Of 59 new Illinois state troopers set to begin work Monday, eight are headed to East Central Illinois. Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz commissioned the troopers at a graduation ceremony Friday in Springfield. Cadet class 128 completed 27 weeks of training in physical and classroom instruction. Topics covered included cultural diversity, domestic violence, critical-incident response, firearms, control and arrest tactics, juvenile and criminal law, the Illinois Vehicle Code, motor carrier safety, and more. The probationary troopers will now participate in 14 weeks of field training with a mentor trooper before being sent out on their own. The 59 new troopers are being parsed out to 16 state police districts. The new troopers raised $3,600 for Special Olympics Illinois and donated 52 units of blood to the Central Illinois Community Blood Center.