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CeaseFire Illinois gets new executive director

15 years ago on Chicago’s west side, the anti-violence organization CeaseFire Illinois was founded. Its goal was to hit the streets to combat violence. People known as Violence Interrupters worked in the most violent communities leading anti-violence marches and conducting conflict mediation between gangs. As a result, many of the areas they saturated experienced a decrease in crime. But things started to shift after state funding began to dwindle, forcing Cease Fire to be less of a presence. New Executive Director Mark Payne talks about the plans to get the organization back on the frontlines of violence reduction.

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