Chicago’s $55M anti-violence boondoggle

posted at 6:31 pm on December 2, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Another convoluted tale comes our way which could be straight out of the pages of a script for a grainy, film noir classic. It involves millions of taxpayer dollars wasted or worse. A definite odor of corruption permeates the air. Money is handed out in unaccountable ways to dubious destinations and bureaucratic waste is on display. This story comes to us from the thriving city of Dallas, and…

Oh, okay… okay… I was kidding. It’s Chicago again.

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…

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.

Earlier this year, state legislators passed a resolution demanding the state conduct an audit on the program. That audit is under way.

What they’re talking about is a $55M program to curb the rising tide of gang violence, murder and mayhem in the streets of the Windy City. So what could be so terrible about that? The city does have a massive problem with violent crime, and reaching out to troubled, economically disadvantaged youths might be a good place to start. Unless, of course, the cash was somehow coming out with questionable funding sources, little to no tracking and, shall we say, politically convenient timing for somebody.

Just days before [Illinois Governor] Quinn publicly unveiled the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the state agency that would oversee the program expressed concern about how it would be funded.

“There was discussion regarding the payment for this initiative, as the state is already late on payment of existing bills to community-based agencies with state contracts,” according to the minutes of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority’s September 30, 2010, meeting, which were obtained by CNN…

“The governor’s office is committed to allocating some of the funds for this initiative immediately and will allocate the rest after the election,” the official said, according to the meeting’s minutes.

Oh, I see! So the rest of the money will show up after the election. And the initial funds will be handed out directly to potential minority voters in the city – the same voters which CNN notes were critical to Quinn’s razor close 1% margin of victory the following month. There are obviously more than a few questions to be asked in Chi-Town now that the race is run. (Assuming anyone bothers to ask, that is.)

But, hey… it’s all for the kids, right? There is no question about the high levels of violence and the skyrocketing murder rate, particularly as it was measured in the year prior to the program being initiated. So long as it cut down on the violence, then we shouldn’t write this off as a total loss.

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.

Welcome to the City of Big Shoulders! Just don’t turn those shoulders – and your back – on either the politicians running City Hall or the mobs running the city streets.


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Money would have been better spent on body bags.

ThePrez on December 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Welcome to AmeriKa, 2012.

´´Chicago Bob´´ said on the radio on February 6, 2009 that he was told in a meeting: ´´We are gonna build an army of Democratic patronage jobs, gonna completely freeze up the Republicans forever and ever. It´s a job patronage system, the same one they have in Chicago ….´´

No one paid any attention.

Enjoy Obama’s AmeriKa. He is the thuggish charlatanic Pimp in Chief.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

He bustin’ out his stash!

Kenosha Kid on December 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

♫♪ Just doing what comes… presidentially. ♪♫

viking01 on December 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Money for nothing

And your Flucks aren’t cheap..

Electrongod on December 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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.

In Dear Liar’s America, that counts as a success. Calling it anything else would be, guess what, racist!

rbj on December 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Pikers. That’s only 1/3rd what they spent on the Annenberg Chicago challenge.

Was Bill Ayers involved in this one?

iurockhead on December 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Just send me the money.

I’ll pump it into the economy and not the pockets of pimps.

profitsbeard on December 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Hey, if its for the kids, then for you $55 million you should be able to get every kid a light flak jacket!

Oh, you mean ‘protection’! Something to do with a *Union* and some paid by the *government*… not, you know, actual protection but *protection* protection.

ajacksonian on December 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

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

…and they are running America!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

What works well against gang violence is longer sentences and three strikes laws.

Blake on December 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Passing out flyers on the taxpayers dime? What a joke. SCAM.

CW on December 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

“Yo! Take this pamphlet or I’ll kick your face in!”

Bishop on December 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

7 killed, 27 hurt in weekend violence in Chicago

JPeterman on December 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

5 killed in Afghanistan in the same time period.

I think it’s time we abandoned our efforts in Chicago and left them to their own devices, to stand or fall on their own.

Bishop on December 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

OT: I find it humorous that Drudges “Hobbits mad us sick” link (right side) points to his earlier Valerie Jarrett getting heckled story….

Midas on December 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

LOL..yeah..fliers will stop the deep seeded
violence and disease running rampant on our streets and homes.
Another day, another story of a fix that fixes..ummm nothing.
And da govt hands in the mix..but of course.
No wonder people are apathetic.

bazil9 on December 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

5 killed in Afghanistan in the same time period.

I think it’s time we abandoned our efforts in Chicago and left them to their own devices, to stand or fall on their own.

Bishop on December 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

…buy EVERBODY in Chicago a gun!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Pamphlets should do it.

The violence is gang related and if it is like every single other outbreak of urban gang violence, all the key players are being paid off. From the Mayors office on down.

All this has happened before and all this will happen again.

CorporatePiggy on December 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Here’s some more bad news. I live in Chicago. I read a Chicago newspaper every day.

And reading this post was the FIRST time I heard about this initiative.

J.S.K. on December 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

7 killed, 27 hurt in weekend violence in Chicago

JPeterman on December 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Racist!

/s/

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

And it is worth noting that when the casulty figures get embarrassing they get reclassified or plead down. Murder to Manslaughter, Attempted Murder to Aggravated Assault, etc.

The truth is usually far worse than the numbers.

CorporatePiggy on December 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

What works well against gang violence is longer sentences and three strikes laws.

Blake on December 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Or, .45s and .308s. The Double-Tap Law.

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

The truth is usually far worse than the numbers.

CorporatePiggy on December 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Yep!

bazil9 on December 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

-Here, take this pamphlet about anti-violence and read it.

“I don’t know how to read, man.”

-I don’t care, I’m getting paid by how many of these I hand out.

Bishop on December 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

It’ll burn to the ground soon enough. Greece riots are childsplay. So will NY, Philly, LA. And others.

wolly4321 on December 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

ROFL at the Ravens.

Steelers rock.

Bishop on December 2, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yeah, but who cares, another white guy recently shot a black kid in Florida, and that’s all that counts for the MSDNC crowd. They’d much rather spend their attention on two questionable shootings in Florida than try to tackle the Saturday night massacres in Chicago.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I thought the Community Organizer-in-Chief had solved all of Chicago’s problems inner city long long ago. Wasn’t that his primary qualification to run for President?

Thought Mayor Tiny Dancer had all the rest well in hand.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

JSK- get the hell out while you can. Seriously,, do you know what’s coming?

wolly4321 on December 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Well that does swing both ways.

Gangsters are *loathe* to shoot a cute little blonde girl or a cop. That will guarantee some heat.

But some brothers shooting each other up, and maybe hitting a few random folks in the hood?

S’all good, baby.

CorporatePiggy on December 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

-Here, take this pamphlet about anti-violence and read it.

“I don’t know how to read, man.”

-I don’t care, I’m getting paid by how many of these I hand out.

Bishop on December 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

heh.

-”Hey momma, put down the pipe and read this pamphlet-do you think I should join a gang still”?
“You can’t read it either?”
f*ck.

In the trash.

bazil9 on December 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

…buy EVERBODY in Chicago a gun!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

But that would put the gangs at a disadvantage and more of them might get killed! Can’t have the law abiding citizens with the capability of defending themselves now; that would maybe make them think they aren’t as dependent upon the government for their safety as they first thought. … and in Chicago, that is a threat far, far worse than the gang violence as far as the Chicago city leaders are concerned.

AZfederalist on December 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Throughout his four years working for “change” in Chicago’s Roseland and Altgeld Gardens neighborhoods, Obama ignored the primary cause of their escalating dysfunction: the disappearance of the black two-parent family.

Chicago’s Real Crime Story: http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_1_chicago-crime.html

U.S. National Canter for Health Statistics: more than half of black babies were born out of wedlock, up from 17 percent in 1950. Today the figure is thought to be 60 percent nationwide; in Chicago it is 75 percent.

70% of inmates in state juvenile detention centers, 72% juvenile murders and 60% of rapists come from single mother [largely black] homes.

“Single motherhood is a societal nuclear bomb.” – Ann Coulter, “Guilty”.

By 2005 more than 1/3 of all babies born in the USA were illegitimate. Big crime waves are coming in the decades ahead.

But addressing single motherhood consequences seems to be a taboo subject and easy to call “racist”.

Chessplayer on December 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I’m not sure why this is even a subject of discussion. The reports about all of this violence must be nothing more than right wing propaganda. After all, Chicago has some of the most draconian gun laws in the country; there’s no way that gangs would violate those laws, obtain illegal guns and commit crimes. With gun laws in effect that ban almost all Chicago citizens from owning firearms, there’s no way a gang banger would take a chance on going to prison by having a firearm in their possession and since nobody in Chicago can legally have a gun, save for the police, nobody should be afraid to go out in the dark or into any alley anywhere. Should be the safest place on the planet. That’s what the liberal gun grabbers keep telling me.

AZfederalist on December 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Chicago is one of the municipalities, along with Bloomberg’s Shi++y-on-the-Sea, that has taken the official stance that the violence is the gun manufacturers’ fault- and has attempted to sue that industry out of existence. So, it strikes me as odd that they would justify the need for these funds by claiming they will be used essentially for retraining the mindset of their poor, disadvantaged youths.

And you can bank on several of those millions going straight to Jesse Jackson’s South Side World Super Scam Headquarters.

M240H on December 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

economically disadvantaged youths

Euphemism much?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Fliers shmiers.

Spend 1/10th of that money erecting public gallows. Set up the remainder as cash incentives to get sterilized, available only to current and former (within 4 years) welfare recipients. Even at $5,000 per head, you’ll save tons in the long run.

These are the kinds of things it would take to revive Sh!tcago.

MelonCollie on December 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

economically disadvantaged youths

Euphemism much?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

“B@st@ard-born, semiliterate, utterly worthless punk scum” is just a smidgen too wordy for press conferences.

MelonCollie on December 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

$55,000,000.00 of walking around money…

Khun Joe on December 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

How about just putting the money into an account for each student so that when they graduate they get the money and can decide what to do with it….

First its an incentive to stay alive.

Second its an incentive to graduate.

Third it will save money by getting rid of middlemen and give a kid a better chance of actually getting out of that hellhole once they graduate. Might even teach them some math skills so they will be able to figure out if someone is cheating them of goodies along the way.

ajacksonian on December 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Hey, why not pass flyers around in Afghanistan and see if it brings peace over there? Do they read/speak Arabic over there ?

Sticky Wicket on December 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

“You’re not giving young people a chance to advance by giving them this flier-passing-out job,” Murphy said. “You’re not creating an environment where job growth that is lasting is going to take hold.”

I’m pretty sure that is not what they are teaching in schools…

… That was the “Old America”, before it was fundamentally changed.

Welcome to paradise…

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

This brings back the memories of brilliance called “Midnight Basketball”.

mixplix on December 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Here’s some more bad news. I live in Chicago. I read a Chicago newspaper every day.

And reading this post was the FIRST time I heard about this initiative.

J.S.K. on December 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

“If the press was doing it’s job, we wouldn’t be +$16.3 Trillion (rev) dollars in debt…!” – Andrew Breitbart (R.I.P.)

(… and I doubt Obowma would have been re-elected if everyone in America knew about his real record, ‘Fast and Furious’, and who left Americans to die in Benghazi)

(but we can’t have THAT now, can we…?)

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

What do you expect from a city run by dopes who support, promote and allow convicted sex offenders and mental incompetents to run for and hold public office?

stukinIL4now on December 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Carl Sandburg once called “Chicago hog butcher of the world” but today it has descended into the muck of the pigpen. It’s leadership is a disgrace to people who believe in integrity and hard work.

aknews on December 2, 2012 at 8:50 PM

…and they are running America!
KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Into the ground…….

redguy on December 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

This brings back the memories of brilliance called “Midnight Basketball”.

mixplix on December 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Oh yeah. That made a few rounds in my homecity.

How about midnight curfews for the little monsters? Is this really such a revolutionary notion that until they’re old enough to vote, the proper place for young people at midnight is at home in bed? Sheesh!

MelonCollie on December 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Just think of how many would have been harmed if they hadn’t spent the millions!!!!!

LegendHasIt on December 2, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Hey, at least some groups are putting such programs to actual good use.

Mohonri on December 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Would have been cheaper to have a Chicago version of “Fast and Furious”. Arm the gamgbangers so they could kill each other.

A win-win for the taxpayer. Gang members permanently ‘retired’, and jail over-crowding eased.

GarandFan on December 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Cool..keep on funding it….maybe they’ll eliminate each other out of existence….

Ooops…that wasn’t PC was it? Why not hope that the PM’s will kill each other off rather than spending money on who’s colors are worth consideration?

Like the burrowing owl…lets hope these dispshits kill themselves into oblivion. I mean..are they worth saving as something more that Burger King workers?

Twana on December 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Like the burrowing owl…lets hope these dispshits kill themselves into oblivion. I mean..are they worth saving as something more that Burger King workers?

Twana on December 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Besides for their souls, no.

The dedicated men and women trying to reach these wretched fools before they end up in an eternal BBQ deserve the highest praise.

But I think I can safely say that most of them never treat the “white man’s religion” (which isn’t really a true statement) with any more respect than they do for the white man’s law. (which IS a true statement; they make up their own and it sucks.)

At some point it is Biblically appropriate for us to “shake the dust off our sandals” and leave fools to their fate. IMVHO…it may be that time for Chicago.

MelonCollie on December 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM

How many of the 476 murdered were formerly “employed” handing out the anti-violence pamphlets? Like all social progressive boondoggles, it was never meant to be effective. It was meant to give some kids “walking around” money. It was a “make work” project for some overpaid and achievement challenged bureaucrats. It was meant to spread the wealth around as an exercise in fairness. It was meant to drain the public coffers so another request for more money could be made. Just a little more money and we can lick this problem. These progressive twits might as well go full-on Communist and call it a “Five Year Plan”.

We are Breitbart and where the heck is John Galt.

SpiderMike on December 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Money would have been better spent on body bags.

ThePrez on December 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

And you can sell advertising space on the bags to reduce overall program costs. A win-win!!

Shy Guy on December 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

55 million could by a substantial number of firearms for homeowners. Try pulling a pamphlet on the your next home invasion perpetrator.

ghostwalker1 on December 3, 2012 at 1:48 AM

5421 HOMICIDES in Chicago in the past decade.

Iraq war? 4486

Afghanistan? 2145

Chicago, Obama’s hometown is a cultural hellhole of perpetual war. Just look at those figures.

tom daschle concerned on December 3, 2012 at 2:57 AM

There you have it … one party governance by liberals = bankruptcy and a war zone. My taxes in Crook County went up 38% this year. This year.

Jaibones on December 3, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Artful Dodger School of Redistribution.

ironked on December 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I bet 30 people know about this money in Chicago. The rest are hearing it for the first time.

jake49 on December 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Illinois tax payers got rolled for a $55 million ‘anti-violence’ program, and all Chicago got was 476 murdered citizens in the streets.

I’m sorry. What was the question, again?

locomotivebreath1901 on December 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Chicago and Detroit are 2 cites that have been run into the dirt by corrupt democrats and their leftist policies. Neither is worth trying to save.

Dollayo on December 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM