Excerpts from NBCChicago.com:

Cook County will receive nearly $26.5 million in federal grant funds to assist with security programs that combat terrorism.

The funding will go towards training and exercise courses for local law enforcement, fire personnel, and other first responders emergency personnel, as well as disaster response and resident preparedness programs, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced last Wednesday. The grant will also support cybersecurity enhancements and critical infrastructure maintenance.

The funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Areas Security Initiative, and will be managed locally by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The grant is made available to the nation’s 28 high-risk, highest-threat and highest-density areas to enhance their regional preparedness and capabilities.