Seven Illinois communities are receiving federal money to hire post-9/11veterans as police officers.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the grants Monday. The funding totals $5.2 million and comes from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
The more than 40 new law enforcement positions funded must be filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days following Sept. 11, 2001.
The city of Chicago will receive $3.1 million to hire or rehire 25 officers. Waukegan is getting $875,000 to hire or rehire seven officers. The others are getting money to hire or rehire one to four officers.