Illinois House Approves Spending for Capitol Security
Springfield, Ill – The Illinois House Tuesday approved spending $5.6 million to increase State Capitol security.
Lawmakers voted 92-to-19 to endorse Secretary of State Jesse White's plan after an unarmed security guard was fatally shot in the Capitol September 20th.
It calls for metal detectors, security cameras and more guards in key government buildings. Metal detectors already been installed in the Capitol.
The secretary of state police force will expand by 59 armed officers assigned to those buildings to bolster the existing guards.
Republican Representative Bill Black says metal detectors wouldn't have saved guard William Wozniak's life and that the money is better spent on mental-health treatment. Alleged gunman Derek Potts has a history of mental illness and has been found unfit to stand trial.
Also Tuesday, state officals planted a maple tree in Wozniak's honor on the Statehouse grounds.