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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 || By State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) || OPINION || @maywoodnews
Over the past several years we have seen an increase in violence throughout our neighborhoods and streets. So far this year, there have been six homicides in Maywood.
Unfortunately, this increase in violence can be attributed to Governor Rauner’s extreme funding cuts to violence prevention, after-school and summer jobs programs.
I recently introduced legislation with 27 of my colleagues to provide funding to community based organizations throughout Illinois that reduce gun violence and ensure kids are not brought into a life of crime.
House Bill 4008 would provide $2 million to the 7th District to fund programs including violence prevention programs, job training programs, youth sports, library workshops and more.
It is a well-known fact that when children have opportunities to become invested in their communities, violence decreases. I am frustrated that Governor Rauner refuses to see how keeping our neighborhoods safe makes Illinois a better place to live and do business. My focus will always be on helping improve the lives of working families, not the wealthy and well-connected.
I am asking that friends, family and neighbors please sign my petition at: bit.ly/welchviolenceprevention to show Governor Rauner that we deserve a budget that fully funds violence prevention programs now.