New law allows illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses in Illinois: approval pending

November 22, 2012
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Lawmakers in Springfield are drafting legislation that would provide a way for illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. The bill has not been introduced in the General Assembly, but legislators expect to make the proposal soon. This is not the first time our state lawmakers have tried to legalize undocumented aliens on the road. A […]

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Fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer: sentencing and driver’s license issues

November 9, 2012
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If a police officer tries to pull you over with his siren or flashing lights and you choose to drive away, you could be charged with a serious crime. The law in Illinois says that fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer is a Class A misdemeanor. You could go to jail for up […]

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Red-light cameras don’t reduce fatal accidents: villages decide against traffic cameras

October 30, 2012
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Once seen as a means of improving public safety and increasing village revenues at the same time, traffic cameras are not so popular anymore. In fact, some villages in Illinois are deciding against red-light cameras despite the revenue they produce. “I think they reduce accidents, but I have concerns about citing people for turning right […]

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Chicago speed cameras not legal per Attorney General: no children present

September 11, 2012
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While the City of Chicago was busy moving forward with plans for speed cameras in Chicago’s school zones, apparently it overlooked an opinion from the Attorney General that says the program is not legal. Plans for a multi-million dollar traffic camera system were developed to increase child safety, or generate additional revenue for the city, […]

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Speed limit not enforced in DuPage County? Report shows tickets have decreased

August 27, 2012
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The Daily Herald is reporting that the number of traffic tickets in DuPage County has decreased. But it’s not because the police aren’t enforcing the law. The recession is to blame. From the report: Police officers wrote 149,977 traffic tickets in DuPage between July 2011 and this past June, according to data from the circuit […]

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No supervision for speeding more than 25 mph over the limit in Illinois

August 25, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn signed important legislation this summer that changes Illinois Vehicle Code penalties. But not many are noticing because the law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, 2013. The legislation was Senate Bill 2888, and it changes eligibility for supervision. The legislation is important because three convictions on moving violations within any 12-month […]

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Operation Rogue Rider: police target motorcyclists on I-94 in Skokie and Lincolnwood

July 13, 2012
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The Illinois State Police and north suburban police departments are teaming up this summer in a traffic enforcement initiative called “Operation Rogue Rider.” The effort will target motorcyclists who are speeding or riding recklessly on the Edens Expressway (I-94) in Skokie and Lincolnwood. I-94 in that area is narrow, with only four lanes traveling in […]

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DUI and the police officer’s opinion under 11-501(a)(1) and (2)

July 9, 2012
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Driving under the influence is one of the very few crimes in which the defendant’s guilt or innocence depends almost completely on another person’s opinion. It is a troubling proposition that a court of law could impose a judgment on someone based on another’s subjective thoughts. But that is exactly what Illinois courts do for […]

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Reckless driving in Illinois: the law and penalties

June 26, 2012
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A traffic ticket for reckless driving in Illinois can cause serious problems. First, the police officer can decide to, rather than ticket the offender, make an arrest and take the driver into custody. If this happens, the police officer will have the vehicle towed. The driver will have to pay a fee to get it […]

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Illinois summary suspension for failing or refusing the breathalyzer

June 25, 2012
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There is something inherently unfair about it law that allows a police officer to suspend a person’s driver’s license for DUI before he is found guilty. But this is the law in Illinois. A police officer can suspend a person’s license for failing or refusing chemical testing. Illinois courts recognize a concept called implied consent. […]

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