Illinois State Police announce over a dozen arrests linked to expressway crimes

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Illinois State Police(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 4:35 PM CST
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CHICAGO (25 News) - Governor J. B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Police announced Monday that 20 arrests have been made in connection to expressway crimes in the Chicago area. Three of the arrests are for first-degree murder charges, one involuntary manslaughter, three attempted murders, and additional charges for crimes including aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated vehicular hijacking as well as aggravated fleeing and eluding.

These arrests months after the Governor ordered ISP to ramp up enforcement action on expressways, including more proactive patrols with additional Troopers, deployment of Air Operations assets to monitor expressways and provide real-time information to troopers on the ground, and the installation of automated license plate readers on expressways to provide ISP Special Agents with essential leads and evidence.

Since October 1, 2021, the Chicago District initiated nearly 5000 traffic stops resulting in 232 DUI arrests, 69 firearm recoveries, and 133 other criminal arrests. Concurrently, they responded to 4900 crashes.

According to the Governor’s office, perpetrators often use expressways as an avenue of escape when they have committed other violent crimes, such as aggravated vehicular hijackings in adjacent neighborhoods. The ISP has responded to these dangerous acts by mobilizing a full spectrum of ISP resources to ensure these violent perpetrators are being held accountable. In addition, ISP has worked with federal and local law enforcement partners and increased the number of joint details focused on high visibility and anti-violence enforcement efforts.

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