Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

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A Midlands man has died following a single-vehicle crash in Fairfield County Thursday night.,According to the Fairfield County Coroner's Office, 34-year-old Tamarkquay Coleman of Blair was the passenger in a 2005 Nissan Altima traveling on Highway 215 near Ladds Road.,Troopers say the driver was traveling south on Highway 215 and ran off the left side of the road and hit several trees.,At this time troopers do not know if either of the men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.,The corner's office as well as the South Carolina Highway Patrol continue to investigate the accident. read more