Gun Violence en Mandatory minimums to be debated this week <div>A panel of Illinois state lawmakers Tuesday is scheduled to debate how long convicted criminals should spend in prison for certain crimes. IPR's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy frequently blames Springfield politicians for the city’s gun violence.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says nobody’s afraid of Illinois’ gun laws.</span></p></div><div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:13:47 +0000 Tony Arnold 26408 at Mandatory minimums to be debated this week Chicago Police Superintendent plans to reduce gun violence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After suffering a heart attack earlier this month, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is back at work to push his plan on reducing gun violence. &nbsp;</span></p><div> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:12:25 +0000 Tony Arnold 25738 at Chicago Police Superintendent plans to reduce gun violence Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums <p>Chicago is struggling to bring down deadly gun violence. As part of that, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing three-year mandatory minimum sentences for anyone caught carrying an illegal firearm. He wants state lawmakers to take up a bill to that effect when they go back to Springfield this week. The mayor says he doesn’t want more parents to lose children to gun violence, but research shows there’s a much better way he could help. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer explains.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:13:09 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 13689 at Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #1 <p> "Don't Shoot" is a community-wide effort to reduce gun violence in the Peoria area. The local initiative ties in with the book "Don't Shoot" by criminologist and author David Kennedy. This program is collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecutors, as well as community members and leaders. This is the first of four roundtable discussions of the "Don't Shoot" project on WCBU, and it examines the history of the anti-violence initiative and how it will apply to the Peoria region.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:17:35 +0000 Daryl Scott 1590 at Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #1 Conversation with Don't Shoot Author David Kennedy <p>"Don't Shoot" Author David Kennedy talks with Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce about his strategy to reduce gun violence and the Peoria initiative.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:13:19 +0000 Daryl Scott 1298 at Conversation with Don't Shoot Author David Kennedy Don't Shoot Peoria FAQ <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p><b><span>What is “Don’t Shoot?” </span></b></p><p><span>&nbsp;It’s an aggressive multi-strategy anti-gang and gun violence program designed to decrease shootings and get the most dangerous criminals off the streets. Led by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, the initiative creates partnerships among federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, outreach specialists, community leaders and media. Never before has Peoria seen such comprehensive collaboration from key stakeholders in implementing a zero-tolerance message towards violence.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>The centerpiece of the program is a focused deterrence strategy enhanced by an innovative community-wide education and outreach program crafted to thoroughly incorporate all segments of the citizenry of the Greater Peoria area. Using offender-based policing strategies, police and prosecutors send a specific message to a number of high-risk individuals that gun violence will not be tolerated. Then, the strategy includes communication about community programs that will provide services to help them on the road to a better and more productive life. As part of the message, these high-risk individuals are told that any future gun violence will result in the full force of federal and state law enforcement. They are put on notice and they know law enforcement eyes are on them.</span><div> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:16:46 +0000 Daryl Scott 1273 at Don't Shoot Peoria FAQ