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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart discusses criminalization of mental illness at ECC April 6

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will speak about mental illnesses in jail facilities and his advocacy to end the criminalization of mental illnesses during the Elgin Community College Humanities Center Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 6. Sheriff Dart's presentation will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Building G Spartan Auditorium on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. This event is free and open to the public.

Sheriff Dart has been praised for his rigorous efforts to improve and maintain the safety and security of not only the inmates, but also of those employed at the Cook County Jail. Health advocacy organizations, both national and local, have recognized his push to end a de facto criminalization of mental illness and have presented him with many awards.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Dart has served as sheriff since 2006. During his tenure, he has proposed and implemented sweeping changes at the Cook County Jail, the nation's largest single site jail; aggressively restructured the Sheriff's Police force; and improved operations of the Court Services Department. Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009.

Established in fall 2006 by the ECC Humanities Center, the Speaker Series navigates today's intellectual landscape by bringing renowned speakers to the ECC community.         

The Humanities Center Speaker Series brings speakers of international, national and/or regional importance to ECC for the benefit of the ECC academic community to speak on topics significant to the humanities. For more information, visit


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