An ‘Antiviolence’ Boondoggle in Murder-Plagued Chicago

*Photo: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, seeking re-election, contends with the fallout from a defunct $54.5 million program.

“Two summers ago a home invasion by gang members on the city’s South Side went wrong when one of the robbers shot another one in the back of the head, according to Chicago police. Sixteen-year-old Douglas Bufford was killed, and 19-year-old Jermalle Brown was charged with first-degree murder. His trial begins on Aug. 15, and it may attract more attention than usual in a city plagued by violent crime, just as his arrest did. Why? Because at the time of the shooting, Douglas Bufford and Jermalle Brown were also on the Illinois state payroll, earning $8.50 an hour to hand out antiviolence pamphlets.” ~ Online Wall Street Journal 

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