First Responders

State of Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker is signing a handful of new laws to beef up the Illinois State Police and help first responders struggling with mental health issues.

Governor Pritzker says one new law establishes a peer support program for first responders and a suicide prevention task force.

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

The West Frankfort School District is hosting a special program to remember that tragic day.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

When state lawmakers return for the fall veto session, a southern Illinois lawmaker will introduce adding first responders to Blue Lives Matter legislation.

State Senator Dave Luechtefeld says he will propose adding firefighters, EMT's and correctional officers as categories of individuals that receive additional protection from being targeted for discrimination.