Illinois Lottery to help families of fallen officers

Springfield, Ill. (AP) A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

Lawmakers overwhelming approved legislation to create the new scratch-off lottery game earlier this year. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed it into law on Monday.

"The our police officers are our heroes," said Gov. Rauner. "They put their safety, they put their lives, on the line every day to keep the people of Illinois safe. Our police officers deserve our utmost support and respect and encouragement in their challenging profession."

Money from the game will go to three designated police memorial funds. It will be used to build memorials and parks, hold annual memorial commemorations, provide scholarships to the children of fallen or injured officers and fund protective vests for officers.

The law takes effect January 1, 2019.