Chicago’s Operation CeaseFire Loses Funding In State Political Stalemate


Operation CeaseFire, a prominent Chicago anti-violence program has lost its funding due to a political stalemate in the Illinois state government, reports the Christian Science Monitor. CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in confrontations that can often lead to violence. It was brought to national prominence by the 2011 documentary “The Interrupters.” Researchers say gang involvement, shootings, and retaliatory killings have dropped since the introduction of the program. When Illinois began running out of money because of a severe state budget deficit, Gov. Bruce Rauner froze money for the anti-violence program. CeaseFire was cut off before it could receive all $4.7 million it was allocated for the previous fiscal year.

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