Cook County receives $75 million grant for violence prevention programs

CHICAGO — Sen. Dick Durbin was in town the same day a $75 million grant was announced for violence prevention programs.

Senator Dick Durbin spent Thursday visiting St. Sabina in Auburn Gresham to learn more about his violence prevention efforts.

Senator Durbin walked around campus and met with Brave Youth Leaders program participants at church and school.

“You want to end gun violence in Chicago, the police have an important job to do, we have an equally important job in programs like this,” Durbin said. “Making sure that we invest in young people and give them a fighting chance in their lives.

It is an opportunity for children and young adults from different schools and communities to come together to promote peace and change.

Reverend Michael Pfleger and Durbin are working to raise federal funds to keep the program, and others like it, operational.

It came the same day that Cook County Council Chairman Toni Preckwinkle announced a historic grant amount that will help fund violence prevention programs in Cook County. Seventy-five million dollars will be distributed to 68 different organizations that provide a range of violence prevention services.

“At its core, violence prevention is about facilitating healing, building peace, and providing support and resources to our historically underserved residents and the communities in which they live,” Preckwinkle said.

Organizations will receive their first grant allocation next month and it will be spread over the next three years.