St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The Illinois State Police are in the midst of a statewide safety crackdown.
The push is in memory of State Trooper James Sauter. The southern Illinois resident was killed one year ago today in an accident near Chicago. He was in his squad car, when a semi truck rear-ended his car. “Operation Sauter” will target commercial vehicles cracking down on speeding, drunk or distracted drivers, and seatbelt violations.
Traffic is reportedly moving again along eastbound Interstate 64 near Mascoutah. Illinois State Police shut down the highway about 6:30 p.m. after a three-vehicle crash near Illinois Route 4.
St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Curtis Schildknecht tells the Belleville News-Democrat that one person was killed in the rollover accident. The name of the victim hasn't been released pending notification of family members.
Eastbound 64 drivers spent as much as three hours stuck on the highway before cars were turned around and guided off the interstate at Illinois Route 158.
Accident reconstruction crews completed their on-site investigation and one lane of the interstate was reopened to traffic by 11 p.m.
It's not clear what caused the accident.
Police are digging for evidence at the home of an elderly woman who was found frozen to death in her driveway last weekend. Glen Carbon police say their investigation isn't related to the death of 83 year old Mary Kampwerth.
Illinois State Police and local officials say they're acting on a tip regarding some type of criminal activity, but won't comment on what the crime was or who may be involved.
Investigators using heavy equipment have checked 90-percent of the property, focusing a lot of attention on a pond behind the home.
The search of the home and property along Illinois Rte. 159 halted late Tuesday night because of cold and darkness, but investigators say it will resume Wednesday morning.
Illinois residents are applying for permits to carry concealed weapons at a rate of more than 1,000 a day - leaving local police agencies worried they won't be able to identify applicants with a history of violence.
Illinois law gives the State Police 120 days to investigate applications and issue permits. But at the beginning of the process, the law gives local police agencies 30 days to do their own investigations and ask a state panel to deny a request.
State Police officials say their checks are thorough enough to prevent unqualified applicants from slipping through the cracks.
KTRS, St. Louis, MO - Sunday marked the day Illinois residents could officially apply for a concealed weapons permit.
The Illinois State Police began accepting applications on its website yesterday. State Police have up to 90 days to approve or deny applications, as long as the applications are complete and fingerprints are submitted in an electronic format. The agency will have an additional 30 days to complete a manual background check if applicants choose not to submit fingerprints, so it could be months before anyone will actually be allowed to possess a concealed firearm.
Illinois is the last state in the nation to allow conceal-carry.