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The Lockport Legend 021617

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6 | February 16, 2017 | The Lockport Legend news Freeze and read Schilling students take time out of school day to read Schilling students pick up books Jan. 26 during the school’s Freeze and Read Day event. Photo submitted visit us online at Lockport ranks among America’s safest cities Neighborhood Scout ranks Lockport as 56th safest city in United States Max Lapthorne, Editor The City of Lockport was recently named one of the safest cities in America for 2017. Neighborhood Scout released its annual rankings of the safest cities in America, and Lockport came in at number 56. The rankings are based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents among cities with at least 25,000 residents. The latest available crime data provided to the FBI is used — which is currently the 2015 data — and crimes included in the calculation are: burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault. Lockport has a crime index of 72, meaning it is safer than 72 percent of qualifying cities in the United States. Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming was pleased when he heard about the ranking, but knows there are more factors that earned Lockport this ranking than just the work of his police force. “It has a lot to do with a lot of things going on in the city,” Lemming said. “The city’s very involved in economic development.” The data from 2016 won’t’ be submitted and vetted until later this year, which is why the 2015 data is used. And that data shows Lockport with 241 crimes that fall into the aforementioned categories, with 231 of them being property related (burglary, theft). The annual crimes per 1,000 residents is 9.57, with that number plummeting to just 0.4 if only crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and assault are considered. The odds of becoming a victim of one of those violent crimes in Lockport is one in 2,518, while those same odds for the state of Illinois are one in 261. Lockport has made the list one other time in the past five years, coming in at 71 in the 2015 rankings. The continuing effort to build up the downtown area played a significant role in Lockport’s ranking, Lemming said. “If you have a healthy, prospering community development program, it’s usually good for controlling crime,” he said. The police department does take certain measures to prevent crime as opposed to just reacting to it, such as aggressive patrolling and an aggressive traffic program, as well as the no parking from 3-6 a.m. policy in the city. “[An] aggressive traffic program has proven to lower the crime rate,” Lemming said. “Even though aggressive traffic enforcement is not popular, it is necessary, because the alternative is a child getting hit by a car.” Something small like an officer closing a resident’s garage door while on patrol during the night can make a difference to reduce crime, Lemming said. And although some of the strict traffic enforcement is not popular among residents, it is worth it to make the city a safer place, Lemming said. “I know it’s the right thing to do for the city,” he said. “[It is] a proven way to lower crime.” "months free" No need for When everything you need one affordable fee! is included for Voted Best of Chicago's Southland Senior Living Community Spring into Tinley Court retirement Community An Independent Living Community with Brighter Days for Seniors 16301 S Brementowne Rd. 708.532.7800 Tinley Park, IL Member of Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Since 1994 One of a kind premier senior living community offering you relaxing, maintenance free living along with the following amenities: • 3 chef prepared meals served daily • Full daily activity program, entertainment & trips • Weekly housekeeping • All utilities included • Library, chapel, coffee shop and beauty/barber shop on premises • Private Formal Dining Room available • Home health care services available on premises • Walking distance to Tinley shops & restaurants • Veterans Financial Assistance Available Call for questions or to schedule a private tour! news the Lockport Legend | February 16, 2017 | 7 Park district president elected trustee of statewide association Submitted by Illinois Association of Park Districts Jeff Rigoni has served as the president of the Lockport Township Park District Board for the last three years and was recently elected to the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Board of Trustees. Photo submitted Jeff Rigoni, president of the Lockport Township Park District, was recently elected to the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees. As an IAPD trustee, Rigoni will assist the association with its mission of advancing Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies in their ability to preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois. He will work with the 19-member board to advise the association in providing service, research, advocacy, public awareness and educational programs to its membership of 359 park, recreation and conservation agencies and more than 100 affiliated business partners. Rigoni serves on the IAPD Program Committee and the IAPD/Illinois Park and Recreation Association Joint Legislative Committee. He was elected to the Lockport Township Park District board in 1997, serving 10 years as vice president and for the past three years as president. He was instrumental in bringing two successful public-private partnerships to the park district, Legacy Paintball Park and Hellsgate Haunted House. Rigoni served eight years on the Lockport Zoning Board of Appeals, four as its Chairman. He received a degree in political science from Lewis University. IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation and conservation in America. The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation and forest preserve district board members who govern nearly 360 agencies employing 40,000 individuals. IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois. “Exhibitors present an assortment of the latest services and 100’s of products “ - Since 1986