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Archive for November 25th, 2015

Giving Thanks in Troubled Times

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Giving Thanks in Troubled Times
By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League


The past year, our movement has been thankful for many positive developments. The Supreme Court protected the federal subsidies that allowed millions of people to afford health insurance. The Court also struck a blow for fair housing by allowing a broad interpretation of discrimination. We saw the Confederate flag, a powerful symbol of hate and division, brought down and rejected all over the country.

And yet, these remain dire and at times very frightening times. Police shootings of unarmed people of color continue at an alarming rate. Incidents of racism and racial violence roil our nation’s college campuses. The global war on terrorism has hit close to home, turning public opinion against innocent refugees fleeing the same brutality we claim to be fighting.

Our challenge in this sometimes chaotic world is to remain an instrument of peace.

We’ve been seeing one particular quote of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s being shared on social media rather often lately: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

I see our light growing stronger with every teenager enrolled in our Project Ready programs, gaining the knowledge and wisdom to become our nation’s next generation of leaders. I see it with every struggling family who’s received assistance through our hunger initiative. I see it in the 2,000 new homeowners who received housing counseling and the more than 7,000 who were able to keep their homes through our foreclosure prevention programs.

Educated, healthy and financially stable families are the key to dynamic, enlightened communities. That is the light that will drive out the darkness and the love that will drive out the hate. May God bless you and your families this Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

Kentucky Governor Issues Executive Action, Restoring Voting Rights

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Kentucky Governor Issues Executive Action, Restoring Voting Rights

From: The Sentencing Project

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s executive action will automatically restore voting rights to an estimated 100,000 persons with nonviolent felony convictions who have completed their sentences. Kentucky is one of only four states, along with Iowa, Florida, and Virginia, which disenfranchise all persons with felony convictions even after completion of sentence. Voting rights in these states can only be restored through action of a governor or pardons board. An estimated 243,000 Kentuckians with felony convictions have lost their right to vote, including 180,000 who have completed their sentence.

Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, said: “In issuing this executive action Governor Beshear has demonstrated bold and necessary leadership.  Denying the right to vote to an entire class of citizens is deeply problematic for a democratic society and counterproductive to effective reentry.”

Nationally, 5.85 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement policies vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies. The most extreme states restrict voting rights even after a person has served his or her prison sentence and is no longer on probation or parole; such individuals in those states make up approximately 45 percent of the entire disenfranchised population.

Felony disenfranchisement has produced broad racial disparities in its impact as well. Nationwide, one in every 13 black adults cannot vote as the result of a felony conviction, and in two states – Florida and Virginia – more than one in five black adults is disenfranchised.

Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy of The Sentencing Project, said: “We are encouraged by state officials who are reconsidering archaic disenfranchisement policies, with 23 states having enacted reforms since 1997. Yet, there is much more work to do, both in Kentucky and other states, to allow the full democratic participation of all citizens.”

State Rep. Mitchell: “My heart aches tonight, an ache borne of a fear as deep as my bones. I ache for Laquan…”

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on State Rep. Mitchell: “My heart aches tonight, an ache borne of a fear as deep as my bones. I ache for Laquan…”
State Rep. Christian Mitchell:

My heart aches tonight, an ache borne of a fear as deep as my bones. I ache for Laquan – for the loss of his potential, for his chance to become an adult, to have children – to have a life. I ache for another young black person killed in the streets of Chicago.

But what I fear most is a continued lack of empathy that is the fuel for inaction.
I understand, rationally, and from my experiences, that the majority of police officers go to work every day, perform an incredible service under incredibly difficult circumstances, work hard to build relationships and trust, and long only to return home to their loving families.

But I know from American history, that all too often, extralegal violence has been used by paramilitary organizations, racist vigilantes, and yes, sometimes the police, to maintain control over the black community.

I know a truth that many Black Americans also know – that there are very few circumstances where I can count on my humanity to trump my blackness. And in this country, in too many circumstances, to be black is to be misunderstood, vulnerable, and threatening. And when you say the names – Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Laquan McDonald, Tyshawn Lee, Hadiya Pendleton, Blair Holt – a list that goes on too long, you must understand how rational that fear is. It’s a fear that you can do everything the right way, and still be killed. That black lives are and remain surrounded by violence.

There have been calls for calm tonight, and I support those calls. Violence is never acceptable – it only begets violence, and we have had enough of that. But righteous anger is the rational response to injustice. And let us be clear – there is injustice here.

But that anger ought to be directed to having a mature and difficult conversation about the nature of policing in this city and this country, and the intersections between authority, poverty, history, and segregation. It is the reason others and I pushed so hard for police reform in Springfield – including independent investigations of police involved shootings. It is necessary for building the type of cross-community trust that will heal our city.

That anger ought to be directed toward forcing law enforcement to have a difficult conversation about the blue wall of silence. Police deserve working protections like everyone else, and deserve our thanks and heartfelt gratitude for the tremendous sacrifice that they make to serve every day. But we also afford them a sacred trust – the discretion to make a call, in the blink of an eye, about whether a fellow citizen lives or dies. When that authority is abused, to the end of an ultimate and irrevocable consequence, the investigation should be transparent and expedient.

The punishment must be swift. Because justice delayed is truly justice denied.
But the thing I fear most is that folks outside the black community, in different parts of the city, or state, or nation, will continue to feel that this is not their problem – that perhaps, in fact, folks should complain less about police violence and more about the black on black crime we see in too many communities. Make no mistake – offenders of any color must be held accountable. But understand two things.

First – the belief in the black community, backed by years of “not guilty” verdicts, of declined prosecutions, of lynchings and segregated housing, of restrictive covenants and redlining, of disinvestment and misunderstanding, is that justice is not colorblind. That while perpetrators of intra-racial violence must and will be brought to justice, perpetrators of violence or crime under the aegis of authority must also be held to account.

Second – this is not a Black American problem: it is an American problem. This is about the very future of our cities, our states, our country, about who we are and who we can be. This is about whether or not the rights afforded to each one of us by our Constitution will be widely shared, about whether or not the social contract that gives each citizen a right to protection, the pursuit of happiness, and basic human dignity will be truly for everyone, or dependent on the color or your skin, the God you do or don’t fear, or your country of origin. This is about whether or not the greatness of Chicago, Illinois, and America can survive a confrontation with the specters of the past that still haunt our present and future. Because the challenges that confront our city and our state and our nation – of poverty and underfunded schools, war and peace, life and death, require an understanding that we’re all in this together.

I believe we can achieve that unity. But that means first being honest with each other, seeing beyond the walls of our own, limited experience, and having to assume the humanity in others we don’t fully understand. And it means taking concrete steps to assure that we continue to improve relations between the police and the community. It means requiring the collection of data on traffic stops by police departments across the state. It means ensuring broader use of body cameras, so that vital footage like that involved here is available in every questionable case. It means stronger gun control laws so that it’s harder for criminals to get access to the types of guns used in the murders of Tyshawn Lee, and Hadiya Pendleton, and Blair Holt. It requires the police to do more to train their officers on how to deescalate difficult situations. And it requires the police and community to interact with each other, engage each other, and eventually, trust each other.

If there is any good to come from the tragedy of Laquan McDonald, I hope it is that we seize these opportunities.

With profound sadness and abiding hope,


Al Qaeda Operative Sentenced to 40 Years for Role in International Terrorism Plot That Targeted the United States and Europe

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Al Qaeda Operative Sentenced to 40 Years for Role in International Terrorism Plot That Targeted the United States and Europe

Defendant Led Plan to Carry Out Bombing of Crowded Shopping Center in Manchester, England During Easter Holiday as Part of Global Terrorism Plot by al Qaed

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Abid Naseer was sentenced to 40 years by United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie for multiple terrorism offenses. The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct a bombing at a crowded shopping mall in Manchester, United Kingdom, as directed by senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. The planned attack, which also targeted the New York City subway system and a newspaper office in Copenhagen, Denmark, had been directed by and coordinated with senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. Naseer is the eighth defendant to face charges in Brooklyn federal court related to the Al Qaeda plot, which also involved Adis Medunjanin, Najibullah Zazi, and Zarein Ahmedzay, the three members of the cell that targeted New York City. Naseer was convicted in March 2015 after a three week jury trial of providing material support to Al Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda, and conspiring to use a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence.

The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Diego G. Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York Field Office; and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).

“This Al Qaeda plot was intended by the group’s leaders and Naseer to send a message to the United States and its allies,” United States Attorney Capers stated. “Today’s sentence sends an even more powerful message in response: terrorists who target the U.S. and its allies will be held accountable for their violent crimes to the full extent of the law.” Mr. Capers extended his grateful appreciation to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which led the investigation and comprises a large number of federal, state, and local agencies from the region. He also sent his appreciation to the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation, New York, the U.S. Marshal Service, Brooklyn, and the law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway, including the Greater Manchester Police, the British Security Service, and the Norwegian Police Security Service, for their outstanding assistance with the case.

“Abid Naseer was part of an Al Qaeda conspiracy that targeted Western countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, for terrorist attack,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “His conviction and sentence reflect our dedication to identifying and holding accountable those who seek to target the United States and its allies. I want to thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who are responsible for this successful result,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.

“Dispatched by Al Qaeda to the U.K. in 2006, Abid Naseer exploited the educational visa system not to improve his own life, but to take away the lives of many others ‘in large numbers.’ Trained in weapons and explosives, he communicated in code to hide his evil intentions. Found guilty in a court of law, he has been spared the fate of death he wished upon others and will spend considerable time incarcerated in a country he and his co-conspirators failed to take down,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Rodriguez.

“This case demonstrates the importance of a closely coordinated international law enforcement approach to an established terrorist network that knows no borders. The manner in which these defendants communicated their deadly plans reinforces the need to allow law enforcement the necessary authority and tools to prevent these plots from succeeding in their objectives of mass destruction and death. I commend our local and international partners in preventing these acts and securing convictions of those responsible for plotting them,” said Police Commissioner Bratton.

During trial the government introduced evidence that in approximately September 2008, Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan recruited Medunjanin, Zazi, and Ahmedzay, three friends from New York City, to conduct a suicide bombing attack in New York City. Those Al Qaeda leaders, including Adnan El-Shukrijumah and Saleh al-Somali, communicated with Zazi about the plot through an Al Qaeda facilitator named “Ahmad,” who was located in Peshawar, Pakistan. In early September 2009, after Medunjanin, Zazi, and Ahmedzay had selected the New York City subway system as their target, Zazi e-mailed with Ahmad in Pakistan about the proper ingredients for the main charge explosive, which included flour and oil. Zazi pleaded guilty to his role in the plot on February 22, 2010; Ahmedzay pleaded guilty on April 23, 2010; and Medunjanin was convicted after trial on May 1, 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison. Zazi and Ahmedzay are awaiting sentence.

The investigation by authorities in the United States and United Kingdom revealed that Ahmad had also been communicating with the defendant earlier in 2009. The evidence at trial established that the defendant and his Pakistani accomplices had been dispatched by Al Qaeda to the U.K. in 2006 in order to begin preparations for an attack in that country. The defendant and his co-conspirators entered the U.K. on student visas but then immediately dropped out of the university in which they had enrolled. The defendant, like Zazi, returned briefly to Peshawar in November 2008, at the same time Zazi and his co-conspirators were receiving weapons and explosives training from Al Qaeda in that region. After returning to the U.K., the defendant sent messages back and forth to the same e-mail account that Ahmad was also using to communicate with the American-based Al Qaeda cell on behalf of Saleh al-Somali, Al Qaeda’s then-head of external operations. In the messages, the defendant used coded language to refer to different types of explosives. At the culmination of the plot, in early April 2009, the defendant told Ahmad that he was planning a large “wedding” for numerous guests during the upcoming Easter weekend, and that Ahmad—whom he called “Sohaib”—should be ready. Notably, Zazi testified that Ahmad had instructed him to use the same code of “marriage” to refer to the planned attack on the New York City subway and that Zazi e-mailed Ahmad that “the marriage is ready” just before he drove to New York in early September 2009 to conduct the attack.

On April 8, 2009, the defendant and several associates were arrested in the United Kingdom. In connection with these arrests, U.K. authorities conducted searches of the plotters’ homes as well as an Internet café used by the defendant to send his messages to Ahmad, where they seized a large volume of electronic media. As demonstrated at trial, a forensic review of that electronic media revealed that the defendant had downloaded several jihadi nasheeds, or anthems, calling for “death in large numbers.” A document recovered from the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 contained a letter from Saleh al-Somali to Bin Laden, written on April 16, 2009, that discussed the defendant and his accomplices’ arrests in the U.K.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s National Security & Cyber Crime Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Zainab Ahmad and Michael P. Canty are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by the Justice Department’s National Security Division and Office of International Affairs.

The Defendant:
Age: 29

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 24, 2015
  • Eastern District of New York (718) 254-7000

Justice for Laquan McDonald Protest on November 25 and November 27

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Justice for Laquan McDonald Protest on November 25 and November 27

From Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN)

Stop Mass Incarceration will be holding two protests responding to the release of the video of Laquan McDonald murder by Chicago Cop, Jason Van Dyke

November 25 at 4 pm at State and Jackson  

November 27 at 11 a.m. at the water tower at Michigan & Pearson

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago has called for protests November 25, at 4 pm at State and Jackson, and on November 27 Black Friday at the water tower on Michigan at Pearson to Stop Business as Usual.  The protest will demand “Justice for Laquan McDonald” and “Now that Van Dyke is indicted, convict him and send him to jail,” and “Police Murder Must Stop!”

People must come out into the streets on Nov 25 and Nov 27 to let the powers-that-be know in no uncertain terms that this officially sanctioned murder – which they tried to cover up for over 13 months – is unacceptable and illegitimate.

 Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more info, see stopmassincarceration.net

16 Shots, 400 Days Later

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on 16 Shots, 400 Days Later
From: Illinois African American Coalition For Prevention

The story of 17-year old Laquan McDonald is a tragic tale of a failed system, designed to save our children. Through a series of tragic events and DCFS involvement, Laquan surpassed expectations by turning his life around, attending school regularly, working towards graduation and obtaining summer employment. On October 20, 2014, the life of Laquan came to an even more tragic end. The simple details are that police were called to 40th and Karlov, due to reports of a man with a knife and shortly thereafter, Laquan was dead. The more intricate details will unfold as we review the released dash cam video.

The Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) stands in solidarity with activists, clergy and community organizers in the demand for justice. We seek answers and accountability for the chain of events that led to Laquan McDonald’s death. We seek answers and accountability for the nearly 400 day delay in releasing the dash cam video and charging officer Van Dyke with murder. We seek justice, not retribution. We also ask for peaceful demonstration of our first amendment rights in seeking that justice.

While there are undoubtedly numerous questions that need to be answered, there are equally numerous possibilities for us to advance equitable strategies that strengthen the Chicago Police Department’s relationship with communities of color, especially police interaction with our young black men and boys. And let us not stop there. Let’s leverage our collective outrage and concern over Laquan’s death to demand intensive financial and human capital investments (vs. superficial) in Chicago communities that continue to unfairly bear a disproportionate share of our city’s open air drug markets, food deserts, lack of affordable housing, poor performing schools, wanton violence, and unemployment.

We have an opportunity before us to rewrite the narrative for all of the Rekia Boyds, Laquan McDonalds, and Tyshawn Lees of Chicago. We have an opportunity to build safer, healthier, and more resilient African American children, families, and communities. Let us seize, and not squander, this opportunity.

Established in 2015, the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention is a statewide, membership-based charitable organization that strengthens prevention systems, policies, and programs in underserved communities through culturally-relevant research, training, and advocacy.


Yours in Service and Struggle,
Malik S. Nevels, J.D.

Petition Demanding the Resignation of Police Superintendent McCarthy and State’s AttorneyAlvarez

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Petition Demanding the Resignation of Police Superintendent McCarthy and State’s AttorneyAlvarez

“The city’s action’s are late and insufficient—and that’s why we’re demanding the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, an appointment of a special prosecutor, and a human rights investigation” – DeAngelo Bester, Workers Center for Racial Justice in Chicago

From: DeAngelo Bester

The City of Chicago has just released, under court order, the dashcam video from the brutal killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer—and it’s as bad as we all expected.

At the same time as they released the video, the county prosecutor announced she’d be pursuing charges against McDonald’s killer, Officer Jason Van Dyke. Unfortunately, these are charges that should have been filed a year ago, and that’s why we started this petition calling for real structural changes and oversight in the Chicago justice system, which says:

On October 20, 2014, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke brutally gunned down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shooting him 16 times. Because, for more than a year, Chicago city officials showed no intention of holding Officer Van Dyke accountable, we demand:

  • The resignation of Superintendent Garry McCarthy for his inability to end the culture of violence towards Black people within the Chicago Police Department.
  • The resignation of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for her continued protection of violent and corrupt police officers.
  • That Governor Rauner appoint a special prosecutor to investigate this case and all future cases of police killings.
  • That the United Nations launch an immediate investigation of the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office for violating the human rights of Black people in the city of Chicago and Cook County.

A nearby restaurant caught Laquan’s murder on security video—but that video was erased by police.1 Now, with the release of devastating video evidence from police dashboard cameras, it is clear that the police lied and Laquan did not act in an aggressive manner.

More than a year after the killing, even with full evidence, Chicago city officials did nothing but reassign Officer Van Dyke to desk duty. But now that sustained grassroots mobilizations forced the city to release the video, city officials are finally charging Van Dyke as they try to blunt the expected outrage.

The city’s action’s are late and insufficient—and that’s why we’re demanding the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, an appointment of a special prosecutor, and a human rights investigation. Click here if you agree.

Black Chicagoans face extreme levels of anti-Black violence and terrorism at the hands of the police. Earlier this year, a lawsuit was filed against the Chicago Police Department citing instance of police brutality and a secret detention center. And this is the same city where off-duty Officer Dante Servin shot and murdered Rekia Boyd while she was walking with a group of her friends.

That’s why, in addition to the resignations and special prosecutor appointment, we’re demanding truly independent investigation conducted by the United Nations and the Organization of American States into the violation of the human rights of Black people in Cook County and the city of Chicago.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–DeAngelo Bester


1. “Alvarez Addresses Missing Minutes From Security Video in Laquan McDonald Case,” NBC Chicago, November 24, 2015

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Republican James T. Marter Successfully Files for U.S. Senate

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Republican James T. Marter Successfully Files for U.S. Senate
 Marter filed 9,193 signatures

Oswego, IL – James T. Marter, Republican candidate, files for U.S. Senate 2016, Illinois.

Said Marter, “A very BIG THANK YOU to everyone that circulated and signed my petitions across the State of ILLINOIS! I hope you know you have my appreciation and gratitude.

“My Campaign started 64 Days ago, on Sept. 20th with a passion and a premise that the people of the State of Illinois should have a Senator who is looking out for them and not powerful corporations or lobbyists. My campaign has grown exponentially since day one, now it is statewide with over 162 volunteer, grass roots circulators from more than 42 different counties and many more active supporters on board!

“Today we filed with 9,193 signatures in 72 of 102 counties on 678 pages of petitions! More arrived which would have exceeded 10,000 signatures! The quality of these signers are solid, registered, republican and independent voters!

“Special thanks to all of the County and Township Republican Central Committee Chairmen and Precinct Committeemen, and Liberty Loving patriot based organizations who circulated petitions and invited me to their meetings and events.

“Against all odds, phase one is nearly complete and has been a phenomenal success made possible by the people who came out to support my campaign! I know we share many common concerns that are facing our nation today. We need to work together to bring the original purpose of our constitution and limited government back to our great nation, and return to our country’s foundations of LIFE and Liberty.

“Your support is so important in keeping my campaign moving swiftly to victory in the Primary (phase two) on March 15th, 2016!

Please volunteer, support, contribute and invest in my campaign at www.Marter4Senate.US or mail contributions made payable to my committee: James Marter for United States Senate
PO Box 271, Oswego IL 60543

“It is the RIGHT time to send a Senator to Washington D.C. whose first interest is the Liberty and Security of the American Citizen Taxpayer!” said Marter.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition of Buckling Up, Driving Sober

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2015 Comments Off on Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition of Buckling Up, Driving Sober


IDOT, ISP Join Forces to Urge Safe Travel, Drive Down Fatalities

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is joining Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to buckle up and drive sober during one of the heaviest travel periods of the year. With one of the biggest party nights of the year on Wednesday and more people on the roads through Sunday, police throughout the state are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt law violators and impaired drivers during the long holiday weekend.

The effort marks the beginning of an end-of-the-year push to keep traffic fatalities at record-low levels. Fatalities in Illinois are five percent higher today than at this point last year; 881 so far in 2015, compared to 833 on this day a year ago.

“Thanksgiving should be a time to appreciate family and togetherness, yet far too many preventable injuries and fatalities continue to occur,” said IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety Director, Jared Thornley. “Please do your part as we enter into the holiday season by wearing your seat belt and making accommodations to get home safely if you do plan to be out celebrating.”

During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday travel period (6 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving until 11:59 pm the following Sunday), 15 people died in traffic crashes on Illinois roads and 840 were injured. Of the 15 individuals killed, five died in crashes where at least one driver had been drinking.


The goal for this Thanksgiving is simple: Reducing those numbers by encouraging every motorist to buckle up and drive sober. Hundreds of seat belt enforcement zones and thousands of additional police hours looking for seat belt law violators will take place alongside roadside safety checks and saturation patrols looking for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.


In addition to the ongoing “Click It or Ticket” campaign, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers are also a primary focus during the Thanksgiving holiday, with IDOT and law enforcement reminding people to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”


“Public safety is our number one goal during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Williams. “ISP troopers will be patrolling Illinois roadways watching for Fatal-4 violations: DUI, Speeding, Seat Belts and Distracted Driving. Drive sober, or get pulled over. Reduce speed, buckle up and remember a text can wait.” 

Follow @IDOTSafety for IDOT safe driving updates on Twitter. For more information about Illinois traffic safety programs, visit www.idot.illinois.gov.

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