MaineStay Youth & Family Services
Gang Awareness Seminar Featuring "Stay Out of My Room!" Exhibit

Laura Morask displays the pamphlet that will be distributed to those who attend the gang awareness seminar. The free publication includes not only the official Illinois State Police chart of gang symbols and colors and the Chicago Crime Commission chart of Chicago street gangs and their subsidiaries, but also photos of local gang graffiti and convicted gangbangers flashing gang signs and wearing gang colors.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ~ 6:15 - 9:00 PM

Laura Morask appeared on WGN TV's morning news on Monday, October 15 to discuss her upcoming gang seminar.

Laura Morask on WGN Morning News Laura Morask with Larry Potash on WGN Morning News

Advanced registration for this event is now closed. You may still show up at the door as space allows. For more information please call Oksana Bukaczyk at 847-297-2510 x271.

Hosted by Maine Township Trustee Laura Morask, this seminar is appropriate for parents, teens, seniors, law enforcement personnel, as well as anyone else who is concerned about gang issues in our community. The program is free but registration is requested.

With 25 years of experience as a former gang crimes prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorneys Office, Morask will be joined by a panel question and answer session featuring experts in the field of gang issues, including Kevin Hughes, Deputy Supervisor of the Cook County State's Attorney's Narcotics Unit; Greg Jacobson, Senior Detective with the Chicago Police Department's Gang Mission Team; Dean Strzelecki, Niles Police Chief; Frank Kaminski, Park Ridge Police Chief; William Kushner, Des Plaines Police Chief; Derrick Carey, Cook County Gang Crimes Commander; Tony Brzezniak, Cook County Sheriff's Police Deputy Area Commander; Donna Pellar, Maine Township High School District 207 Board Member; and Larry Bunyon, Maine Township Code Enforcement Officer. Special keynote appearances by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, and Park Ridge Mayor Dave Schmidt.

In addition to providing an in-depth look at gang identifiers specific to Maine Township such as signs, colors and names, the panel will also discuss the reasons that youths join gangs. They will also talk about what parents who suspect that their children are involved in gang activity need to know, how to get kids out of gangs, and strategies and phone numbers to help you stay safe. Attendees will also receive a Gang Crimes Book compiled by Morask, with illustrations of gang colors, flags, symbols, graffiti, and helpful phone numbers of county, state, township, and police offices.

Stay Out of My Room! Messy Teen Room New this year, we also invite you to join us from 6:15 - 7:00 pm and after the seminar downstairs in our community room touring our "Stay Out of My Room!" exhibit presented by the Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation (MCYAF). This interactive exhibit will allow visitors to step inside a typical teenager's bedroom to find out what dangers may be overlooked in plain sight—potential indicators of drugs/alcohol/gang activity. This is sure to be an eye-opening and educational experience you won't want to miss.

"These seminars reflect Maine Township's ongoing efforts to serve our community," said Township Supervisor Carol A. Teschky. "We encourage residents to participate and to become active in supporting their neighborhoods by helping prevent gang problems. The solutions start with awareness and working with law enforcement authorities."

Registration Information
  • There is no charge for this event.
  • The presention will be held at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge.
  • The doors will open at 6:00 PM.
  • We cannot provide childcare at this event.
  • Seating for this event is limited, so please reserve your spot today!
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