Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT COMMITTEE

April 7, 2010
1:00 - 3:00 PM
DHS Office, 160 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL


Call to Order

DMC Chairman Debra Ferguson called the meeting to order at 1:10 PM.

Roll Call

Commissioners: DMC Chairman Debra Ferguson, Rick Velasquez, Pam Rodriguez, Randell Strickland, Esther Franco-Payne, IJJC Chairman George Timberlake, Edith Crigler.  Quorum present.

Staff: Julie Stremlau, Miguel Millett.

Guests: Dr. Miquel Lewis, Angela Greene.

Approval of Minutes

Previous DMC minutes were approved at the full Commission meeting in March.

DMC Committee Membership

Issue deferred in order to spend time discussing the upcoming DMC Conference.

DMC Conference

The members discussed the DMC Conference in full detail.  The Conference is scheduled for June 17th, 18th and 19th in Oak Brook, IL.  The focus was finalizing times, speakers and a general overview of the entire conference.  Many of the speakers are not confirmed.  The members will call their prospective speakers and get confirmation by April 16th. The absolute final date for confirmation of speakers is April 23rd.

There was discussion about Youth Network Council and organizing the registration.  It will be available online.  Rick Velasquez expressed concern that YNC website is not the easiest site to use.  He also mentioned it would be beneficial if the conference fee could be paid online.  Miguel Millett explained that he will talk with YNC about a payment option.  The Committee would like the announcement of the DMC Conference on the front page of the site.  There was discussion about invitations and sending out a "save the date" notice.  Rick Velasquez will have his executive assistant look further into the website information and will share that with YNC.  It was decided that the invitations and website enrollment should be available by April 23rd.

The legislators and VIP personnel will get a letter and an invitation to the conference.  A conference update will be given to the full Commission in May.

Revision of DMC Charter

The Committee members agreed to discuss DMC revisions at the Retreat in May.

Other Business

None.

Adjourn

Edith Crigler moved to adjourn the meeting.  Esther Franco-Payne seconded the motion.  All in favor, meeting adjourned at 2:57 PM.