SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the members of the newly-created Elder Abuse Task Force Team, which includes Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel.
Pritzker announced the task force at Senior Citizen & Scout Day at the Illinois State Fair.
“In Illinois, every single person – no matter their age, gender, citizenship, sex, ability, race or religion – deserves to feel safe and secure,” said Pritzker. “One case of elder abuse would be too many, but 20,000 annually is unacceptable: we need to tackle this head on. This bipartisan Elder Abuse Task Force will investigate our current elder protective practices and strategies for increasing public awareness and come up with the best possible plan to combat patterns of abuse and treat our older Illinoisans with the respect they deserve.”
The task force was created through Senate Joint Resolution 13, which passed both houses unanimously. Reporting its findings and recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2021, the task force will analyze the effectiveness of elder protective services in Illinois and other states and develop a long-term plan to improve outcomes for older citizens.
Fengel currently sits on the Silver Search Task Force, which was passed into legislation on Jan. 1, 2016, and has worked for the last two decades as an advocate for seniors within the community.
Twenty-one other politicians and state officials are also on the task force.