Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam joins Illinois Democrats in letter to Preckwinkle

Jul 16, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) joined his Democrat colleagues representing portions of Cook County – Reps. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Bill Foster (IL-11), Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) – in a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle expressing their dismay of the recent racial tirade that occurred on Cook County Forest Preserve property.

The letter encourages Board President Preckwinkle to remind employees of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County of their moral and professional obligations as public servants and County employees to defend the public against hostile behavior and aggressive harassment.

“The hate and vitriol that has permeated our society and our interactions with one another is unacceptable and inexcusable and we can no longer tolerate this behavior,” said Rep. Roskam. “Cook County is a snapshot of the diversity that we find all across this nation and every culture, every race, is a part of the melting pot that makes our country great. We should all encourage each other to engage in civil and respectful discourse in our interactions with one another,” he continued.

In the letter, the Members expressed the moral obligation that we have as a society to treat one another with respect. They also condemned the officer who took no action to stop the harassment and showed appreciation for the police department’s cooperation.

The full letter can be found here.