We applaud Illinois’ new governor Bruce Rauner slashing state funding for CeaseFire, the rabidly anti-gun group that’s a darling of liberal Democrats.
Tio Hardiman, CeaseFire Chicago’s former leader was ousted after an arrest for beating his wife. It wasn’t Hardiman’s first rodeo at beating women, as he was convicted for domestic violence in 1999. (He claims his time spent in Cook County Jail on this most recent arrest led to a “spiritual awakening”. Uh, yeah.)
Rauner is cutting their funding 60%, from $4.7 million to $1.9 million. CeaseFire leadership claims this will force them to suspend all program activities effective immediately.
If that’s the case, then let’s save Illinois an additional $1.9 million and zero out funding altogether for this dubious group.
Many believe CeaseFire to be nothing but a sham.
CeaseFire SCAM castigated in 2007 IL Auditor General report
Here at Guns Save Life, we’ve long said that monies paid by Chicago to the rabidly anti-gun CeaseFire amount to nothing more than paying tribute to criminals.
There are no shortage of questions about CeaseFire and what they may actually do, aside from garnering grants from both government and some private sources.
Nobody’s exactly sure who CeaseFire’s employees are or what they do. Before this most recent report on the lack of results from CeaseFire, the only splash of publicity for the group’s name in the mainstream press since Chicago wrote them a check earlier this year was when a street pharmacist who claimed to be one of CeaseFire’s employees was arrested by Chicago police.
Theotis Holcomb had a slew of crack cocaine and some marijuana on his person in the July traffic stop before being taken to jail. A search of the Illinois Department of Corrections reveals Mr. Holcomb, despite having nearly a half-ounce of crack on his person, is not a guest of IDOC as of this time.
Second City Cop, a blog run by a Chicago Police Officer, also had rumors of a second CeaseFire employee being arrested with a serious quantity of heroin.
Not to be outdone the 010th dist tact team gabbed a ceasefire interrupter gal with about 280 blows (that’s heroin for you media trolls). Let’s see how fast ceasefire spins this one.
Unfortunately though, despite no shortage of critics of the CeaseFire program and the make-believe paradigm by which it supposedly works, Chicago’s cool million is only the latest in government monies that have flowed to CeaseFire Illinois’ organization in recent years.
CeaseFire’s scam of securing grants from local, state and federal government here in Illinois was castigated five plus years ago in a scathing 2007 Illinois Auditor General report.
His findings?Not only are there a host of questionable activities by CeaseFire, but there is no metric to measure their “success”. They’ve claimed large drops (70%+ in homicides) in two police beats they’ve worked in one year, but larger drops occurred in seven of the fifteen other beats in the district where CeaseFire thugs were absent.
Keep going Governor Rauner!
Here’s the latest on CeaseFire from Crain’s.
Rauner halts funding for CeaseFire
CeaseFire, the highly regarded but sometimes controversial anti-violence program featured in the documentary “The Interrupters,” is losing state funding, the result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order freezing spending.
The program was budgeted to receive $4.7 million from the state in fiscal 2015, which ends June 30, according to Rauner’s proposed budget for fiscal 2016. The Rauner administration has proposed slashing CeaseFire’s funding almost 60 percent, to $1.9 million, in fiscal 2016.
The freeze in funding is just one of many cuts under Rauner’s order that are likely to anger supporters of popular state initiatives, even as it pleases advocates of his austerity measures. The state is facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for 2015 and a $6.2 billion gap for the following fiscal year.
For CeaseFire, the move means that “all program activities must cease immediately,” according to an email sent yesterday to subcontractors by Jalon Arthur, program director for CeaseFire Illinois, the local affiliate of anti-violence organization Cure Violence.