Ill. officials kick off youth anti-violence week
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials on Monday kicked off the start of a youth violence prevention week by calling attention to the shooting death of a six-month-old Chicago baby, but they did not offer new strategies or funding to address the problem.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck instead talked up the importance of creating awareness and pointed the public to the department's website, which includes a link on cyberbullying. The appearance at a new Chicago children's hospital marked the start of National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
Quinn has recently focused on violence in Illinois. He spent the last two Sundays at Chicago houses of worship reiterating his call for an assault weapons ban and pointing to last week's slaying of Jonylah Watkins, who was shot as her father was changing her diaper.
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