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CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Secretary of State's office plans a statewide sting operation to catch those who illegally park in disabled spots at shopping malls.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White plans to announce the tenth-annual effort on Tuesday in Chicago ahead of the Black Friday shopping rush the day after Thanksgiving. Secretary of State police will conduct compliance checks at malls across Illinois during the holiday season.

Fines for parking in a spot reserved for those with disabilities without a placard or special license plate is up to $350. The fine for illegally using a placard or disability license plate is $600 and possible six-month driver's license suspension.

U of I honors disability advocate

Sep 14, 2015

The University of Illinois’ main campus in Urbana was the first in the country with accommodations for those with disabilities, ranging from bus routes, to residence hall, to a wheelchair sports program.  There’s now an effort in Congress to honor the man whose innovation started it all.

The archery season for deer and turkey continues into mid-January for some counties.  

Since 1999, Illinois state parks where hunting is available have opened their gates to people with disabilities.

Advocates for people with disabilities say they're worried Governor Pat Quinn's newest healthcare initiative would crowd out certain groups. 

Quinn questioned on closing state facilities

Apr 11, 2013

Under the direction of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois is closing another state facility for people with severe developmental disabilities.  He shuttered the Jacksonville Developmental Center last year.  Next, is the Murray Developmental Center, in Centralia.  But he admits, he has never been to either.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.:  Governor Pat Quinn was walking toward the Capitol Thursday when he was confronted by Rita Winkeler.