Bishop Ford reopens after suspicious package reported

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A two-mile stretch of the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) was shut down for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon as authorities investigated a “suspicious package” that turned out to be a vehicle tracking device, according to Illinois State Police.

Traffic was blocked between 147th and 159th streets after the device was found in the northbound lanes near 157th Street shortly before 1 p.m., state police said. All lanes had reopened by about 2:20 p.m.

The Cook County sheriff’s bomb squad was called to the scene.

Investigators determined the suspicious item was “an encased vehicle tracking device” that posed no danger, state police said.

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