- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Drug courts in two Illinois counties have been chosen to receive federal funding for expansion.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the grants Friday. The money will help the special courts take on more cases of people involved in the criminal justice system who have drug or alcohol addiction problems and mental health issues.

Drug courts combine the sanctioning authority of courts with treatment services. The goal is to reduce crime and promote recovery.

McHenry County is receiving $295,000 per year for up to three years. Cook County is receiving $325,000 per year for up to three years.

The federal agency says the actual award amounts may depend “on the availability of funds.”

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