President Toni Preckwinkle continues to combat violence in Cook County communities. A University of Chicago Crime Lab report showed that violent crime arrests dropped 51% among at-risk youth who participated in the One Summer Plus 2012 anti-violence program. Click below to join the discussion.
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has worked to reduce the violence in cook county communities since taking office. She has established a Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, awarded $2 million in grants to community-based anti-violence programs, is working with Cook County Sheriffs to curb illegal gun possession , banned assault weapons and toughened penalties, and has collaborated with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to start One Summer Chicago.
One Summer Chicago is a joint effort between the City and County that provides Chicago’s youth with summer job opportunities and activities designed to enhance personal development and learning in a safe environment. According to an August 8, 2013 study by the University of Chicago’s crime lab, the program reduced the violent crime arrest rates by 51% among the at-risk youth involved.