CeaseFire Illinois gets new executive director

CeaseFire Illinois gets new executive director
CeaseFire Illinois gets new executive director

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.