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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.

It's the Winter Weather - Get it Together Campaign

Nov 30, 2016
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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. 

Pendleton Found Dead After Shootout With Police

May 16, 2016
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Illinois State Police say a man suspected in the non-fatal shooting of a police officer has been shot and killed in an incident that also left an FBI agent wounded.

Dracy C. Pendleton, the Bellflower man wanted for allegedly shooting and wounding a Mahomet police officer, was found dead early Sunday, after a shootout in southern Illinois that left a member of an FBI SWAT team injured.

Illinois State Police released the following account of the incident:

FBI data shows Illinois has recorded 38 gun-related domestic violence homicides since 2006, but the number is likely higher because the data is incomplete. 

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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. 

Numbers from Illinois State Police show the agency granted far fewer concealed carry permits statewide in 2015 than in 2014.
About 55,500 permits were granted statewide during 2015. That's compared to about 95,500 in 2014, the first year of the program.
But while those numbers are down, the number of objections to applications that were made by law enforcement more than doubled. The Daily Herald reports that police departments, sheriff departments and state's attorneys raise objections to nearly 11,000 applications statewide in 2015, compared to almost 4,000 in 2014.

Letters revoking medical marijuana patients' firearms cards and wording on the Illinois State Police website indicate the police agency is still struggling with the conflict between state and federal laws on pot and gun ownership.

Amid Busy Travel, Area Law Enforcement Urge Caution

Nov 24, 2015

Area law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to drive safe during one of the heaviest travel periods of the year. They say drivers should always buckle-up, put away their cellphones, and never drink and drive.  Wednesday night is also one of the biggest party nights of the year. Illinois State Police Trooper Ross Green says people drinking should have a strategy before hitting the road:

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PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - Police have identified a badly decomposed body found in a wooded area as a Pekin man who disappeared in June.

Tazewell County Coroner Jeff Baldi says 59-year-old Lionel "Lonnie" Graham's cause of death wasn't determined during a Wednesday autopsy. He says it could remain undetermined due to the extent of the damage to the remains.

 A deer hunter found Graham's remains in thick, swampy woods in North Pekin on Tuesday. The woods are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Conservation.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - It's not always clear why deer cross the road, but it is clear many don't make it. That's the message from Illinois conservation officials who warn motorists to be on the lookout for deer - especially this time of year, noting deer have a habit of stepping into traffic.