The state of Illinois passed a plan to replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers.

The Illinois House voted 64-25 to establish a grant program for schools who hire mental health professionals to secure the schools.

According to, police had objected to the idea because schools could only get money if they stopped funding police officers.

Republican Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard opposed the measure, said the report, saying that schools should hire more police officers to combat an epidemic of school shootings.

The plan goes to the Senate.