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Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, speaks to reporters on Nov. 14 after meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. 

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Monday to create a new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game, and proceeds will fund police memorials, support for the families of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty and protective vest replacements for officers, according to a news release from the governor's office.

“Our police officers stand in the face of danger every day to keep us safe. We are proud to stand with them and support their families when they are faced with a devastating loss,” Rauner said in the release. “This new ticket will help fund scholarships for their children and honor their bravery at memorial parks across the state.”

The release states House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, pushed forward House Bill 5513, which creates the police memorial instant ticket and requires that net proceeds go to the Criminal Justice Information Projects Fund. The funds are then to be divided equally among Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Fund, Police Memorial Committee Fund, and Illinois State Police Memorial Fund.

“Our police officers wake up every day and put their lives on the line to ensure the safety and security of their citizens and communities,” Durkin said in the release. “It is our duty to help them and their families when they are catastrophically hurt protecting Illinoisans, and this legislation ensures more money will be available without relying on additional state funding.”

The funds raised through this new scratch-off ticket will be used to build and maintain police memorials and parks, hold annual memorial commemorations, give scholarships to children of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty, provide financial assistance to police officers and their families when a police officer is killed or injured in the line of duty, and provide financial assistance to officers to purchase or replace protective gear.

The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

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