Illinois State Police

State Police To Step Up Overnight Patrols Amid Spike In Expressway ShootingsIn response to a rise in shootings on Chicago area expressways, Illinois State Police on Wednesday announced plans to fortify special patrols aimed at reduce the violence.
Illinois Shows Aretha Franklin R-E-S-P-E-C-T When Her Tour Bus Breaks Down On IkeThree state police units and three from the Illinois Department of Transportation drove the Queen of Soul and her entourage to their hotel.
State Trooper Arrested, Charged With FeloniesJuan Lopez is charged with two counts home invasion and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm for an incident that happened last year, while he was off duty, the Illinois State Police said in a news release Thursday.
Six Hospitalized After Trucker Falls Asleep, Crashes Into 13 Cars On StevensonThe crash happened around 3:40 a.m., when an Illinois State Police trooper was conducing nightly lane closures for road construction work in the northbound lanes near 1st Avenue in southwest suburban Summit. Thirteen vehicles were stopped on the Stevenson, when a truck plowed into them.
Dan Ryan Attack Latest In Major Uptick In Expressway ShootingsThree people suffered minor injuries early Friday, when someone in another vehicle shot up their car on the Dan Ryan Expressway, the 19th shooting so far this year on Chicago area expressways, matching last year's total for the entire year.
New System Helps State LEAP Ahead, And Speed Up AMBER AlertsA new AMBER Alert system that state officials have been using for several months has made it quicker to get the word out about missing children.
Illinois State Police Get Federal Approval To Use DronesThe police agency announced Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized what it calls its Unmanned Aircraft System program. The announcement says the program "is not being implemented for surveillance purposes."
Rauner Issued Medical Marijuana Licenses Before FBI Background ChecksGov. Bruce Rauner issued the licenses Monday after conducting an internal review that noted flaws in former Gov. Pat Quinn's handling of the license process. But Rauner's announcement didn't mention the lack of national criminal background checks for the new industry he'd just launched.
Owner Rescues Two Dogs Wandering Along Bishop Ford FreewayThe Akita dogs were spotted along the shoulder of the Bishop Ford near 115th Street around 6 a.m. Illinois State Police said a woman and her daughter had been searching for the dogs all night, and when they learned the dogs were on the Bishop Ford, the daughter drove to get them.
Plainfield Man Charged With Impersonating Police OfficerRoss D. Ferraro Jr., 45, was arrested Thursday after State Police saw him driving a vehicle equipped to look like a police car, and pulled him over, authorities said in a statement.
State Police Investigate Shot Fired On Stevenson ExpresswayA woman's car was struck by a bullet around 1:15 a.m. on the ramp from southbound Lake Shore Drive to the outbound Stevenson Expressway.
More Than 91,000 Applied For Concealed Carry Permits In 2014A sizeable chunk of the 91,651 applications were submitted last January, when the concealed carry law went into effect. Illinois State Police said more than 34,000 people applied last January. In all, nearly 2,400 people were turned down for concealed carry permits.