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Litesa Wallace: Funding for Violence Prevention

April 26, 2017 Litesa Wallace
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Wallace backs Proposal for Emergency Funding for Violence Reduction in 
Majority Minority Led Districts

Springfield, IL. April 26, 2017. Black and latino members of the House 
have introduced legislation that will provide emergency funding for 
violence reduction in all representative districts led by black and 
latino members. Members will outline the proposal at a press conference 
to be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday, April 26th in the Blue Room at the 
Illinois State Capitol.

House Bill 4008, sponsored by Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-67) appropriates 
$56,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to provide grants to be 
disbursed to community based organizations that are based entirely 
within those representative districts. If the measure is approved, each 
district will receive 2 million dollars in grants to address prevention 
using a culturally competent approach for initiatives such as youth 
services, after-school programming, summer jobs, vocational programs, 
community outreach, communications and more. Other bill sponsors include 
Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-4), Rep. Sonya Harper (D-6), Rep. Carol Ammons 
(D-103), Rep. Camille Lilly (D-78), Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-83), Rep. 
LaShawn Ford (D-8), Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24), Rep. Justin 
Slaughter (D-27), Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin (D-10) and Rep. Silvana 
Tabares (D-21).

"This bill is about preparing our communities for another traumatic 
bloody summer that we fear is coming if we don't put some extra measures 
in place now. More than 4300 people were shot last year in Chicago 
alone. We cannot afford to lose more lives in this State." Rep. Sonya 

"We know that this emergency aid will not contain everything that is 
needed to permanently reduce gun violence. We also know that we cannot 
reduce violence without making a long-term commitment to lifting people 
out of poverty and addressing the effects of trauma among other things. 
But we do believe that this measure shows that black and latino members 
of the Illinois House of Representatives are serious about doing 
something about all the lives that are being lost to senseless gun 
violence on a daily basis." Rep. Litesa Wallace

"The fact that we still do not have a budget means there is going to be 
even more bloodshed on our streets this year and we need to be prepared. 
We need to pass a budget, and we need to pass this emergency funding 
bill to reduce violence right now." Rep. Cynthia Soto

We are to standing together and working together to bring the aid, 
funding, capacity building as well as the short and long term solutions 
to reducing gun violence while at the same improving the quality of life 
for all vulnerable residents in the State." Rep. Camille Lilly

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