Moylan Named to Violence Prevention Task Force

03/12/2015

“Violent crime is a menace to our society,” Moylan said. “There are many agencies working every day to rid our communities of violent crime, and this task force is a way to bring these agencies together with state legislators and find comprehensive solutions to these problems.”

The Violence Prevention Task Force was established by the state in 2013. The purpose of the task force is to increase awareness of resources, jobs, and opportunities to prevent violence in Illinois. The force is also responsible for assisting violence prevention groups, religious groups, and other interested organizations in creating safe havens for victims of violent crime.

The first meeting of the task force covered mass shootings, and reviewed laws and safety procedures that have changed in response to mass shootings. Specifically, the task force reviewed the recommendations made to the state after a mass shooting occurred at Northern Illinois University in February of 2008, leaving five people dead and 21 injured.

In addition to reviewing the recommendations, members of the task force also heard testimony from mental health experts and leaders of non-profit organizations dedicated to reducing violence. Among those presenting was Illinois first lady Diana Rauner, who is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund.

“It was informative to hear from the many different agencies that are dedicated to preventing violence in Illinois,” said Moylan. “We must work together to prevent the terrible events that occurred at places like Northern Illinois University from occurring again.”

Members of this task force serve without compensation.

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or staterepmoylan@gmail.com.