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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – Illinois lawmakers want to send needed assistance to Metro area police. Now a new Bill passed by the Illinois House could send help to local communities.

One signature from Governor Pat Quinn and the Metro East Police District Commission will become a reality.  The Commission would cover  East St. Louis, Alorton, Brooklyn and Washington Park — all high-crime areas.

The cities will still be responsible for patrolling their own streets and answering 911 calls. The Commission would have authority to regulate and set standards for departments.  The Commission will also develop plans for improving facilities and best-practices for community-policing.