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Questions Surround $55 Million Program to Cut Violence in Chicago
CNN ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Scott Zamost

Posted on 12/04/2012 6:08:52 PM PST by Bon of Babble

On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago's South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence.

"Our message that we're giving out today is about being healthy," said 18-year-old Lucia Eloisa. "One of the key pointers is about taking time to reflect and seek inner peace."

Eloisa's part-time job was paid for by an ambitious state-funded program to keep at-risk teenagers out of trouble. It pumped nearly $55 million into Chicago's toughest neighborhoods and three of its suburbs to stem unrelenting gang violence.

A four-month CNN investigation found that not only did the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) pay teens to hand out fliers promoting inner peace, it also paid these at-risk teens to take field trips to museums, march in a parade with the governor, and even attend a yoga class to learn how to handle stress.

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1 posted on 12/04/2012 6:08:55 PM PST by Bon of Babble
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To: Bon of Babble

Yoga classes to “handle stress?” Marching in a parade with the gov? Hading out flyers?

Yeah, THAT’LL work!! Good job, Illinois.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 6:10:05 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Instant Human....Add Coffee)
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To: Bon of Babble

What would Chicago be without violence?! This is stupid, violence built Chicago! Geeez. Somebody needs to read a history book.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 6:11:48 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: Bon of Babble

Another total waste of $55 million. If this isn’t learned in the home/church (right, good luck) with respect for the right to life and property, then they’re wasting taxpayers money. Sounds like a community organizer project . . . waste of time and money.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 6:11:48 PM PST by laweeks
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To: Bon of Babble

>> attend a yoga class to learn how to handle stress.

Hey, that could come in handy later, when they’re forty years old and starving their way through an economic collapse.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 6:12:42 PM PST by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Bon of Babble

$55 mill would have paid for a lot of police officers. Why are we not classifying gangs as terrorist organizations and round ‘em up and send ‘em to gitmo? That is what they are?


6 posted on 12/04/2012 6:14:47 PM PST by vet7279
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To: Bon of Babble

They can try was San Fransicko tried... just not arresting the criminals... not working in SF either


7 posted on 12/04/2012 6:14:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: laweeks
"Sounds like a community organizer project . . . waste of time and money.'

YEP! 55 mil distributed to Chicago.--5 mil for what was mentioned; 50 mil into the pockets of community organizers and Dem bosses.

vaudine

8 posted on 12/04/2012 6:20:26 PM PST by vaudine
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To: Bon of Babble

reminds me of another type “program” basically the same thing back in the 80’s,,,place:Newark NJ....message I LOVE NEWARK being handed out within hours the city park was covered in fliers,...trees,streets,sidewalks,downtown Newark had yellow 8x11 pieces of paper catching updrafts and scattering paper for blocks.....simply brilliant!


9 posted on 12/04/2012 6:21:04 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Bon of Babble

Power hungry thugs making thousands a week selling drugs and willing to kill over perceived slights from other thugs will read these fliers and give it all up?

WHAT A JOKE! What a laughable joke. What an insane, laughable joke. What a stupid, insane laughable joke.

On top of that, most of the targeted people are unable to read the fliers, thanks to the bankrupt public school system in Chicago.

And they wonder why Chi town is out of money.

Just sayn’


10 posted on 12/04/2012 6:23:19 PM PST by doc1019 (Women have a choice, unborn babies don't.)
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To: vaudine
5 mil for what was mentioned; 50 mil into the pockets of community organizers and Dem bosses.

Egg Zactly

11 posted on 12/04/2012 6:44:55 PM PST by digger48
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To: doc1019

Just raise taxes again to pay for it. People there do not seem to mind.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 6:45:04 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (George W. Bush is the Emmanuel Goldstein of the modern era.)
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To: Bon of Babble
Our money given to community activists to hand out to thier misbehaving illegitimate chillens much like pappy ubango in the white hut
13 posted on 12/04/2012 6:50:53 PM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

They don’t mind because the majority don’t have any taxable income. Harsh but true. The money will ultimately come from the US Government, in other words, the rest of us. ;-)


14 posted on 12/04/2012 6:52:38 PM PST by doc1019 (Women have a choice, unborn babies don't.)
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To: Bon of Babble

Probably need really strict gun control laws .... yeah, that should do it.


15 posted on 12/04/2012 6:55:02 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Bon of Babble

This is exactly how the DNC voting machine works. It is all about Social Justice, Social Gospel, Saul Alinksy- progressive church movement, buying votes- laundering money, race pimps, hustlers and cons. These are Obama’s people and his hood.

Hree is just one more guy, from a google search. Look up John Perkins center, and Woodlawn. It is all the same people- pushing redisrtibution of wealth and stealing our tax money, while calling us racists and disrupting our society.

Community activism 101: http://www.acog-chicago.org/site/epage/88518_875.htm


16 posted on 12/04/2012 6:58:20 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: Bon of Babble


17 posted on 12/04/2012 7:08:21 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Bon of Babble
Politically motivated or not, it's hard to argue that the nearly $55 million spent on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative helped stem violence in Chicago. Two years after the program was implemented, there have been 476 murders in the city, a nearly 20 percent increase over 2011.

Well, the obvious political answer is to double-down on the program. *sheesh* what a waste.

18 posted on 12/04/2012 7:10:44 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Bon of Babble

For cripes sake, at least make them work for the money, like the old CCC. This is total BS. What else to expect, more redistribution?


19 posted on 12/04/2012 7:39:53 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Bon of Babble

Perhaps the money would be better spent PROMOTING Chicago violence. It’s somewhat self-limiting if allowed to run rampant, like a parasite that kills its host.


20 posted on 12/04/2012 8:27:22 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Bon of Babble

Typical Leftist Emanuel/Obama approach - throw money and waste it all.

Just let people have permits to carry and the problem will go away by itself in no time at all.


21 posted on 12/05/2012 2:36:32 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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