Police cordon off area in Chicago
(David Schaper/NPR)
January 05, 2015

Police Department Ticket Quotas Illegal In New Year

Some police departments in Illinois could be issuing fewer tickets in the new year. A new state law went into effect on Jan. 1 that aims to get rid of ticket quotas.

Very few police departments would ever admit to having a ticket quota -- a target number of tickets and other violations officers have to hit each month. Even if there's no official policy in place, some police departments still often follow a loose quota system.

State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says he was approached by cops around the state who said they were being evaluated based on the number of tickets they gave out. Manar says many of these departments feel pressured by shrinking budgets in smaller municipalities.

But he says quotas can lessen the quality of law enforcement, in favor of quantity.

"Police departments, whether they serve a small town or a county or a large urban city in the state, should not exist to be revenue-generating operations."

Manar's legislation was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in the summer, and took effect last week.


January 04, 2015

Incoming Senate Chairman: Gas Tax Increase On Table

The incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says raising the federal fuel taxes is among the options under consideration to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund.  


Rodney Davis
January 03, 2015

Davis Delivers GOP Weekly Address

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) delivered his party's weekly address to the nation on Saturday. 


Illinois basketball player Rayvonte Rice, hoisting the Braggin' Rights Trophy with his mother, Rhonda Rice.
(Photo: Rob McColley for Illinois Public Media)
January 03, 2015

Illini Basketball Squad To Face Ohio State

The Illini men’s basketball team faces the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio Saturday afternoon.


January 02, 2015

Top Medicaid Official In Illinois To Resign

The director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services says she'll resign Jan. 9 as Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner prepares to take office.  


2011 file photo of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo speaking at Game Changers Awards
January 02, 2015

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo Dead At 82

Mario Cuomo, who served as governor of New York from 1983 to 1994 and passed on running for president in 1988 and 1992 despite intense pressure from the Democratic Party, died today at the age of 82, his son CNN host Chris Cuomo confirmed to the network.


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