SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The state of Illinois says it's wrapping up the distribution of more than 300 radios to 70 of the state's colleges and universities.
The STARCOM 21 radios are designed to improve communication for campus security officials during emergency situations.
STARCOM is a statewide communications system created in a partnership between the state and Schaumburg-based Motorola.
The state of Illinois has provided schools with both the radios and training in how to use them.
Governor Rod Blagojevich says tragedies like the shootings at Virginia Tech earlier this year show how critical communications are during emergencies.