Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) applaud the Illinois Prisoner Review Board's decision to relocate a man convicted of murder out of the western suburban area last week.
On April 26, the Prisoner Review Board granted Carl Reimann parole after he was convicted of murdering five people at a Yorkville restaurant in 1972. Upon being released, Reimann moved into a home that was directly across the street from Seventh Avenue Elementary School in La Grange.
"It is our constitutional duty to ensure that the safety and security of our constituents is never compromised," Durkin said. "Having an individual who is responsible for murdering five innocent people be across the street from schoolchildren on a daily basis is not the right decision. We are pleased that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board has reconsidered their decision and relocated him."
Community residents voiced concerns about Reimann's new address, and Leader Durkin and Senator Curran reached out to the Prisoner Review Board immediately to find an alternate solution.
“Our residents were understandably distraught by Reimann’s release and, especially, his very close proximity to their local school. The safety of our children in the community always takes precedent, and the Prisoner Review Board made the right choice in relocating him,” said Curran.
Durkin and Curran thank all the local community partners and residents who spoke out on the matter to help ensure a safer school environment.