U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said he recently discussed violence in Chicago with President-elect Donald Trump.
Davis, D-Ill., said Trump called to offer condolences after Davis’ 15-year-old grandson was shot to death Nov. 18 in Englewood.
Trump has highlighted Chicago’s violence and been critical of the Chicago Police Department.
On Monday, Davis and other officials offered support of the 10-20-30 anti-poverty initiative.
The plan calls for 10 percent of federal funds to go to communities where 20 percent of the population has lived below the poverty line for at least 30 years.
Davis said he believes the plan will succeed with bipartisan support and isn’t worried about the Trump administration.
“If and when we seriously address the issue of poverty we will see a major reduction in gun violence and homicides in the African-American, black inner-city community,” Davis said.
Lakeidra Chavis is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her at @lakeidrachavis.