Chicago Police say they made dozens of arrests after infiltrating an invitation-only group on Facebook where they bought purchased guns and drugs. 

Carol Stream Police to Begin Roadside Drug Tests

Dec 18, 2017
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Police in northwestern Illinois will soon try out new tests meant to quickly detect if drivers have drugs in their systems. Carol Stream police will begin testing drivers in February for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates like heroin. The test is designed to be quick and portable. Officers will use mouth swabs. A mobile device will then test the swab and give officers measurements for amounts of drugs present.


The Chicago Police Department is planning to expand a pilot program that gives detainees arrested for drugs the option of treatment or jail time.

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The Peoria Police Department is issuing a ‘buyer beware notice’ to crack cocaine users. A new form of fentanyl laced in rocks of crack is responsible for the deaths of two people Tuesday, contributed to the death for a third, and has one man in critical condition.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted five petitions for clemency and denied 97 others.

Two medical universities are teaming up to study how the opioid epidemic is affecting southern Illinois.

Illinois legislators voted against letting people with drug-related convictions receive welfare benefits today.  Supporters say when drug offenders lose welfare benefits, it punishes their children, who did nothing wrong, but still rely on public assistance.  Despite the growing heroin epidemic all over the state, members of both parties were not buying the argument. Representative David Reis is a Republican from Willow Hill.

Heroin Deaths on the Rise in Northern Illinois

Jan 2, 2017
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The coroner in Will County in northern Illinois says heroin overdose deaths in his jurisdiction were up more than 40 percent in 2016 over 2015. Coroner Patrick O'Neil tells The Naperville Sun that as of Friday Will County had 75 heroin or fentanyl deaths.

Fentanyl is more lethal heroin substitute. That number is 42 percent higher than the previous record of 53 reported during 2012 and 2015.

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The number of overdose-related deaths in Illinois could be higher were it not for drugs that can save a person from opioid abuse. But that is just the beginning of a long road to recovery. Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley looks at some of the resources to help those who are battling addiction.


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(AP) - The Illinois National Guard says a group of its aviators and aircraft mechanics will soon head to the U.S. border with Mexico. The National Guard said Monday that more than 20 soldiers from Company B of the 376th Aviation Regiment's 1st Battalion in Decatur are expected to spend six months along the border in Texas.   They will work with federal agents as part of what's called Operation Phalanx II, which is aimed at drug smuggling and human trafficking along a 200-mile stretch of the border. U.S.

The Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a plan that seeks to curb the abuse of heroin and painkilling drugs. It's touted as a comprehensive package - though it was scaled back from its original version. 

Illinois Youth Survey shows surprising results

Aug 27, 2014

Teen drinking is on the rise in Tazewell County according to the 2014 Illinois Youth Survey.  More than 2,600 Tazewell County High School students took the survey. 

Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk is cracking down on the export of synthetic marijuana. IPR’s Mariam Sobh reports.

Kirk says O’Hare International Airport is among the top 5 hubs for the substance. Drug Enforcement Administration officials believe the synthetic drug was invented and produced in China. Kirk says he is applying pressure to the Chinese government, because it’s not only a health hazard, but is also a security issue. DEA officials say side effects of using synthetic weed include psychotic episodes, seizures, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting and even catatonia.

Peoria police warn of illegal drug use

Apr 5, 2013

The Peoria Police Department is warning the public of the dangers of using illegal drugs.  They say the city has seen three deaths and two hospitalizations this week that might be heroin or drug-related.  Police say they’re not condoning the use of illegal drugs.  Police say people need to warn loved ones of the potential dangers of using illegal substances. 

A newly coordinated effort in Peoria aims to reduce substance abuse in young people. Nearly 150 people attended the first Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Peoria County meeting. The S.A.P Coalition aims to impact those between 13-to-25 in the county. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll is leading the effort. She says there were 32 drug related deaths of Peoria County residents last year. She says the process will be gradual. Ingersoll says they are starting with encouraging 100 percent school participation in the next Illinois Youth Survey.