History of CeaseFire IL

CeaseFire Illinois is the Illinois branch of the Cure Violence Organization, which operates in 5 cities throughout the state – Chicago, Maywood, Rockford, East St. Louis, Springfield, and North Chicago/Waukegan.

CeaseFire began in 1995, and after five years of strategy development, had its first program in the West Garfield Park neighborhood where it achieved a 67% drop in shootings and killings. Following four more replications of the new model – averaging a 42% drop in shootings and killings – the work was expanded to 15 communities and in 2004, Chicago had a 25% drop in killings, with a 50% drop in the CeaseFire zones. Since then CeaseFire has been active in 18 communities in Chicago and 7 communities in Illinois. The method has had an extensive multi-year multi-method evaluation supported by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Cure Violence has been endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and replicated more than 50 times in 15 cities and 8 countries around the world.

 

Contact Information

UIC-SPH
1603 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Contact: Carline Williams
312-996-8765
carline@uic.edu

Albany Park Community Center (APCC)
4730 N. Kimball
Ste. D
Chicago, IL 60625
773-433-3261

Contact person:
Rev. Rodney C. Walker

Auburn Gresham

Target Area Development Corp.
1542 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL
60620
773-651-6470
773-651-5491

Contact person:
Autry Phillips, Program Manager

Austin

Youth Outreach Services
5304 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60651

Contact person:
Karl Bell, Program Manager

Englewood

1636 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60636
773-863-0694

Contact person:
James Highsmith, Program Manager

Humboldt Park & Hermosa Park

Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO)
2401 West North Avenue 
Chicago, IL
60647
773-235-5705
773-235-5747

Contact person:
Lori Crowder, Executive Director

Little Village

Enlace Chicago
2756 South Harding
Chicago, IL 60623
773-542-9233

Contact person:
Michael Rodriguez, Director

Rogers Park

Organization of the Northeast
7067 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
773-769-3232
773-769-0729

Contact person:
Angie Lobo, Executive Director

Roseland

Roseland CeaseFire
1340 West 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
773-238-5599
773-238-5153

Contact person:
Bob Jackson, Executive Director

South Chicago

Claretian Associates
9108 S. Brandon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
773-734-9181
katrinap@claretianassociates.org

Southwest

Southwest Organizing Project

2609 West 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60629
773-471-8208
773-471-9008

Contact person:
Joshua Salter, Program Manager

West Garfield/West Humboldt

3507 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60651
773-722-0836

Contact person:
Marilyn Pitchford, Program Manager

Illinois Communities Outside Chicago

Cicero

Corazon Community Services
5116 West 14th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
708-656-1400
708-656-1411

Decatur

Youth with a Positive Direction
2000 N. Main St.
217-875-2933

Contact person:
Margaret Walker, Executive Director

East St. Louis

East St. Louis Township
1210 State Street
East St. Louis, IL 62201
618-874-3650
618-874-3015

Contact person:
Nichol Stevenson, Program Manager

Maywood

Maywood CeaseFire

1100 South 11th Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
708-450-8401 Phone
708-450-8409 Fax

Contact person:
Carl O’Neal, Program Manager

North Chicago & Waukegan

Family First Center of Lake County
208 Lake Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
847-244-4374

Contact person:
Evelyn Chenier, Executive Director

Rockford

Booker Washington Center
524 Kent Street
Rockford, IL 61101
815-962-9178

Robert King, Program Manager

Illinois Hospital-based Sites

Advocate Christ Medical Center

John Stroger Hospital

Loyola Medical Center

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

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