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:
- What are the assets/strengths in your community? What are some of its challenges/opportunities?
- What steps do you want to partner with the County on to strengthen public safety and build economic opportunity in your community?
- What role can you play as an individual? Community member? As part of your organization and business?
Some common issues:
- Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the public
- Perception of criminal activity versus reality
- Communication and connection
- Jobs/activities for youth
- Renting more expensive than home ownership
* The lighting at Raday Lodge was not good so visual picture not great