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University of Illinois closing police training center

Fri, 18 May 2012 11:29:08 CDT
By: AP

University of Illinois administrators have decided the Police Training Institute will close at the end of June 30, despite of a push by Urbana's mayor to keep it open. The closure still requires a vote by university trustees, that's expected later this month. Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she's sympathetic with those who would like to keep the institute open. But the university has to spend more than $600,000 a year on it. Administrators say training for police isn't part of the university's academic mission. Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing believes the institute's closure will cost her city and others money as they send police elsewhere for training. Plans are in the works to move training to Western Illinois University in Macomb.

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