Rockford – 9th most dangerous city in the U.S.?

On Monday this week, the Rockford Register Star reported  that crime in Winnebago County had dropped a whopping 15 percent from 2008 to 2009, nearly 12 percent during the same period in Rockford alone, allowing Winnebago County to shed the No. 1 crime rate in Illinois. The data are correct, but apparently insufficient to show increasing violent crimes. Excerpts: The Illinois State Police, a repository for crime data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the state, used to release annual crime data every spring. Over the past several...

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Impound vehicles fleeing the police, whether or not the owner was driving Alderman McNeely

Who would object to impounding the vehicles of the soaring number of motorists, who are fleeing from the police, endangering the lives of everyone on the road, even if the driver of the vehicle wasn’t the owner? Police impounding vehicles have reduced the number of loud stereo violations and the nuisance driving, where people were being intimidated and forced off the road by gangs of drivers. Excerpt: Members of the City Council Code and Regulation Committee meeting voted in favor of a proposal Monday night to let police impound...

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DNA testing: slippery slope of self incrimination or illegal search and seizure according to ACLU

DNA testing has proven an effective means of identifying criminals and perhaps as important, eliminating people as crime suspects, according to Illinois Representative Jim Sacia, who is a co-sponsor of House Bill 3238 and former FBI agent.  The Illinois House supported the bill 95 – 9.  Excerpt: HB 3238, which just passed the Illinois House of Representatives, will require DNA to be collected from people when probable cause exists that they committed serious crimes, including first-degree murder, home invasion, predatory criminal sexual...

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Uninsured motorists penalize compliant drivers, increasing our insurance rates

As a followup to my previous post, new questions are surfacing as to the feasibility and legal ramfications concerning Alderman Pat Curran’s suggestion concerning towing and impounding the cars of uninsured motorists. The city says is weighing the additional time for police. Excerpt: They’re also weighing the additional time it would take for police officers to wait for a tow truck and do the extra paperwork against any potential increase in compliance they would see. Compliance should not be the issue. The compliance would be 100% for...

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Alderman Curran wants uninsured drivers towed after violation: absolutely!

Alderman Pat Curran has a novel idea – why are uninsured drivers allowed to get back in their car and drive away from the scene of an accident or a traffic violation? Isn’t that another crime? Isn’t a DUI violator and their car soon parted because of the physical danger in allowing that driver to continue continue driving after the violation. The citizens of Rockford who pay their insurance should not be forced to be on the road with a driver who is legally irresponsible enough to drive without insurance. It’s a...

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