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History - 1990s

1990:  The Commission vehemently opposed the appointment of self-admitted organized crime associate John Serpico as the Chairman of the Chicago Port Authority.   
1991: The Chicago Police Department studied the Commission's recommendations regarding community policing. The result was a five-year effort of the Department to fully adapt what is now referred to as Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). Also, in conjunction with Fox TV, the Commission started airing a segment called "Chicago's Most Wanted." 
1992: In response to the issue of gambling, the Commission published the Analysis of Key Issues Involved in the Proposed Chicago Casino Gambling Project.
1994: The Partners in Safety Network, comprising more than 300 community groups, was established to help concerned citizens reduce crime.
1995:  The Commission released Gangs: Public Enemy Number One. More than 30,000 copies were distributed. The Commission co-sponsored the National Summit of Urban Coalitions for Public Safety & Violence Prevention. After holding focus groups on community-based crime problems, the Commission established training workshops, programs, and resource guides on the issues of crime-breeding properties, youth alternatives to crime, gang awareness, and small-business crime concerns.

After working with key officials in the criminal justice system, the Commission released Making Room For Justice: New Priorities For The Criminal Justice System. 

1997:  The Commission filed an Amicus Curiae brief supporting the City of Chicago asking the Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois to minimize the provisions of the 1983 Consent Decree limiting the Chicago Police Department's ability to investigate organized crime, street gangs, and terrorists. A 120-page report, The New Faces of Organized Crime was released. This report on the Commission's two-year investigation redefined organized crime and for the first time in America, included new organized crime ethnic groups as a threat along with the traditional Mob. The Commission formed the Business Assistance Network comprised of 150 local chambers of commerce.   

The first "Campus Gambling Conference" in the Chicago area was co-sponsored by the Commission, DePaul University and the Illinois Attorney General's Office. The Commission's Community Youth Program, a pilot for redirecting first-time juvenile offenders, was developed by the Commission and its many partners, including the Chicago Police, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago Public Schools, DCFS, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and Allstate Insurance Company.

The Commission released the 90-page Girls Behind the Boys: Girls in Gangs report and an Analysis of Video Gaming report. The Commission testified before the Cook County Board’s Committee on Courts for the 21st Century to advocate for an increase in the number of courts and judges. It also hosted a three-day National Association of Citizens Crime Commissions meeting, a Russian Organized Crime & Money Laundering Conference, and a Campus Gambling Conference.