CHICAGO — With the Halloween season upon us, the Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti has joined forces with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to remind the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous.
In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye.
Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.
“As a mother of three children, I can’t imagine what I would do if one of my kids gets hurt from wearing these decorative contact lenses,” Sanguinetti said. “I urge all parents to be vigilant of what their children are wearing this Halloween. These types of contacts are sold illegally and can cause serious damage to the eyes, including blindness.”
“Decorative contacts surge in popularity every year around the Halloween season as a fashion or costume accessory,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary. “Unfortunately, both children and adults alike often neglect to realize that these lenses are classified as medical devices that pose the same potential safety and health issues as corrective lenses. As regulators, it is important that we remind consumers of the unnecessary dangers of infection from over-the-counter colored contacts made from potentially unsafe materials.”
IDFPR licenses an estimated 2,300 optometrists and hundreds of ophthalmologists in Illinois. Many have reported seeing patients who have suffered from infections or corneal scratches as a result of contact lens problems. Because contact lenses sit directly on the cornea and could potentially limit the amount of oxygen reaching the eye, all contact lenses pose some risk to wearers. By requiring lenses to be fitted and sold by professionals, that risk is limited and managed.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announce the sentencing of two nurses who were convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The convictions are a culmination of two separate drug diversion investigations conducted by the ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB). On October 6, 2016, Jessica Marberry, age 37 of Chillicothe, pled guilty to one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 felony, in Tazewell County. On February 2, 2016, the ISP MFCB received a complaint from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding an alleged drug diversion at the Pekin, Illinois, Hospital.
The ISP MFCB conducted an investigation and determined Marberry unlawfully obtained hydromorphone while working as an Emergency Room nurse. Hydromorphone is a Schedule II opioid analgesic drug prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain. Marberry diverted the hydromorphone for her own personal use.
On October 17, 2016, Trisha Cleveland, age 38 of Caseyville, pled guilty to one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 Felony, in St. Clair County. On April 20, 2016, the MFCB was contacted by staff at Four Fountains Convalescence, in Belleville, Illinois, regarding allegations Cleveland diverted hydrocodone.
The investigation revealed Cleveland falsely reported requests by residents for their prescribed “as needed” hydrocodone. The residents never requested the medication. Cleveland was diverting the hydrocodone for her own personal use. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, hydrocodone, a Schedule II narcotic, is the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States and is associated with more drug abuse and diversion than any other legal or illegal opioid. It is a medication most frequently prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Its analgesic potency is similar to morphine.
10-24-16 (from Coroner Kathy Davis)
McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis is releasing the following information with regard to a single vehicle fatality.
At approximately 2335 hours on Friday, October 21, 2016, McLean County Coroner’s Office received notification of a single vehicle fatality on Interstate 55, near Chenoa, Illinois, mile marker 186.
Chenoa Fire Department, Chenoa Police Department, SELCAS, and the Illinois State Police were already on scene. Pronounced deceased at 0022, on October 22, 2016 was Bryan Snow Jr., age 21, of Maywood, Illinois.
Preliminary autopsy indicates that Mr. Snow Jr. died of head injuries due to an automobile crash, reportedly sustained as the driver of a vehicle that left the roadways and rolled over. Toxicology testing is pending. This incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the initial findings of the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force. The report is in response to an Executive Order creating the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force signed by Governor Rauner in April.
The Task Force was charged with looking strategically and comprehensively into fraud, waste and abuse in taxpayer-funded health care systems to ensure our most vulnerable populations receive the care they need.
“Every dollar that is improperly spent in our health care programs is a dollar that is not reaching our most vulnerable residents,” Governor Rauner said. “We must be accountable to those we serve and ensure that our health care programs are run compassionately, effectively and free of improper spending.”
The Task Force has already taken simple, but effective steps to improve how the state delivers health care to our most vulnerable, while driving better value for taxpayers. One example is in the state group health plan. Central Management Services audited all dependents the state was paying for and found about 6,000 people were receiving benefits from the state that did not qualify for those benefits. Taking action to remove those individuals from their plans saved the State approximately $22 million in FY16 and is estimated to save over $32 million in FY17.
The Governor was joined by Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey, Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Felicia Norwood, Illinois CIO and Secretary Designate of the Department of Innovation & Technology Hardik Bhatt, Illinois State Police Captain Brian Ley and Healthcare and Family Services Inspector General Brad Hart.
“The value of reducing fraud, waste, and abuse is immense, and in these economic times, would allow the State to utilize funds currently being misspent to provide better programs and services,” Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey said.
In FY15, the states and federal government spent approximately $548 billion dollars on Medicaid and Illinois’ portion was about $18 billion. In that same year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that Medicaid also made about $29 billion in improper payments.
"The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is energized by the prospect of strengthening its approaches to fight fraud and abuse, ensuring that public funds go to the people who need them,” Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Director Felicia Norwood said. “We cooperated very closely with the task force to provide information and help develop these strong recommendations. We need effective and leading-edge ways to confront those who would take advantage of our programs, especially with new healthcare delivery models of today."
"Harnessing the enormous power of data through real-time and predictive analytics will allow Illinois agencies to save millions of taxpayer dollars,” stated Hardik Bhatt, Illinois CIO and Secretary Designate of the Department of Innovation & Technology.
The Rauner Administration has made a concerted effort to drive savings for taxpayers in these health care systems including $220.2 million in savings, recoupment and avoidance for the state’s Medicaid program in FY 2016. Through improved fraud, waste, and abuse identification and prevention efforts the task force recommended, the state will realize approximately $50 million in additional savings.
"Whether we're discussing ways to strengthen our healthcare programs or investigating a complex criminal fraud investigation, the task force approach is an avenue to share resources and discuss the most efficient and effective methodology," Illinois State Police Captain Brian Ley said. "Under the direction of the Governor's Office and the Executive Inspector General, the State Agencies involved on the Task Force are working collaboratively to implement strategies to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse."
“While we have made great strides to become a national leader in the realm of Medicaid program integrity, there is still much more that we can do,” Healthcare and Family Services Inspector General Brad Hart said. “The Task Force report highlights some of those areas where all of the entities involved can work better together to achieve the greatest return for the taxpayers.”
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announce the sentencing of a former personal assistant and the Medicaid recipient.
On June 24, 2016, Misty Atwood, age 41 of Roodhouse, pled guilty to one count of Vendor Fraud, a class 1 felony in Greene County. On September 29, 2016, Alfred Holder, age 65 of Roodhouse, pled guilty to one count of Vendor Fraud, a class 1 felony in Greene County.On June 17, 2015, the ISP, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) received a complaint from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, regarding alleged Medicaid fraud.
The ISP MFCB and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS/OIG) conducted an investigation and determined Atwood and Holder defrauded the Medicaid program out of $28,197.
The investigation revealed Atwood submitted fraudulent documents to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services for payment for providing personal care services to Holder. ISP MFCB and HHS/OIG agents discovered Atwood and Holder conspired to falsify the documents provided to IDHS for payment which they shared.
“It’s troubling when individuals steal money from a program designed to assist people with limited resources,” stated Director Leo P. Schmitz. “It is not often we investigate the Medicaid recipient, but when they work in conjunction with caregivers to defraud the people of Illinois, we're going to hold the recipient accountable as well,” he continued.
This conviction comes on the heels of the state of Illinois ramping up efforts against health care based fraud. In April, Governor Rauner signed Executive Order 16-05, creating the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force. This Task Force will study and utilize the best practices of agency fraud prevention units, including MFCB, the efforts of the federal government and other state governments, and those in the private sector to root out fraud, waste, and abuse. The Commander of the ISP MFCB, Captain Brian Ley, serves as a member of the Governor's Task Force.Once investigated, the case was referred to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Bureau for prosecution.
"Personal care services are among the most critical services the state provides, and my office is committed to prosecuting individuals who use these funds for personal gain," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.Atwood and Holder were both sentenced to four years of Felony Probation and ordered to pay $13,614.44 in restitution to IDHS."
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. received their annual flu shots and are urging others to get theirs as well.
The flu season typically begins in October and runs through May, with the peak being between December and February.
“A flu shot is quick and easy so you don’t get queasy,” Governor Rauner said. “Influenza can be costly to your health and to your wallet from medical costs. A flu shot will protect you and those around you have a higher risk of severe illness such as the elderly. The best offense is a good defense, and the best defense is getting a flu shot.”
“I urge everyone, especially those in the Latino communities to get a flu shot. For a number of reasons, Latinos are less likely to get vaccinated, but it’s important to keep yourself healthy and those around you healthy,” Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti said.
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. Due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked during the previous flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control is temporarily recommending that people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray.
“The single most effective way to prevent getting the flu is an annual flu shot,” said IDPH Director Shah. “The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and can even result in hospitalizations or death. Even healthy people get the flu, so it’s important for everyone to be vaccinated.”
Peru, IL – Signs along Route 251 from Tonica to Mendota in LaSalle County now tell motorists they are riding on the “Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway.”
The highway signs were unveiled Sept. 28 during a ceremony hosted by State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) in Tonica.
“The seven Witczak brothers, like all veterans, deserve our deepest honor and respect for dedicating their lives to protecting our nation,” Rezin said. “To have seven brothers from the Illinois Valley serve in either World War II or the Korean War is not only a unique story, it’s one that deserves special recognition. Naming Route 251 through LaSalle County is a small gesture of our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Naming it the ‘Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway’ will also help our communities remember this family and their incredible story now and for future generations.”
"All my brothers fought so bravely in so many battles," Anthony Witczak of Peru said. "This is a great honor to have this highway named for my family. My brothers, God rest their souls, would really appreciate this."
Rezin sponsored resolution SJR 48 this spring at the Statehouse to honor the seven Witczak brothers from LaSalle County who all served our country in the military. The seven sons of Thomas and Clara served in different capacities of the US Military that spanned World War II and Korea. Joseph Witczak, the first brother to enlist, was wounded during operations for the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. John Witczak and Casmir Maurer, the adopted sons of Thomas and Clara, both served in the US Army, Pacific Theatre. Anthony Witczak, a sailor in the US Navy during WW II, also served in the Pacific and is the last surviving brother. Francis Witczak was the only member of the family to serve in Germany for the Army during WW II.
FORREST – The Livingston County coroner and sheriff continue to investigate a fatal wreck which occurred Wednesday near Forrest.
Authorities say Dorothy Trainor, 86, of Forrest was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck in Pleasant Ridge Township. Trainor reportedly stopped her car at a stop sign then pulled into the intersection of 1100 North and 2900 East roads, colliding with a delivery truck.
Trainor was the car’s only occupant and the truck driver was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. An autopsy has been ordered. Responding agencies included SELCAS Ambulance and fire departments from Forrest and Strawn.
SPRINGFIELD – In observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24, Governor Bruce Rauner has directed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to take steps to make participation in hunting and fishing more accessible for current and future generations.
The Governor’s vision is to make IDNR’s Hunter Safety Education program a leader in the nation by employing the latest techniques and technology. As part of that effort, Governor Rauner has asked IDNR to implement a new hunter safety course that can be completed entirely online – providing a convenient additional option for hunters that embrace the goals of hunter education and safety while assisting efforts to recruit and retain young hunters.
“I know firsthand how important hunting and fishing are to our state and our economy,” said Governor Rauner. “One of my favorite pastimes is fishing in Lake Sangchris and hunting doves in the fields of Central and Southern Illinois. I want all young people in Illinois to have the same opportunities.”
Currently, hunters seeking to take Illinois’ Hunter Safety Course to become certified must complete 10 hours of classroom work and attend a field day for hands-on safety training. Hunters have the option to complete a portion of the classroom work online, but still must attend the field day portion in person. The new course, when implemented, will be a state-of-the-art course that can be completed entirely online, providing ease of access and consistency of delivery. The field and classroom courses will remain available for those who prefer the traditional training.
“Hunters and anglers spend more than $2 billion per year, providing a boost to our state’s economy. They also help fund conservation of deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other wildlife by their purchases of hunting and fishing licenses,” IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal added. “It is crucial that we continue to provide opportunities for a new generation of hunters and anglers that also are our next generation of conservationists in Illinois.”
In addition to this new facet in Hunter Safety Education, the IDNR is also preparing wildlife specific workshops, in-person mentoring programs and additional instruction for new and current hunters. The workshops will cover a variety of topics, including hunting basics, advanced hunting techniques including species-specific training, how to clean game and care for equipment, wildlife laws, and the role of hunting in wildlife management. These workshops will be among the nation’s first to provide in-the-field training opportunities to improve the skills of hunters. The IDNR will make further announcements when these new programs are available.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 8, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Peoria and Tazewell Counties during the month of September, according to District 8 Commander, Steve Riesenberg.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence, and are not properly buckled up.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. These nighttime patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road and ensuring all vehicle occupants are buckled up. This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
DECATUR - Governor Bruce Rauner recently addressed more than 200 of the best criminal interdiction police officers in the state at the 2016 Illinois Criminal Patrol Conference in Decatur.
The conference is a four-day workshop for criminal interdiction police officers to receive extensive training on topics such as traffic stops, the use of K-9s, and courtroom testimony.
“Being a leader in law enforcement is selfless and your contributions to the communities you serve are immeasurable,” said Governor Rauner. “Your work for the state of Illinois is valued every single day. The people of Illinois are indebted to you because of the safety and the security you have provided us. The tremendous contributions of the tens of thousands good, hardworking law enforcement officers will not be forgotten in Illinois.”
Metamora - Illinois State Police District 8 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week, September 11 – 17, 2016.
During 2015, there were 140 railroad grade crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespassing incidents railroad property which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities. Illinois is ranked second in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and fifth in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 8 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.
When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced the results of a very successful Labor Day weekend enforcement operation.
Between September 2, 2016, and September 5, 2016, the ISP increased its enforcement efforts to keep motorists safe during the busy holiday travel period. ISP Troopers across the state made 6,892 traffic stops, issued 3,385 citations, issued 4,268 written warnings, arrested 121 intoxicated motorists, completed 783 commercial motor vehicle inspections, and assisted 991 stranded motorists.
“The goal of the Labor Day holiday enforcement campaign was to increase visibility and saturate the roadways with law enforcement in an effort to make the roadways safer for the motoring public,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “The concentration of the effort focused on the most common causes of personal injury and fatality crashes; DUI, Speeding, Seat Belt compliance, and Distracted Driving. I am pleased with the results from the hard work and dedication of the brave men and woman of the ISP,” he added.
The ISP would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to take precaution when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle by designating a driver before consuming alcohol, reducing speeds, avoiding distractions and always buckle up. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, police and emergency crews handled fourteen vehicle fatalities on roadways statewide. One fatality is one too many.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today granted eight and denied 118 clemency petitions.
Fewer than 400 petitions remain from previous administrations. The 126 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon today are part of dockets dating back to 2010. This is the eleventh set of petitions the governor has reviewed since taking office. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.
A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system. For additional information on the granted clemency cases, please contact the Prisoner Review Board at (217) 782-1610.
BROOKPORT, ILLINOIS – On Friday, September 2, 2016, an armed suspect entered a residence in Metropolis at approximately 4:09 p.m., and assaulted a resident. The armed suspect fled on a motorcycle and was pursued by local law enforcement and subsequently escaped after abandoning the motorcycle in rural Massac County.
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a citizen witnessed a person, possibly carrying a handgun, in a neighbor’s yard and reported hearing 3 to 4 gunshots. A Massac County Deputy and a Metropolis P.D. officer arrived on scene and attempted to locate the subject. Officers went toward the subject’s last known direction of travel. The officers heard a gunshot close to their location while searching the area, but were unable to locate the subject.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 22 Patrol assistance was requested at approximately 6:15 a.m. An additional shot was fired as an inner perimeter was being established. ISP District 13 sent additional patrol units to reinforce the perimeter. ISP Air Operations and ISP SWAT also responded to the scene.
At approximately 9:21 a.m., an ISP Trooper on the perimeter encountered the armed suspect. Shots were fired and the suspect was fatally wounded. The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene. Identification of the suspect is pending verification by the Massac County Coroner.
ISP Division of Internal Investigation and ISP Crime Scene Services are responding to the scene. There were no injuries to any of the officers involved in this incident. This incident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Conservation Police, Massac County Sheriff's Office, US Marshals, and Metropolis P.D.
The deceased suspect has been identified as Donny Max Daugherty, 36, of Clifton, Tennessee. He was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for a probation violation pertaining to a charge of Possession of a Weapon and an Aggravated Assault warrant through the Nashville, Tennessee Police Department. Daugherty was known to have violent tendencies and had prior arrests for aggravated assault and weapons violations. No further information is being released at this time.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 08, will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Tazewell County during the month of August, according to District 08 Commander, Steve Riesenberg.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or driving under the influence.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials would like to remind motorists that area schools will soon open their doors to begin the new school year.
The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools and decreased speed limits in school zones. Motorists need to be watchful of children walking and riding their bicycles to school, as well as children darting out from between parked cars.
Allow extra travel time for the increased traffic during the morning and afternoon commute as children go to and return from school. Motorists are reminded they are required to reduce their speed in school zones. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 M.P.H. and is in effect from 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on school days when children are present. Use of an electronic device, including cell phones, while traveling in a school zone is illegal. Distracted driving is a major contributory cause in serious injury and fatal crashes.
Crashes caused by distracted driving can result in hefty fines and criminal charges if serious injury or a fatality occurs.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois county residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign fraudulently using the name of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association in their solicitation.
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state of Illinois endorsed by the individual Sheriffs across Illinois.
Telemarketing fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Phone solicitors who wantyou to "act immediately" or are offering a "too good to be true" opportunity are most likely fraudulent. Remember that if you have any doubts, or are highly pressured -Just Hang Up.
You have the right to ask for the following information:
1) The name, address and phone number of the organization for which they are soliciting.
2) The name, address and phone number of the telemarketing firm.
3) The percentage of every dollar paid to the telemarketing firm.
4) Insist on something in writing prior to making a pledge or commitment. If you cannot get the answers to these questions do not hesitate to hang up thephone. After all, it is your money.
CLINTON - On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a result of a Task Force 6 (TF6) investigation initiated in DeWitt County and led into Macon County, William E. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois, and Lori A. Agee, 37, of Clinton, Illinois, were arrested for the offense of Methamphetamine Conspiracy, a Class X felony.
William E. Mazander is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail on $50,000 / 10 percent bond and Lori A. Agee is incarcerated in the DeWitt County jail on $30,000 / 10 percent bond. If convicted, a Class X felony carries a possible sentence of not less than 6 years and not more than 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Arrest warrants for Methamphetamine Conspiracy have been issued for two other suspects. They are Amanda M. Mazander, 35, of Maroa, Illinois and Rebecca L. Justice, 35, of Decatur, Illinois. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these suspects, they are asked to contact their local Police Department.
Assisting TF6 in the planning, investigation, and arrest were the Maroa Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Illinois State Police, Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police Department, DeWitt County States Attorney’s Office and Macon County States Attorney’s Office.
No other information will be released at this time. TF6 is a multi-agency enforcement unit specializing in narcotics enforcement. TF6 is composed of officers from the Clinton Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State University Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.
The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations and criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Persons having information regarding illegal drugs are encouraged to contact the TF6 tip line at www.taskforce6.com.