More than 250 law enforcement agencies received $125 million in COPS grants across the country. The announcement follows a visit by Durbin to Peoria earlier this year to learn more about the city’s Don’t Shoot program aimed at reducing gun violence. It also follows a rash of homicides and shootings in Peoria in the last two weeks.
Durbin and Bustos also announced $100,000 in federal funding for the Economic Development Council of Central Illinois. The funding is to help the newly-revamped EDC bring new manufacturing business to the region.