ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – You’re heard of rewards being offered for the arrest and conviction of people involved in crimes, but what about a reward to call out elected officials?
The head of a non-profit organization dedicated to law enforcement is taking an unusual step to curb what seems like a growing drug problem among elected officials in Illinois.
The Illinois Crime Commission and Executive Director Jerry Elsner say for this month, and this month only, they are offering a $10-thousand reward for information leading to a heroin-related arrest and conviction of any elected official in the state.
Elsner said he wants to have a war on drugs, instead of just arresting those whose pants are down around their knees.
“I talked to a father whose daughter died in his arms in his basement and I was so moved,” he said.
Three police officers in Schaumburg, and a judge and probation officer in St. Clair County highlight the drug problems in Illinois.
Elsner says they have a million dollars in committed donations to cover the rewards.