FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
“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.