Illinois State Police District 15
Illinois State Police District 15 has dual-reporting responsibilities to the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway. The Troopers are dedicated to safety and education. District 15 Troopers patrol all 294 miles of tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois and the Tollway's six Oases. The District 15 offices are located at Tollway headquarters, 2700 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515.
All State Police administrative and operational policies and procedures apply to District 15, while facility and budgeting issues are administered by the Illinois Tollway. District 15 has a sworn head count of approximately 180 Troopers. Contact the Illinois State Police District 15 by calling 630-241-6800 extension 5028.
Lieutenant Rich Kozik Memorial Park Motorcycle Ride
The ISP Heritage Foundation hosted the Lieutenant Rich Kozik Memorial Park Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, July 21, 2018. This fundraiser for the ISP Memorial Park served as an everlasting reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the Illinois State Police. The name of the annual motorcycle run was changed this year to honor Lt. Kozik, who started the event.
If your vehicle is drivable, remove it from the traveled portion of the roadway as soon as possible.
Do not wait for a Trooper to arrive to see where the cars were at the time of the crash. Leaving cars in the roadway creates a hazard to you and other drivers and may cause additional crashes.
If you are involved in a property damage crash with no injuries and all vehicles are drivable, go to the nearest toll plaza or Tollway maintenance facility and ask a Tollway employee to notify a Trooper that you would like a crash report. Exchange information with the other drivers involved. You may also call 630-241-6800 extension 5028 and request an appointment to complete a crash report by phone. The officer taking your call will provide additional instructions.
From the other drivers involved, you will need:
- Home address
- Phone number
- Driver's license number and state
- License plate number
- Vehicle identification numbers (found on the dashboard through the windshield on the driver's side), make, model, year and type of vehicle
To obtain a copy of a crash report, please visit Illinoisepay.com.
Or mail a written request to:
Illinois State Police
Patrol Records Section
801 South 7th Street, Suite 700-A
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Please include the following information in your written request:
- The agency crash report number - located in the upper middle portion of the motorist report.
- The IDOT number - located under the barcode of the motorist report form.
- The date of the crash, driver's name and/or passenger's name.
- A check or money order made out to "Illinois State Police" in the amount of $5 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Call 630-241-6800 extension 5042 to file a report for non-criminal damage, as well as incidents that don't involve injuries, tolls or hit-and-runs.
Please have the following information available when filing the report
- Name, address, phone number, daytime contact information, date of birth
- Driver's license number, state, classification
- Make, model, year of manufacture
- License plate number, state
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Name and address of owner (if not driver)
Understanding Your Traffic Ticket
In order to determine which police district wrote a ticket, the top middle section contains the handwritten district number. Some tickets require a court appearance and others can be paid by mail.
- If you can pay by mail: The Trooper should give you an envelope with your ticket.
- If you need to appear in court: The box next to "Court Appearance Required" will be checked. This means you cannot pay by mail; you must appear in court before payment can be settled.
- Speeding in a construction zone is a mandatory $375 fine AND a court appearance.
- In any county other than DuPage, the court information will be handwritten on the bottom of your ticket above the orange box. If you are in DuPage County, a court time and date will be sent to you.
- If a District 15 Trooper wrote your ticket and you have further questions, please call 630-241-6800 extension 5028.
- It is helpful to have the badge number of the Trooper who wrote the ticket when you call. It is found in the lower right of the ticket.
Illinois law requires that all children under age 8, must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a vehicle with family or other caregivers.
New as of January 1, 2019, children under age 2 are required by Illinois law to ride rear-facing, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall.
- Find an event near you
- Make sure your child’s safety seat is properly installed.
Certified child passenger safety technicians inspect child safety seats and help with proper installation. To participate, bring child safety seats, children and the vehicle in which the child safety seats will be installed. Information on recalls plus additional safety information and resources will be offered at these events.
- Get a photo ID card for your child.
Specially trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather vital information to include on an ID card that parents and caregivers can reference in an emergency. Neither Illinois State Police nor the Illinois Tollway keeps this information in a database.
Schedule of Events - Check back for upcoming events
Many K.I.S.S. events also include family friendly activities and a display of Illinois Tollway vehicles – such as Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) trucks and snowplows – as well as police cars and fire trucks.
Unless otherwise indicated, K.I.S.S. events are scheduled on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a variety of locations along the 294-mile Illinois Tollway system:
The numbers show why these precautions are vital
- More than 500 child safety seats were checked and more than 970 kids ID cards issued at K.I.S.S. events in 2017.
- Up to 90 percent of families will at some point temporarily lose a child in a public place, surveys indicate. Kids IDs are a tool that provide police with an accurate description to help locate lost children.
- Properly installed child safety seats save lives and significantly reduce injuries. Yet, Illinois State Police find that approximately 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed.
- Properly installed child safety seats significantly reduce the risk of injury or greater tragedy for children in the event of a crash. And, yet, Illinois State Police have found that approximately 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed.
- Nationally, research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Deaths of children younger than 13 in motor vehicle crashes have declined since 1975, but crashes still cause 1 of every 4 unintentional injury deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most crash deaths occur among children traveling as passenger vehicle occupants, and proper restraint use can reduce these fatalities.
The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight
Infants are required by Illinois law to ride rear-facing until 2 years of age, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall, to protect their developing muscles and bones.
Rear-facing child safety seats protect a growing baby’s head, neck and back in an accident. Toddlers and young children should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until they reach the maximum harness limit of the child restraint.
A booster seat is the most effective way to position a safety belt properly on a young child's growing body. Safety belts are designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Until age 8, most children have not developed strong hip bones and their legs and bodies are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.
To schedule a Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event
Contact District 15 630-241-6800 extension 5009
- Surveys indicate that up to 90 percent of families will at some point temporarily lose a child in a public place, according to the Center to Prevent Lost Children.
- Children get lost more than 2,000 times each day in public places such as beaches, amusement parks, fairs and airports.
- An estimated 34 percent of American parents wouldn't be able to accurately describe their child to law enforcement, including details of exact height and weight, as well as their child's eye color, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Information provided on kids’ ID cards can help law enforcement search and recover a missing child. That includes a description of the child’s hair and eye color, height, weight, race, unique identifiers such as glasses or beauty marks, as well as date of birth, current photo and fingerprints.
The FBI suggests that parents keep their children’s fingerprints, not only because fingerprints are unique but also because they don’t change over time like a child’s appearance.
The FBI also recommends that parents update the photos of their children on ID cards at least once a year to ensure they are current.
One overweight truck can cause as much damage as hundreds of cars traveling the same route. District 15 conducts truck enforcement on a daily basis, and partners with local police in conducting several roadside safety checks throughout the year. During these roadside safety checks, all commercial, construction and garbage trucks are checked for proper weight and given a thorough safety inspection by the State Police Motor Carrier Safety Officers. Through these roadside safety checks, the number of unsafe commercial vehicles traveling on our roadways is decreased.
The Illinois Vehicle Code governs the amount of weight large trucks can carry over various roadways. Violations of these laws can cause severe damage to our roads.
The federally certified truck enforcement team patrols the entire Tollway system, centering their activities on violations of motor carrier laws, including:
- Lane usage
- Overweight trucks
- Fatigued drivers
Drinking and Driving Awareness
District 15 offers teens a hands-on, behind-the-wheel experience that details the dangerous effects of drinking and driving. While wearing Fatal Vision Goggles, the teen (with safety expert in the passenger seat) attempts to navigate a specially designed golf cart around an obstacle course.
The experience reiterates messages on alcohol awareness, drinking and driving and the importance of wearing safety belts. We want to encourage and reinforce the importance of making responsible choices and the safety implications of those choices. Teens need to know that getting into a car with a driver that has been drinking or doing drugs could be a deadly decision.
Illinois State Police District 15's vehicle Rollover Simulator – Roll 15:
- Demonstrates the importance of wearing seat belts.
- Replicates a 30 mph rollover crash using adult- and child-size dummies placed in the cab of a pickup truck.
Injuries to an unrestrained child in a 30 mph crash are equivalent to injuries sustained to a child dropped from a third-story window.
To simulate a rollover crash, the cab is mechanically rotated, which causes the dummies to be ejected. The dummies are returned to the cab and secured with safety seat belts. Again, the cab is rotated and the dummies remain safely in the cab.
District 15 recently has begun offering Convincer demonstrations that provide individuals 16 and over with a driver's license the chance to simulate a 7 mph crash.
This educational tool allows the individual to experience how a safety belt protects them from injury when they are involved in a crash. Once a rider is properly restrained into the Convincer's seat, they ride to the bottom of the slide and crash.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you abandoned your vehicle on the side of the Tollway or any of its entrance or exit ramps and would like to know if it was towed, please call 630-241-6800 extension 5030 and communicate the following information:
- License plate number
- Last known location of the vehicle
- Date you left the vehicle on the Tollway
If you are involved in an injury crash and your car needs to be towed due to damage, call 630-571-2616 or *999 on cellular phones. District 15 will need to know your location by milepost, the direction of travel, how many vehicles are involved, number of injured people and if any lanes are blocked. Give assistance to the injured and exchange information with the other parties involved, if possible.
If you are involved in a property damage crash with no injuries and all vehicles are drivable, go to the nearest toll plaza or Tollway maintenance facility and ask a Tollway employee to notify a trooper that you would like an accident report. Exchange driver's license information with the other drivers involved. You will need names, home addresses, phone numbers, driver's license number and state, license plate numbers, vehicle identification numbers (found on the dashboard through the windshield on the driver's side), make, model, year and type of vehicle. If your vehicle is drivable, remove it from the traveled portion of the roadway as soon as possible.
Do not wait for a trooper to arrive to see where the cars were at the time of the accident. Leaving cars in the roadway creates a hazard to you and other drivers and may cause additional accidents. If you are involved in a property damage crash, you may also call 630-241-6800 extension 5028 and request an appointment to complete an accident report by phone. The officer taking your call will provide additional instructions.