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Feb­ru­ary 17, 2015

State’s Attor­ney calls for Con­gres­sion­al Sup­port for Pub­lic Safe­ty Priorities
Joins Pros­e­cu­tors from Across the Coun­try to meet with Law­mak­ers in Washington

Left to Right: LaSalle Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Bri­an Towne, Hamil­ton Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Justin Hood, U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Bost, St. Clair Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Bren­dan Kel­ly, Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds (pho­to tak­en Tues­day Feb­ru­ary 10, 2015 at Rep. Bost’s office in the Long­worth House Office Build­ing, Wash­ing­ton DC).

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds recent­ly joined pros­e­cu­tors from across the coun­try in Wash­ing­ton, DC to urge con­gres­sion­al sup­port for pub­lic safe­ty pri­or­i­ties.  Edmonds, a mem­ber of the Nation­al Dis­trict Attorney’s Asso­ci­a­tion, joined hun­dreds of elect­ed pros­e­cu­tors in meet­ings with Sen­a­tors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Capi­tol Hill.  Edmonds par­tic­i­pat­ed with the Illi­nois del­e­ga­tion which also includ­ed the State’s Attor­neys of Hamil­ton Kane, Kanka­kee, Lake, LaSalle, Sang­a­mon, St. Clair and Win­neba­go Coun­ties.  Mem­bers of the group met with Sen­a­tors Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mike Bost, Bill Fos­ter, Cheri Bus­tos, Aaron Schock, Adam Kinsinger and Randy Hult­gren.  The State’s Attor­neys urged con­tin­ued con­gres­sion­al sup­port for crime vic­tim ser­vices, pros­e­cu­tor train­ing, child advo­ca­cy cen­ters and drug treat­ment pro­grams, par­tic­u­lar­ly regard­ing the nation’s grow­ing hero­in epidemic.

Many of these pro­grams make a huge impact in South­ern Illi­nois and specif­i­cal­ly in Union Coun­ty,” said State’s Attor­ney Edmonds.  “Fed­er­al sup­port for our ser­vices to crime vic­tims and for the Two Rivers Child Advo­ca­cy Cen­ter in Anna have a huge impact in Union Coun­ty.  Union Coun­ty law enforce­ment has also received tremen­dous fed­er­al sup­port for ini­tia­tives aimed at domes­tic vio­lence and metham­phet­a­mine abuse.  I am very grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak with our sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives about the impact their con­tin­ued sup­port has in improv­ing pub­lic safe­ty in Union County.”