Conference on Illinois Partnerships and Strategies to Reduce Violent Crime

The Authority invites you to a conference for local governments on innovative approaches to serious crimes and high levels of gun violence. Participating jurisdictions must bring a multidisciplinary team to learn from national and local experts. Participating jurisdictions may be eligible for funding and technical assistance to develop and implementing the focused and collaborative strategies that will be discussed.

The conference wil be held November 4-5, 2015 in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.

Sponsored by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, City of Peoria, U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of Illinois, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Joyce Foundation.


This conference is recommended to multidisciplinary teams in the following jurisdictions:

  • Champaign County, City of Urbana
  • Kane County, City of Aurora
  • Kankakee County, City of Kankakee
  • Lake County, City of Waukegan
  • Macon County, City of Decatur
  • Rock Island County, City of Rock Island
  • Sangamon County, City of Springfield
  • St. Clair County, East Metro Area (including Madison County)
  • Vermilion County, City of Danville
  • Will County, City of Joliet
  • Winnebago County, City of Rockford

Multidisciplinary teams include:

  • City, county, and state elected officials
  • Community and/or faith-based organizations
  • Court personnel
  • Parole officers
  • Police chiefs
  • Probation staff
  • Sheriffs
  • State’s attorneys
  • United States Attorneys in all Illinois Districts

Conference Presentations

State of Crime and Crime Control in Illinois

  • Megan Alderden, Ph.D., Associate Director, Research and Analysis Unit, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority


Don’t Shoot: How Peoria Implemented Focused Deterrence to Reduce Group Gun Violence

Presenters share how they responded to a 2011 spike in gun-related homicides by partnering with crime control experts at the National Network for Safe Communities.

  • Jim Ardis, Peoria Mayor
  • Mike Eddlemon, Peoria Police Department Assistant Chief
  • Jerry Brady, Peoria County State’s Attorney
  • Mike McCoy, Peoria County Sheriff
  • Carl Cannon, Supervisor, Peoria Park District Youth Outreach Intervention Division
  • Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney, Central District
  • Tate Chambers, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District
  • Moderator: John Maki, Executive Director, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority


Don’t Shoot Peoria Music Video  

Trewyn Video  

How to promote collaboration through intelligence-driven prosecution

  • Kerry Chicon, Chief of Crime Strategies Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office


National Context: Reducing Violent Crime from Boston, Massachusetts, to High Point, North Carolina

In this presentation, Mr. Kennedy describes the most effective strategies for reducing group violence, the essential components, and successes throughout the country.

  • David M. Kennedy, Executive Director, National Network for Safe Communities


Best practices in crime gun investigations

A regional approach to gun trafficking investigations under way in the Cook County/NW Indiana area will be highlighted. In addition, panelists provide an overview of ballistic imaging technology and the benefits of comprehensive evidence collection. Firearm tracing through the ATF eTrace system and collective data sharing also are also discussed.

  • David Coulson, Senior Special Agent & NIBIN Coordinator, Chicago Field Division, ATF
  • Jim Needles, Assistant Special Agent, Chicago Field Division, ATF
  • Kevin Cronin, Consultant, Cook County sheriff’s Department & Police Executive Research Forum, and ATF Supervisory Special Agent (ret.)
  • Moderator: Nina Vinik, Gun Violence Prevention Program Director, Joyce Foundation


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Illinois Partnerships & Strategies to Reduce Violent Crime is supported by Grant #2011-DJ-BX-0015, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Funding may be used for presenter travel and lodging expenses, venue fees, production costs, and pre-approved participant lodging.