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The Illinois State Police is reminding residents to be careful as they travel during the holiday season, particularly in case of inclement weather.

Trooper Elizabeth Clausing said preparation can go a long way.

“Check your vehicle tires. Make sure you have necessary emergency equipment if you have a flat tire or your vehicle breaks down, and always allow yourself some extra time to do that preparation before you hit the road.”

She also said preparing an inclement weather kit is a good idea. 


The Illinois State Police on Friday made an announcement about the May 6 arrest in Iowa of Clark Terry Baldwin. He was wanted for the 1991 Tennessee murders of Pamela McCall and her unborn son, and the murders of two unidentified women discovered separately in Wyoming in 1992.

In the ISP announcement, titled "Illinois State Police Announce An Update to the Tammy Zywicki Case," the ISP indicated that "at this time, Baldwin does not appear to have been involved with the murder of Tammy Zywicki."


COVID-19 isolation orders changed how state agencies ensure the safety of the roads, and who travels on them.  

On a state level, traffic is down throughout the board, but that doesn’t mean state agencies aren’t active. Paul Wappel is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He said workers are still engaged in maintenance work.

“Transportation is deemed an essential service. We are maintaining the roads, and the bridges, making sure they’re still in good shape.”

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The Illinois State Police are preparing for further action related to the coronavirus outbreak in the coming days and weeks.

This includes the transport of patients needing medical care, carrying medical supplies from the national stockpile, and coordination with the national guard. In a Wednesday press conference, ISP Director Brendan Kelly urged residents to abide by the restrictions on bars, restaurants, and public gatherings.  

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With more winter storms expected across Illinois, local and state authorities are working to clear the roads and respond to traffic accidents. 

Heavy snowfall can lead to labor like shoveling on driveways and sidewalks. For roads, local government steps in.  The City of Rockford has a fleet of more than 20 trucks for snow and ice removal. Staff are unionized, so they bid on routes. Public Works Director Kyle Saunders explained.


Triple-A is expecting the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume with more than 55 million travelers this year. That’s why the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois State Police want people to stay safe across the state.

This year, state police issued more than 6-thousand DUI citations and 10-thousand distracted driving citations.

State police are also on heightened alert after the loss of four troopers this year. Three of the deaths involved impaired driving and disobeying the state’s ‘Move Over’ laws.

Speedy drivers have been a particular problem for the Illinois State Police so far this year. Troopers across the state have issued nearly 2,500 tickets for drivers going 100 miles per hour or faster on Illinois roadways.

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The Illinois State Police is looking to bolster its ranks with new troopers, both rookie and experienced.

ISP is currently taking applications for two different classes of cadets. One would be their standard 26-week training regimen, and the other is a "fast-track" program for those with previous experience in law enforcement. Trooper Aldo Schumann is the Northern Recruitment and Internship Coordinator.

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An Illinois trooper killed in the line of duty has been honored on a memorial wall in the Illinois State Police Memorial Park in Springfield.

The State Journal-Register reports that friends, family members and colleagues of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story gathered Saturday to add her name. The 34-year-old was killed in March when a semitrailer struck her while she was conducting a traffic stop near Freeport.

Attendees also included U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

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Illinois State Police are pushing to add more troopers to their ranks.  Master Sergeant Hector Alejandre says they’re trying to assemble a large class at the Trooper Academy.

“We’re always going to be looking for folks. Our current numbers now are at 1,718 sworn. That is a significant loss," he said.

Even with new recruits applying for the position, not all make it through the vetting process. That’s why Trooper Aldo Schumann says ISP wants to sign up as many candidates as possible.

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Red and blue lights flashed for miles in Rockford Thursday night as police officers and firefighters from across the region took part in a procession across the city. They accompanied the body of a McHenry County Deputy Sheriff from the hospital where he died to the coroner’s office.

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The man accused of the murder of a McHenry County Deputy Sheriff in Rockford Thursday will be returned to Winnebago County to face charges.

Floyd E. Brown, 39, is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Deputy Jacob Keltner, who died Thursday afternoon in a Rockford hospital. Keltner was working with a fugitive task force from the U.S. Marshals office as they tried to serve a warrant on Brown, a Springfield resident who was staying at the Extended Stay America hotel on Rockford’s east side.

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The Illinois State Police is setting up shop at internship fairs in a search for new officers. This includes an event next week at Northern Illinois University.

ISP has more than 2,000 sworn officers spread across 21 districts. Officers say there isn't a single factor pushing them to recruit new troopers. But they admit that attrition and the two-year budget impasse had an effect on their ranks. Sgt. Hector Alejandre says much of their work takes place on major state roads.

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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.


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.


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

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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.


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.


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

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.


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.