Illinois State troopers will be armed with Tasers after the agency decided to expand the use of the "non-lethal" weapons for safety reasons. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Illinois State Police troopers who pull over motorists will soon carry state-of-the-art Tasers equipped to capture video of each encounter, officials said Tuesday.
For the first time, the agency is preparing to outfit every patrol trooper and sergeant with the so-called “non-lethal” weapons, which can immobilize a person with a high-voltage charge.
“Troopers generally patrol alone and in remote areas throughout the state,” Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. “Tasers are a valuable resource when confronted with combative and/or intoxicated offenders.”
In the past, the state police used Tasers on a limited basis. Troopers carried them at the State Fair, for example, and special weapons and tactics teams had them. Tasers were deployed twice this year during SWAT missions, Bond said."