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Chicago school funding crisis exposes steady gutting of neighborhoods

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Patrick Brosnan and the BPNC should have some credibility on these issues. A couple years ago, they warned that state budget cuts in violence prevention programs would reverse the reductions they had achieved in gun violence and gang participation. Indeed, DNAInfo reports that shootings in Brighton Park are up 300 percent over the past three years.

It was BPNC that pushed Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward) to introduce a budget amendment to spend leftover property tax rebate funds on violence prevention. Lopez withdrew the amendment –earning criticism from some fellow aldermen –

after Emanuel agreed to establish a private $45 million anti-violence fund.

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*Photo Courtesy of Community Renewal Society

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