Blagojevich also named Larry Trent director of the Illinois State Police and William Burke director of the Emergency Management Agency.
Trent, who will make $112,600, is an Army veteran who served 22 years in the state police.He then worked as security director for an Alton riverboat casino and is now president of the Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois.
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Larry G. Trent was appointed director of the Illinois State Police, and William C. Burke was appointed director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
Larry Trent, 55, is a decorated Army veteran who served 22 years in the Illinois State Police starting in 1971.During his tenure, he held a variety of investigative and managerial positions and supervised more than 400 employees in 41 southern Illinois counties.He provided expert testimony for the Office of the Attorney General and frequently testified before legislative committees.He taught courses on criminal and constitutional law for the Illinois State Police Academy."Larry Trent has a detailed understanding of the duties and operations of the Illinois State Police," Blagojevich said."His experience in law enforcement and proven management ability will be valuable tools as he directs the state police force to meet its expanded responsibilities."After leaving the state police in 1993, Trent served as vice president for Argosy Gaming Company, overseeing security and investigations, and was southern regional manager for the Special Olympics of Illinois. Since 2000, he has been president of the Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois, a regional chamber of commerce that represents more than 650 businesses.Trent served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded numerous commendations, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.He grew up in East Alton, and now lives in Brighton, Illinois.
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In mid-December, Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry Trent imposed what amounts to a gag order on state troopers...instructing them not to talk to reporters without prior approval from supervisors.
INBA is calling on Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent to rescind his recently-imposed gag order on the ISP's more than 2,000 troopers.
The edict, handed down in mid-December, orders state troopers not to talk with reporters without prior approval from supervisors.
The order from Trent came on the heels of a WLS-TV investigative report that spotlighted the activities of Governor Blagojevich's ISP bodyguard unit.In a letter to Director Trent, INBA called on the director to immediately lift the gag order, saying it sends the message that "improprieties and cover-up are acceptable, while full disclosure and whistleblowing are not.
The letter also states that INBA believes the timing of the order (immediately following the WLS-TV report) "could not be worse"...and, that the order "will have a chilling effect on troopers who see media contact as the only way to expose wrongdoing.
We also remind Trent that "since his election in 2002, Governor Blagojevich has claimed to be a champion of open government.
Your order directly contradicts the governor's claim."
State police spokesman Lincoln Hampton has said the action taken by Trent was not a new order...but, rather, a reinforcement of existing policy.
INBA does not see it that way, nor does Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, who has also called on Director Trent to lift the order.
Shortly after INBA's letter to Director Trent went public, I received a note from a retired State Police Master Sergeant, whose name I will protect.He said, in part, "Thank you for turning up the heat.
Some of us, who thought we had served honorably, are disgusted by what is going on in the organization today.
If nothing else, your (letter) lets the public see what is coming out of (Springfield)."
As of this writing, INBA has received no response from Director Trent, and there has been no public announcement of any lifting or softening of Trent's order.
[DEC. 3, 2005] SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent announced Tuesday that the Illinois State Police lab system has received accreditation from Forensic Quality Services-International for compliance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization.
"This accreditation attests to the positive strides we're making in Illinois to provide law enforcement, the judicial system and the general public with forensic services that meet the highest of standards," Trent said.
"One of the main goals of the ISP has always been to provide the best-quality service and most expeditious analyses possible," Trent said.
"I'd like to congratulate all the personnel in the Forensics Science Command for their hard work in obtaining the ISO accreditation and extend a sincere welcome to the new personnel who recently joined the ISP," Trent said.
State Police Director Larry Trent says the Bible exploded, producing what appeared to be confetti.
Trent says about 150 people in attendance initially believed the episode was a skit being performed as part of the service at First Baptist Church in Maryville.
Trent says only one of the four rounds fired from the .45 caliber handgun struck and killed 45-year-old pastor Fred Winters.
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