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Ridge arrives with $40 million, praise for city

In its latest effort to bolster the nation’s security against terrorism, the Homeland Security Department announced $725 million in grants to major urban areas Thursday, with Chicago expected to receive about $40 million next year. Most of those dollars–$675 million–are earmarked for the top 50 urban areas, including New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Atlanta. The remaining $50 million is targeted at bolstering security on major mass transit systems. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, flanked by Mayor Richard Daley and Cook County Board President John Stroger, made the announcement in Chicago and praised the city’s ongoing efforts to prepare for a future terrorist attack. “Chicago has already set into motion many of the things we are trying to get in motion,” Ridge said. “This area’s security goals are integrated across the region. They must be, because terrorists will exploit our weaknesses.” Full Story

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