law enforcement

State and local leaders are making decisions every day about the COVID-19 pandemic that are met with both praise and criticism. WNIJ’s Peter Medlin has the first part of our series “The Hot Seat” talking to leaders, like the Winnebago County Sheriff, about the process behind those big decisions.

Recently, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled an executive order to keep businesses from opening before Illinois reached the next phase of reopening. Business owners could be charged with a misdemeanor for violating the stay-at-home order.

Cities are finding a way to improve high crime areas is to have police develop ties with residents.  In Peoria, a program where officers live in the neighborhoods has proven successful and is expanding.  We have a report.  

And we learn what Governor J.B. Pritzker said during his budget address.  Pritzker used the opportunity to also push for a graduated income tax. 

That and more on Statewide.

As the northern Illinois community of Aurora marks the one year anniversary of a deadly workplace shooting at the Henry Pratt Company, we find out how the city is remembering the lives lost that day.  

The gunman in that shooting had his firearm license revoked years earlier, but his weapons were never confiscated.  That has put more focus on getting guns away from individuals who are prohibited from having them.  We have a report.

And we hear the perspectives of two law enforcement officials, from much different communities.  That and more on this episode of Statewide.

Sharing Experiences In Illinois Law Enforcement In Large And Small Communities

Feb 7, 2020

The Illinois Humanities series “The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State” addresses issues affecting both rural and urban Illinoisans. As part of the series, we get two perspectives from Illinois communities nearly 400 miles apart.

Carla Redd is an assistant deputy chief with the Rockford Police Department. Rockford is a historically industrial, ethnically diverse city near Illinois' northern boundary.


A new training program is designed to help police officers identify and address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The program will focus on helping officers recognize the signs of PTSD, develop resilience, and find sources of peer support. Northern Illinois University Psychology Professor Michelle Lilly will be presenting at the sessions. She said they’re important for addressing a higher rate of suicide among first responders.

“The importance cannot be understated," she said.  "We have a duty I think, as a public, to protect those who are sworn to protect us.”

Peter Medlin

The organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a report on Thursday on after-school programs.

The report found that the hours immediately following school, between 2 to 6 p.m., when youth are most likely to get in trouble with the law.


Northern Illinois University is hosting two seminars this month to train police officers on the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.


The programs are happening as the result of a grant of nearly $36,000 from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  


ICE Action Reported In DeKalb County

Jun 1, 2018
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DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott confirms there was an action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a business in Cortland early Friday afternoon.

"There was a law enforcement, Federal Law Enforcement action that carried out at the 200 block of West Lincoln Highway in Cortland today," Sheriff Scott said. "Our office assisted today by providing a perimeter of security for them briefly and now, to my knowledge they have left the county."


A new law that goes into effect in January is intended to prevent access to firearms for residents whose license to own a gun in the state has been revoked.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says the law will help the state police let local law enforcement officials know when someone's Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card has been rescinded because there is an order of protection against them.

Rachel Otwell

"I was shot, my car was stolen, it was not a good night." So says Kathryn Harris while explaining her attempt at being a police officer. She got in a patrol car and pulled over an officer/instructor who went through a couple of challenging scenarios, like the ones police face regularly.

A grand jury has indicted the wife of a Fox Lake police officer who killed himself after stealing money from a youth program.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted on felony counts of money laundering and disbursing charitable funds without authority for personal benefit. According to investigators, Melodie Gliniewicz had a "fiduciary role" with the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post, which her husband led. He was accused of embezzling money from the program and using it for personal expenses, such as a trip to Hawaii and adult websites.

Chip Mitchell / WBEZ

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says the head of the city's police review board resigned and will be replaced with a former federal prosecutor. That comes after protests over the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer.

The mayor's office said in a press release Scott Ando, the chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, resigned effective immediately. The statement says Sharon Fairly, general counsel and first deputy of the city's Office of the Inspector General, will take over Ando's role.

Illinois Police Officials Call For Body Camera Law

Oct 17, 2014

Illinois law enforcement officials are calling for a state measure that governs the use of police body cameras.