Chicago Police 1st issue, known as the "flat badge" with the Childs company first hallmark.  Circa 1870.

Chicago Police 1st issue Sergeant badge. These badges were smaller than the police officer badges.

Chicago Police 2nd issue, known as the "coat shield."   This style was so unpopular with the rank and file officers that the city agreed to go back to a star design after only a month of use.  It is noted that the transition to the new star may have taken up to a year. Circa 1889.

Chicago Police 3rd issue, known as the "pie plate" Slightly larger than the 1st issue and with a four digit number.  Circa 1889

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1905-1955 4th issue Chicago Police badge

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Belleville, IL Sergeant  Henry Yerk wearing his folded point star.
Belleville, IL Sergeant  Henry Yerk wearing his folded point star.
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1st issue Moline, IL Police badge. Circa 1872

Belleville, IL Sergeant  Henry Yerk wearing his folded point star. Photo by Home Studio John Handrice Prop. Belleville, Illinois

Patrolman Caseyville, Illinois

Chicago Police 1st issue, known as the “flat badge” with the Childs company first hallmark.  Circa 1870.  On the reverse are the initials D. R. scratched in.

Chicago Police 1st issue, known as the "flat badge" with the Childs company first hallmark.  Circa 1870. On the reverse are the initials D. R. scratched in.

1st issue Moline, IL Police badge.  Circa 1872
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Caseyville, IL Patrolman Police badge.
Winnetka Rifle Club Trophy won by Winnetka Chief of Police Peterson.
Newspaper article showing the Winnetka Rifle Club Trophy won by Chief Peterson.
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Winnetka Rifle Club Trophy won by Winnetka Chief of Police Peterson.

Newspaper article showing the Winnetka Rifle Club Trophy won by Chief Peterson. See caption enlargement below.

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According to the Illinois State Police, on June 24, 1921, the 52nd General Assembly of the State of Illinois authorized the Department of Public Works and Buildings to hire a "sufficient number of State Highway Patrol Officers to enforce the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Laws." The Illinois State Police was officially created in 1922..

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