December 13, 1995
VIOLENCE PREVENTION AUTHORITY APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, today announced the appointment of four citizens to a new authority organized to develop a statewide approach to violence prevention.
Appointed by Dr. Lumpkin to the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority were --
The authority is co-chaired by Dr. Lumpkin and Attorney General Jim Ryan, who last week made his four appointments: George Graves, chief, Downers Grove Police Department; Polly Poskin, executive director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Abuse; Charles Reynard, McLean County state's attorney; and Vickie Smith, executive director, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Other authority members will include the director or designee from the Illinois departments of Aging, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Children and Family Services, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and Public Aid; the Illinois State Police; Illinois State Board of Education; and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
In August, Gov. Jim Edgar signed legislation creating the authority, which had been proposed by state Rep. Tom Ryder, R-Jerseyville, and state Sen. John Maitland, R-Bloomington.
Funds for the authority will be generated by a special new anti-violence license plate and money received from private, state or federal sources for violence prevention. The new license plate, which features a white dove of peace, will sell for $88 with $25 going to the authority.
The authority is charged with coordinating statewide violence prevention efforts, including development of a plan that incorporates public health and public safety approaches, and distributing grants to community or statewide organizations that address prevention.
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