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Faulty police equipment may have wasted $43M in Ill.

Equipment installations part of Homeland Security program Project Shield began in 2005


By Carol Marin and Don Moseley
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Project Shield was supposed to make citizens safer. But in the end, the $45-million Homeland Security program more resembled a disaster, wasting taxpayers' dollars and failing to make a single citizen more secure.

The failed Cook County initiative was replete with equipment that failed to work, missing records and untrained first responders according to a report by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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