Police training canceled because of Illinois budget crisis

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

File photo. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO — Illinois police departments say the state budget stalemate has left them struggling to provide training to officers on everything from use of force to dealing with the mentally ill.

Hundreds of classes are being canceled because lawmakers haven’t agreed on a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.

It’s happening at a time of heightened tension between police and the communities they serve.

Earlier this year the Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a bill requiring additional law enforcement training. The measure was in response to fatal policeencounters in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore.

Eric Pingolt coordinates training in 11 counties for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. He says his unit is almost out of money and “The situation is becoming desperate.”

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.