Last week, state Rep. John D. Anthony, R-Plainfield, was selected to serve on the Illinois Task Force on Gang Violence.
The task force is charged with conducting hearings and analyzing data gathered from individuals with knowledge of gang violence and from members of the communities that are affected most by gang violence.
Anthony said his law enforcement background will help him in his role serving on the task force.
“I have been a police officer since 2005; I served as a gang and juvenile officer and I have witnessed incidents of gang violence first hand on the job,” Anthony said. “As a small child growing up on the streets of Cabrini Green, I saw gang warfare in all of its horror. I know what gang violence does to a community and I know how hard it is for a family to escape that situation.”
The Task Force on Gang Violence includes members of the Illinois General Assembly, as well as representatives from among Illinois state’s attorneys, Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department and sheriff’s departments from around the state.
“Every time we turn on the news, we hear about another senseless act of violence on the streets of Chicago, but it is happening in communities all around us, even in the 75th District,” Anthony said.
“We must combat the violence at the source by providing the best education possible and strengthening the role of families in our children’s lives. I look forward to bringing my life experiences and legal knowledge to the table and fighting to end gang violence all across Illinois.”