Illinois Gov. Blagojevich is proposing a $150 million anti-violence initiative that would provide new state dollars for more teen jobs, after-school programs and community grants in high-crime areas, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The initiative, dubbed Community Investment Works, represents the governor’s first tangible response to the wave of shootings in the city that have left 24 Chicago Public School students murdered this school year.
The plan, which the governor plans to unveil today, would allot $30 million to a youth jobs program for 20,000 young adults and $20 million for programming when school isn’t in session. Another $100 million targeting high-crime and economically distressed areas would be split between grants for community-based organizations to acquire vacant buildings or lots, seed money for a job-producing businesses and community groups and grants to police departments for equipment purchases.