Today, our guest speaker was Bob Berlin, the DuPage County State's Attorney. His wide ranging presentation touched on numerous matters, including:
Illinois Cash Bail Law: The SAFE-T Act became effective September 18. Additional information can be found at: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/hinsdale/ct-dhd-illinois-safe-t-act-pretrial-amendment-dupage-tl-0814-20230815-g7m764qs6rczxpzexjr27magxe-story.html
Schools: DuSmart is a county-wide agreement to expedite and facilitate the development and implementation of programs designed to provide mutual aid in crises in DuPage County school districts and cooperatives which exceed the capacity of an individual school district or cooperative to respond effectively on its own. Additional information can be found at: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/news_detail_T2_R802.php
Child Support Enforcement Unit: Additional information can be found at: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/elected_officials/state_s_attorney/child_support_enforcement.php
Specialty courts: Drug Court, Veterans Court, Mental Illness Court Alternative Plan (MICAP), Juvenile Court Process and the Probation Department, Pre-Trial Diversion Program. Additional information regarding the specialty courts can be found at:
  • https://www.dupagecounty.gov/elected_officials/state_s_attorney/specialty_courts.php#:~:text=DuPage%20Pre%2DTrial%20Diversion%20Program,permanently%20entered%20on%20their%20record.
  • https://www.dupagecounty.gov/government/departments/probation_and_court_services/juvenile_services/
Ongoing concerns:
  • Unlawful possession of firearms
  • Domestic violence
  • Illegal drug possession/opioid epidemic 
  • Offender flight when stopped by police