Durbin Steps Up
People from Chicago to DeKalb grieved and prayed Sunday for the victims of the Northern Illinois University shootings as the state's senior U.S. senator spoke for legislation he hopes will improve campus safety.
Sen. Dick Durbin said Congress should require that the nation's colleges and universities draft emergency response plans and test them every year.
While Durbin said no such law could have prevented the killings at NIU in DeKalb or at Virginia Tech, he said the federal government has a "special obligation" to encourage campus safety. He urged Congress to adopt a measure he co-sponsored with Sen. Barack Obama.
It would provide grants to help schools with the costs of enhancing security. The measure is before a House-Senate conference committee as part of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
An early version of the bill called for a $5 million grant appropriation.
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