Elgin, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.
Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have received automated messages advising them they are under criminal investigation and requesting they send $600. The voice in the automated message appears to be a male with a foreign accent.
The phone number associated with the calls has been faked to appear as a legitimate ISP telephone number of (847) 608-3200, in a practice known as “caller ID spoofing.” The ISP wants to inform the public these calls are not coming from the ISP. Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of the phone number the call is made from, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.
The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money for any reason. The ISP encourages those that believe they have been the victim of this phone scam to call the ISP at (847)294-4400 to file a report.
For information on different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at:http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.htmlhttps://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $54,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning with the State of Illinois.
Sheriff Mark Doran, Ford County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.
There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or nation origin. The only limitations are as follows:
•Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents•Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois•Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 school year (excluding summer session).
Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2017 (must be postmarked by this date).
For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson, State Sen. Steans and state agency directors signed Senate Bill 550, legislation to protect Illinois children from possible exposure to lead in drinking water.
"Today is about our future, about making sure our students are not exposed to lead poisoning," said Governor Rauner. "This shows what is possible when we work together. It is a step in protecting our children from the devastating effects of lead exposure.”
"Lead in the paint and in the pipes threatens the health and the futures of far too many children," Rev. Jackson said. "This is a life-saving bill. I applaud Governor Rauner for signing it." SB 550 will ensure proper health protections are in place to protect Illinois’ youngest residents. It provides the requirement for schools and daycares to sample for lead contamination from sources of potable water in school buildings. The oldest school buildings, those constructed before January 1, 1987, must complete water testing by the end of 2017. Schools constructed between January 2, 1987 and January 1, 2000 must complete testing by the end of 2018. Daycares constructed on or before January 1, 2000 and serve children under the age of 6 will also be required to conduct testing. Further, parents and guardians of students must be notified of elevated lead results.“This legislation, along with the enhancements Illinois EPA has proactively implemented with community water supplies over the last year, is an important step towards eliminating the risk of lead exposure to our most vulnerable citizens, Illinois’ children,” said Illinois EPA Acting Director Alec Messina. “The public can be assured this is a top priority of the Agency and we will continue to implement program improvements and coordinate efforts with our fellow state agencies.”
In addition to the requirement of testing within schools and daycares, SB 550 requires Community Water Systems to provide a comprehensive lead service line inventory to Illinois EPA and provide notice to residents when work will be done on water mains, lead services lines or water meters.
>01-09 a complaint of illegal dumping was taken in rural Roberts.
>01-09 a commercial burglar alarm was received from a Roberts business. The alarm was caused by employee error.
>01-10 a commercial burglar alarm was received from a Piper City business. The alarm was caused by equipment failure.
>01-10 a report of a mother/daughter disturbance was received in Roberts.
>01-14 a deputy assisted the Illinois State Police with a traffic accident at the intersection of Rt115 and Rt9.
>01-14 deputies removed a subject from a residence in Roberts at the owner’s request. During the week deputies handled 3 civil matters and issued 6 traffic citations.
>01-11 a single-vehicle traffic accident was reported on Rt47 near the south county line. The juvenile driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.
ARRESTS>01-14 Steven Harding of Roberts was arrested for a McClean County warrant.
CHICAGO – Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 1 Investigations arrested Eric M. Pence, 24, of Chicago, for sending a threat letter to the Governor. The preliminary investigation also revealed Pence sent threatening emails to the DuPage County Sheriff.
The DuPage County State's Attorney was contacted, reviewed the case and approved a charge of Threatening a Public Official (Class 3 Felony) for the threat to the Governor and Harassment Using an Electronic Communication Device (Class A Misdemeanor) for the threat to the DuPage County Sheriff.
Pence is held at the DuPage County Jail on $250,000 bond. The case remains an open and ongoing investigation.
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are reminding motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch including rain and freezing rain through Sunday at 12 p.m. Ice accumulations on the roadways are possible and slick spots are likely, especially on untreated roadways, overpasses, bridges, and ramps.
Winter weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions. Freezing rain and icy roads can result in hazardous road conditions. The ISP is urging motorists to drive with caution, increase following distances, and allow extra travel time to get to their final destinations.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles with their seat belt on and wait for first responders to arrive. Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency assistance may file a crash report within 10 days by reporting it with the law enforcement agency within those jurisdictional boundaries.
The ISP also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. Scott’s Law (The Move Over Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching emergency vehicles and vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway with hazard lights activated.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1941, legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks to approximately 2,000 workers laid off from the Granite City Steel Mill in 2015.
“This legislation will help the hard working families of the Metro East who lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” said Governor Rauner. “While we are encouraged by the recent news that more than 200 jobs will return to the Granite City facility, we hope that by extending unemployment benefits we are able to help the other laid off workers bridge the gap until they are gainfully employed again. Our administration will continue to push to help the steel industry and other manufacturers create jobs through common sense reforms to grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits.”
Senate Bill 1941 is effective immediately. It will allow laid off workers from the Granite City Steel Mill to collect unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks. Benefits will be paid out from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is a special fund derived from a state unemployment tax paid by Illinois employers, not the state’s general revenue fund.
“Signing of Senate Bill 1941 by Governor Rauner, (R) is welcomed news for laid off Steelworkers going into the holidays. This will help hundreds of Steelworkers make ends meet while trying to remain hopeful U.S. Steel will restart its Granite City facility in 2017. The Steelworkers applaud the efforts of State Representatives Jay Hoffman and Dan Beiser, as well State Senator Bill Haine, for sponsoring the legislation, along with the swift action taken by Governor Rauner in signing SB 1941 into law," stated Local 50 President Jason Chism.
SPRINGFIELD - As citizens throughout the state of Illinois ring in the New Year, nearly 200 laws will take effect. A significant number of the new laws target crime, make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement, and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists.
Criminal justice reforms poised to take effect
One measure to allow greater flexibility in granting probation for certain non-violent offenders with no prior conviction for a violent crime is set to take effect on Jan. 1. Senate Bill 3164 is part of a bipartisan package of legislative reforms to Illinois’ criminal justice system, and was introduced at the recommendation of the Governor’s Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
The commission was charged with identifying policy changes to reduce recidivism and make significant reductions to the state’s prison population, which had increased by more than 500 percent in the last forty years. Senate Bill 3164 is one measure that seeks to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in Illinois’ correctional facilities—which are operating at roughly 150 percent of recommended capacity.
New laws aim to address sexual assault and domestic abuse
Another new law, Senate Bill 3096, seeks to increase the reporting, investigation, and successful prosecution of sexual assault cases in Illinois. This new law gives victims a longer period of time to request a rape kit, speeds up forensic testing to address the backlog of testing rape kits in sexual assault cases, and requires more detailed reporting of sexual assault cases by police.
Additionally, cosmetologists will receive special training to spot the signs of domestic violence and sexual violence as part of their license renewal process under House Bill 4264. Advocates of the measure said the training is intended to reduce domestic violence by increasing awareness and offering victims another place to turn for help – especially those who may not feel comfortable going to the authorities.
Minors protected by new laws
Child victims of battery will be able to give testimony via a one-way closed circuit television thanks to Senate Bill 2880. This legislation allows children involved in battery or aggravated domestic battery cases to avoid the serious emotional trauma and distress of testifying in a courtroom.
Senate Bill 2370, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), requires legal counsel during the interrogation of minors under the age of 15 who have been charged with murder. This law addresses concerns that minors may not fully understand their legal rights, and as a result should have legal representation present when speaking with police.
New law strengthens employee privacy
Another new law, House Bill 4999, seeks to further protect employee’s online privacy by strengthening and clarifying existing laws that make it unlawful for any employer or prospective employer to require an employee or prospective employee to provide usernames and passwords to their personal online accounts, including social media accounts.
“Bath salts” sales
Senate Bill 210 aims to curb the sale of all synthetic cathinones, drugs that are often sold under the disguise of legitimate products such as “bath salts.” “Bath salts” have made headlines in recent years for the bizarre, zombie-like behavior exhibited by those under its influence. Under this new law it will become a Class 3 felony with a maximum fine of $150 to sell these drugs in a retail store.
Police dog retirement plan
Police dogs will be able to enjoy their retirement in permanent homes with the police officers and staff they worked with under Senate Bill 3129. Should the officer or employee who worked with the dog be unable to take their canine work companion, under the new law the dog may be offered to another officer or employee in the agency, a non-profit agency, or a no-kill animal shelter that will find an appropriate owner for the dog.
New transportation laws increase public safety
Don’t forget to stop at a railroad crossing when the warning gates and lights are on! Under Senate Bill 2806 the fine for failure to stop at a railroad crossing will double. A first violation will now cost you $500 and subsequent violations will cost $1,000.
Private transportation companies will be allowed to operate video recording devices under Senate Bill 629. The new law stipulates that vehicles using this type of technology must have a notice posted stating that a passenger’s conversation may be recorded. Any data recorded becomes the sole property of the vehicle’s owner.
The Annie LeGere Law
Prompted by the tragic death of 13-year-old Annie LeGere, who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction while at a sleepover party, House Bill 4462, also known as the Annie LeGere Law, will take effect as 2017 begins.
Annie’s Law provides better access to live-saving treatment for allergic reactions by expanding training for law enforcement on how to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis, including the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector.
Veterans and military families aided by new laws
Student musicians may now be excused from school in the case of a military funeral procession under a new law that takes effect on January 1. House Bill 4432 ensures that any Illinois public student, grades six through twelve, is permitted to attend a funeral of a deceased veteran during school hours for the purpose of playing “Taps,” a bugle call traditionally performed during flag ceremonies and military funerals.
To honor fallen soldiers, House Bill 4344 creates the Heroes Way Designation Program Act. The law allows for the families of veterans who were killed in action while on active duty to apply for a designation to honor the departed with a personal sign on designated roadways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
This new law was inspired by a similar law in Missouri that allowed interstate interchanges to be designated for Missouri residents who were killed in action on or after September 11, 2001, in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
New laws focus on children
Children under the care of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will now have access to a greater family support system. House Bill 5656 requires that DCFS provide visitation privileges and accommodations to the grandparents and great-grandparents of a child under the department’s supervision—as long as it’s in the best interest of the child.
Amending Childhood Hunger Relief Act, Senate Bill 2393 is a new law this year that requires all school districts in Illinois to implement and operate a "breakfast after the bell" program. The legislation asserts that schools must provide breakfast for their students after the instructional day has begun—and may also begin serving before the day has begun.
New laws provide new ways to hunt and trap
In order to trap wild game in past years, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) required that all individuals must complete a hunting training course. Senate Bill 2410 has lifted that requirement and now permits that individuals ages 18 and under can trap wild game without certification as long as they are accompanied by an adult age 21 years or older.
Lastly, thanks to House Bill 5788, a new fishing law states that fishermen can now add catfish to the list of species that may be caught with a pitchfork, underwater spear gun, bow and arrow, or a bow and arrow device. Under the new measure, the DNR will authorize the selling of species taken by the above methods.
Being able to sell these fish not only benefits fishermen, but is also crucial to the state’s overall environmental health. The current overpopulation of Asian Carp throughout the state is causing irreparable damage to Illinois’ waterways and ecosystems. The DNR’s authorization will allow fisherman to sell the carp carcasses, which are often taken by non-traditional methods and can be used to make fertilizer—providing incentives to catch them in greater numbers.
More details on these laws, and a full listing of all the new laws taking effect on January 1 can be found at www.senategop.state.il.us.
The Multi County Narcotics Enforcement Group (PMEG) has arrested a subject believed to be a major supplier of methamphetamine in the Galesburg area after stopping the suspect in Knox County.
On 12/22/2016 at approximately 0500 hours, PMEG Agents, along with Illinois State Police and Galesburg PD, stopped Daryl Vandenbloomer as he was driving in Knox County.
Search warrants had earlier been issued for Vandenbloomer, his vehicle, and his residence. A search of his vehicle yielded approximately 498 grams of “Ice” methamphetamine. A search of his apartment revealed a small amount of methamphetamine.
Vandenbloomer was arrested and charged in Knox County Court with possession of 400-900 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver 400-900 grams of methamphetamine. A passenger with Vandenbloomer was later released.
BUCKLEY – One person is dead after a fight broke out over the weekend at an Iroquois County bar.
Officials say several people were hurt during the incident Sunday night at the Dutchmaster Bar in Buckley. One of the victims was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The man has been identified as Daniel Connolly of Lyons, Illinois.
As of Tuesday, no arrests had been made in connection with the brawl.
The following is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal editorial:
According to the Census Bureau, Illinois now leads the nation for the steepest population decline. Between July 2015 and July 2016, Illinois lost some 114,000 people in net migration to other states, with total population decline of 37,508 (including births and deaths). For the third year in a row it was the only state to have lost population among the nine in its Great Lakes and Mid-America region. The numbers are especially worrisome for the state’s tax base because the average person moving out of the state earns some $20,000 more than the average person moving in.
According to IRS data for tax year 2014 (filed in 2015), the average income of the taxpayer leaving Illinois was $76,824 while the average income of the new arrival was $56,689. That gap is widening and the differential can be traced to policy decisions as the state staggers under pension debt and an entrenched Democratic-public union machine in Springfield. […]
The Census data show that Illinois’s net migration losses since 2000 are equivalent to the net losses in the 10 next largest U.S. cities after Chicago. The 2011 tax hike has partially expired, but Democrats are trying to shake Mr. Rauner down for a repeat. He needs to hold firm to stop the state’s population exodus.
12-27-16 (from Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran)
The Sheriff’s sworn duty is to keep its citizens safe. Today we all play an important role in community safety. It is important to be mindful of everyday surroundings and practice good judgement.
When you are more familiar with the things around you, it is easier to recognize things that are unusual or not right. If you see something out of the ordinary, use your instincts to determine the level of threat and contact local law enforcement if you sense that a situation is unsafe, or you feel vulnerable. It’s not about being overly concerned or suspicious, but more about using common sense and good instinct.Our deputies will always respond to calls for help. In certain situations, and with your help, we can more efficiently minimize threats or ultimately prevent a tragedy and make a difference in the lives of others.
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish the Citizens of Ford County a safe and happy New Year.
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the felony convictions of Susan Erbe and Christopher Yount, both age 56 from Pekin, for Theft of Government Property, a class 4 felony.
They both pleaded guilty to the charge on December 9, 2016, in Tazewell County Court. An investigation by the ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) revealed that both Erbe and Yount worked as Personal Assistants (PA) for an Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) customer. DHS’s Home Services Program requires a PA to provide services while the customer is in their home,and not in a hospital or nursing home. The DHS customer both Erbe and Yount claimed to provide services for was living in and out of nursing homes and hospitals for approximately 13 months. However, Erbe and Yount continued to submit time sheets claiming to provide services while the customer was actually in a facility, and not living in her home.
From October 18, 2012, through November 10, 2013, Erbe fraudulently claimed 116 hours while thecustomer was living in a facility, for a total of $1,536.20 in fraudulent overpayments from the State of Illinois. From October 17, 2012, through November 9, 2013, Yount fraudulently claimed 215.59 hours while the customer was in a facility, for a total of $2,507.63 in fraudulent overpayments from the Stateof Illinois.
“It’s troubling to see individuals steal from government programs that are designed to help individuals who can’t fully provide for themselves,” stated ISP MFCB Commander, Captain Brian Ley. “Our hope is that media coverage of these arrests and convictions will help to deter others from committing these criminal acts. Our goal is to reduce the amount Medicaid related fraud that is occurring in Illinois.”
Both Erbe and Yount received 30 months of probation, 30 hours of community service, and were ordered to pay restitution for the amounts they were fraudulently paid.
On Saturday, 12-17-16 at approximately 1823 hours, Ford County Deputies were dispatched to the Melvin Convenient Store (109 W. Main, Melvin, Illinois) for an armed robbery that had just occurred.
Upon Ford County Deputies and a unit from the Gibson City Police Department’s arrival, they learned that a white male, late 30’s or early 40’s, between 5’5” and 5’7” tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds, came into the convenient store from the west. The suspect was armed with what appeared to be a black pistol and wearing a tan ski mask, black shirt, coat and shoes, and blue jeans. The suspect pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money and the clerk complied. The suspect then left with an undisclosed amount of cash heading west bound on foot from the store.
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office has reviewed the video of the incident and still photographs of the suspect will be released. Citizens with information are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (217) 379-2324 or Ford County Crimestoppers at (217) 784-4173.
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined Sprint to announce an expansion of the ConnectED program, which provides free Internet access to 17 schools districts in Illinois.
The announcement was made this morning at West Leyden High School in Northlake. Joining the Lieutenant Governor at the announcement were Jim Mills, Sprint President of Illinois and Wisconsin, Nick Polyak, Superintendent of Leyden High School District, and two students from the district.
“Without internet access, millions of children, especially minority students living in low-income communities, would be left behind. This is an important step to close the digital divide,” said Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. “Thank you to Sprint for their leadership and generosity in helping us close that divide.”
ConnectEd is a White House initiative launched in 2013 to help schools throughout the country get free access to the Internet. Last year, Sprint provided $3 million in free broadband service. This year, Sprint expanded its donation to $8 million, benefiting 4,200 students in Illinois.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner discussed expanding opportunities for minority communities and the need for a balanced budget with reforms at the inaugural Project HOOD Awards Lunch in Chicago.
“We have every reason to succeed in Illinois. We have the hardest working people in America, the best location of any state in America, we should be thriving,” Governor Rauner said. “But instead we have brutally high unemployment, the highest property taxes in America, massive debt and deficits, inadequate schools, high crime because our young people don't see a bright future for themselves, and the highest unemployment rate among African Americans in the nation. That's an outrage. “We have to change the system so we can have high quality schools, high quality jobs and a better life for everybody in Illinois. That’s why we need a balanced budget with changes for four things: more jobs, lower property taxes, the best schools in the country, and term limits on elected officials.”
Project HOOD was established in 2012. Its mission is to empower people with the guidance, information and tools necessary to become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneurs in their communities. Project HOOD’s programming is designed to equip youth, adults, and families with the resources, skills, tools and experiences that are needed to be successful, healthy, and upwardly mobile members of society.
Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) announce the conviction of Tracy Long, age 32, of Pekin, Illinois, for Unlawful Acquisition of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 Felony.
Long plead guilty to the offense on November 30 in Woodford County.
During August and September of 2015 Long was working as a nurse at Maple Lawn Healthcare in Eureka, Illinois. Long reported that she administered Alprazolam and Hydrocodone to residents of Maple Lawn on September 4, 2015. A review of surveillance video revealed that Long had not entered the rooms of the residents for several hours before or after the time she claimed to have administered the medication.
When confronted by ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) investigators about the reporting inaccuracies, Long admitted to falsifying the reports and that she stole the narcotics for personal use.
“The misuse of opioid based prescription drugs is a serious national problem,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Educational initiatives and aggressive law enforcement efforts combined with sentences which mandate substance abuse evaluation and treatment are necessary for fighting this growing epidemic,” he continued.
Investigators from the MFCB routinely provide presentations to Administrators and Directors of Nursing (DON) at long term care facilities where drug diversion cases can be prevalent. These presentations give the DONs tips on how to properly secure, account for, and monitor those who have access to the variety of narcotics utilized daily at any given facility.
"More Americans today die from drug overdoses than from car accidents or incidents involving fire arms," said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. "It is critical that we continue law enforcement efforts to police the availability of opioid drugs in our communities and provide treatment to those fighting addiction."
Long was sentenced to 24 months of probation, 30 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay for fees associated with the case. Long was also ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and treatment program and was further ordered not to work in any position that gives her access to controlled substances.This conviction is the culmination of an ISP MFCB investigation.
Once the investigation was completed, the case was referred to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Bureau for prosecution.
PORT BYRON – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2814, the Future Energy Jobs bill, at a ceremony at Riverdale High School in Port Byron.
The bipartisan legislation ensures the Quad Cities and Clinton power facilities remain open for another 10 years, saving thousands of good-paying jobs, while protecting working families, seniors, and thousands of other high-quality, good-paying jobs throughout the state by capping residential and business energy rates.
“When this legislation was originally drafted, it was a Christmas tree loaded with special interest goodies that would have skyrocketed energy costs on families and businesses across the state,” said Governor Rauner. “So we needed to find a balance, because I was unwilling to gamble with these communities, gamble with thousands of good paying jobs and gamble with our energy diversity. While this legislation isn’t perfect, it allows us to protect jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers.”
Before Governor Rauner’s involvement, the legislature was poised to pass a massive bill with demand rates that could have skyrocketed energy bills for consumers. Governor Rauner laid out a pathway for a deal with his statement of principles which outlined any energy agreement should preserve jobs while protecting ratepayers and taxpayers.
“Thank you to those who negotiated in good faith to help make this bill a reality, and most importantly, thank you to the people of the Quad Cities and Clinton for your persistence, your patience, and hard work,” Governor Rauner added.
Senate Bill 2814 ensures the Clinton and Quad Cities power facilities remain open for another 10 years. It contains a guaranteed cap that energy prices cannot increase more than 25 cents on the average residential home, and cannot increase more than 1.3 percent on commercial and industrial users over the next ten years. Rates are projected to decrease for the first several years due to the utilities being able to amortize energy efficiency. It also promotes unprecedented wind and solar expansion and preserves zero-emission generation, maintaining Illinois’ status in leading the nation in zero-carbon generation.
Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) announce that the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday travel period experienced the lowest fatality rate since 2011.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and concludes at midnight on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
“I’m proud of the efforts put forth by ISP officers and the safe driving habits displayed by motorists during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Responsible motorists and dedicated officers are the key to bringing next year’s total to zero,” he continued.
During the Thanksgiving holiday travel period officers patrolled Illinois roadways, conducted road side safety checks, and participated in other traffic enforcement details to identify the “Fatal Four” moving violations: speeding, driving under the influence (DUI), not wearing seatbelts, and distracted driving.
Special emphasis was placed on DUI enforcement, and holiday DUI patrols were designated statewide.