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Sep­tem­ber 19, 2016

State’s Attor­ney calls for Con­gres­sion­al Fund­ing of Kids’ Pro­grams to Pre­vent Crime
Joins Law Enforce­ment Lead­ers from Across
 the Coun­try to meet with Law­mak­ers in Washington

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds joined pros­e­cu­tors, police chiefs and sher­iffs from across the coun­ty in Wash­ing­ton, DC to encour­age law­mak­ers to fund pro­grams for chil­dren that pre­vent crime.   Edmonds and oth­er mem­bers of the Illi­nois del­e­ga­tion met with Illi­nois Con­gress­men Rod­ney Davis and Randy Hult­gren in Wash­ing­ton on behalf of the more than 300 police chiefs, Sher­iffs and pros­e­cu­tors who are mem­bers of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illi­nois to urge con­gres­sion­al sup­port for invest­ments in ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion, home vis­it­ing for at-risk fam­i­lies, and sci­ence-based child nutrition.

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Get­ting kids off to a sol­id start in life is a research proven way to keep kids on the right track and out of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem” Edmonds stat­ed.  “I appre­ci­ate our lead­ers in Wash­ing­ton for lis­ten­ing to how these invest­ments in chil­dren in South­ern Illi­nois can pro­mote progress in school and lead to reduc­tions in juve­nile delin­quen­cy.  This saves tax­pay­er mon­ey in the long run and gives kids a bet­ter chance at hap­py and pro­duc­tive lives.”

Edmonds and oth­er Fight Crime: Invest in Kids mem­bers were joined in Wash­ing­ton by mem­bers of the Coun­cil for a Strong Amer­i­ca, a nation­al bipar­ti­san non­prof­it that unites five orga­ni­za­tions com­prised of law enforce­ment lead­ers, retired admi­rals and gen­er­als, busi­ness exec­u­tives, pas­tors, and promi­nent coach­es and ath­letes who pro­mote solu­tions that ensure our next gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­cans will be cit­i­zen-ready.  Edmonds was joined in rep­re­sent­ing Illi­nois by River­side Police Chief Thomas Weitzel of Fight Crime Invest in Kids and Lt. Gen­er­al Ran­dal Rig­by (Ret.) of Mis­sion Readi­ness, a part­ner orga­ni­za­tion of retired admi­rals and gen­er­als strength­en­ing nation­al secu­ri­ty by ensur­ing kids stay in school, stay fit and stay out of trou­ble so they can serve our nation in what­ev­er way they choose.