Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police Crown Victoria Interceptor (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

State Police To Step Up Overnight Patrols Amid Spike In Expressway Shootings

In 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.

08/19/2015

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 05:  The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Fox Theatre)

Illinois Shows Aretha Franklin R-E-S-P-E-C-T When Her Tour Bus Breaks Down On Ike

Three state police units and three from the Illinois Department of Transportation drove the Queen of Soul and her entourage to their hotel.

07/06/2015

Illinois State Police decal. (CBS)

State Trooper Arrested, Charged With Felonies

Juan 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.

07/02/2015

Six people were hospitalized after a semi-trailer truck plowed into 13 other vehicles on the Stevenson Expressway in Summit, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Six Hospitalized After Trucker Falls Asleep, Crashes Into 13 Cars On Stevenson

The 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.

06/19/2015

Three people drove themselves to the hospital after someone in another vehicle shot up their car on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Friday morning. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Dan Ryan Attack Latest In Major Uptick In Expressway Shootings

Three 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.

06/12/2015

A highway sign alerts drivers to look for a vehicle that is the subject of an AMBER Alert for a kidnapping victim. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

New System Helps State LEAP Ahead, And Speed Up AMBER Alerts

A 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.

05/13/2015

A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

Illinois State Police Get Federal Approval To Use Drones

The 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.”

05/13/2015

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Issued Medical Marijuana Licenses Before FBI Background Checks

Gov. 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.

02/06/2015

An Illinois Department of Transportation truck blocks a lane of traffic on the Bishop Ford Freeway after spotting two dogs wandering on the shoulder near 115th Street. (Credit: CBS)

Owner Rescues Two Dogs Wandering Along Bishop Ford Freeway

The 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.

02/05/2015

Ross D. Ferraro (Illinois State Police)

Plainfield Man Charged With Impersonating Police Officer

Ross 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.

01/30/2015

A car was struck by a bullet early Friday on the outbound Stevenson Expressway. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

State Police Investigate Shot Fired On Stevenson Expressway

A 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.

01/30/2015

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

More Than 91,000 Applied For Concealed Carry Permits In 2014

A 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.

01/16/2015

Illinois State Police decal. (CBS)

State Police Expect Busy Thanksgiving Weekend On The Roads

With more people expected to be driving this Thanksgiving weekend than last year, Illinois State Police will be watching even more closely for drunken and distracted drivers.

11/25/2014

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

Officials: State Road Crews Ready For Winter Weather

David James, a private meteorologist who provides forecasts for IDOT, said he doesn’t expect this winter’s snowfall to be as bad as last winter.

11/17/2014

Christopher Anderson (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

State Police: No Reason To Frisk Man Who Was Shot And Killed At Hospital

Illinois State Police were defending their decision not to frisk a man who was taken to Highland Park Hospital after a traffic crash a few days ago, before the man was shot and killed by police when he pulled out a gun in the emergency room.

11/07/2014

An Illinois State Police trooper holds a baby girl who had been reported abducted. (ISP)

Chicago Man Arrested After Abducted Baby Is Found Safe Downstate

Three people took 8-month-old Samiyah Nichols from Memphis about 4:15 a.m. Friday, according to Illinois State Police.

10/24/2014

Illinois State Police decal. (CBS)

Two State Police Cars Hit In 5-Car Crash On Interstate 355

An Illinois State Police squad car carrying two officers was involved in a five-vehicle crash early Wednesday on the Veterans Memorial Tollway, causing large delays in the southbound lanes Wednesday morning.

10/01/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Jail Boss: We’ll Have Room For Fugitives Sought In New Police Initiative

The head of Cook County Jail said she’ll find room for any and all fugitives picked up by teams of Chicago police officers and Illinois state troopers in the coming month, and put them in the jail’s custody.

08/14/2014

Illinois State Troopers arrive at a Chicago Police 11th District station to help catch fugitives in Chicago. (Credit: Brad Edwards)

State Troopers Begin Work To Help Chicago Cops Catch Crooks

A small cadre of reinforcements has arrived for Chicago police, as dozens Illinois State Police troopers have begun their mission of helping track down wanted criminals.

08/14/2014

Illinois State Troopers arrive at a Chicago Police 11th District station to help catch fugitives in Chicago. (Credit: Brad Edwards)

State Troopers Arrive To Help Chicago Cops Catch Fugitives

The aggressive move is underway to get bad guys off the streets in Chicago, reports CBS 2’s Brad Edwards.

08/13/2014

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