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Cook County Awards Nearly $2 Million In Anti-Violence Funding

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:19 pm | Print

The Cook County Board today approved $1.9 million in grants for 15 local community groups. The organizations’ work will be aimed at reducing violence in Cook County.

The grant proposals were recommended by the Violence Prevention, Intervention and Reduction Advisory Committee, which was established by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as part of the 2013 budget. The seven-member committee evaluated the grant submissions and made recommendations to the Cook County Justice Advisory Council about the best way to allocate limited funding to serve the needs of communities plagued by violence.

“I am grateful to the committee for determining how to distribute resources in an effort to make an impact in our neighborhoods,” President Preckwinkle said. “I look forward to working with these individuals and organizations to ensure the grants are as effective as possible. We believe this funding will provide critical services that help address violence prevention.”

The committee evaluated proposals submitted by 112 organizations. The committee members are Aurie Pennick, Executive Director of the Field Foundation; Thomas Weitzel, Chief of the Riverside Police Department; Esther Franco-Payne, Program Director for Metropolis Strategies; David Rosa, Administrator at St. Leonard’s Ministries; Commissioner John Fritchey; Commissioner Edwin Reyes and Commissioner Deborah Sims.

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4 Comments


  1. Guy FULLER, 8 months ago

    Topics for consideration for creating a Curbing Youth Violence Initiative: The curriculum is time-tested and cutting edge. Young people are positively impacted, here is but a sampling.

    1. WHAT DOES MY DRESS AND GROOMING SAY ABOUT ME?……3

    2. WHAT DO MY CHOICE OF FRIENDS SAY ABOUT ME?…………….10

    3. WHAT IS MY ROLE IN CURBING CRIME?……………………………….13

    4. SHOULD I JOIN A GANG?……………………………………………………..17

    5. I’M IN A GANG – HOW DO I GET OUT?…………………………………..20

    6. CAN THE CHICAGO POLICE BE TRUSTED?……………………………21

    7. I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD – WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE?…..23

    8. SHOULD I OBTAIN A GUN?…………………………………………………..25

    9. HOW CAN I GET A JOB?………………………………………………………28

    10. MAKING IT IN CHICAGO -KEYS TO SUCCESS……………….……30

    Please contact me for more details.
    Guy Fuller


  2. Guy FULLER, 8 months ago

    How does one submit a proposal and to whom?


  3. DW Acker, 9 months ago

    So what organizations got money? How will that money be used by said organizations? Finally, who will be accountable for success or failure?


  4. Cassie, 9 months ago

    Does this mean you are going to raid the gang territories and lock them up putting them in the anti-violence programs? The way I see it, is that the gangs are still going to run free.


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