Millions in federal funds were wasted or unaccounted for in a Cook County effort to outfit local police departments with communication equipment. The $45 million Project Shield was supposed to provide 128 local police departments two vehicles capable of mobile data transmission, a wi-fi hotspot and a tower camera. Thirty-two communities got nothing, and others got equipment that didn’t work, according to the Homeland Security inspector general.
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U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says this was not just bungled. It might be a crime. “We may have more than just a problem of lackadaisical management. This program may have been looted by Cook County officials, and the prime and secondary contractors involved,” he said. The program was terminated last year. Kirk estimates the amount of federal funds wasted at $20 million. Kirk and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) are asking for an FBI investigation.