Wallace calls for Rockford crime task force

Staff Report

State Representative Litesa Wallace Monday filed legislation calling for the creation of a violent crime task force in response to a recent rash of shootings in Rockford.

“When I walk door-to-door in my community, I often hear of stories from concerned residents about the ongoing crime that they witness on their streets and in their neighborhoods,” Wallace said.

“It was sad to come home this weekend and see the large number of incidents that happened in our district. The high rate of violence here is something that has gone on for far too long, and we must look for solutions.”

House Resolution 494 will create a task force to investigate the underlying issues behind the uptick in violence in Rockford, as well as look at possible solutions to curb the ongoing outbreak including the deployment of Illinois State Police resources to the area.

“This problem affects everyone in our community, young and old,” Wallace said.

“As a mother, I want to know that my child is safe when he’s out playing with his friends. This task force will hopefully help bring meaningful change, and find ways to create a safer, better Rockford.”

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