Video | April 12, 2016 | Cook County Justice Advisory Council | Open Forum

On April 12, 2016, the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (CCJAC) held an open forum in Midlothian called “What Makes a Community Grow.”

With opening remarks from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, the first portion of the forum was a panel discussion led by Lanetta Haynes Turner (CCJAC).  Panel members were:

Director Ernest Brown; Executive Director (Cook County Homeland Security CCHS)
Brian Franks; Manager – Corporate Training (Northstar Aerospace)Angelia F. Smith; Executive Director (Ford Heights Community Service Organization FHCSO)

Each panel member contributed personal experience stories, statistics and action items a community can do to improve public safety and economic development.

After the panel discussion, each table was tasks to discuss the following questions:

  1.  What are the assets/strengths in your community? What are some of its challenges/opportunities?
  2. What steps do you want to partner with the County on to strengthen public safety and build economic opportunity in your community?
  3. What role can you play as an individual?  Community member? As part of your organization and business?

Some common issues:

  1.  Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the public
  2.  Perception of criminal activity versus reality
  3.  Communication and connection
  4.  Jobs/activities for youth
  5.  Renting more expensive than home ownership

*  The lighting at Raday Lodge was not good so visual picture not great