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IL Supreme Court: County prosecutors can't use special investigator powers to 'create own police forces'

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 29, 2017, 1:29pm

Declaring that to rule otherwise would empower county prosecutors across the state to create their own police forces, a majority of the Illinois Supreme Court has declared the former state’s attorney in downstate La Salle County overstepped his authority in creating a task force to conduct traffic stops on a stretch of Interstate 80 to interdict and seize drug shipments passing through the county.