Make sure to read into the fine lines of this article. Mayor Daley wants to deal with criminals and gang-bangers with taxpayer’s money. I would not be surprised if Mayor Daley would continue to reward these goons with membership to H.D.O. and give them good paying city jobs. Remember Daley wants to hire convicts back on the City Payroll, remember? Well, his convicted pals might want to return to work. Thanks Chicago Sun-Times. Read below. Patrick McDonough.
]]>Daley rips gov for cutting gang-negotiation funds
August 30, 2007
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Daley blasted Gov. Blagojevich again Wednesday — this time for vetoing $6.2 million for an inner-city program aimed at defusing gang conflicts and the shootings they trigger.
Daley stepped up his criticism of the embattled Democratic governor on the eve of a rally aimed at pressuring the governor to restore CeaseFire funding.
“If they save one life, it’s worth it. And they do save a lot of lives,” Daley said.
Daley said he’s “very disappointed” the governor abused his veto power to salvage his failed health-care initiative.
“These programs can be substantiated how important they are to a school, to a park, to a library, to CeaseFire. … This is not just wasted money. A lot of programs, you may talk about wasted money. These are not wasted programs.”
CeaseFire workers negotiate conflicts between gang members in high-crime neighborhoods and claim a remarkable success rate. In neighborhoods where its “streetwise” workers are active, shootings and killings have dropped by 45 percent.