Illinois State Police http://wuis.org en Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law? http://wuis.org/post/trucker-asks-are-police-above-law <p>It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. There are some exceptions: you can hold your phone if your car is stopped -- say at a railroad crossing for a freight train -- and in park or neutral, or if you pull off onto the shoulder. The law also makes an exemption for law enforcement. A recent YouTube sensation that raises the question: should police get special treatment?</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29775 at http://wuis.org Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law? Illinois To Require Bulletproof Vests http://wuis.org/post/illinois-require-bulletproof-vests <p>A new law signed Wednesday is intended to keep police officers safe, by requiring they get protective gear.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bulletproof vest will become part of an officers' standard equipment issue. Contingent on money, of course.</span></p><p>The new law includes provisions to help ensure there is funding.</p><p>It law requires communities and the state apply for a federal grant, that provides matching funds specifically for the purchase of bullet proof vests.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29436 at http://wuis.org Illinois To Require Bulletproof Vests Applicants Denied Concealed Carry Licenses Will Learn Why Under New Emergency Rules http://wuis.org/post/applicants-denied-concealed-carry-licenses-will-learn-why-under-new-emergency-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A year after Illinois <a href="https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx">legalized concealed carry</a>, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police <a href="http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/pressdetails.cfm?ID=810">issued the emergency rules </a>Monday 7/14 afternoon.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29284 at http://wuis.org Applicants Denied Concealed Carry Licenses Will Learn Why Under New Emergency Rules Sixteen Officers Receive Medal Of Honor http://wuis.org/post/sixteen-officers-receive-medal-honor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sixteen police officers from across Illinois were awarded the state's Medal of Honor Friday in Springfield. One officer had previously been honored as state trooper of the year.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In April 2013, State Trooper Brad Williams responded to a five-victim homicide in the tiny village of Manchester, in Western Illinois. Traveling by motorcycle, he chased the suspect for miles, joined by dozens of other officers along the way.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:51:48 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27871 at http://wuis.org Sixteen Officers Receive Medal Of Honor State Police Investigating Lincoln Officers Involved In Shooting http://wuis.org/post/state-police-investigating-lincoln-officers-involved-shooting <p>State police say they're investigating multiple police officers involved with the shooting death of an armed man at a tavern in Lincoln.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:54:29 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23648 at http://wuis.org State Police Investigating Lincoln Officers Involved In Shooting Kincaid Police Chief Arrested http://wuis.org/post/kincaid-police-chief-arrested <p class="Normal" style="margin: 0pt; font-family: Arial, Arial; text-align: justify;">The Illinois State Police Friday arrested the Kincaid Village Chief of Police for official misconduct. &nbsp;According to a news release, investigators brought 45-year old Richard S. Adams into custody.&nbsp;</p><p class="Normal" style="margin: 0pt; font-family: Arial, Arial; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 03:52:58 +0000 Sean Crawford 19977 at http://wuis.org Kincaid Police Chief Arrested State Police Investigation on Local Officers Released http://wuis.org/post/state-police-investigation-local-officers-released <p>A 300 page report by Illinois State Police investigating&nbsp; alleged misconduct by two Springfield Police detectives Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham has been released.&nbsp;</p><p>After several Freedom of Information Act requests by local&nbsp; media outlets for several years, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt ruled that the report should be made available to the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Springfield Corporation Council Todd Greenburg says his office can review about 250 pages every 30 days, stretching release of the full document over nine months.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:34:27 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19839 at http://wuis.org State Police Investigation on Local Officers Released Few Citations Issued For Violating New Cellphone Law http://wuis.org/post/few-citations-issued-violating-new-cellphone-law <p>Illinois police departments say officers are using discretion about whether to cite drivers who are breaking the state's new ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports law enforcement agencies appear to be giving drivers latitude if they're caught violating the new law. &nbsp;<br />The measure took effect Jan. 1. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:33:56 +0000 Associated Press 16988 at http://wuis.org Few Citations Issued For Violating New Cellphone Law 11,000 Apply For Concealed Carry Permits So Far http://wuis.org/post/11000-apply-concealed-carry-permits-so-far <p>The online application system to apply for permits was officially launched in Illinois on Sunday. On Monday, Illinois State Police said they had received 4,525 applications for concealed carry permits were received within 24 hours. The other 6,500 applications came from firearms instructors who the state let apply early for permits to help test the functionality of the online application system. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:37:44 +0000 Associated Press 16397 at http://wuis.org 11,000 Apply For Concealed Carry Permits So Far Police Concerned About Concealed Carry http://wuis.org/post/police-concerned-about-concealed-carry <p>Illinoisans can start applying for permits to carry concealed guns later this week.&nbsp; And some cops are already worried about the new law.</p><p>"They don’t know how this will all roll out, and they’re worried about every one of their normal encounters - whether it be a domestic disturbance call, a traffic stop - uh, now potentially having additional weapons," said Colonel Marc Maton of the Illinois State Police.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:21:25 +0000 Alex Keefe 15972 at http://wuis.org Police Concerned About Concealed Carry NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications http://wuis.org/post/nra-protests-digital-only-concealed-carry-applications <p></p><p>A new Illinois State Police<a href="https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx"> website</a> launched today (12/12/13) lays out what gun-owners need to do if they want to carry a gun in public. A prominent gun-rights group is not satisfied.</p><p></p><p>The state police will begin accepting applications for concealed carry permits on Jan. 5. Anyone looking to save time can get started now.&nbsp; There’s an online checklist that explains where gun-owners who want to speed up processing can go for fingerprinting.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:38:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14908 at http://wuis.org NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications Conservation Officer Shoots Driver At Traffic Stop http://wuis.org/post/conservation-officer-shoots-driver-traffic-stop <p>UPDATE: Authorities say a 30-year-old Ohio man was shot and killed after he allegedly pinned an Illinois State Police trooper with his vehicle during a traffic stop. &nbsp;</p><p>He was identified as Shane David Cataline of Toledo, Ohio. Illinois State Police said an autopsy was conducted Saturday. The results were not immediately available. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:10:51 +0000 Associated Press 13605 at http://wuis.org Conservation Officer Shoots Driver At Traffic Stop Gun Permit Numbers Update http://wuis.org/post/gun-permit-numbers-update <p></p><p>The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons.</p><p>The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:19:14 +0000 Associated Press 9926 at http://wuis.org Gun Permit Numbers Update LRS Awarded Background Check System Contracts http://wuis.org/post/lrs-awarded-background-check-system-contracts <p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:55:36 +0000 Associated Press 6204 at http://wuis.org LRS Awarded Background Check System Contracts