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State Rep. DeLuca Nabs $100,000 for South Suburban Police

The funding comes in the form of a grant being included in next year's state budget.

State Rep. Anthony DeLuca has acquired new state funding for the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.

DeLuca said he convinced state legislatures to restore funding to the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force through a $100,000 grant being included in the Fiscal Year 2013 state budget.

"As a member of the House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee, earlier this year I was able to successfully make the case for the restoration of state funding for this vital law enforcement organization, while my colleagues and I were making decisions about spending priorities," DeLuca in a press release.

Created by the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police in 2000, the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force facilitates cooperation and communication between South Suburban law enforcement agencies. It has investigated more than 300 homicides with a 70 to 75 percent clearance rate, according to DeLuca's office.

 "It is my hope that this funding will be released quickly so that the SSMCTF will once again have the resources it needs to help local, state and federal law enforcement work together to investigate major crimes," said Tim McCarthy, Orland Park Police Chief and Chairman of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. McCarthy thanked, DeLuca for making the restoration a reality in his statement.

Former Heights Police Chief Michael Camilli spoke to the importance of the task force.

 "I know the important role the SSMCTF has played in coordinating Southland law enforcement agencies over the past decade and it's hard to imagine those agencies being as successful at investigating and solving these very troubling crimes without it," said Camilli, who is also a board member of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force Board of Directors. 

For more information, contact DeLuca's Chicago Heights office at (708) 754-7900.

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Legally Here December 24, 2012 at 05:07 PM
That's good need . I'd like to know where DeLuca and Hutchinson stand on Illigals getting Driver's License . This is a State bill that they will be voting on . Where do they stand on the issue ?
mr lahey December 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
im sure they both support it no prob thats what democrats do anything to get more votes thats what its all about
jason amos December 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Couldnt have put it any better We need something set up like Arizona! Apario we need you
Chief Smith December 26, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Great job Rep DeLuca! Thank you for looking out for us!! You were a great Mayor and an even better representative. I don't care what anybody says, you told us you would make public safety one of your top priorities and you delivered on that commitment. Keep up the excellent work and don't let the cynic's distract you from achieving your goals. What you accomplished is not a simple task. I'm glad to know you and job well done.

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