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Spencer Tritt

The State guidelines that were announced Tuesday for schools to resume in-person classes this fall need more work. That’s according to one of Illinois’ biggest teachers unions.

The pandemic put schools across the country in a tough position. They know many don’t consider the quality of e-learning equal to that of in-person instruction. But, even with new in-person safety protocols, some parents say they aren’t going to feel comfortable sending their kids to school.

Spencer Tritt

Does having more officers in a school automatically mean more safety? More and more school districts are questioning that premise after protests sparked from the killing of George Floyd.

Spencer Tritt

In response to mass shootings, schools across the country are spending millions on school safety projects.

School districts across Illinois will be able to submit grant requests through the Illinois State Board of Education. The law takes effect in January.

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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.


Keeping Pets Safe During The Holidays

Dec 24, 2018
Claire Buchanan

Holiday celebrations can mean health and safety risks for pets. But there are a few things you can do to keep the festivities merry and avoid an unexpected vet visit.

Susan Cechner is a veterinarian at Elburn Animal Hospital in northern Illinois. She says the most common injuries she sees during the holidays happen when pets eat things they shouldn’t.

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Independence Day weekend is almost here, which means some may want to celebrate with fireworks. But what is legal in Illinois, and what is safe?

State fire officials say hand-held fireworks – like roman candles and bottle rockets – are illegal in the state. Those who buy or use them could face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

While novelty fireworks are legal, Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says they could still be dangerous.

Illinois prison workers concerned about safety

Jul 9, 2012

The workers say they're worried about a recent spike in violent incidents at state penitentiaries. State officials downplay any possible link between the spike and the governor's plan to close prisons.

NIU Safety Series: Part Four

Dec 23, 2011

Officials at Northern Illinois University say despite some high-profile incidents over the past few years, the campus and its surrounding community are safe. 

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Several high-profile crimes involving Northern Illinois University students over the past few years have raised concerns over safety on and off campus. That leaves university leaders looking for ways to make their school safer…while challenging the perception they’re different from any other college campus. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports in part three of our series.

 

Note: WNIJ's Jenna Dooley contributed to this report.

          

NIU Safety series: Part Two

Dec 21, 2011

Northern Illinois University is battling a public perception that questions whether the campus community is safe.  Our series continues with a look at how NIU compares with other schools.