- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the Department of Justice has set aside $19 million for various justice-system programs in Illinois, including one providing assistance to crime victims and to reduce recidivism rates.

The Illinois Democrat announced the grants on Tuesday.

Among those who will get a cut of the federal grant money is the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. It’ll get nearly $5 million to help victims of sexual assault throughout the state.

The city of Chicago and the University of Chicago Crime Lab will get just over $2 million to launch a new school safety program that’s designed to address gang-related violence at and around schools.

Elsewhere in Illinois, the city of West Peoria will receive $125,000 to create or preserve law enforcement jobs.

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