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Governor Bruce Rauner is announcing new plans to step up the state's efforts to fight hate crimes. 
 
THE GOVERNOR SAYS WE LIVE IN TURBULENT TIMES, CITING RECENT ACTS OF HATRED LIKE CEMETERY VANDALISM AND BOMB THREATS AT A JEWISH DAY SCHOOL IN CHICAGO. HE LAID OUT INITIATIVES TO CURB HATE FUELED VIOLENCE AT A DINNER HELD BY THE ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, SUCH AS A BILL CREATING TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR HATE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS CENTERS.
 
 
RAUNER SAYS HE ALSO WANTS TO EXPAND ANTI-HATE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AND TO CREATE A STANDARDIZED TRAINING PROGRAM FOR POLICE POLICE STATEWIDE ON RESPONDING TO HATE CRIMES.
 
 
THE GOVERNOR ALSO WANTS A STATEWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM ON RESPONDING TO HATE CRIMES, AND TOUGHER LAWS FOR ACTS OF VANDALISM AND VIOLENCE AGAINST CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS CENTERS.

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