Nicolosi calls justice summit

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Area leaders had the ear of Winnebago County State’s Attorney Phil Nicolosi (R) Sept. 17 at Giovanni’s, when the new state’s attorney hosted what he described as a “criminal justice summit” for the exchange of ideas regarding improvements to the local justice system.

According to Nicolosi, the guest list included Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R), Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson, Chief Judge Janet Holmgren (R), Circuit Clerk Tom Klein (R), Loves Park Mayor Darryl Lindberg (I), Sheriff Richard Meyers (D), Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I), Adult Probation Director Vince Murphy, First Deputy State’s Attorney Chuck Prorok and Karen Sorenson, Winnebago County public defender.

“I think it went well,” Chief Epperson said after the first of what’s expected to be a series of sit-downs. During the meeting, Epperson expressed his concern about the proliferation of gunfire and illegal firearms in Rockford.

The media were not asked to attend, because Nicolosi wanted to ensure candid discussion. Despite the number of high-profile attendees, no quorum of any public body was present, and the summit was therefore not subject to the Open Meetings Act.

Evening newscasts revealed, however, at least one television news camera was permitted inside. Nicolosi explained videographers were allowed to shoot during his introductory remarks, but were asked to leave before discussions began.

Nicolosi said he plans to conduct individual follow-up meetings to discuss, at length, issues raised at the summit.

from the Sept. 19 – 25, 2007, issue

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