State’s Attorney Glasgow to join Illinois State Crime Commission panel during emergency summit to address heroin crisis on March 9

February 28

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will join a panel of speakers at an emergency statewide summit convened by the Illinois State Crime Commission to address the heroin crisis in our communities.

The summit will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 9 in the Heritage Room at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted Street in Chicago Heights.

The Illinois State Crime Commission has invited law enforcement officials from throughout the state to attend this important summit.

“Heroin is killing our children,” said Jerry Elsner, executive director of the Illinois State Crime Commission. “We are calling up police and prosecutors from across Illinois to join us in developing tactical strategies to take this deadly drug off our streets and end these senseless tragedies.”

The summit will be moderated by WLS Radio news reporter Jim Johnson.

State’s Attorney Glasgow will join a panel of speakers including: John Roberts, a retired Chicago police captain and co-founder of HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization), a grassroots group that provides outreach to those who have lost loved ones to heroin addiction; Bill Joyce, South Chicago Heights Police Chief; Dr. Joe Troiani of the Will County Health Department; Kathleen Kane-Willis of Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium Drug Policy; and William Prim, a retired commander and narcotics specialist from the Des Plaines Police Department.

Also speaking will be Peter Palanca, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities) and Tim Nelson of Bloom Township High School.

“Heroin has had a devastating impact on people from all walks of life in every suburban community,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “We must join together as law enforcement officials, health specialists and community activists to end this epidemic and punish those who deal this poison to our young people.”

For more information on this important summit or to RSVP, please call Norma Caratachea from the Illinois State Crime Commission at (708) 965-0763 or send an email to