Police training canceled because of Illinois budget crisis
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.”