New Laws Aim To Improve Safety at Illinois Schools

By: Jessica Geraci Email
By: Jessica Geraci Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Three new laws are now on the books in Illinois to improve security measures at public and private schools.

One of the laws would allow the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to hand out funds for updated security measures. That would go to public and private schools as well as vocational centers and public colleges and universities. This measure was sponsored by local state Senator Steve Stadelman. Earlier in 2014, IEMA handed out more than million dollars in grants to school districts in Boone and Winnebago counties to make security upgrades.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the newest measures into law at RESA in Rockford on Saturday afternoon. Another new law requires all private schools to do a yearly safety drill with local police to practice an active shooter scenario. Only public schools had previously been required to do that. A third measure allows a school district to provide emergency response plans to police and fire, teachers and administrators on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

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