PTI may get another reprieve

PTI may get another reprieve

URBANA — The Police Training Institute, which earlier this month was given a closing date of June 30, may have bought some more time.

University of Illinois trustees were expected to consider a proposal to close the institute, but on Friday administrators pulled the agenda item as they try to come up with a way to keep it open. Trustees have a regularly scheduled board meeting in Chicago next week.

"What this means is that I think we're going to keep PTI open," said Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, who has been lobbying university administrators and state legislators to keep PTI open.

"The university understands that PTI is important to many people, and we're taking a little more time to see if there's a way to work with the state to identify enough funding to keep it open," said Urbana campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler.

See Saturday's News-Gazette for more.

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Grace-n-Solitude wrote on May 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

I was looking forward to a lasting reprieve from the hours of gunshots that echo in Urbana. Having to listen to hours of their "training" was unsettling....When I first moved here, I called around asking about the unrelenting gunshots (Tuesdays 8-noon and some evenings, too), and Urbana city offices told me to call the Police Training Institute.  It transformed the atmosphere of the airspace to something like a war-zone. 

long arm of the law wrote on June 08, 2012 at 7:06 am

Grace remember that the next time you are in need of the police or are a victim of a crime. Seems the airport does not disturb you so call the airport tower the next time you need the police.