ILLINOIS — Governor Bruce Rauner acted as Commander of State Wednesday. Officers stood at attention when Rauner visited the Illinois State Police Academy.
In this year’s budget address, Rauner promised to beef up the state’s police force by adding 200 more men and women to the line of duty. Wednesday, he stopped by the academy for a tour and to deliver on this promise.
He announced two cadet classes will be added to the academy in the next two years with each class comprised of 85 potential officers.
Governor Rauner also honored the state police force for its 95th year of service by making April 1 Illinois State Police Day.
He says police officers are some of the most valuable members of society and adds, violence throughout the state, and especially in the streets of Chicago, prompted the initiative.
70 of 170 cadets who graduate will work in close cooperation with Chicago police.