions since May, and the department says they are fulfilling the goal of making police work more efficient.

The state police was the first law enforcement agency in Illinois to get permission to use unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles. They’ve mostly been deployed at accident scenes, for a total of 48 hours of flight time.

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State police are ramping up efforts to keep roadways safe during the busy holiday season.

There have been 821 fatal traffic accidents so far this year. That’s 58 more than this time last year.

Trooper Erin Lanthrop is a safety education officer with the Illinois State Police. She says authorities have placed emphasis on preventing the number from rising.

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Millions of people are expected to hit the roadways nationwide this Labor Day weekend.  The Illinois State Police will be stepping up enforcement to help keep drivers and their passengers safe.

Illinois State Police District 16 Commander Captain Mark Karczewski says state police will have safety checks and increased patrols this weekend in what’s being called “Operation Fatal 4.”

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There are now 54 concealed carry instructors approved by the Illinois State Police. Anyone who wants to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon has to put in sixteen hours in the classroom and shooting range with an official instructor.                 


Illinois gun-rights advocates will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that prevents them from immediately carrying concealed weapons in public.

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Illinois State Police say the suspect in the slayings of five people at a home in a west-central Illinois is dead.
State Police Lt. Col. Todd Kilby said Wednesday morning that the suspect died after a car chase and an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement.

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Illinois State Police and other police agencies are still looking for 22-year-old Kody R. Walsh of Rockford. He's the suspect in a shooting death inside a vehicle on the Illinois tollway near South Beloit early Sunday morning.