Illinois State Police increase patrols amid increase in Chicago freeway shootings


Illinois State Soldiers come from statewide to Chicago to be highly visible on area freeways to respond and prevent gunfire.

The numbers are alarming: 52 highway shootings were reported in 2019, 128 in 2020 and 185 in 2021 to date.

Sixteen people have died this year and 85 have been injured as many shootings remain unsolved.

State patrols will increase 157% in the Chicago area during evenings and nights, the peak hours of criminal activity.


State police say the concentrated level of gun violence over the past two years is unprecedented. They installed 100 new license plate reading cameras, doubling the total to 200.

The technology will help with investigations, the search for witnesses and the identification of suspects. Right now, they rely on witnesses to call with information after the crime.

State police always want the public’s help, calling on drivers to safely obtain a license plate number from any vehicle involved in a crime.

Increased patrols begin Friday.

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