Rita hosts roundtable discussion


State Rep. Bob Rita (D-28th) is bringing together state and local leaders who are on the frontline of the fight against serious violent crime to find new solutions as communities in his district grapple with the problem.

Rita recently hosted a roundtable discussion, “Combating Crime,” at the Calumet Township Community Center in Calumet Park. On hand were mayors and police chiefs from communities in Rita’s district, which includes Blue Island and the south suburbs. Top officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) led the discussion.

ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly provided an update on placement of license-plate cameras along nearby interstates to catch criminals involved in shootings. A discussion was also conducted about efforts by local task forces on major crimes and carjackings as well as the support needed for local police and anti-violence programs. Other topics included enforcement, funding and potential legislative solutions in Springfield.

After the event, Rita reiterated his commitment to working with the ISP and his constituents to provide what’s needed to restore a sense of safety throughout the district.

“We know there is a criminal threat in our neighborhoods that is serious and growing, and we have to come together and bring every resource possible to stop the threat for now and for good,” Rita said about the roundtable.

“I appreciate Director Kelly and local officials uniting to discuss these problems and possible solutions, and I am committed to pursuing legislation and resources needed to keep our communities safe.”

Kelly urged local communities to get involved.

“The Illinois State Police works tirelessly to protect the safety of all Illinois residents, but we need communities to work with state and local law enforcement to help stop the violence,” Kelly said.

“This kind of gathering of law enforcement leaders and local stakeholders is part of the hard work of advancing the cause of safety and justice together.”

Local officials participating in the discussion thanked Rita for bringing into one room the local and state expertise needed to collaborate and work better together.

Communities represented at the roundtable discussion included Calumet Park, Blue Island, Riverdale, Oak Forest, Midlothian, Robbins, Posen and Crestwood.

via The Beverly Review

March 30, 2022 at 06:08AM

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