Forty-one local emergency management agencies across the state will share over $416,000 to become compliant with federal narrowband requirements.
The grants were awarded by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, which used federal homeland security funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. VHF and UHF public safety base station/repeater radios and mobile radios that are not narrowband compliant will be replaced by narrowband equipment with the funds.
All public safety licensees that are not federal have to move to narrowband 12.5 kHz channels by the end of the year in an effort to relieve congestion and increase the availability of channels.
The following local counties and municipalities received grant money: