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  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wednesday is issuing formal guidance to state and local police on immigration law.        

The document outlines recent changes in federal and state policy. On the one hand is President Donald Trump’s January executive order meant to increase deportations. That’s juxtaposed against Illinois’ new so-called TRUST Act, meant to increase protections for immigrants without legal status.

  Gov. Bruce Rauner signed that into law last month.

Illinois State Police say there was a steep drop in fatal traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend this year compared with last year.

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

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The death of Tammy Zywicki confounded police and raised fears for young women traveling alone.  The 21-year-old was on her way to Grinnell College in Iowa when she had car trouble along Interstate 80 in LaSalle County.  Her body was discovered a week later along another interstate in Missouri.  She had been stabbed to death. 

After years of theories and suspects, no arrests have been made.  One witness reported seeing a semi-truck and its driver with Zywicki and her disabled car. 

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

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The Tazewell County Coroner’s Office is still waiting for DNA test results on the human remains thought to be a missing Pekin boy.

A former Pekin Police officer is hospitalized from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. Police were called to Williamsburg Apartments at about 2 a.m., on a report of three shots fired. 

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Update (12:30pm): Information gathered this morning from human remains is “consistent” with that of Robert Bee, the missing boy from Pekin.

But the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is quick to point out that no positive identification can be made until DNA testing confirms a match.

The Sheriff’s office says a forensic pathologist's examination this morning determined that based on the skeletal and dental remains, it could be Robert Bee.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Pekin Police Department, Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, are continuing the investigation.

This story is developing. Continue to check back for updates.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department and the Coroner's Office are working to identify skeletal remains found Monday afternoon in South Pekin. 


The adult male skull Peoria County officials discovered in Kingston Mines a month ago is a match with the torso found in Schuyler County last year.

The torso was removed from the Illinois River November 13th. The skull washed ashore off the River in Kingston Mines and was found June 12th.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in central Illinois to honor an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash.

Friends are remembering an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash as a hard worker and good-hearted man.

Dust storms causing poor visibility in central Illinois are being blamed for car accidents that killed two people. Illinois State Police say visibility was poor when a 53-year-old Chatham man was killed when he struck a semitrailer, and another vehicle rear-ended his vehicle, Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 72. The third vehicle's driver was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

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Law enforcement agencies and health centers in central Illinois are scrambling to address the opioid epidemic.  DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says heroin is the area's top public safety threat. Shofner's office is among six agencies that make up the Illinois State Police Task Force 6 narcotics unit. 

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The appetite for legal firearms is on the rise in Chicago, even as demand appears to wane nationally.  Illinois State Police say the number of firearm owner identification applications in Chicago doubled from about 19,600 in 2014 to nearly 39,000 last year.  It's on pace to surpass that this year.

Illinois officials are urging motorcyclists to brush up on their skills and use proper equipment as they take to the roadways.   The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police say more motorcycles will be on the road as the weather improves. They're launching a joint safety campaign aimed at reducing accidents and deaths.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced that the Anti-Defamation League will develop a program with the Illinois State Police to train police officers in identifying and investigating hate crimes.  Rauner says the plan is the fourth part of a program he laid out two weeks ago to battle crimes against people due to of race, religion or national origin. 

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Those traveling from northbound Interstate 155 to westbound I-74 were rerouted into Morton Thursday afternoon and evening. Emergency responders were working to remove a charter bus that rolled over while negotiating the exit ramp at about 1:00p.m.

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The Illinois State Police has issued a winter weather travel advisory for this weekend. State Police along with the Department Transportation are urging motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

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Illinois State Police District 08 is warning people to take necessary precautions before heading out on the road.  The bitter cold temperatures and the potential for snow overnight prompts the caution. Motorists are encouraged to to keep emergency items inside their vehicles and check road conditions before heading out.

A group of Chicago-area residents accused of stealing $60,000 worth of handbags in a brazen smash-and-grab in suburban St. Louis are suspected in similar crimes in three other states involving nearly $2 million in thefts and damage.

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Snow plows are ready to hit the road to handle the ice and snow winter generally offers in the Midwest. Peoria area public works officials, I-DOT and the Illinois State Police are also reminding people to adjust their following distance and awareness behind the wheel the first time mother nature delivers snow and ice.

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City officials in Bloomington say they're working with Illinois State Police to investigate past operations at the city-owned U.S. Cellular Coliseum.  The venue seats up to 8,000 people and hosts concerts and sporting events. It opened in 2006. 

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The Washington Police Department and Tazewell County Coroner’s office are investigating the death of a 37-year-old woman found on the Wood Street Bicycle Trail Tues.

State and local law enforcement officials are warning motorists to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" during the Labor Day weekend.  The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are teaming up with nearly 200 local police agencies to reduce fatalities on the heavily traveled weekend. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that gives retiring police dogs the chance to be adopted by their handlers.  With the new law, retiring dogs will first be offered to an officer for adoption or be given to a no-kill shelter.

A Freeport, Illinois man was killed early this morning in an pedestrian / vehicle accident involving an Illinois State Police Cruiser on IL Route 116 at Centennial Drive in East Peoria. 44-year-old Jarett J. Simons was hit and killed about 4:19 a.m. according to the Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police. 

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Illinois State Police go through annual first responder training including the use of CPR, overdose reversal drugs, and now epinephrine auto-injectors. Those are used to treat severe allergic reactions. Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle says together these can help officers react before a full medical team can arrive to the scene.

“Those are all steps that increase an individual’s chances of surviving an incident. We want our troopers to have the best training and knowledge and readiness in that area.” -ISP Master Sgt. Matt Boerwinkle

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DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -  Decatur police say a black man shot by a white officer was armed with a BB gun that resembled a real firearm.

The 40-year-old Decatur man is listed in serious condition after being shot in the chest early Monday. The Associated Press is not yet identifying the man because he has not been charged with a crime.

 Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun around 1 a.m. Interim Police Chief James Getz said during a news conference that Officer Andrew Wittmer fired one round during the encounter that "ended the threat."  Police initially said the man had a handgun and a large knife strapped to his wrist. Getz later said the man was carrying a BB gun that resembled a real firearm. 

Police statistics show that nearly 15 people were shot in Chicago every day during June, including a daily average of more than two who died.  The department says there were 315 homicides in Chicago in the first six months of the year, or more than 100 more than during the same period last year.

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A rash of shootings on Chicago area expressways has authorities promising that they will keep an especially close eye on the roadways on the Memorial Day weekend. 

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