The Illinois Terrorism Task Force has awarded $3.4 million in grants to help emergency responder agencies get new radios.
State officials say the grants were funded using federal homeland security money that the state gets from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The money will help 156 agencies around the state comply with new federal regulations about their communications equipment. The regulations take effect Dec. 31, 2012.
Jonathan Monken, director of the state's emergency management agency, says complying with the federal rules was difficult for many agencies that are dealing with tight budgets.
The switch to new radios is intended to relieve congestion and create increased channel availability on public safety systems.