WBEZ | Illinois State Police http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-state-police Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Prosecutors want more of indicted police commander's 'bad acts' in court http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-want-more-indicted-police-commanders-bad-acts-court-110987 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/glen_evans8 SQUARE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><br />Cook County prosecutors on Thursday told a judge they would try to bring other &ldquo;crimes and bad acts&rdquo; into a felony case against a Chicago police commander.</p><p>Glenn Evans, photographed on his way out of the hearing by Charlie Billups for WBEZ, allegedly jammed his gun into an arrested man&rsquo;s mouth last year, pressed a taser to his crotch and threatened his life. Last month Evans pleaded not guilty to nine counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct.</p><p>During his 28 years in the police department, Evans has drawn at least 52 brutality complaints. Two led to 15-day suspensions from duty. Six others have led to federal lawsuits that the city paid to settle.</p><p>Evans&rsquo; attorney, Laura Morask, calls that history irrelevant. She says what matters are the allegations in the case&rsquo;s indictment, which focuses on the incident last year.</p><p>The commander, meanwhile, is trying to find out how a DNA report in the case went public. Morask is demanding records from WBEZ and the Independent Police Review Authority, one of several government entities that had the report. At the hearing, Morask said the records would show bias on the part of the case&rsquo;s investigators.</p><p>The judge, Rosemary Grant Higgins, pushed back. She said she would hear more from all sides but warned, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not this court&rsquo;s job to plug leaks or interfere with the press.&rdquo;</p><p>From our West Side bureau, WBEZ&#39;s Chip Mitchell joined the&nbsp;&ldquo;Afternoon Shift&rdquo;&nbsp;with this update (click the photo above). For background, see all <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/glenn-evans">our coverage about the Evans case</a>.</p></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-want-more-indicted-police-commanders-bad-acts-court-110987 Audit finds holes in gun-card application process http://www.wbez.org/news/audit-finds-holes-gun-card-application-process-97971 <p><p>A new report by the Illinois Auditor General found that some people could legally purchase firearms in Illinois despite having certain mental health issues that could have disqualified them.</p><p>The audit, released Thursday, said that in 2010 only three of the 102 circuit court clerks in Illinois submitted mental health court orders needed by the State Police to review a person’s application for a Firearm Owner's Identification card (FOID).</p><p>As a result, unless another state agency or health facility reported those mental health problems, “these individuals’ FOID cards were not denied and the individuals could purchase firearms.”</p><p>Furthermore, auditors said disqualifying mental conditions are supposed to be reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Other states use this federal database, which meant individuals could purchase firearms in other states putting the safety of the general public at risk, according to the audit.</p><p>The report cited other problems with the program, including that despite revoking about 20,000 FOIDs in a three year period, only 30 percent of those cards were returned.</p><p>Though a prospective gun buyer must clear a background check, people could still use the revoked FOID to purchase ammunition. Plus, when purchasing firearms from a private seller, a background check is not required so guns could be purchased using a revoked FOID.</p><p>The Illinois State Police responded to the report by addressing each of the recommendations made by the auditors.</p><p>In its response to the lack of mental health reports from the circuit court clerks, the Department of the State Police said it has been in contact with the Illinois Administrative Office of Courts to resolve the situation. State police officials say they are scheduled to speak at an upcoming meeting of the Clerks in April.</p></p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:56:57 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/audit-finds-holes-gun-card-application-process-97971 Illinois police to set up check points to catch drunk drivers http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-police-set-check-points-catch-drunk-drivers-91424 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/IMG_0954.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois State Police officials are warning drivers cops will be out in full force this holiday weekend. About 100 roadside safety checks are scheduled across the state in an effort to crack down on drunk driving. Over the past five Labor Days, 25 people have died from drunk drivers in Illinois.</p><p>Bob Park, with the state's Department of Transportation, said the number of fatalities from drunk drivers over the holiday weekend have dropped over recent decades.</p><p>"The culture has changed," Park said. "When you take a look at the statistics and you look at the death rate, I mean, having the lowest death rate sinec the 1920s, obviously what we're doing is working."</p><p>Police warn that most drunk driving incidents happen at night. Drivers caught under the influence could face jail time or have their license suspended.</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-police-set-check-points-catch-drunk-drivers-91424 Ill. state police reject bias claim http://www.wbez.org/story/ill-state-police-reject-bias-claim-87839 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-14/52065062.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois state police are defending their record on searching minority drivers during traffic stops.&nbsp;</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an official complaint because state police consistently ask minority drivers to allow a search of their cars more often than they ask white drivers. The ACLU says these "consent searches" should be investigated by the Justice Department.</p><p>But the state police said Tuesday they seek searches of minority drivers much less often than local police do. They also told The Associated Press that the&nbsp; percentage of minority drivers who are asked to allow a search has fallen steadily over the past few years.&nbsp;</p><p>The ACLU says state police fail to address the basic complaint -- that black and Hispanic drivers are treated differently than white drivers.</p><p>&nbsp;(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.&nbsp; All Rights Reserved.)</p></p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/ill-state-police-reject-bias-claim-87839 Illinois targets shoppers abusing accessible parking spots http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/illinois-targets-holiday-shoppers-abusing-accessible-parking <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Handicapped Parking Spot.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Searching and circling for a parking spot this holiday season? If you're among the legions of drivers and shoppers desparate to find a place to park, beware:&nbsp; Illinois is cracking down on people who illegally park in accessible parking spaces.</p> <div>Secretary of State Police were out on Friday giving tickets to holiday shoppers who shouldn&rsquo;t be parking in spaces reserved for those with disabilities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The police were combing the parking lots across the state. Locally, officers were at Woodfield, Oak Brook and Orland Park malls.</div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Primarily this is part of our annual enforcement detail that we conduct especially around the holiday season to get the message across to the public that spaces are reserved for persons with disabilities,&quot; said Bill Bodgan, disability liaison for the Illinois Secretary of State.&nbsp; &quot;They should be left open to those that truly need them.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Bogdan says abuse escalates during the holiday season.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fine for parking without an accessible placard or disability license can be up to $350.</div></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/illinois-targets-holiday-shoppers-abusing-accessible-parking Protests not a big deal at O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/story/airport/protests-not-big-deal-ohare <p><p>Early reports indicated a relatively smooth day of holiday travel in the Chicago area.<br /><br />There were no significant delays through early afternoon at either of Chicago's airports, despite warnings of delays caused by people determined to opt-out of body scans.<br /><br />Jel Stewart is an interactive marketing specialist at Travelocity. He's at O'Hare airport. &quot;I haven't seen anybody make any fuss about doing the body scan or doing any opt-outs,&quot; Stewart said. &quot;They've only had one or two scanners on from what I can see. It looks like they've just been doing random body scans. Otherwise, people are just going through the standard scanner that we've been used to going through.&quot;<br /><br />Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said, &quot;Everything is operating normally. There are, I would describe, light crowds here at O'Hare. No problems getting through the security lines. The lines aren't long at all.&quot;<br /><br />According to the Illinois State Police, road travel is expected to peak during the early part of afternoon rush hour when rain is called for, but temperatures should stay above freezing.</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airport/protests-not-big-deal-ohare AAA: Two out of five drivers has fallen asleep at the wheel http://www.wbez.org/story/aaa/aaa-two-out-five-drivers-has-fallen-asleep-wheel <p><p>Two out of every five drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel. <br /><br />That's according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.<br /><br />Juan Valenzuela is with the Illinois State Police.<br /><br />He says truck and bus drivers in Illinois have restrictions on how many hours they can be on the road, but regular motorists don't. &quot;There is no legal ramification. The only thing you can tell someone is that they could be negligent in their driving and you could issue traffic citations for that end. But nonetheless, if people decide to willfully drive in a fatigued state it would depend on the circumstances of the incident that would occur,&quot; Valenzuela said.</p><p>Valenzuela says the Illinois State Police doesn't keep track of drowsy driving incidents.<br /><br />He encourages tired drivers to look into alternatives such as public transportation or cabs.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 18:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aaa/aaa-two-out-five-drivers-has-fallen-asleep-wheel