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Illinois officials to hold school safety summit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — School administrators, teachers and law enforcement are looking for ways to make Illinois schools safer.

Gov. Pat Quinn scheduled a school safety summit Tuesday in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the summit is a starting point for a conversation about ways to prevent school violence, improve emergency preparedness and make school buildings more secure.

Among the agencies invited to attend are the Illinois State Police, the State Board of Education and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the Springfield School District withdrew a proposal to eliminate three elementary school security personnel after the Connecticut shooting. Spokesman Pete Sherman says district leaders have been reviewing school safety plans.

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