Behind The Badge: Winnebago County Board Member Plans Crime Forum


8th District Winnebago County Board Member Eli Nicolosi is frustrated over the recent crime spike on Rockford’s East side, so much so he’s taking matters into his own hands by holding a forum in his district to bring the community and police together, to answer some questions.

“We are really trying to show folks that we are joined together here on this crime crisis and we are looking to not only get their feedback on what to do, but let them know the things that we know,” said Nicolosi.

The event is meant to tackle key issues the city is facing including armed robberies, shots fired incidents, and recent murders. Nicolosi lives in Rockford and feels the impact many Rockford residents face–not knowing if he or his family will be the next victim of a crime.

“My family is very scared as well. We lock our doors at night, we are very careful that we make sure we are safe, but you just never know and no one wants to feel that way.”

Key law enforcement leaders will be there to speak to the public including Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. This is coming after the Sheriff’s Department’s budget was cut by more than $4 million.

“If our reputation is that of an unsafe community, we will never have new businesses move in, we will never have new residents move in, and we will just keep going around in circles and circles—so we need to attack this wheel at the point of crime and that’s where it begins and that’s where it’s going to end.”  

The forum is Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Francesco’s.  The meeting is free and open to the public.

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