CeaseFire Crime Fighting Program Loses Funding

(Springfield, IL) — Funding for a statewide program designed to curb community street violence is now on hold. CeaseFire consists of workers who once led a life of crime and now work toward reforming the lives of those on the wrong path. The group’s program manager Larry Hemingway says despite the program getting shut down, a handful of volunteers are willing to keep the work flow moving. Meanwhile, three employees who were on the CeaseFire payroll have gained new jobs through Urban League programs. Governor Rauner wants to shift the group’s funding to Redeploy, which is a program that helps released convicts.