CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says the death of an Illinois state trooper is a reminder of the dangers sworn officers face every day.
The State Police says Trooper James Sauter (SOW'-tur) died Thursday night when a semi-truck slammed into his squad car in Chicago's northern suburbs.
The 28-year-old trooper joined the Illinois State Police in June 2008.
In a statement Friday, Quinn sent his condolences to Sauter's friends and family and praised his bravery and commitment to public safety. He says the entire state of Illinois mourns his death.
The trooper's vehicle was idling on the shoulder of Interstate 294 near Northbrook when the truck struck it from behind.
Authorities say the crash caused both vehicles to burst into flames.
The truck driver was hospitalized for burns to his hand.