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Histroy - 1980s

1984:  The Commission sponsored a Gang Crimes Training Seminar and Workshop in which training sessions were held on gang identification and structure, intelligence and investigative techniques, and legal issues for prosecutors. The conference was a proactive measure to curb the spread of gangs throughout Cook County. The Commission hoped to assist communities in controlling and suppressing gangs before they gained a foothold in the community.   
1985: The Commission launched a full-scale project to evaluate criminal court judges who were seeking re-election. The Commission's research and recommendations offered citizens a unique management tool to measure judicial performance objectively. It served as a valuable and urgently needed public service to help ensure that only qualified judges serve on the bench.
1987: The Commission studied the processing of drug cases in the preliminary hearing courts. Official court sheets revealed that a large number of felony narcotic charges were dismissed for one of four unacceptable reasons: the arresting officer was not present in court, the defendant failed to appear and an arrest warrant was never issued, the crime lab report was unavailable, or the state dismissed the case for no cited reason. Many recommendations were presented to various public officials and many were implemented.
1988: A seminar was held in Washington, D.C., on organized crime and drug enforcement by the FBI, DEA, the National Association of Citizens Crime Commissions and the Commission.  
1989:  Commission leaders provided written information and oral testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Criminal Justice, urging Congress to support the retention of federal Organized Crime Strike Forces throughout the United States.