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Munoz provides scholarship opportunities to spouses of fallen officers

Police Memorial at the Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – Spouses of police officers killed in the line of duty would be eligible for grants and scholarships from the Police Memorial Committee under a proposal by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

“This measure offers support to spouses who have lost their partner in the line of duty,” said Munoz, a former Chicago police officer. “Moving forward after such a tragic loss is extremely difficult, but offering scholarships can play a small part in a spouse’s healing process.”

Currently, the Police Memorial Committee offers scholarships to children of police officers killed in the line of duty. Senate Bill 1183 extends the pool of recipients to include spouses.

The Police Memorial Committee Fund receives $10 of every issuance fee for Police Memorial Committee license plates, and $23 of every renewal fee thereafter. The fund is also used for maintaining a memorial statute on the Capitol Complex, and holding an annual memorial commemoration.

The measure heads to the House for consideration.