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Lawmakers hold book drive to enrich jail inmates’ lives

  State Rep. Fran Hurley is co-sponsoring a book drive with state Sen. Cunningham and the Cook County Sheriff’s office to collect reading materials for the Cook County Jail Library.
  The donation drive is in conjunction with the Green Hills Library in Palos Hills.
  “This is just one way we can help local law enforcement curtail costs and increase efficiency. The collection will cut costs to the jail’s overall budgetary expenses,” Hurley said.
  Local residents are invited to drop off new or used books to Hurley and Cunningham’s joint constituent service office, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 10400 S. Western Ave. in Chicago, and Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16033 S. 94th Ave. in Orland Hills. Books with sexual and/or violent content cannot be accepted.
  During the legislative session, Hurley worked closely with the Cook County Sheriff’s office to fight violence and crime. In addition to passing a number of bills supported by the Cook County Sheriff, Hurley helped pass a bill to curb reckless driving and crack down on street gang violence. The measure enables law enforcement officers to impound vehicles that are caught driving recklessly and causing disorder in a funeral procession.
  “I will continue to support legislation that puts the safety of our community first and provides local law enforcement with the tools to protect local residents,” Hurley said. “We must continue to work together to keep our neighborhood safe. I strongly encourage local residents to participate in this on-going book drive.”
  For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent services office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (773) 445-8128 or 233-9703.