Ceasefire Returns to Rockford

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As of this week, Ceasefire is back in Rockford with 200 thousand dollars to spend and brand new leadership, but will these changes really make a dent in Rockford’s violence?

Ceasefire says it only received four-million dollars in state funding this year and only got Rockford’s slice of the pie late last month. That means, just like in years past. The funding will only last for six months or so. Ceasefire tries to "interrupt" violence before it starts, but in Rockford the organization has been criticized for showing up too late--after a shooting. The new leadership says that's about to change.

Ceasefire President Tio Hardiman said, “In cities like Rockford we can get the crime rate down we just need consistency in getting the program up and running because every program we've had up and running for like a year or two we've seen pretty good results."


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  • by wow Location: rockford il. on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    maybe u guys should change the pic thats with this headline u got bruce agee in the picture and he is a suspected murderer,not a good look.
  • by wow Location: rockford on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    Ok to wth obviously u hve no heart n the last leader of this program was a great man. He was a great father n as u see he had his son taken from him due to violence and by a grown man whom had no life. And really that has nothing to do with the fact of him not controling his son. U can raise your children to the tee but once they decide they are grown they do Wht they want so that's bologna to say about him. Have a heart and stop concentrating on the negative and concentrate on some positive
  • by wow Location: rockford on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    Ok to wth obviously u hve no heart n the last leader of this program was a great man. He was a great father n as u see he had his son taken from him due to violence and by a grown man whom had no life. And really that has nothing to do with the fact of him not controling his son. U can raise your children to the tee but once they decide they are grown they do Wht they want so that's bologna to say about him. Have a heart and stop concentrating on the negative and concentrate on some positive
  • by wow Location: rockford on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    Ok to wth obviously u hve no heart n the last leader of this program was a great man. He was a great father n as u see he had his son taken from him due to violence and by a grown man whom had no life. And really that has nothing to do with the fact of him not controling his son. U can raise your children to the tee but once they decide they are grown they do Wht they want so that's bologna to say about him. Have a heart and stop concentrating on the negative and concentrate on some positive
  • by Teresa Location: Rockford on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:37 AM
    Very disappointed in the comments here. Rockford is mentioned on a national level for our crime and unemployment. The people of Rockford need to step up and take our city back. Ceasefire is one tool we can all use. The alternative is to become # 1 in crime and unemployment. That is something I hope will never happen. We need to be positive and prevent crime.
  • by wtf Location: rockford on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    4 million dollars to have citizens walk around with signs? that could have paid for a lot of police officers. not surprised that somebody found a way to get paid because people are afraid and don't have the right to protect themselves in illinois. more taxpayers $$ gone. at least they got new leadership the last one couldn't control his own kid.
  • by chris Location: rockford on Dec 7, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    we don't need ceasefire. we need open fire on the thugs! we need open carry for legal foid carrying people.
  • by randy on Dec 7, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    This program is a waste of tax dollars? get your own money, and stop asking us tax payers to pay your high salaries.
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