Cure Violence has a new city to add to its map. Springfield, IL has begun implementation of the model after receiving a six-month, $150,000 grant from the state of Illinois.
Springfield Police are among the many supporters of the effort. Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow told the State Journal Register, that CeaseFire is an example of “thinking outside the box” and said, “I’m optimistic about it. I truly believe we will do our best to make this successful. Anything we can do to decrease violence in the community, we will do.”
The program will be run out of the Springfield Urban League and will cover the east side of the city. They will also be part of the CeaseFire Illinois team, which currently includes the cities of Chicago, Rockford, Maywood, East St. Louis, North Chicago/Waukegan.
Carlos Norris, director of workforce development for the Springfield Urban League, will run the program. He told the State Journal Register, “We wanted to provide an opportunity for our community to address violence as a whole.”
Illinois State Representative Sue Scherer and Springfield Alderman Doris Turner, who helped to lead the effort to bring the model to Springfield, hosted an open forum to answer any questions about the new program. Scherer said. “The CeaseFire program is an important resource for this area that I have been pushing to get on the ground. I look forward to joining Alderman Turner and the many others who are working to prevent violence in our communities.”