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The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

July 26th marks Speed Awareness Day in Illinois. Traffic safety is a growing concern among southern Illinoisans, as a spike in crashes along major transportation routes continues to make headlines. But what’s causing the spike? And how will it end?


Illinois State Police say one person is dead following a traffic crash involving 3-semis on Interstate 57.

Troopers say at around 9 a.m. Thursday in the south bound lanes at Mile Post 82, say two of the semis were heading south approaching slowed traffic due to crews working on an overturned vehicle at Mile Post 79.

Four semis were involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 57 Thursday afternoon.

Illinois State Police say the four vehicles were traveling north in the right lane on I-57 north of milepost 43 in Williamson County.

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A new author will visit Murphysboro in April.

Retired Illinois State Police Captain Ed Traylor, from rural Waggoner, Illinois, spent 29 years on the force, and wrote a book called The Crossing, a crime thriller about a terrorist attack at the U.S. - Mexican border.

Illinois State Police cadets will be getting new training in hate crimes.

Hate crimes are on the rise. The Chicago police department reported 72 such incidents last year — a 20 percent increase over the year before.

A Randolph County man is dead and three other southern Illinois residents were hurt in a three-vehicle accident in Perry County.

The Perry County Sheriff's office says the accident occurred around 6:30 Thursday morning on State Route 154.

An Illinois State Police Trooper from Benton is being recognized for his work during a shootout with a suspect earlier this year.

Illinois State Police are investigating, after a trooper was involved in a shooting that left another person dead.

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A man accused of shooting a central Illinois police officer a week ago has been found dead in the Shawnee National Forest.

A Kentucky man is dead, after police say he was involved in a shootout Tuesday afternoon in Franklin County.

Illinois State Police are investigating a crash this morning along Interstate 57 that killed one person and injured two others.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to add teeth to the state’s Freedom of Information Act, and change wrongful death laws in honor of Molly Young.

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Illinois State Police are being required to release photographs related to the suspicious death of Molly Young in 2012.

The Illinois Attorney General's Office this week issued a binding opinion following a Freedom of Information Act request sent to State Police last summer by her father, Larry Young.

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Carbondale Police have released statistics from last weekend's Polar Bear event in Carbondale.

Officers say, along with the SIU Department of Public Safety and Illinois State Police, they issued 116 citations to 97 different people. That's down from the 139 citations issued to 129 people during this event last year.

Illinois State Police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the southern Illinois community of Hurst that left one person dead.      

A decade ago, Illinois state troopers were driving squad cars long past obsolescence _ 200 of them had more than 150,000 miles. Some broke down when responding to emergencies.

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Illinois State Police say a man wanted for shooting at an officer is in custody.

A small plane had to make an emergency landing in Perry County Wednesday.

Illinois State Police say traffic may be delayed in Williamson County for much of the day Thursday.

A Goreville man is dead after a head-on crash on Route 37 south of Marion Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois State Police have released the name of the man killed in a standoff with police Thursday in southern Illinois.

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The Illinois Department of Human Services has placed two Murray Developmental Center employees on leave, after a resident there died earlier this week.

State Police say a garbage truck collided with a day-care center bus after the truck's brakes failed.

A garbage truck collided with a day-care center bus this morning injuring 11 children.   Illinois State Police say the accident occurred about 7:15am at the intersection of Route-13 and Spillway Road on the Jackson-Williamson county line.

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The investigation into an SIU student’s death earlier this month is continuing, as new details are coming to light surrounding the night he went missing.

Illinois State Police want to remind motorists to have a heart this Valentine's Day, and always, by avoiding the Fatal Four violations.

Troopers say these four violations - speeding, driving under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt, and distracted driving - are contributing causes to the majority of fatal crashes.

State Police say they are also diligently patrolling in an effort to eliminate the activity of texting while driving.  Texting while driving became illegal in the state on January 1st.