Illinois State Police Director On Diversity, Delays And FOID Cards

The Illinois State Police say they’re working to improve diversity at the agency and expand capacity, but this comes after years of criticism over a huge backlog in DNA evidence and the slow processing of firearm licenses. The 21st was joined by Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly to talk about it. GUEST Brendan Kelly Director, Illinois State Police Today, Illinois […]

Slow Down And Move Over: New Laws Aim To Strengthen Scott’s Law

SPRINGFIELD – Seventeen crashes involving Illinois state troopers or their vehicles have occurred in 2021 as a result of violations to the state’s traffic law known as “Scott’s Law.” Gov. JB Pritzker signed a new law Thursday, Senate Bill 1913, allowing judges to issue community service among other penalties to those violating the law, which […]

Miles From 2019 Aurora Shooting, Pritzker Signs Gun Law Overhaul Into Law

SPRINGFIELD – Within five miles of the scene of a 2019 workplace mass shooting that left six people dead and five law enforcement officers injured, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a wide-ranging bill reforming the state’s gun laws Monday at the Aurora Police Department. Advocates for the new law – including Illinois State Police Director Brendan […]

State Police Sued Over Concealed Carry License Delays

SPRINGFIELD – Four Illinois residents who have been waiting for months for their state-issued Concealed Carry Licenses are suing officials with the Illinois State Police for allegedly depriving them of their right to bear arms and right to due process. The lawsuit, filed Friday by the four individuals as well as the Illinois State Rifle Association […]

GOP House Members Renew Calls For Gun License Reforms Amid Delays

SPRINGFIELD — Four GOP state House lawmakers on Wednesday voiced complaints from their central and southern Illinois constituents who say they have waited months after applying for new or renewed gun ownership licenses without an update from the Illinois State Police amid an unprecedented volume of applications this year. Reps. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, CD Davidsmeyer, […]