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Illinois lawmaker files bill to ban possession of African serval cats following escape incident in Vernon Hills

A local lawmaker has filed a bill to ban people from possessing African serval cats after one escaped from its owners in a Vernon Hills neighborhood in November and died when it was captured. Illinois State Rep. Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove) introduced the legislation during the first week of the 2024 legislative session. Didech said […]

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Lawmakers pass legislation that will allow police to use drones for events in wake of Highland Park parade shooting

Lawmakers have passed legislation that will allow law enforcement to use drones to monitor large events following the mass shooting at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park. The Drones as First Responders Act passed the Illinois General Assembly to allow police agencies to use drones to monitor large special events, like parades and […]

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Lawmakers advance new legislation after motorcyclist fatally struck by ambulance not using sirens in Waukegan

Lawmakers have advanced legislation that changes how ambulances operate after a 23-year-old man died when an ambulance, which was responding without sirens, hit his motorcycle in Waukegan. Donald Stallworth III, 23, of North Chicago, died on May 16, 2022, following a two-vehicle crash at Lake Street and Genesee Street in Waukegan. A Waukegan Fire Department […]

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Illinois Senate passes bill that would ban police from searching cars over marijuana odor

(The Center Square) – Senate Democrats in Springfield have advanced legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from conducting vehicle searches based on the smell of marijuana. With recreational marijuana now legal in Illinois for roughly the past three years, individuals also would no longer be required to store marijuana in an odor-proof container as they […]

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State senator aims to pass bill that would regulate explosive that was found in Highland Park shooter’s home

A state senator has proposed legislation that would regulate pre-packaged explosive components, which were among bomb-making materials found in the possession of the Highland Park parade shooter. State Senator Julie Morrison sponsored Senate Bill 754, which would prohibit pre-packaged explosive components from being sold to people who do not have a FOID card. It would […]

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker suggests SAFE-T Act changes could be needed

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday suggested that changes could be necessary to clarify some of the language in the SAFE-T Act, which will make Illinois the first state to eliminate cash bail. The SAFE-T Act, also known as HB 3653, changes use-of-force guidelines, requires body cameras for every police department in […]

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Legislation classifying dispatchers as first responders clears legislature in Illinois

(The Center Square) – A bill that would give Illinois emergency dispatchers more benefits and officially classify the profession as first responders could soon be sent to the governor. Senate Bill 3127 was filed by state Sen. Neil Anderson and provides that emergency dispatchers are now COVID-19 first responders. If signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, […]