Illinois to get $5.8 million for homeland safety

Friday, December 7, 2001

WASHINGTON -- Illinois is getting a $5.8 million Justice Department grant to help meet some of its homeland security needs, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Thursday.

The money is to be used to expand the capabilities of state and local hazardous material response teams and to acquire protective equipment for first responders to acts of terrorism and other disasters.

"Firefighters, police and other emergency personnel are the first folks on the scene of any mishap," said Hastert.

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