This year, State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) followed up on an idea that my former legislative assistant Pete Castillo originated while working for the Illinois Department of Employment Security getting jobs for homeless and other unemployed veterans:
Pete’s idea was a veterans court, similar to the mental health court instituted by McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and Judge Charles Weech.
It’s over two years old now.
And, here’s an idea that is only slightly ahead of its time in Illinois:
Illinois is going to have a lot of problems with people being addicted. Even with a casino down the Fox River in Elgin, I remember a story about a McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy having been arrested for stealing from the department’s evidence room.