A member of the North Chicago Police Department was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in Chicago after an accident that killed two college students. The officer was placed on administrative leave as soon as the North Chicago department was notified that he was in custody of the Chicago police. However, nothing was said about this motor vehicle accident at the most recent City Council meeting. The main topics on the agenda were the high school winning basketball team, discussion of purchasing police cars and honoring a police dog.This North Chicago Police Dept. has had many difficulties over the past few years with wrongful death lawsuits and allegations of misconduct by police officers. There have also been allegations of racism and use of unreasonable force in arrests. These problems may have been what caused people attending this meeting to speak up about the incident during the public forum and wonder about the possible liability of the city.
Illinois State Police will be conducting special Traffic Enforcement Patrols, also known as the sTEP program. The sTEP project, funded by the Traffic Safety division of the Illinois Department of Transportation, focuses on several driving behaviors that are known to increase the risk of car crashes.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health found that white construction workers received substantially higher settlements for workers' compensation claims than Hispanic or black workers with similar injuries.