Partly Cloudy
49°FPartly CloudyFull Forecast

Illinois officials to hold school safety summit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — School administrators, teachers and law enforcement are looking for ways to make Illinois schools safer.

Gov. Pat Quinn scheduled a school safety summit Tuesday in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the summit is a starting point for a conversation about ways to prevent school violence, improve emergency preparedness and make school buildings more secure.

Among the agencies invited to attend are the Illinois State Police, the State Board of Education and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the Springfield School District withdrew a proposal to eliminate three elementary school security personnel after the Connecticut shooting. Spokesman Pete Sherman says district leaders have been reviewing school safety plans.


Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Reader Poll

Who will win the Cubs-Cardinals National League Division Series?
Cubs in a sweep
Cubs in four or five games
Cardinals in a sweep
Cardinals in four or five games