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CHICAGO (AP) _ A $750,000 federal grant will help Illinois follow through on a new state law requiring specialized sexual assault response training for all 911 operators, police officers and investigators.

The law going into effect in January makes Illinois one of the few states in the country to have that requirement.

The three-year grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the awarding of the grant on Wednesday.

Madigan said in a written statement the grant and the training it funds will encourage “more survivors to come forward.”