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History - 1970s

1971:  The Commission and the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute released A Study of Organized Crime in Illinois. The six month project studied the nature of organized crime in Illinois, its history, a theory of its operations, and its impact on the state.  
1972: Operation Crime Call was set up to give the public an open line to help combat crime. A special Commission phone number allowed a victim to report a crime without revealing his/her identity.
1973: A Commission study of the Cook County Department of Adult Probation charged the agency in failing to protect the public from criminals by not properly supervising its 17,000 probationers. The study reported that probation officers were in short supply, under-trained, overworked, and often not qualified. The report charged that probation officers had little idea of what was going on in the lives of the convicted criminals under their supervision.
1979: The Commission played an active role in shaping criminal justice legislation in the 81st General Assembly. The Commission focused on three areas in need of reform: the right of the state to demand a jury trial, the abuse of continuances, and the availability of electronic surveillance to law-enforcement officials in Illinois.