Law Enforcement

Lawmakers Eye Limits on Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement

Nov 9, 2020

State legislators are considering eliminating or limiting aspects of qualified immunity for law enforcement.

Qualified immunity isn’t an explicit federal statute or law but a legal doctrine established in its current form by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1982 case Harlow v. Fitzgerald which grants government officials immunity from civil suits in the course of their duties. It is most often used in cases of alleged police misconduct or brutality.

Legislators Discuss Statewide Police Reforms

Oct 28, 2020

In the wake of a police shooting that left one teenager dead and a woman injured last week in Waukegan, lawmakers met in a joint hearing of the Senate Criminal Law Committee and Senate Special Committee on Public Safety Tuesday to discuss statewide reforms for law enforcement.

Lawmakers and witnesses discussed body cameras, mandatory data collection, increased transparency around police shootings, residency requirements for officers and changes to how allegations of police misconduct are handled. Public defenders, state’s attorneys, municipal officials and law enforcement all gave testimony.

Carbondale Police say they're looking for two vehicles in connection to a shooting Monday evening that left one person dead.

Carbondale Policing Town Hall Set For July 9th

Jul 7, 2020

In light of protests around the country, the Carbondale NAACP and city officials will be holding a policing town hall on Thursday, July 9th.

The panel will include Fire and Police Commissioner Randy Burnside, Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr, social activist Michael Coleman, Chief of Police Max Grubbs, Carbondale NAACP member Nancy Maxwell, City Manager Gary Williams, and IL NAACP member Robert Moore.

Police departments across Illinois may be able to keep officer disciplinary files longer than union agreements allow.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of the City of Chicago’s right to keep records, even though the union contract calls for them to be destroyed after five years.

Does having more officers in a school automatically mean more safety? More and more school districts are questioning that premise after protests sparked from the killing of George Floyd.

Marion Police Department

Marion Police say one person is in custody, and another is on the run, after a shooting Saturday night.

June 10, 2020: House Policing Hearing

Jun 10, 2020
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The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on racial profiling and policing following the killing of George Floyd.

At least three Illinois House members say they want a special legislative session to strike on issues of law enforcement reform and accountability while police brutality has the nation’s focus.

Seven Carbondale businesses were burglarized in the overnight hours between Sunday and Monday, and police say they're poring over evidence to find suspects in the cases.

A Marion man is dead after he was stabbed early Saturday morning.

One person is in custody after an hours-long standoff in Carbondale.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale NAACP's Pepper Holder and Andrew Weaver of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid about the upcoming Criminal Record Expungement Sealing Clinic (February 29).

The Illinois State Police is supporting legislation that would fingerprint applicants for the Firearm Owners Identification card.

Illinois State Police

A Metropolis man is behind bars, accused of being a part of a marijuana distribution operation.

A Carbondale woman was killed after she was hit at least twice while crossing the street over the weekend.

Carbondale Police Dept.

A coach from Paducah's St. Mary's Catholic High School was arrested in Carbondale over the weekend, accused of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

A traffic stop in Johnson County Sunday resulted in the seizure of nearly two pounds of Oxycodone pills.

Vandalia is mourning the loss of four people over the weekend - in a car crash following Vandalia High School's football playoff game in Williamsville.

After two fatal shootings in the Carbondale, Police are increasing foot patrols as well as increasing patrols in squad cars.

Rockford’s Nordlof Center played host to a legal clinic recently to help people expunge their criminal records.

Illinois law allows for people under certain conditions to have past offenses expunged, or for their criminal records to be sealed. The Second Chances Summit lets people get free legal assistance with this process, along with educational and career resources.  Illinois State Senator Steve Stadelman said this is the second such summit he’s organized. He said it has a significant impact on participants.

Amid a federal corruption probe, a suburban Chicago lawmaker wants to effectively ban red-light cameras.

The company SafeSpeed has contracts to provide red-light cameras to several Chicago suburbs. And it's reportedly part of a federal investigation driving raids on several suburban municipal offices and on the offices and home of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. Late last week the Chicago Democrat resigned his powerful position as head of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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Marion Police

Marion Police are searching for a suspect in at least two auto burglaries from last month.

Texting While Driving Penalties Increase

Jul 2, 2019
A hand holding a phone with text messages behind the wheel of a car.

Stronger penalites for texting while driving took effect on July 1st.  

Drivers who are caught texting behind the wheel will receive a moving violation for their first offence. Previously, first-time offenders were treated as nonmoving violations.

Moving violations are recorded on person's driving record, and the motorist will also be fined and held liable for court costs. Anyone with three moving violations in a 12-month period will have their driver's license suspended.

Williamson County Sheriff's Department

A Hurst woman is accused of manslaughter in the death of her mother earlier this year.

Illinois’ weed legalization law won’t take effect until next year, but the Illinois State Police is wasting no time. That agency is preparing to enforce new regulations surrounding legal cannabis.

Carbondale Police

The missing 7-year-old girl from Carbondale has been found alive.

Williamson County Sheriff's Department

Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti has filed formal charges against a man accused of shooting two people, killing one of them.

Illinois House lawmakers passed legislation requiring a parent be present when students are questioned or detained in connection to a crime.

Illinois lawmakers are moving to give judges more discretion in sentencing people convicted of certain crimes.