Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

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Joseph Brandt, a retired fire chief and current firefighter with Bascom Joint Fire District, said when he began looking for the truck, he didn’t even know if it still existed, because so many old trucks are scrapped.,After a phone call to the present owner, Brandt said it was confirmed that the truck was indeed the old original motorized fire apparatus of the Bascom Community Fire Department.,Brandt said J. Garfield Haugh, an entrepreneur who created Meadowbrook Park, orchestrated a meeting on Nov. 29, 1927, where John Grogg and several others from Tiffin Fire Department gave presentations on forming a fire department and about fire operations, and a committee was formed for truck purchasing.,Director Tonia Hoffert of Seneca County Museum said Haugh personally helped buy the fire truck.,Brandt said the owner wants $40,000 for the restored fire truck, but Ardner said $50,000 will need to be raised to bring it here and to get it lettered and stored.