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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.

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Area law enforcement are operating special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” patrols this Labor Day.

Illinois is marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that lowered the drunken driving limit to .08 blood-alcohol concentration.

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The expression “it takes a village” was on clear display in Washington, Ill., on Thursday.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Illinois are asking Super Bowl revelers to make plans now for designating a sober driver.

Illinois State Police Col. Tad Williams says DUIs are responsible for nearly a third of all fatal crashes in the state. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials are issuing a warning about drinking and driving this Halloween weekend.  The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police said Thursday they have a simple message for revelers: "Keep the party off the road." They say law enforcement agencies statewide are stepping up patrols and will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers.

Officials say 16 people have died and 1,474 have been injured in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween in Illinois between 2010 and 2014. Five of those deaths resulted from crashes involving alcohol.

  Two bills that would affect motorists with repeat drunken driving convictions are awaiting final votes in the Illinois House.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004. Randy Blankenhorn failed a blood alcohol content test during a traffic stop in Sangamon County.