The Stateline will be better protected against terrorism and natural disasters thanks to a new project called the “Prairie Shield Alliance." $170,000 is targeted to improve communications between local police and fire agencies.
Those getting the cash are in Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Ogle, Mchenry, and Dekalb Counties.
When terrorists attacked on September 11, police and fire groups had problems communicating because their radio networks were knocked out. Congressman Don Manzullo says since the region is home to a nuclear power plant, an international airport, and is close to Chicago, fixing communication problems is very important.
Participants from Prairie Shield already have equipment in mind. This gear would allow for communications via voice, data, or video. The Prairie Shield Regional Alliance expects the funding within the next few months.