Comedian Bill Cosby and Lacey Gaines’ Aunt Cherry (speaker on DV also President of Support for Homicide Survivors) and Lacey’s Uncle Larry Simpson, with CAH board member Mary Eugene friend to DeAnna Lynn Johnson
Illinois is raising its adult age for most criminals to 18 from 17. While I am mostly okay with this, while having mixed feelings, it does appear that the worst most violent felons can still be tried as adults at 17, as with any teen down to age 13 depending on the facts of the crime.
Says Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins of FB Group The National Organization of Victims of “Juvenile Lifers” and http://www.teenkillers.org/index.php/juvenile-lifers/psychopathology-teen-killers/
Our Executive Director and Founder Dora Larson own daughter was murdered by a teen killer. http://www.teenkillers.org/index.php/memorials/illinois-victims/victoria-larson/
Read more about Illinois Cases here: http://www.teenkillers.org/index.php/legislation/illinois/illinois-jlwop-cases/
In July 2010, Mary began her quest to find the person responsible for viciously murdering her best friend De Anna Lynn Johnson in 1982 in Vacaville, California when they were only 14 years old. For almost 30 years now, she has never been able to grasp the concept that any human being could be so vile as to kill another human being, let alone an innocent child. And on that fateful day in Vacaville when that beautiful, bubbly and vivacious little girl was forever taken from her family and friends, the incident shook the town to the core. However, there was not enough concern for someone to come forward and remove a dangerous person(s) from the streets and possibly prevent this from happening to someone else. Since 1982, the murder of De Anna Johnson has remained unsolved and the killer continues to walk among us. To read more click here…http://justthefactsmag.com/for-every-storm-a-rainbow/
Here is a recent update:
Gone but not forgotten is the message that friends of DeAnna Lynn Johnson wish to send with purple ribbons placed around Vacaville and a prominent billboard on what would have been her 45th birthday.
The mystery surrounding 14-year-old’s death on Nov. 16, 1982 remains one of the city’s few unsolved homicides and one that friends, such as former classmate Mary Borchers want to make sure are not forgotten.
It’s for that reason that Borchers and others, armed with purple ribbons, took to the streets Sunday and canvassed the city with the teen’s favorite color.
The following day, an even larger visual reminder went up along the Interstate 80 corridor near Mason Street in Vacaville. The billboard, which included DeAnna’s picture, along with red attention-grabbing lettering reminding of the $50,000 reward being offered for information that helps lead to an arrest.
Borchers said she has long hoped to get a billboard up to remind others of DeAnna’s death and the fact that justice has not yet been found in the case and, with a little help from Citizens Against Homicide who bankrolled the undertaking, her dream became a reality.
Exactly two years ago, Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy helped honor DeAnna’s memory by granting a proclamation marking her birthday, May 24, “DeAnna Lynn Johnson Memorial Day.”
Borchers said it remains her hope that the ribbons, the billboard and any other reminders will help spur those with information regarding DeAnna’s death to come orward and provide police with the missing piece of the puzzle and, even 30 years and six months after the crime was committed, it’s never to late for justice.
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The 2013 ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
524 E. Lawrence Ave. (6th and Lawrence)
Springfield, IL 62705
Capital Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.
Trooper Kyle Deatherage
Illinois State Police
Constable S. Douglas Diedrick
Ullin Police Department
Deputy Miles Coleman
Alexander County Sheriff’s Department
Officer Frank Holmes
Granite City Police Department
Officer Patrick Doud
Cairo Police Department
Deputy Wesley Davis
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
Marshall Robert Chastain
Ullin Police Department
Marshall Sylvester Lientz
Chrisman Police Department
Officer Raymond Kavanagh
Chicago Police Department
Officer Donald Schodrof
Chicago Police Department
Officer Anthony Cannata
Chicago Police Department
The Dana Pretzer Show with guests – Victims Advocate, Conference Coordinator- Gene Cervantes discussing the upcoming Citizens Against Homicide Conference in Las Vegas April 12 and 13th, with celebrity speaker Bill Cosby.
The police chief of the southwest suburb of Justice was fired late Thursday for what the mayor said were lapses in judgment involving a consulting arrangement with the village’s red-light camera vendor and a failure to properly discipline an officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a patrol car.
Read More: Suburban police chief investigated for email pitch on red-light camera company - http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-26/news/ct-met-justice-police-chief-0926-20120926_1_red-light-cameras-chief-robert-gedville-emails
Cherry Simpson President of SHS has been honored by the Citizens Against Homicide Organization to speak about domestic violence along with Angela Gilliam.
Cherry Simpson the Co-executive Director of the National Domestic Violence Registry and the President of Support for Homicide Survivors has been honored by the Citizens Against Homicide Organization to speak about domestic violence along with Angela Gilliam. The keynote speaker at this event is Bill Cosby and this event will be held in Las Vegas Nevada in April 2013. You are all invited!!
MR. BILL COSBY SLATED AS CAH CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
APRIL 12-13, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Citizens Against Homicide is pleased to announce our first Annual CAH Victim Awareness Conference -
In Memory of Yvette Nance.
The conference will kick off Friday evening, April 12th, for a casual “Meet and Greet”. On Saturday, April 13th – a day filled with educational and informative presentations from various subject matter experts. The day will end with a beautiful gourmet banquet and a very special celebrity guest appearance. We are so proud and very honored to have Mr. Bill Cosby close our conference with his words of wisdom and infectious humor. He has been an American icon through the generations and understands the grief of losing a loved one to homicide.
CAH looks forward to seeing old friends and acquiring new acquaintances~ Please join us!
THE FIRST 400 RESERVATIONS WILL RECEIVE THE BOOK “CITIZEN JANE” – THE BIOGRAPHY OF CAH CO-FOUNDER, JANE ALEXANDER. WE WILL ALSO INCLUDE A SIGNED PHOTO OF JANE.
Please copy and paste the following link (to address bar) to book room reservations at the CAH discounted group rate:
Use Group Code: XCAH2013
CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
CAH 2013 VICTIM AWARENESS CONFERENCE – SPONSOR AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Click HERE to register online
JUSTICE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police chief has been fired over allegations he failed to properly discipline an officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a patrol car.
Robert Gedville’s dismissal is also linked to a consulting arrangement he had with a red-light camera vendor.
DOD 12/7/09 Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL
Read #9 at Mystery Letter: Justice Police will Never Find Lacey Gaines Killer http://coldnomore.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/mystery-letter-justice-police-will-never-find-lacey-gaines-killer then this case http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/11/20/52416.htm Justice, IL Officer Carmen Scardine sexually molested woman waiting for cab at Justice Apt’s – was this same apt as the one Lacey worked or lived at? Case against Justice, IL Police Officer Carmen Scardine http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/Recently%20File%20cases/12cv9213.pdf
It’s so frustrating. First you have the Justice PD that is almost criminal in their handling of this (and I’m referring to REFUSING any outside help), and then you have others FIGHTING people who want to find out what really happened to her.
It makes no sense! I just don’t understand. Do they not realize that they don’t have the “right” to decide that justice doesn’t need to be served in Lacey’s murder?
It is sad when you can’t count on a Chief of Police to do the right thing. Gedville’s firing stirs up a lot of “what-ifs” for Lacey’s family. That is NOT fair!
In Session commentator on Ethan Chic-Colbert Domestic Violence Case and the Registry’s Preventative efforts. Cherry Simpson Co-executive director speaks out. Aired 11/19/2012
Jon says he could be interested in doing more unsolved cases or on new legislation. You can contact him through his site http://www.jonleiberman.com/
SYCAMORE, Ill. — For most of five decades, it seemed no one would ever be held accountable for the murder of a 7-year-old Illinois girl
First, Gov. Pat Quinn rejected reporters’ requests to tour Illinois prisons as he plans a major shakeup in the state’s corrections system. Now his administration is refusing to reveal precisely who has been allowed to see inside state penitentiaries during his three years in office.
Original article Click Here by Quad City Times
Link to video:
But there are two new bloggers and one is an ex-cop the other a writer, journalist and producer. See what they have to say about the terrible murder of Lacey Gaines:
Lacey Gaines Remembered http://theslamdunktrove.blogspot.com/2011/12/lacey-gaines-remembered.html by Slam Dunk ex-cop
What I Need Most, Someone to Not Let Me Give Up: Lacey Gaines http://coldnomore.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/what-i-need-most-someone-to-not-let-me-give-up-lacey-gaines/#more-276
by Norm Holliston of ZeroGossip
Holder: We must fix gaps that let fugitives live free abroad – Is this what happened in Lacey Gaines Case #09-06670 Justice, IL
Holder: We must fix gaps that let fugitives live free abroad
Is this what may have happened in Lacey Gaines’ case.
Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL was murdered in 2009, strangled and stabbed. I was told one of the suspects fled to Mexico and they are not prosecuting. She left a 2 yr old son.
Lacey’s case was featured in the SHS Link website and newsletter last year. It’ll be two years this Dec since her brutal murder. What makes her case unsolvable?
Chicago Breaking News – 12/09/09
The slaying of a 20-year-old woman who was found strangled and stabbed inside her south suburban Justice apartment appears to be an isolated incident, Justice Police Chief Bob Gedville said today.
The incident does not appear to be a robbery or a burglary, the chief said, and police are investigating whether the woman killed, Lacey Gaines, knew her killer. Gaines, of the first block of Hickory Trace Drive, was single, Gedville said.
About 7 p.m. Monday police responded to a call for an unresponsive female covered in blood and found Gaines, Gedville said. She was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and her death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She died of strangulation and multiple stab wounds, the office ruled.
Police have been conducting several interviews but do not plan to file charges in the immediate future, Gedville said. No suspects are in custody, he said.
Death of 20-year-old Justice woman ruled a homicide
How about writing or calling those in charge and asking…what’s happening in the murder case of Lacey Gaines. Is her’s a case such as Holder and Durbin are speaking about?
John Brassil (New Illinois) Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney (took over for Fabio Valentini Supervisor, Felony Review Unit , Office Of The Cook County State’s Attorney)
Justice Police Department http://villageofjustice.org/ 7800 S Archer Rd, Justice, IL 60458 Ph: 708 458-2191 Lead Det R Plotke email@example.com Det Joe Malloy 708-458-2194 Det Jim Davis 312-603-3980 firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Fatalities Hearing Witness List and Testimony of Michael Petit, Every Child Matters Educational Fund
Child Fatalities Hearing, July 12, 10 am, Rayburn House Office Building
Attached is the Witness List and testimony from Michael Petit for the House Ways and Means Hearing on Child Fatalities last Tuesday.
Every Child Matters Educational Fund: http://www.everychildmatters.org/
URL for the National Center for Child Death Review is: http://www.childdeathreview.org/
One can access NCCDR’s information on what constitutes a thorough child fatality review.
The GAO Report is here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-811T
Child Fatalities from Maltreatment: National Data Could Be Strengthened
GAO-11-811T July 12, 2011
Full Report (PDF, 9 pages)
All the testimony can be accessed and one can also make a submission for the record at:
this was submitted by Eileen King DC Regional Director of Justice for Children
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Bill Status of HJRCA0029 97th General Assembly
Short Description: CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS
Rep. Lou Lang – Deborah Mell – Lisa M. Dugan – Dennis M. Reboletti – Randy Ramey, Jr., Jim Sacia, Robyn Gabel, Karen A. Yarbrough, Fred Crespo, Dave Winters, Jim Watson, Naomi D. Jakobsson, Roger L. Eddy, Daniel Biss, Rich Brauer, Raymond Poe, Rita Mayfield, Karen May, Greg Harris, Donald L. Moffitt, Chapin Rose, Edward J. Acevedo, Jehan A. Gordon, Ann Williams, Linda Chapa LaVia, LaShawn K. Ford, Constance A. Howard, Marlow H. Colvin, Mary E. Flowers, Arthur Turner, Jim Durkin, Esther Golar, Ed Sullivan, Jr., Sidney H. Mathias, Thomas Holbrook, Maria Antonia Berrios, Jack D. Franks, Keith Farnham, Carol A. Sente, Michelle Mussman, Jack McGuire, Susana A. Mendoza, Al Riley, Jil Tracy, Kay Hatcher, Thaddeus Jones, Mike Bost, JoAnn D. Osmond, John D. Cavaletto, Wayne Rosenthal, Darlene J. Senger, Patrick J. Verschoore, Norine Hammond, Michael Unes, Franco Coladipietro, Michael G. Connelly, Robert W. Pritchard, Chris Nybo, David Harris, Thomas Morrison, Daniel V. Beiser, Dwight Kay, Patricia R. Bellock, Sandra M. Pihos, Camille Y Lilly, Michael P. McAuliffe, Frank J. Mautino, Michael J. Zalewski, Richard Morthland, Monique D. Davis, Pam Roth, John E. Bradley, Kenneth Dunkin, Daniel J. Burke, Elizabeth Hernandez, André M. Thapedi, Dan Reitz and Dan Brady
Date Chamber Action
5/11/2011 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate
ILCON Art. 1, Sec. 8.1
Synopsis As Introduced
Proposes to amend the Bill of Rights Article of the Illinois Constitution concerning crime victim’s rights. Provides that in addition to other rights provided in the Constitutional provision, a crime victim has the right to: (1) be free from harassment, intimidation, and abuse; (2) refuse to disclose information that is privileged or confidential by law; (3) timely notification of post-trial proceedings; (4) be heard in person or in any other reasonable manner the victim chooses at any proceeding involving a post-arraignment release decision, plea, sentencing, post-conviction or post-adjudication release decision, or any proceeding in which a right of the victim is at issue; (5) receive a report prepared for sentencing, reduction in sentence, parole, early release, or clemency, when available to the accused; and (6) have the safety of the victim and the victim’s family considered in denying or fixing the amount of bail, determining whether to release the defendant, and setting conditions of release after arrest and conviction. Provides that nothing in this Constitutional provision creates any cause of action for compensation or damages against the State, any political subdivision of the State, any officer, employee, or agent of the State or of any of its political subdivisions, or any officer or employee of the court. Effective upon being declared adopted.
Date Chamber Action
3/11/2011 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Lou Lang
3/15/2011 House Read in Full a First Time
3/15/2011 House Referred to Rules Committee
3/28/2011 House Assigned to Judiciary II – Criminal Law Committee
3/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell
3/29/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
4/7/2011 House Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell
4/7/2011 House Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
4/7/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell
4/7/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
4/7/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Dennis M. Reboletti
4/13/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Randy Ramey, Jr.
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Robyn Gabel
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Fred Crespo
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dave Winters
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Watson
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Sacia
4/14/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
4/14/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Roger L. Eddy
4/26/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Biss
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Rich Brauer
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Raymond Poe
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Karen May
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Donald L. Moffitt
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Chapin Rose
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Edward J. Acevedo
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jehan A. Gordon
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Ann Williams
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. LaShawn K. Ford
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Constance A. Howard
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Marlow H. Colvin
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Arthur Turner
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Durkin
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Esther Golar
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr.
4/28/2011 House Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary II – Criminal Law Committee; 007-000-000
4/28/2011 House Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading – Short Debate
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sidney H. Mathias
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Holbrook
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jack D. Franks
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Keith Farnham
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol A. Sente
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michelle Mussman
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jack McGuire
5/3/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Susana A. Mendoza
5/4/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Al Riley
5/5/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jil Tracy
5/5/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kay Hatcher
5/5/2011 House Read in Full a Second Time
5/5/2011 House Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading – Short Debate
5/9/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thaddeus Jones
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mike Bost
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. JoAnn D. Osmond
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. John D. Cavaletto
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Wayne Rosenthal
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Darlene J. Senger
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Norine Hammond
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael Unes
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Franco Coladipietro
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael G. Connelly
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert W. Pritchard
5/11/2011 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Chris Nybo
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. David Harris
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Morrison
5/11/2011 House Read in Full a Third Time
5/11/2011 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel V. Beiser
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dwight Kay
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Patricia R. Bellock
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sandra M. Pihos
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y Lilly
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Frank J. Mautino
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Richard Morthland
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Monique D. Davis
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Pam Roth
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. John E. Bradley
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel J. Burke
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. André M. Thapedi
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Reitz
5/18/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Brady
By Matt Williams
Posted Apr 20, 2011
ROCKFORD — A state legislative proposal would strengthen the state’s DNA database by requiring the most serious offenders to submit DNA tests without a court order.
House Bill 3238, co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Sacia, R-Pecatonica, and approved in the House this month, would allow DNA to be collected from people who are indicted or if there is probable cause in cases of first-degree murder, home invasion, predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.
The law would also require all sex offenders to provide DNA samples, regardless of conviction date or the state where the offense occurred. The bill awaits a vote in the Senate.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato supports the proposal.
“If, for example, today you go out and get arrested for home invasion, we bring you in and get photos and fingerprints but we don’t have a right to collect your DNA,” Bruscato said. “This gives us the ability to collect DNA after the arrest.”
Strengthening the DNA database, Bruscato said, could also be helpful in making arrests on unsolved cases or any future cases where DNA evidence is collected.
“If 10 years from now you commit a crime, that DNA hit will come back from that bank,” he said.
The law would not only help law enforcement but could also be beneficial for those who are falsely accused of a crime.
“It can actually help a person who is claiming innocence because they get the opportunity to use that evidence to potentially clear their name,” Bruscato said.
Sacia said some of the people concerned about the bill are worried that it violates people’s privacy.
“They feel it is an invasive procedure and we are taking advantage of someone who may eventually be found innocent,” Sacia said. “To me, that makes a better argument for it.”
“To object to this would be to object to fingerprints,” Bruscato added. “Yesterday, fingerprints were the way to do it, but in 2011 the more sophisticated way to identify someone is through DNA. What we need to do is get with the times, and that’s what this is about.”
Reach Matt Williams at 815-987-1389 or email@example.com.
Copyright 2011 Rockford Register Star. Some rights reserved
Connecting Mentors and Mentees Across the US
An organization helping women advance has invited SHS Executive Director Dora Larson to join the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) which provides a forum for networking, education and the exchanging of ideas. The organization has 150,000 members and 30 local chapters based all over America.
Dora has many years of experience as a professional in the criminal justice field and crime victim advocate and activist. Currently non-profit Executive Director of SHS, her membership to this professional women’s organization will provide additional networking opportunities and resources that are otherwise not available.
Membership to the NAPW provides women with a group of individuals that know and understand these demands as well. The educational opportunities that are available to the members are very helpful. In today’s trying economic times, women need all of the resources and networking opportunities that are available and the NAPW strives to provide those opportunities.
Alliance of criminal justice reform organizations including the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, the Uptown People’s Law Center, and Tamms Yen Year project have problems dealing with reality of violent crime in Illinois. Currently, the Illinois Department of Corrections prison population has swelled by over 3,000 since the IDOC stopped the “MGT Push” program, but for these organizations to point fingers at the Legislature and Governor Quinn for failing to show convicted felons the door early in some cases after only serving an average of 13 days show their failure to understand the need for patience in these matters. The Supporters of Homicide Survivors look for realistic and safe ways to protect the public through community awareness and victim notification which is justified and in the case of public opinion the accepted format.
However, to openly support rewarding offenders for violating the law in Illinois with lesser sentences is ludicrous! The question that the Shriver Center, Uptown People’s Law Center and the Tamms Project need to address is supporting programs that are needed in the Illinois Department of Corrections. These programs assist offenders in ways not to recidivate and education as well as programs that teach offenders to turn away from a life of crime and violence against law abiding citizens. The end result will be educated, and reformed inmates rather than persons looking for a quick way back to the penitentiary. Therefore, their energy would be better served in development of prisoner programs to educate and reform rather than shake their fingers at the legislature and law enforcement organizations.
The thinking process that these organizations present does not speak to any means or ideas to stop the violence. In addition, to throw jabs at sentencing laws show only contempt for the justice system and do not provide any valid opinion or solutions. Supporters of Homicide Survivors have the ideas that are needed to deal with the problems of “Early Release Programs” and ‘MGT Push”. Healthy debate and a need for the primary goal which is the protection of the citizens of Illinois who choose to live by the laws which have been in place since the inception of civilized society will always be needed but not at the expense of a single innocent person’s life.
Currently, 7 out 10 paroled offenders return to prison within a calendar year of release and this is due to poor education, poor training and failure to enroll in needed prisoner programs. Sadly, the blame is placed on the IDOC and law enforcement agencies by the special interest groups that state it is failure on the agencies due to underfunded re-entry and parolee assistance programs. Therefore, the answer to the problem has presented itself and if properly lobbied funds can be secured through not only the Illinois legislature but also through DOJ grants. Offender advocate groups are long on what’s wrong with the system but are short on delivery of solutions.
As a citizen of Illinois, you are invited to use the form below to nominate yourself for membership on up to four boards, commissions, councils, or task forces. The information we collect will be used by the Governor’s office in considering your interest in an appointment. It will be kept confidential and protected from disclosure to the extent permitted by law. If you have problems completing the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The SHS Support for Homicide Survivors has given support to the 2011 legislative session. Please contact your local legislators to support or contact SHS for additional information.
SB2151 – CRIM CD-JUVENILE DELINQUENT
Senate Sponsor: Sen. John J. Millner
Synopsis As Introduced – Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Prohibits adjudicated juvenile delinquent child sex offenders from being present in certain places or loitering near such places when persons under 18 are present. Provides exemptions. Provides that the penalty for violation is a Class 4 felony.
HB0233 – CRIM CD-AGG BATTERY-TORTURE
House Sponsors: Rep. Tom Cross – Dennis M. Reboletti – Jim Watson
Senate Sponsors: (Sen. Linda Holmes )
Synopsis As Introduced – Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that aggravated battery that causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement is a Class X felony when the aggravated battery was intentional and involved the infliction of torture as the infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the victim.
HB0021- CRIM CD- DRUG INDUCED HOMICIDE
House Sponsors: Rep. Jim Sacia – Dennis M. Reboletti – Donald L. Moffitt – Patricia R. Bellock – Patrick J. Verschoore
Senate Sponsors: (Sen. Tim Bivins)
Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that a person also commits the offense of drug induced homicide by causing another person’s death through absorption of an unlawfully delivered controlled substance. Effective immediately.
HB0263 – CD CORR-1ST DEGREE MURDER
House Sponsors: Rep. Dennis M. Reboletti – Sandra M. Pihos – Kay Hatcher – Kevin A. McCarthy – Timothy L. Schmitz, Patricia R. Bellock, Sidney H. Mathias, Jil Tracy, Dwight Kay, Keith P. Sommer, Michelle Mussman, Lisa M. Dugan, Richard Morthland, Chapin Rose, Michael Unes, Franco Coladipietro, Michael G. Connelly, Jim Durkin, David Reis, Jim Sacia, Esther Golar, Keith Farnham, Susana A. Mendoza and Daniel J. Burke
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Department of State Police shall establish and maintain a Statewide First Degree Murderer Database for the purpose of identifying persons convicted of first degree murder, when the murder was committed before June 19, 1998, who have been released from a penal institution or other facility after the completion of their confinement and making that information available to the public. Provides that the information in the Database shall be the names, residence addresses, places of employment, and schools attended by these offenders, and photographs of the offenders. Provides that the Department of State Police shall require such first degree murderers to register with the Department for a period of 10 years following release.
House bill 1237 sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield, is to give special training on victim sensitivity. Her dedication to victims makes her one of our new allies. Rep. William Cunningham is a new Representative, who is sponsoring House bill 277, which will stop sex offenders from bothering victims. He is another great friend for victims. SHS will give full support to both needed legislation.
Years ago the Victim Constitutional Amendment was passed into law. I helped the then Atty. General, Roland Burris, travel throughout the state to get this voted for. But, still victims are not receiving all their rights! This year SHS with numerous victim organizations and advocates are pushing for HJRCA, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang and many other legislators that will strengthen the rights of victims. This would appear on the ballots for 2012 for citizens to vote into law.
Why? Shouldn’t law like medicine reflect reality and “First, do no harm”to the victims?
NAMES OF MURDER VICTIMS
2 Criminal and victim rights hang in an ugly imbalance. You would think that America – one of the greatest countries in the world – would know better how to protect it’s citizens.
Restoring the Balance of Justice to the Victim
Wouldn’t it be nice if the justice system supported homicide survivors with the same love and understanding the medical community shows a cancer victim? Undergoing chemotherapy is scary and so is trying to recover from a homicide. But there’s no TLC for homicide survivors. Medical advancements are advancing the war with cancer. The same can’t be said about homicide. Why? Shouldn’t law like medicine reflect reality and “First, do no harm”to the victims?”
Our justice system does more to uphold criminal rights than it does victim’s rights. It means criminals should be prosecuted in a just way. This shouldn’t mean letting the criminal lie, cheat, manipulate or slip his way out of the truth or justice, or God forbid coddling him at the expense of the victim!
How many of us remember the names of the Ted Bundy’s victim’s? You don’t! – but you remember the killer Ted Bundy’s name. It’s high time that we remember the names and the lives of the VICTIMS.
There should be someone who will argue for the rights of the victim. The Prosecutor doesn’t do it they represent the State, and the Defense represents the Accused. So who’s looking out for the victim? In reality victim’s rights are rarely enforced. Therefore, we need to restore the balance of justice to the victims.
Crime victims have a right to be heard in criminal proceedings and may directly address the court, with their own private attorney, to advance their rights under victims’ “Bill of Rights” laws.
Andrea’s Law – Murder Registry
1 The legislation, known as “Andrea’s Law,” is named after Andrea Will who was strangled to death in 1998 by her ex-boyfriend, Justin J. Boulay who was released from prison in November after serving only 12 of his 24-year sentence.
One of the first in the country, State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) passed Andrea’s Law recently out of the Judiciary II Committee that calls for the creation of a murderer registry. House Bill 263 is a natural extension to the state’s current sex offender and child murderer registry that will allow residents to take proper safeguards if a convicted murderer lives in their neighborhood,” said Reboletti, a former prosecutor. “Law enforcement will also be put on notice as to the movement and locations of these individuals, long after they are released from custody.”
Patricia Rosenberg of Batavia – Andrea Will’s mother, supports the murderer registry.
“House Bill 263 Andrea’s Law, would not only finally service justice for Andrea, but also for all of the families who have lost a loved one at the hands of another. We need to make sure there is accountability for first-degree murder beyond the prison gate. We all have the right to know if that murderer is living in our neighborhood or right next door,” said Rosenberg. “I was not able to protect my child from what happened to her, but his bill may help to protect someone else – if only they knew.”
In March 1999, Boulay was convicted of first-degree murder. At the time of the sentence, Illinois law allowed one day cut from the sentence for every day of good behavior. Since then, Illinois adopted truth-in-sentencing laws that require those convicted of violent crimes to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
Upon his release from prison, Boulay moved to Hawaii with his wife and will be on parole for three years and must undergo anger management.
Due to the Boulay case, Hawaii legislators are also proposing a murderer registry. Hopefully other states will follow.
Many citizens think they are protected by the national NICE or LEADS systems but in reality they are not. There is no standardization of forms state to state. The murder registry will be in a sense a work around to the problem of criminals staying under the radar. It will act as a deterrent and save lives.
GPS Tracking Another Crime Deterrent Tool
The Cindy Bischof Law was put into effect in 2009.
The GPS has a 100% success rate in keeping women alive. We need an effective legal guarantee of personal-security for victims of domestic abuse. I think it’s a wonderful tool and will not only help save lives but prevents crime and helps to prosecute crime. We all have GPS on our phones and now we’ve got a microchip being put on our 4USPS postage stamps because of anthrax and congress. They already use them on sex offenders DOC has them and have monitored and used the data to prosecute perpetrators. I believe it is inevitable we will all see them utilized soon in many different ways.
I also think the GPS is important for women’s human rights. Too many women are dying from domestic violence. It saves lives. It shouldn’t be about money, it should be about saving lives. At the rate prisoners are being released early we all need this crime deterrent tool.
Women are being blamed for getting themselves beat and raped by men they know and then chastised for not liking them after wards. We need the state to recognize that women are violated because we are women (a form of unequal treatment which needs legal teeth) the GPS helps do exactly that and more.
Primal Prevention of Homicide
While we may never see a Hallmark Card saying “I’m sorry for your child’s homicide” it’s good to know there are some like State Representative Dennis Reboletti and the Cindy Bischof Foundation taking Primal Prevention of Homicide seriously. Another key to success is everyday practicability. Funds need to be applied to epidemiological research towards finding ways to prevent homicide and stop waiting until there’s another homicide victim to testify for Bills needed to to protect the living.
- CBS Chicago Victim’s Mother Campaigns For Murder Registry Law
- Time’s Up Blog Support for Homicide Survivors will Enhance Victim’s Rights in Illinois
- GPS Tracking: http://www.thehotline.org/2009/05/gps-tracking/
- ‘Smart stamps’ next in war on terrorism http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2003/oct/26/20031026-124606-8419r/
- Cindy Bischof Foundation: http://cindysmemorial.org/
- WICD ABC NewsChannel: http://www.wicd15.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/vid_3943.shtml
- Convicted killer arrives in Hawaii: http://www.kitv.com/r-video/25822218/detail.html
Don’t be afraid to ask everyone you know “Who Killed Lacey Gaines?
by Lacey’s Aunt Cherry Simpson SHS Designer
This is my beloved niece Lacey Gaines. She was murdered just 6 days after her 20th birthday on Dec 7, 2009. She was strangled with a cord and her throat was cut with a 10” kitchen knife. No forced entry, no robbery, no sexual assault, no defensive wounds. Her murder left her infant son with out a mother and her family in possible danger. Lacey has left us happy memories of her past, but there will never be any more joyful moments, nor hope and promise of a future.
She was not murdered for money, nor for sex, or passion, but in cold blood, calculated and premeditation the act of a killing machine – carrying out murder against someone’s mother and family.
The police haven’t been able to solve her case yet. They say they have a very strong suspect(s), someone she definitely knew. They say he/they had the opportunity and means but not yet enough evidence to convince a jury of guilt. You see they cannot convict merely on means, motive and opportunity, but must provide convincing proof of means used, and opportunity actually acted upon by the defendant(s) charged.
The secret to solving murder is in determining three things, the ‘Holy Trinity’ of detection: Means, motive and opportunity.
Means is the easiest of the three to determine. By ‘means’, I mean how the murder was carried out and usually an examination of the body will tell you this. According to the First Responders Report Lacey was strangled and stabbed.
How was it accomplished? Lacey was a fighter this was known to all who knew her but to a stranger she would appear to be shy and reserved. Why then no defensive wounds? Was she drugged or possibly surprised. This would mean premeditation. Was there more than one person? Did someone plan Lacey’s murder and then carried it out carefully. Or was someone hired to kill her?
What tools were used and where did they come from? An extension cord and kitchen knife from Lacey’s own home.
Why the overstatement of death by strangulation and stabbing (throat slashed). To be certain the job was complete? No question she was found dead, in her home, fully clothed, no forced entry, no defensive wounds, no theft or sexual assault.
Opportunity also means being in the right place and time to commit the murder. We know where and when the dirty deed was committed. You can eliminate anyone with an alibi. Unless, of course, it was a hired hit.
Motive’ answers the ‘why’ question. Why was Lacey killed?
Motive can be both the easiest and hardest of the Holy Trinity to solve. Sometimes there are lots of people with a good motive to kill, and sometimes it can be hard to find anyone with any kind of motive at all.
So, the first thing you should ask is ‘Who benefits?’ Look very carefully. Who has the most to gain from the Lacey’s death? And if it’s not immediately obvious, then you’re going to have to talk to everyone.
Lacey was a treasured daughter, a close sister, a tender mother, an unforgettable niece, a generous cousin, and a forever friend. She was unique, full of life and laughter, she had a spirit which could not be broken, it was a light she let shine brightly. She still shines ever brighter in our hearts and in Heaven.
Don’t be afraid to ask everyone you know … Who do you think killed Lacey? Someone will have a clue as to the identity of the murderer, but without asking absolutely everyone, you might never know. Remember Lacey was a fighter and she is on the winning team. I want Lacey’s cowardly murderer to know – you have not won. God keeps His promises.
“In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Lacey’s confirmation verse. Psalm 56:11
The number of those looking for her killer(s) is GROWING. Lacey is not forgotten and neither are her killer(s).
Justice, IL Lead Det R. Plotke email@example.com 708-458-2191
“We wish you sunshine on your path and the storms to season your journey. We wish you peace in the world in which you live and in the smallest corner of the heart where truth is kept……….More we cannot wish you except perhaps love to make all the rest worthwhile“. <Robert A. Ward >
I worked part-time for Goldblatt Bros. and Mike worked part-time for his uncle George (later Broadway Maid Rite fame) flipping hamburgers and chopping onions. On more than one occasion, he was teased he had onion odor! We met while Mike was repeating English, he sat next to my then ‘steady guy’ and soon, we were making eye contact and passing notes. He would compliment my blouse and I would be flattered, we became steady’s and kept it secret from our parents when he gave me a diamond engagement ring. I hid it at home but wore it to school to show it off having no idea what I was doing, although I ultimately knew I had to return it, I was only a junior for heavens sake! (I can’t imagine how Mike may have reacted had he lived and one of our daughter’s became engaged at that age!) For Mike’s senior prom his dad let him use their white T-Bird. Mike wore a white blazer tuxedo and I wore an all white gorgeous formal I borrowed from my cousin Pat that she wore as Prom Queen! The memory I cherish most from our warm Prom evening was when Mike decided to try the air conditioner in the car and suddenly our white formal wear was covered in what looked like black ashes! We both had a good laugh! Mike had aspirations of following in his dad’s footsteps and joining the Navy for a four year commitment after his graduation in 1963. We knew we were committed to one another, while he went off on his Navel Submarine duties, I graduated in 1964 and started my office clerical job, remember the old IBM keypunch operator jobs?
While Mike would sail the world in a submarine, I lived at home with my parents and planned our future. To keep me from being lonely while he was gone he gave me an adorable little black poodle dog I named “Sailor”. Every Thursday evening after work his Mom and Dad would have me for wonderful meals. Her whipped potatoes and milk gravy stand alone. On more than one occasion I would be surprised by a long distance phone call from Mike (pre-arranged by his folks). They were so kind and we really bonded those four years he was away as I promised to wait for him. When my birthday would be near, they would take me to their special place for dinner at the Rockford Airport Lounge and Restaurant. When I would get in the back seat of their cute little ‘Thunderbird’ it would be piled high with beautifully wrapped gifts. Just for me! Chanel Perfume that I never, ever, could afford to buy for myself, and an adorable Pendleton red plaid wool circle skirt are just a couple of the favorites I remember. They also told me I could order anything on the menu. Those Lobster Tails and Filets are the best I have ever had, maybe because of the memories! That’s what made Mike so special, he came from a loving, kind and generous family. They didn’t have to spoil me so much to gain my love for them, but I knew that brought them joy and I knew they were doing this for Mike. I soon found out where Mike got his warm, loving and caring heart.
Well, Mike informed his mother that upon discharge from the Navy he was going to purchase a motorcycle and ride it home from the Navel base in Virginia she was furious and wouldn’t hear of it. He eased her fears by calling and saying he bought something with four wheels and she needn’t worry about him driving home. When he arrived, he was in a little red ‘old’ Austin Healy convertible with NO top! Rain, sun, wind, whatever, he drove it all the way home with his STUFF piled in it. Now you have to imagine Mike is 6’3” tall, his head sticks out over the windshield and when I get in, I am only 5’2” tall and can’t even reach the peddles. Yup, this was definitely a future family car! I lived with my folks between Rockford and Belvidere North of Highway 20 so when Mike would leave after spending the evening with my family, we could hear his loud muffler on the car travel down towards the highway and my mom and I would always have a good chuckle teasing him that we could tell if he turned towards his parents house to the west or turned east towards Frank Gays Marque Strip bar (it was quite popular back in in those days)! He believed us always saying he went straight home! He was fun to tease, I loved it!
Before Mike serves his last year in the Navy, we have pretty much made our wedding plans. During one of his furloughs we finally officially become engaged and can be openly excited about it this time. No one is surprised, but it’s an exciting time for us. I remember we wrote so many letters back and forth during those years he was away and the mom’s and I sent many boxes of cookies and chips. I wish I had saved all those letters, but in time they disappeared and of course I had no idea they should have been cherished. Our daughters would have loved reading them at a future time in their life. He also came home with two keepsakes. One I was happy about and one I was embarrassed about. He had an oil portrait made of me in Spain from my senior picture, the other, well it was inked into his upper arm and the likeness was familiar and the name on the ribbon across it said “TERRY”, but she was TOPLESS!!!! What was he thinking? (I wouldn’t let him wear short sleeves for a LONG time).
We marry on Mike’s mom and dad’s (Les & Eva’s) 25th wedding anniversary in September after his discharge. We thought it would be neat to celebrate our 25th anniversary on their 50th. My most vivid memory of our wedding was when I took Mike’s hand at the alter and his hand was ICE COLD! I’m told later by the best man that the previous evening, the guys took him out for a night on the town and they closed up the Ten Stoop Bar of Broadway! They have to carry a 6’3” passed out groom-to-be home and figure out how they are going to get him to church the next day. Several cold showers later, I am standing next to this literally freezing cold ‘love of my life’ soon to be husband who will be some day be the father of my children and pray he thaws out!! We danced to Jolie’ Jorgensen Swedish Band at the Harmony Club and had our fill of food, fun and beer. We drove that night to the Wisconsin Dells Coach Light Motel for our honeymoon (when I saw it was being auctioned off a few years ago it brought back a lot of memories). After a few days up north we settled into our town house apartment in Loves Park with the new huge Spanish style bedroom set we bought on layaway from House of Lindberg and the rest of the apartment was furnished with ‘not second’ hand furniture, but ‘third hand’ furniture for the living room from his Aunt Mia. We used his mom and dad’s round red wood table and benches for a kitchen table. We loved it, we were in love! I was still working for the same company and Mike was working for a company downtown until he decided he wanted to test for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. He felt that’s where his heart’s desire was and he wanted to be a part of making our community a better place for his future children, nieces and nephews to grow up in.
We all had struggles then, but we were happy and full of love. We had no clue there was a storm brewing!
“I’d like to brush the gray from out of your skies and leave them only blue“.<Edgar Guest>
The Journey continues, but until then, I wish you peace along yours,
The first thing I want to do as Ex. Dir. of SHS is to thank everyone for their support for SHS, Terry Mayborne and me. The idea to start a new organization at my age entered into my thoughts, but I knew I had to continue the battle to help victims. This cause has driven my life for over 30 years, how could I stop while I still had life in me? I talked to family members, friends and called Terry to ask her to join me. She said yes to coming on board to be the President and Cherry Simpson said she’d help in anyway too. Within two weeks we had SHS up and running. We appreciate all of you for our growth and continuing accomplishments.
This week I spent at our Capitol working for legislation for victims and their rights. I gave testimony for Sen. John Millner to Sen.Bill 2151, which puts limits on juvenile sex offenders similar to adult offenders. It would mean limits to where the juveniles could be, what groups they could join all to keep child safe. Once again if this bill were law years ago my Vicki would be alive today. Sen. Millner is a dear friend of many years, I love him and all the things he’s done over the years for victims and me.
I talked to Rep. Jim Durkin about the problems of people sentenced to mental facilities. He has introduced legislation which will end all the fears victims have whose offenders are given this sentence. This will include notification upon release.
I’m back to Springfield again next week for final bills introductions. We will support Rep. Reboletti’s bill House Bill 263 that creates a murder registration. We believe this would be the first of it’s kind in the country. I will give testimony to this bill and will support the victims of the crimes which brought the need for this law. Rep Reboletti has helped us numerous times to stop early release of violent offenders. He is a champion for victims.
Some others of the upcoming bills are from the Senate; 1338, 1339, 1340, 1341, 1560, 1561, 1562 and 1563 all pertaining to stopping early releases of inmates, sponsored by Sen. Kirk Dillard. I will testify to these as needed.
House bill 1237 sponsored by Rep. Mayfield, is to give special training on victim sensitivity. Her dedication to victims makes her one of our new allies. Rep. Cunningham is a new Representative, who is sponsoring House bill 277, which will stop sex offenders from bothering victims. He is another great friend for victims. SHS will give full support to both needed legislation.
Years ago the Victim Constitutional Amendment was passed into law. I helped the then Atty. General, Roland Burris, travel throughout the state to get this voted for. But, still victims are not receiving all their rights! This year SHS with numerous victim organizations and advocates are pushing for HJRCA, sponsored by Rep Lou Lang and many other legislators that will strengthen the rights of victims. This would appear on the ballots for 2012 for citizens to vote into law.
It always amazes me, as we think we’ve changed all necessary laws, more are needed for victims’ safety and well being. This was one of the driving forces in my decision to starting a new organization at almost 65 years of age. I have never given a second or doubtful thought to my helping start Support for Homicide Survivors. With your continuing support and prayers I’ll be doing victim work until my 100th birthday. Then might be the time I will think about retire!
With my respect and very best to all our friends and supporters,
On Thurday March 2, 2011 at 7pm our Cherry Simpson web-designer and Murder victim Lacey Gaines’ Aunt was a guest on the new radio show with host Jon Leiberman, you know him from AMW for last 6.5 years now has own company;
http://www.dqrm.com/programs.htm click on true facts thursday at 7pm
Who killed Lacey? Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL – call in if you have info on Lacey’s case.
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Distinguished Members of the 97th General Assembly,
I would like to take this opportunity to advise each of you that in 2010 the state of Illinois lost 10 officers due to in the line of duty deaths making Illinois equal in Officer Fatalities with the state of California and the entire U.S. Government. We believe it is important to speak on this fact simply because the State and County Correctional officers in Illinois are still prohibited from protecting themselves and more importantly their families when they are off duty and away from armed catwalk and tower Officers who protect them while on duty. Therefore, we realized that we would have to make legislative changes to protect these law enforcement officials from reprisals that paroled or discharged offenders seek as means of revenge.
We have drafted HB 0098 in the hopes that you as elected officials would look upon this with favor and allow us this choice if the situation would ever present itself. Certainly it is our hope that these incidents would not occur but they do and at an ever increasing rate as we see with the obvious assault on police with the daily updates of fatalities. January 28th – February 2nd 2011 has produced three Correctional Officers killed due to their assigned duties for security, custody and control of the institutions and the inmates they have been charged with supervising.
Ladies and Gentlemen I could continue with facts, figures and stories of sacrifice and loss from all jurisdictions of Illinois Law Enforcement but in the end the decision to approve this legislation is in your hands. I would be very naive to believe that with the state of the budget and the pending fiscal decisions in front of all of you, that this would be placed very high on the list of pending legislative priorities. However, I can leave you with these facts to hopefully provide some legitimacy to our request:
- There is no funding needed to implement this legislation, just the opposite, funds will be brought to the ILETSB due to qualification fees paid by the officers.
- Every officer involved in this legislation has already received firearms training that exceed what is required according to current ILCS. (ILETSB firearm certification is mandatory at all Correctional Officer training facilities statewide.)
- Correctional Officers perform the tasks of keeping persons that are deemed unfit for society with medical care, education and rules that were put in place by your predecessors to ensure safety of the citizens of Illinois.
Currently, HB 0098 is in the House Executive Committee and is awaiting a hearing date. Our supporters of this legislation will be present for committee testimony and will answer any and all questions in regards to training, reasoning, and need for this proposed bill. We really appreciate your time and consideration on this matter.
James E. Simmons, President
2nd Vice President Illinois F.O.P State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police Corrections Lodge #263
I am so honored to work with the people on the SHS Board and our Web Master. They are outstanding, caring people who are devoted to helping victims and insuring victims receive their rights. Some of them have faced violent crime or murder in their lifes and yet they continue to support victims. They are my heroes who I appreciate very much.
Dora Larson is guest on Crime Prevention 101 with host Susan Bartlestone. You may download or podcast.
Also on show is famous True Crime Author Dennis N. Griffin also host of CrimeWireSite.com and Statement Analysist Peter Hyatt. Dora and Peter are also a friends of Crimewire.
Tracking homicides in Chicago is an ongoing project of the RedEye. This site is updated regularly with information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Breaking News Center. Information is subject to change. Data points appear Thursdays in RedEye’s print edition.
There were 125 duty related deaths in 2009. That is the fewest line-of-duty deaths since 1959, when there were 108.
However, the number of officers shot and killed surged 26 percent, from 39 in 2008 to 49 in 2009. More than 30 percent of 2009′s shooting fatalities—15 in all—occurred in five separate incidents in which more than one officer was gunned down by a single offender.
As of today (2-6-2010) There have been 7 Officers killed by Gun Fire, which is up 600% from last year at this time. What does this mean? That the criminals of today are more violent then ever before; and that if these individuals will shoot and kill a Peace Officer, they would not think twice in killing a citizen (you).
We need to act now, and we need to act fast to make sure that these violent criminals are dealt with accordingly. We need to get Congress to resubmit H.R. 3153 [110th]: Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act of 2007, and make sure it gets passed this time around. We as a Society want to be protected, but who is Protecting our Protectors? It’s time to stand up and say; Enough is Enough!
Here is text from Bill submitted in 2007:
HR 3153 IH 110th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3153
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide to make the killing of a law enforcement officer an aggravating factor for the imposition of the death penalty.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 24, 2007 Mr. GERLACH introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide to make the killing of a law enforcement officer an aggravating factor for the imposition of the death penalty. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act of 2007′.
SEC. 2. DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
Section 3592(c) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (16) the following:
(17) KILLING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER- The defendant killed or attempted to kill a person who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detention, investigation, or prosecution of any criminal violation of law; or to arrest or prosecute an individual for any such violation’.
You can also go to the Discussion Board area; there you will find the complete text of the Bill, as well as contact information for your state representatives.
Please contact your legislators, and tell them to resubmit this bill.
Bill Would Require Murder Registry In Illinois
January 25, 2011 3:02 PM
CHICAGO (WBBM) – In reaction to the recent parole of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend at Eastern Illinois University in 1998, a state lawmaker wants to create a registry specifically for those convicted of first degree murder before so-called “truth in sentencing” laws took effect.
Parolees on murder convictions who move to Illinois from other states also would be required to register under the bill, introduced by State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst).
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The measure was prompted by the release Nov. 16 of 32-year-old Justin Boulay, after serving half of a 24-year sentence for the February 1998 murder of his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Andrea Will.
Boulay and Will were students at Eastern Illinois University. Boulay lured Will to his apartment on the pretext of giving her an early birthday gift and then strangled her with a telephone cord.
Will had ended the abusive relationship three months earlier.
“My life changed forever,” said Will’s mother, Patricia Rosenberg, of Batavia, who appeared with Will’s former roommate, Michelle Felde, of Arlington Heights. They stood by Reboletti’s side as he announced the filing of the bill.
Rosenberg said she was angry when denied a chance to read a victim impact statement at sentencing in 1999, and outraged when told by state officials that there was nothing she could do to prevent the parole of Boulay.
The bill would require those who killed in Illinois before June 1998, and convicted murderers who move to Illinois after leaving prison, to report their whereabouts to state officials for 10 years after release.
“I was not able to protect my child from what happened to her, but this bill may help to protect someone else,” Rosenberg said.
The bill provides for an additional prison sentence of one to six years for those who fail to register.
The bill is HB263.
HOMICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT GROUP
The next group will meet on Wednesday, February16th at 5:30p.m.
7th Floor Winnebago County Courthouse
We have entered the month of love and romance and your heart is broken.
Please join us to talk about it.
Please contact Barb or Jody at (815)319-4700
Press Release, 2/8/2011, 12:00PM Springfield, IL
These women have a combined 41 years working with victims of crime. Their philosophy has always been that victims’ rights should be considered of equal –if not greater– importance compared to those who commit murder.
Ms. Larson, who will be Executive Director of SHS, 10 yr old daughter, Vicki, was raped and murdered in 1979. Ms. Mayborne, who will be the President of SHS, husband, Mike, a Winnebago County Detective Michael E. Mayborne, EOW 3/15/74, was shot and killed while on duty in 1974.
Some of the goals of SHS are, Continuing support for homicide survivors, which includes support at parole and clemency hearings and to work for legislative changes for victims and their rights.
SHS’s first legislative improvement will be for HB 199, sponsored by Representative Tom Cross, this bill will put a victim or victim advocate on the Prisoner Review Board. Ms. Larson has worked closely with Representative Tom Cross and his staff to make this bill reality.
We will produce a bi-monthly newsletter for all interested parties. We will run a victim’s voice in each publication. Our first six victims will be unsolved homicides. The first will be the facts of Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL on December 7, 2009.
It will be our honor and pleasure to present the 1st Annual SHS Award honoring the dedicated service of Agent James Simmons, 2nd VP. of State and President, of F.O.P. IDOC Lodge #263, for the Victims of the State of Illinois. Agent Simmons will be the first recipient of this distinguished award from “Support for Homicide Survivor’s”. SHS recognizes his dedicated commitment to see that victims in the State of Illinois are not forgotten. He has supported victims issues and fought for legislation that helps to bring forth the Rights of Victims.