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Speedy drivers have been a particular problem for the Illinois State Police so far this year. Troopers across the state have issued nearly 2,500 tickets for drivers going 100 miles per hour or faster on Illinois roadways.


Illinois police officers who want to seek mental health care can now do so without jeopardizing their jobs.

WIU Police Testing Body Camera

Jan 7, 2015

The Office of Public Safety at Western Illinois University won a body camera valued at about $900 at a police conference. Now the agency is deciding whether to outfit all its officers with a camera. 

Fines Might Pay for Police Body Cameras

Oct 20, 2014
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Illinois lawmakers will consider whether to increase the penalty fine for traffic and criminal offenses to help cover the cost of purchasing body cameras for police departments across the state. 

Law Enforcement Agreement

Mar 14, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is ready to provide additional coverage to Montrose on a temporary basis.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has signed off on a 28E agreement between the county, sheriff’s office and the city for law enforcement services.

The deal runs from March 14, 2012 to March 13, 2013.

Montrose has been without a police chief since Karl Judd resigned to join the Fort Madison Police Department.  The city’s two reserve officers also resigned around the same time as Judd.

The Director of the Office of Public Safety at Western Illinois University will soon have more time to spend with his family and on his motorcycle.

Robert Fitzgerald will retire from his position as OPS director on March 31. He said there comes an age and a time when things must be turned over to the younger people.

“After 40 years in law enforcement … I have no regrets,” Fitzgerald said. “It was a good time for me financially and in my career for me to leave.”

Fitzgerald was charge of public safety at WIU for 15 years.