911 telecommunicators are often the first point of contact for victims of family violence. By understanding the many issues and behaviors involved in family violence, 911 telecommunicators can swiftly identify the most appropriate responses.

Register today for a free Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council webinar on promising practices to apply when responding to family violence calls.

This training is open to 911 telecommunicators and those who train 911 telecommunicators: 911 personnel, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, and others.

IFVCC 911 Telecommunicators Mini-Toolkit Webinar
Wednesday, June 29
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Register today! Training is limited to 100 participants.

The Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council Program is administered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The IFVCC 911 Telecommunicators Mini-Toolkit Webinar is supported with a U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Grant to Encourage Arrest and Enforcement of Orders of Protection.

Questions: Contact Mary Ratliff at

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (“the Authority”), based in downtown Chicago, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Attorney for the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. Under the direct supervision of the General Counsel/Chief of Staff, the attorney for the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant acts as the liaison for the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) to the Federal and State Grants Unit for VOCA related matters to ensure compliance.

The VOCA attorney formulates and implements policies and procedures for the administration of VOCA funds in Illinois; reviews and analyzes Requests for Proposals and contracts related to VOCA grants made by the agency to ensure compliance with state and federal laws as well as agency rules and policies; consults with and advises other agency staff and community stakeholders regarding the application of laws and regulations. The VOCA attorney collaborates with the Research and Analysis unit to develop priorities and policies related to VOCA funds; provides policy-based and research-driven advice to agencies, community stakeholders, and grantees regarding the use of VOCA funds; drafts proposed legislative bills, amendments, resolutions, rules and regulations related to VOCA priorities and goals; travels as necessary to advocate for legislation and policies that align with the agency’s VOCA-related priorities and goals. The VOCA attorney also conducts complex legal research and writing related to any legal issues pertaining to VOCA and/or the agency’s administration of VOCA funds; conducts negotiations with government officials, grantees, or vendors regarding interagency agreements, VOCA grant agreements, or service contracts related to VOCA grants.

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On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113). Sec 543 of the Act and the accompanying Joint Explanatory Statement provide $10 million for “a countering violent extremism (CVE) initiative to help states and local communities prepare for, prevent, and respond to emergent threats from violent extremism.”

Congress further instructed that “…all funds under the CVE initiative shall be provided on a competitive basis directly to states, local governments, tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, or institutions of higher education. Eligible activities for the CVE initiative shall include, but not be limited to, planning, developing, implementing, or expanding educational outreach, community engagement, social service programs, training, and exercises, as well as other activities as the Secretary [of Homeland Security] determines appropriate.”

DHS will announce more details about the grant opportunity and the opening of the application period in the coming weeks.

Interested applicants are encouraged to begin to complete the following steps that will be necessary to complete and submit an application, some steps can take up to four weeks.

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The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) Regular Meeting will meet on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10 AM to 1:30 PM (Lunch will be provided) at the following location: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 W. Adams, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.

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The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Full Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1 PM to 5 PM at the following location: Capitol Building, Room 212, Springfield, Illinois.

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Note: Location subject to change up to 48 hours before meeting.

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the state administering agency for the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), is seeking public input on its federal fiscal year 2016 JAG application.

Comment on these JAG Priorities 

The Regular Authority Meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the offices of the Bilandic Building, 160 North LaSalle Street, Room N505, Chicago.

View the Meeting Materials Packet Mailed to the Board Members