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."