SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, issued the following statement as the 101st Illinois General Assembly begins:
“As we begin to debate legislation in the upcoming session, we must remember that while many faces have changed, the fiscal challenges facing Illinois still remain.
“While many on both sides of the aisle come into this session with high hopes, we must first and foremost recognize the need for fiscal discipline. We often hear about a “Fair Tax” where the wealthy are to pay their “Fair Share” of state income tax. I’m certain we will debate the pros and cons of this approach in the future. However, it’s incumbent upon every elected official in Springfield to prove to taxpayers that every dollar being spent, every program being funded, and every department in state government is operated and streamlined in the most efficient manner possible before imposing an additional burden of higher taxes on the backs of working families.
“As we work to recover from the recent partisanship struggles that nearly destroyed our state, I am asking for my Democrat and Republican colleagues in Springfield to work together and look for ways we can reduce state spending. This upcoming legislative session must not be viewed as an opportunity to muscle through unfunded mandates or send taxpayer money to programs that have no transparency or accountability, but instead should be seen as an opportunity to come together and improve the quality of life for Illinois families.”
For more information, please contact DeLuca’s constituent service office at 708-754-7900 or email@example.com.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – In response to an evidence processing backlog at the Illinois State Police’s (ISP) Division of Forensic Services, state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, is backing a performance audit that will review current lab procedures and provide recommendations to improve the lab’s effectiveness.
“With DNA testing for rape kits and other cases sometimes taking more than a year to be processed, our state’s crime lab appears to be understaffed and inefficient,” DeLuca said. “When we are unable to process evidence in a timely manner, we are failing to give prosecutors the tools they need to take criminals off the street as quick as possible. Right now we’re failing survivors, and that needs to change.”
DeLuca is supporting House Joint Resolution 140, which calls for a performance audit of ISP’s Division of Forensic Services equipment, procedures and staffing levels. The goal of the DeLuca-backed joint resolution is to identify inefficiencies and other problems in the Forensics Division and provide insight as to how to improve turnaround time on DNA testing on evidence from violent crimes. Presently, the lab takes months, sometimes over a year, to complete evidence testing.
“The longer that law enforcement has to wait for evidence, the longer that survivors of violence have to wait for justice or closure,” DeLuca said. “I am hopeful that this audit will give us direction on how to effectively solve this backlog problem, and will ensure we never face this situation again.”
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony Deluca, D-Chicago Heights, has been working with local officials to reduce the number of accidents and injuries that occur the railroad crossing on 17th street, in-between Hasted Street and End Avenue.
“A public safety issue like this is a priority issue for me,” Deluca said. “From 2012-2016 this one location has had over 30 accidents and 6 injuries occurred.”
The main concern is that though the railroad crossing in question is located on a side street, it sees large numbers of foot traffic coming from a nearby senior home as well as young children who have to use the crossing to get to school and back. Deluca has taken action by reaching out to Illinois Transportation Secretary Blackthorn to request $250,000 in emergency funding to immediately start the building safety improvements at, and around the crossing. This construction project is projected to cost $600,000, which the City of Chicago Heights expects to cover.
“For a project this size, myself and my office are coordinating with the Mayor and City Council of Chicago Heights,” Deluca said. “Because the safety of our children and seniors are of the utmost importance to everyone involved.”