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Interstate Gun Trafficking Task Force (IGTTF) - 11/10/2010 Meeting Minutes

Press Release Date: November 11, 2010
A. Roll Call—Special Agent Derrick Taylor, Illinois State Police
Members Present:
State Representative Andre Thapedi
State Representative Dennis Reboletti (via teleconference)
Deputy Attorney General Michael Hood
Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Mahoney
First Deputy Director Luis Tigera
Deputy Superintendent Ernest Brown
Chief Scott Williams
 
B. Vote to adopt meeting minutes from September 15
A motion to adopt the minutes was made by Chief Williams and seconded by Chairman Brown. All members present concurred and the minutes were adopted.
 
C. Vote to adopt meeting minutes from October 20
A motion to adopt the minutes was made by Representative Thapedi and seconded by Chief Williams. All members present concurred and the minutes were adopted.
 
D. IGTTF Report of Findings – Open Discussion
Representative Thapedi indicated he was trying to locate a copy of a story recently aired by CNN, in conjunction with the ATF, regarding the life of a gun trafficked from Mississippi to Chicago. Thapedi felt this story was very timely and directly related to our mission as a task force. Thapedi thought it would be a great idea to submit this news story with our Report of Findings to the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office. ATF ASAC Dana Nichols, who was in attendance at the meeting, volunteered to obtain a copy of this story and have it delivered to Thapedi.
 
Chief Williams expressed concern over the funding for the gun task force proposal in the Report of Findings. FDD Tigera agreed with the concerns of Williams and stated we would need to emphasize this issue in the report to ensure this was addressed by the Governor’s Office. Chief Williams also stated funding needed to be identified to go along with the mandatory statewide e-Trace proposal. If funding is not identified, this important piece of our report will die in the implementation phase of the process. Representative Reboletti recommended adding a fee to firearm related court cases to fund some of the proposed mandates in out report. Reboletti also indicated this piece of the puzzle would be difficult due to Illinois’ current 13 billion dollar deficit. FDD Tigera inquired with ATF ASAC Nichols on the possibility of federal government assistance with the funding aspect if one of these task forces was rolled over to the ATF and local and state officers were deputized. Nichols indicated it would be considered on a case by case basis and must truly be focused on firearms and not just deputizing officers for funding purposes. Nichols also reminded FDD Tigera that per the currently filed MOU with the ISP, the ATF will pay any overtime accrued by an ISP officer working with the ATF on a federal firearms case.
 
Special Agent Taylor requested additional information on Ms. Janet Webber, advertising presenter to the IGTTF, from Chairman Brown to include in the Report of Findings. Brown stated he would send the requested information to Taylor by the end of the day via email.
 
Representatives Thapedi and Reboletti will file a continuance to the IGTTF resolution to allow the membership to meet as needed in 2011 to discuss the progress of the implementation phase of the IGTTF’s proposals made in the Report of Findings.
 
D. Next Meeting/Agenda
FDD Tigera proposed the next meeting be held on December 2, 2010 at 11 a.m., at the same locations. All members present concurred. A follow-up conference call was also proposed to be held on December 14, 2010, at 11 a.m., to continue to discuss the progress and status of the IGTTF Report of Findings. All members present concurred.
 
E. Adjournment
A motion to adjourn was made by Representative Reboletti and was seconded by Chief Williams. All members present concurred. The meeting adjourned at approximately 11:40 a.m.

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