Despite Law, Many Illinois Campuses Lack Detailed Security Plans

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Friday, March 23, 2012

 In February 2008, a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, killing five students and wounding 21.

Soon after state lawmakers tried to make sure colleges and universities were prepared to respond to such an emergency.

They passed a law requiring them to create and practice detailed plans to prevent violence and manage emergencies by January 2009.

Three years later, only 66 of the state’s 185 institutions have filed the required plans, records show.

In the Chicago area, the schools that haven’t filed include City Colleges of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and — until a Chicago Tribune reporter called — DePaul University, according to records from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. A University of Chicago spokesman said — after a Tribune reporter called last Wednesday — that it sent its plans via FedEx last Thursday to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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