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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says one of its agents has been shot during an operation in Indiana.

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DECATUR  - The Children's Museum of Illinois will open a pro-law-enforcement themed exhibition next month. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot exhibit is called "Heroes Hall." The $3 million exhibit was funded by billionaire Warren Buffett's son Howard Buffett.

The Illinois House has approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state should be able to execute those who kill police officers or commit mass shootings. The Governor proposed that and several other measures on Monday in an amendatory veto of gun legislation.

The Illinois Senate approved a measure intended to upgrade security at public, large-scale events. Under the plan, law enforcement could use drones as monitors.

But Democratic state Senator Kwame Raoul of Chicago says this could also be a pathway for invading people’s privacy – and wants officers to obtain a warrant first.

“I want to trust to utilize the drones to protect against a tragic incident at Lollapalooza or some other mass gathering at a park. I’m not left with the feeling of comfort by a reference to no legitimate law enforcement purpose.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a track record of handing the toughest topics to small bipartisan panels of legislators. These “working groups” have been tasked with solving budget and pension problems, plus criminal justice reform. And weeks after the Florida mass shooting, Rauner formed a working group on public safety. Like the others, that group meets in private.


Speaking after today's meeting, State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) said it's probably meant to prevent politicians from grandstanding.

Maureen Malloy is a criminal analyst for the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Her job is to try and stop gun violence before it happens...every workday she combs a database of Concealed Carry License applications looking for red flags.

On a recent weekday afternoon she pulled up the arrest history of one Cook County applicant.

MALLOY:  “So that one is OK,. it's just driving on a suspended license. Here is UUW, unlawful use of a weapon. That’s what we are objecting to. ”

An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000.

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives says her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner is an "accurate representation" of policies her rival has endorsed.

The Human Service Center of Peoria has started distributing free opioid overdose kits to the public in an effort funded by a federal grant.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends have attended the funeral for a Rockford police officer who died in the line of duty after a traffic stop.

U of I Lends Helping Hand in Opioid Epidemic

Nov 7, 2017

Opioid addiction is a growing problem in Illinois. And people have the chance to learn more during a free webinar on Thursday.

Illinois Sets Out to Stop Opioid Abuse

Oct 12, 2017

The governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force made a stop in Urbana Thursday, to hear ways to curtail drug abuse in the state. 

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son Howard Buffett will build a $4.2 million regional dispatch center south of Decatur in central Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects. 

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell made his candidacy official Mon.

Law enforcement officials and drug-policy experts have differing takes on whether Illinois should legalize general use of marijuana. 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.

Chicago has asked a federal judge to halt President Donald Trump's policy of withholding public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
The request was filed late Thursday as part of Chicago's lawsuit challenging the policy, which targets cities that don't fully cooperate with stricter enforcement of U.S. immigration law.
A preliminary injunction, if granted, could freeze the safety-grants policy at least until the litigation plays out.

The son of billionaire Warren Buffett is helping a rural Illinois city halt its declining population.

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It’s a new day in law enforcement in Peoria County and the Tazewell County City of Washington. Long-time Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy is officially the new Chief of Police in Washington.

Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Law enforcement in Springfield are benefiting from local public officials' efforts to give them easier access to an opioid overdose antidote.

Illinois senators have overwhelmingly approved a plan to make it harder for authorities to confiscate property from innocent owners.
The Senate endorsed the measure 56-0 Wednesday. It'll head to the House.
The plan would place the burden of proof on law enforcement when seizing a person's property in connection with a suspected crime. Current law allows authorities to confiscate property without even charging an owner for participating in illegal activity. The practice has been sharply criticized.

Peoria Police Clamp Down On Loud Music

Apr 26, 2017
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Peoria Police are reminding people of the city’s loud music ordinance in an effort to get out the information ahead of an upcoming enforcement campaign. The ordinance allows police to impound a vehicle on a first offense of playing music that can be heard from a distance of 75 feet or more. The driver can be issued a citation, have their vehicle towed and incur a number of related fees.  The ticket for a second offense is $275 and all subsequent offenses are $525. The citation does not include administrative fees, towing and storage.

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Illinois legislators are joining a national flurry of efforts to curb laws that allow police to confiscate property even if the owner isn't convicted of a crime.  The contentious practice permits law enforcement to permanently seize vehicles, cash and other property associated with illegal activity and profit from it. The Illinois proposal would allow the Prairie State to join 12 other states in requiring a criminal conviction to formally confiscate assets.

Chicago says it's pushing ahead with police department reforms, no matter what the Department of Justice does.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of the Justice Department's interactions with local law enforcement. That includes scrutinizing the effectiveness of existing and proposed consent decrees that involve courts enforcing police reforms.  

Neal Anderson wants to get rid of FOID cards in Illinois. The state senator from Moline has introduced a bill to repeal the Firearm Owners Identification Act.  Approved in 1968, he says the law is now out-dated and redundant thanks to new technology and changes in the law.  The goal of the law was to identify people eligible to own firearms and ammunition. 

Emanuel: Federal Aid is Welcomed

Jan 25, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has welcomed federal help with the city's violence problem. But he says just letting police get "tough and rough" would undermine efforts to build trust in the city's crime-plagued communities.


Emanuel made the statements Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would "send in the Feds!" if the high rates of homicides and shootings didn't improve in Chicago.


Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Dick Durbin, is raising questions about President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Durbin met yesterday with nominee and fellow Senator Jeff Sessions.  Durbin, a Democrat, says his first priority was to ask Sessions about violence in Chicago. There were 762 murders reported there last year.