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Also in attendance were several members of local law enforcement: Chief Tom Weitzel, Village of Riverside, Chief Joseph G. Ford, City of Countryside, Officer Fran Marrocco of La Grange Park, Lieutenant Chris Milojevich of Hodgkins, and Deputy Chief Andrew Peters of La Grange.
Where: LTHS Performing Arts Center
The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area is hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary THE HUNTING GROUND at LTHS South Campus Performing Arts Center on May 14 at 7 P.M.
This powerful film explores the problem of rape on campus and how students--both males and females--can protect themselves. It also exposes how some universities have attempted to bury the number of reported sexual assaults and misrepresent the legal rights of victims. Over time, laws have been changed as a result of this documentary, the movement behind it, and its story of two University of North Carolina undergrads who discovered the legal protection afforded to all students under Title IX.
The screening is free of charge and open to the community. It is appropriate for older high school students, and is recommended for seniors--many of whom will be off to college in a matter of months--and their parents.
"This report is the culmination of 18 months of research by the above group. We interviewed over 20 major stakeholders in the Cook County Criminal Justice System and professors in the criminal justice field, read countless criminal justice articles, and visited 5 area Bond Courts and the Cook County Jail. We were motivated by the growing numbers of non-violent detainees at the jail who were languishing there due to their inability to post bond. We saw this as a primary civil rights issue. We also were motivated by the report by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts that came up with 40 recommendations for improving justice at the pre-trial level."
February - Supreme Court Decisions
March - Cost of Pharmaceuticals
April - Gun Licensing
May - Rape on Campus
June - Annual Business Meeting
The upshot of the joint letter (signed by Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and other reform groups) is that Governor Rauner invited legislative leaders to a meeting in his office on November 18th.
While we had hoped there would be representatives of the reform groups who signed the letter invited to the meeting, we remain somewhat hopeful that the meeting could be constructive. Stay tuned for details but it is clear that the letter had impact.