A. Roll Call—Special Agent Derrick Taylor, Illinois State Police
State Senator Kirk Dillard (via teleconference)
State’s Attorney Sheldon Sobol
Chief Scott Williams
Executive Director Greg Sullivan
Sheriff Patrick Perez
B. The membership was unable to vote to adopt the September 15, 2010 meeting minutes due to the lack of a quorum. This item of business was tabled until the November 10th meeting.
C. Motorcycle Gang Presentation – DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office Investigator Jim Duffy
Investigator Duffy spoke to the IGTTF membership on the relationship of gun violence and motorcycle gangs. Investigator Duffy indicated most motorcycle gangs run under the law enforcement radar until a violent incident occurs. Most police officers feel the motorcycle gang members are harmless and simply hold meetings and drink beer. Investigator Duffy brought information related to several incidents of violence and gun arrests involving different motorcycle gangs in Illinois. Investigator Duffy encouraged the membership to remember the motorcycle gang piece when considering the task force recommendations report. State’s Attorney Birkett asked Investigator Duffy’s opinion on the possible proposal of including the offense of Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon in
the Article 36 statute, which would allow the seizure of vehicles for these types of offenses. Investigator Duffy stated he felt this was a great proposal because prison time means nothing to the offenders. State’s Attorney Birkett also inquired with Investigator Duffy on how important intelligence was when dealing with the motorcycle gangs and firearms. Investigator Duffy stated that intelligence is the key. Investigator Duffy further stated a flag in the LEADS system for known motorcycle gang members would be very helpful in the intelligence area.
D. IGTTF Report of Findings – Open Discussion
State’s Attorney Birkett presented the membership with a handbook his office created on current gun statutes in Illinois. DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office Chief of the Criminal Division, Robert Berlin, briefly explained the handbook and indicated he felt it was all inclusive, and could assist the task force as we move forward in creating the report of findings for the Governor and General Assembly. Samantha Fields, from the Chicago Mayor’s Office, inquired with the membership if it would be possible to “red flag” purchases of bullet proof vests or military hardware. Sheriff Perez recommended we work with the military on this question to include how the military handles known gang members within the Armed Forces.
E. Next Meeting/Agenda
Chief Williams proposed the next meeting be held on November 10, 2010 at 11a.m., at the same locations. All members present concurred. ISP Chief of Staff Jessica Trame proposed conducting a conference call prior to the November 10th meeting to discuss the progress and status of the IGTTF Report of Findings. All members present concurred.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 11:40 a.m.