Illinois Bill Could Provide $25M in Grants to Groups Receiving Threats

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The bill would authorize the Illinois secretary of state to approve grant funding based on threats assessments from nonprofit agencies.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — An Illinois lawmaker is seeking $25 million to help Jewish organizations tighten security after a series of threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide.

Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang introduced the legislation Monday. It would fund a grant program in the secretary of state’s office for “emergency” upgrades to prevent or respond to “acts of terrorism.”

Last week, the Chicago Jewish Day School was evacuated because of a bomb threat that turned out to be false. The Anti-Defamation League in New York and several Jewish centers across the nation also received bomb threats.

The Democrat’s legislation authorizes the secretary of state to approve a grant of any amount based on a detailed threat assessment from a nonprofit agency.

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The bills are HB4011 and HB4012

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Find out more on ILGA.gov.

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