State’s Attorney Says Deadly Force ‘Justified’ In Police Shooting

Editor’s Note: Illinois State Police released videos of the deadly May 19 shootings in Champaign. You can find a synced video of area surveillance cameras and police body cams here. The video is graphic. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. CHAMPAIGN – On the day after Champaign Officer Chris Oberheim’s funeral, Illinois State Police released surveillance […]

FOID, Concealed Carry Permits Extended Again

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police has given another 150-day extension to people whose Firearms Owners Identification cards or Concealed Carry Licenses have expired due to a backlog in processing renewal applications. A panel of state lawmakers gave approval Tuesday to that emergency rule after ISP officials assured them that the agency had made significant […]

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, […]

News Around Illinois – February 26, 2020

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Special House Committee Challenges Newcomer SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday, the Illinois House formally began investigating the appointment process used to replace former State Rep. Luis Arroyo. The Chicago Democrat resigned from office last fall after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe a state senator. But two lawmakers are challenging the qualifications of his […]

News Around Illinois – January 29, 2020

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Answers Demanded About DNA Testing Backlog SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police are working their way through the backlog of DNA evidence, and have recently decreased the number of delayed cases by 16 percent. But the turnaround time is still, on average, 215 days. On Tuesday, Carrie Ward, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, […]

Woman Kills Retired Trooper, Self At Chicago-Area Cigar Bar

LISLE — A woman fatally shot a retired Illinois State Police trooper and wounded another retired state trooper and an off-duty trooper Friday night before turning the gun on herself at a cigar lounge in the Chicago suburbs, police said. The shooting at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle was “without apparent provocation,” Lisle police […]

Driving, Growing And Pets: Your Answers To Questions About Cannabis

We’re now in the third week of legal cannabis sales in Illinois. Here are some answers to questions sent into our site Ask The Newsroom.com during the week of January 13, 2020. WILL News Director Reginald Hardwick looked for answers for some of the questions. — What legal provisions are there for controlling driving high? […]

News Around Illinois – November 21, 2019

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Nearly 2,500 Drivers Caught Speeding At 100 MPH In 2019 SPRINGFIELD – In a tweet, the Illinois State Police said troopers have handed out 2,492 tickets since January for driving 100 miles per hour or faster on Illinois roadways.  Spokeswoman Mindy Carroll said that’s actually down slightly from last year. She also said state police […]