Defunct ‘Rowdy Funeral’ Task Force Leaves Behind To Do List For Officials

Monday, July 8, 2019 || By Nona Tepper/Forest Park Review|| @maywoodnews

Featured image:  A brawl that broke out during a funeral procession near the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Wisconsin Avenue in Oak Park in September 2018. | YouTube

After a year’s worth of meetings, the Cook County Funeral and Cemetery Violence Taskforce may have ended its formal in-person meetings, but those involved in the group continue to talk remotely about how to keep Forest Park, Oak Park and other western suburbs safe during chaotic funeral processions, particularly as murders rise in Chicago. The group also left behind a series of recommendations, some of which have put into action by area law enforcement.  

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‘Rowdy Funeral’ Task Force Comes To An End

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 || By Nona Tepper/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Law enforcement personnel and funeral home directors during a meeting of the Cook County Funeral Cemetery Violence Task Force in 2018. | File

On June 21, a passenger in a funeral procession reportedly jumped out of his car, landed on a neighboring vehicle hood and started dancing. On June 3, a Chicago man brought a gun for protection to a funeral party in Forest Home Cemetery. In early May, police ticketed nine cars traveling as part of a funeral procession down Roosevelt Road, with passengers hanging out of windows, vehicles swerved into oncoming lanes and created “general disorder” on the roads.  

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County Eases Path To Housing For People With Arrest Records

Saturday, April 27, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, whose “Just Housing” amendment recently passed the Board of Commissioners. | Courtesy Brandon Johnson

The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved a measure that makes it easier for people with arrest records to secure housing in the county. The board passed the “Just Housing” amendment as a new clause in the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance during a meeting on April 25. The board’s two Republican commissioners — Pete Silvestri (9th) and Sean Morrison (17th) — were the only votes against the measure.

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