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An unprecedented number of Illinois State Police troopers have been injured or killed this year at the hands of drivers who don’t move over when directed to. That’s prompted state and federal lawmakers to get tougher and more changes could be coming.

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The suspect in the slaying of a Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested Wednesday morning.

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No foul play is suspected after a 46-year-old man was found dead in an East Peoria pool this morning.

East Peoria police and firefighters responded to a house on Country Lane near Illinois Central College around 6:45 a.m. The man was found unresponsive in an indoor swimming pool by family members.

Police say he was pronounced dead on the scene by Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley at 7:30 a.m. The man’s identity is being withheld at this time pending family notification.

ISP and State Mourns Death of Troopers

Apr 1, 2019
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Funeral services are planned for one Illinois State Police Trooper, as many are still trying to comprehend the death of another early Saturday morning.

Tazewell County Focus of Special ISP Patrols

Mar 18, 2019
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Illinois State Police, District 08 is conducting Roadside Safety Check and Saturation Patrols in Tazewell County during the month of April.

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police officials have come up with several reforms designed to make it harder for people to keep guns after losing their right to own a firearm.

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OAK FOREST - Police say a woman has been fatally shot along an interstate in suburban Chicago several hours after a separate shooting along the same freeway wounded a man and two boys.

The St. Clair County state's attorney is in line to become head of the Illinois State Police.

CHICAGO - Illinois State Police say a trooper has been killed in a suburban Chicago accident in which the winter weather may have played a role.

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A Pekin woman was injured in a Tuesday crash on Illinois Route 6.

Peoria Officer Cleared in Shooting of Luis Cruz

Nov 16, 2018
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  The Peoria Police Officer who killed Luis Cruz in July has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady says the officer acted with justifiable and necessary force when he shot 19-year-old Luis Cruz.

 

Brady delivered findings from the State Police investigation Thursday saying the officer was acting to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another.

 

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ALORTON - The mayor of a southern Illinois city has been charged with official misconduct for operating a police vehicle with its lights flashing.

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CHICAGO - Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

Some in the community are questioning the deadly use of force by Peoria Police over-night. 19-year-old Luis Cruz was shot three-times, including once in the head, arm and leg. 

Police say officers shot a University of Illinois student who was spotted near campus with a handgun and refused police to drop the weapon.

Peoria Police Officers Cleared in El Shooting

Jul 6, 2018

Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady has cleared Peoria Police officers of any wrongdoing in the February 1st shooting of Daniel El.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and an activist priest say they'll stage a protest that will shut down part of a busy interstate in Chicago despite warnings of arrest from police.

An Illinois State Police trooper has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly soliciting while on duty someone he believed to be a prostitute.

Officials say crews will be working to repair a section of Interstate 55 in central Illinois where the roadway buckled in the recent high temperatures. 

Police say a teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was stopped by a school resource officer.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

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The opioid epidemic continues to hurt communities across the state. But for Illinois’ youth, it’s not the illicit drugs, it’s the prescription pain pills that can too often be easily accessed from their home medicine cabinet. The Illinois State Police will now house receptacles for people to safely dispose of unused pills. That's something Lieutenant Matt Boerwinkle says is greatly needed.

 

State officials are challenging one million Illinois motorists to slow down and make room when they see a vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights on.

Coroner: Number of Bullet Wounds Not a Surprise

Feb 2, 2018
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  The preliminary autopsy for Daniel O. El shows he was shot 16 times. El was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Peoria Police after he fled a traffic stop.

The Illinois State Police is warning people that if they drink too much at Super Bowl parties this weekend they may end up having a not-so-super time on the way home.

Illinois has decided to join dozens of other states in a national communications network for first responders.

Move Over Law Gets New Campaign

Dec 6, 2017
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Gov. Bruce Rauner joined state officials to announce a new roadway safety campaign aimed at raising awareness of Scott’s Law. That’s the law requiring motorists to move over for stopped vehicles with flashing lights.

The state law was first enacted in 2002, requiring motorists to slow down, move over and change lanes if possible to make room for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights. The law was expanded in January 2017 to include any vehicle with flashing hazard lights.

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Illinois officials are encouraging motorists to prepare for the onset of winter.

 

Officials with the Illinois State Police, Transportation Department and Tollway are pushing the theme "Winter Weather - Get it Together."

 

Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says winter weather is unpredictable. The agency has posted a safe-driving video online.

 

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Police will be patrolling the parking lots of Illinois shopping malls this holiday weekend to ticket people illegally parking in spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

 

Secretary of State Jesse White says the patrols start today, the busy post-Thanksgiving shopping day known as Black Friday. Secretary of State Police will target malls in Peoria and Rockford as well as Chicago the suburbs.

 

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