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Waller gets federal money to expand staff
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/12/2010 12:01 AM

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State's Attorney Michael Waller has received close to $200,000 in federal money to add to the staff at the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center.

The county board's Law and Judicial Committee last week accepted $196,336 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Youth and Families grant program.

Waller said the money, backed with $80,744 already in the advocacy center budget, will provide a position for a principal assistant state's attorney for the center from now through September 2011.

Waller said the attorney will be assigned to strengthen the structure of child abuse cases in the county and to coordinate case management with the state Department of Children and Family Services, the court system and the protocols developed by the Lake County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council.

He said the new assistant will serve child victims and non-offending family members by improving the quality of legal representation of victims and their families.

Golf outing

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lake County will be holding its 11th annual Golf for a Child Invitational at Kemper Lakes Golf club in Kildeer on June 21.

Golfers can queue up between 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. for some last-minute consultation from Mike McGuire, a master clubfitter and maker, who will analyze swings and equipment with state-of-the-art technology.

Tee-off will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a reception, dinner, auction and raffle starting at 5 p.m., featuring prizes including a three-day stay at a condo in Pinehurst, N.C., and tickets to sporting events.

Prizes for golfing will be awarded to the first, second, third and "most honest" teams over 36 holes.

The cost for a foursome is $1,300, while individuals can register for $350. Nongolfers can attend the evening reception and dinner for $150.

To register, go to the CASA website at casalakecounty.com or call (847) 808-9154.

Heard in the hallway

Welcome back to Assistant State's Attorney Ken Lorenz, who returned to work last week after an extended tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Intelligence Service.