Staff members at CeaseFire said Friday that a $1 million city grant has run out, forcing the crime-fighting organization to close two offices and lay off some violence “interrupters,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman claimed, over the year the group received funding from the city, murders were down 100 percent in two police beats in Woodlawn.
A Chicago anti-violence activist throws his hat in the ring for Illinois Governor, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.
In their first TV interview together since the scandal broke, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman and his wife talk about the night he was arrested for beating her, why she dropped the charges, and the doubters.
Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman’s wife has dropped the domestic violence charges that led to his ouster from the nationally-renowned violence prevention group.
When Tio Hardiman filled out his job application at the University of Illinois at Chicago 13 years ago, he had to answer a simple yes-or-no question by checking a box.
CeaseFire Illinois’ former leader “should have volunteered” information about his 1999 domestic battery conviction to its parent agency, a spokesman said, because he was “fully aware” of and helped implement a zero-tolerance policy toward domestic violence charges.
The organization’s current COO, Dr. Candice Kane, will oversee CeaseFire Illinois’ day-to-day operations as its interim head, while continuing to manage Cure Violence’s national and international operations, spokesman Josh Gryniewicz said on Tuesday.
An attorney for the wife of former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman said she was “beaten like an animal” during a fight that prompted Hardiman’s arrest, but Hardiman denied ever laying a hand on his wife.
Tio Hardiman says he is innocent of the charges. But the parent organization of CeaseFire Illinois announced his contract won’t be renewed after June 30.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday that the city should not necessarily have to end a contract with the anti-violence group CeaseFire, after its director was charged with domestic abuse for allegedly punching and kicking his wife.
Wednesday night, community residents met with representatives from the group CeaseFire to discuss the streak, and what has allowed it to happen.
An anti-crime pilot program involving the group CeaseFire and the Chicago Police Department appears to be moving ahead after a disagreement was resolved.
There is heavy friction between the Chicago police union and CeaseFire after the anti-violence organization helped a shooting suspect turn himself in earlier this week. CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey reports.
The police superintendent previously faulted CeaseFire for bypassing the police as it negotiated truces.
The solution to tackling Chicago’s crime problem could make the strangest of bedfellows. Two weeks ago, Chicago Police and the anti-violence group CeaseFire were taking shots at one another, but on Tuesday they joined up as allies.
Gang murders in Chicago are on the rise. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is feeling the heat, and says he’s doing something about it, but his latest strategy is drawing some heat of its own from a group dedicated to preventing gang violence.
Armed only with good intentions and connections to the community, CeaseFire workers try to cool boiling tempers, allowing young people time to think. CBS 2’s Bill Kurtis reports.
The summer season just started, and it’s already been a violent one in Chicago. CBS 2’s Bill Kurtis has been following a group that works tirelessly to prevent violence.
Summer can be a dangerous time for kids, especially those in neighborhoods plagued by crime and gang activity. So a “peace summit” was held Friday for more than 1,000 school kids.