Peoria police have a 29-year-old man in custody for the 2nd homicide of the year.

A Chicago City Council committee is recommending that the city's police department study devices that will tell officers immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. 

A Chicago police officer fighting for his job after he fatally shot a teenager and a woman bystander in 2015 is under investigation for his role in a restaurant fight last month.

Carol Stream Police to Begin Roadside Drug Tests

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Police in northwestern Illinois will soon try out new tests meant to quickly detect if drivers have drugs in their systems. Carol Stream police will begin testing drivers in February for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates like heroin. The test is designed to be quick and portable. Officers will use mouth swabs. A mobile device will then test the swab and give officers measurements for amounts of drugs present.


A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says all patrol officers are now equipped with body cameras.

Some 200 people protesting President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem took to the streets of Chicago.

University of Illinois police are looking for two men suspected of removing a branch of a menorah outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.

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The Pekin Police Department and its K9 Officer are participating in the Aftermath contest again this year.

Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities "seems very reasonable."

July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.

The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. 

Police southwest of Chicago say they are searching for what could be a team of gun thieves who sometimes use cars to smash their way into businesses.

Police in the northwest Chicago suburbs say an 11-year-old boy has been charged with sexually assaulting another minor.

Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping.

Enterprise CarShare has announced it will stop doing business in Chicago indefinitely due to the theft or vandalism of its vehicles.

The Springfield Municipal Band is kicking off its season a few days late after someone stole the group's audio and other equipment. 

Paris police say an unidentified assailant has attacked a police officer near the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the officer then shot and wounded the attacker, who is now hospitalized. A police union official, Cedric Michel, said a man armed with a hammer went after the police officer who was patrolling on the esplanade in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. Michel said the attacker was "neutralized" by police. It is unclear whether the attacker was acting alone. The Following breaking news coverage is courtesy of the BBC. We'll continue to follow this developing story from Paris throughout the day, and later tonight on the BBC at 10pm.

Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure. 

Chicago police say the number of homicides and shootings dropped significantly in May compared to the same month last year when the totals helped turn 2016 into one of the city's most violent years on record.  The department says May ended with 56 homicides compared to 68 during May 2016, and 257 shooting victims compared to 316 last May.

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Illinois legislators are joining a national flurry of efforts to curb laws that allow police to confiscate property even if the owner isn't convicted of a crime.  The contentious practice permits law enforcement to permanently seize vehicles, cash and other property associated with illegal activity and profit from it. The Illinois proposal would allow the Prairie State to join 12 other states in requiring a criminal conviction to formally confiscate assets.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Police officers will be on the lookout across Illinois for holiday revelers who shouldn't be behind the wheel.

In a news release, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police say that nearly 200 law enforcement agencies will out in force in the hopes of keeping the number of fatalities down during the last days of 2016. 

The release says that enforcement will take place around the clock but will be stepped up at night and that motorists will see roadside safety checks, seat-belt enforcement zones as well as extra patrols looking for impaired drivers. 

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One person is dead and another wounded following two separate shootings by Chicago police. The police shootings happened less than an hour apart early last night on the city’s South Side.

Police say a little before 7:00 P.M., officers responding to a robbery in progress saw a man fleeing with a weapon near Ogden Park. When he did not follow their orders to drop it,  they shot him twice in the legs. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Advocates of police reforms say extra protections tailored for officers accused of wrongdoing are unfair and should be scaled back. 

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The Peoria Police Department has a new Assistant Chief. PPD announced Captain Lisa Snow was promoted to Assistant Chief Monday. Snow has been with the Peoria Police Department for 25 years. She started in patrol in 1990 and has a Doctorate from the U of I. Assistant Chief Snow and her husband Police Lieutenant Kenneth Snow live in Peoria.     

Officials studying safety in Illinois schools say local authorities should adopt sound existing guidelines for securing the schoolhouse, build trust in students to come forward with their suspicions, and consult regularly with local police.

Illinois police and sheriffs' departments will have guidelines for using body cameras when new laws take effect in 2016. 

A major law regulating police will take effect January first.  Illinois' Legislative Black Caucus says more changes could be on the way.