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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
Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

  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
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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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As a lot of people take to road in Illinois to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, the Illinois State Police is reminding motorists to drive safely.

ISP Troopers are expected to be positioned every 20 miles on Interstates 55, 57, and 80 today/Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Additionally troopers will be highly visible on the interstates and heavily traveled state routes through Monday, November 27th.

Illinois State Police officials have launched statewide training for officers in dealing with Alzheimer's disease patients who wander away and need to be found.

Peoria Officers Named in Sept 20th Shooting

Oct 31, 2017

  The Peoria Police Department released the names of the officers involved in the September 20th standoff and shooting of Eddie Russell Jr.

Police across Illinois are stepping up patrols this weekend in an effort to keep roadways safe as people celebrate Halloween.

Vigil For Eddie Russell Jr. Calls For Justice

Oct 25, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A vigil for Eddie Russell Jr. outside Peoria City Hall preceded the regular council meeting. Many who proceeded into the meeting took a knee during the pledge of allegiance.

Peace Urged In The Wake Of Police Shooting

Sep 22, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County State’s Attorney is asking people to remain peaceful and reserve judgment on the police shooting Wednesday that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Eddie Russell Jr.

  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. 

UPDATE: Human Remains 'Consistent' With Missing Pekin Boy

Jul 24, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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.

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