Op-Ed: Fighting for Our Safety

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Mourners carry out the casket of a woman who was shot to death in Chicago last year. | William Camargo/Wednesday Journal

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.

For more information, please call my office at 708-450-1000 or email me at RepWelch@EmanuelChrisWelch.com. VFP

MFA AD_April 2017

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One thought on “Op-Ed: Fighting for Our Safety”

  1. To IL State Representative Welch: It is not only that the attribute to Governor Bruce Rauner cutting programs to reduce violence, after school programs, and summer job programs… in the village of Maywood…it is residents really not being involved in their community, and holding the elected officials accountable of why this gun violence epidemic is still happening in Maywood. Also, the citizens of Maywood still do not trust the police department due to years of corruption.

    When citizens take back their communities, libraries, schools, and etc. there will be some social changes to help prevent the gun violence epidemic in Maywood. Also, there is a mental illness issue that the youth in Maywood and Chicago are dealing with and are very depressed. They are self-medicating themselves through drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking illegal drugs to ease the pain.

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