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Preckwinkle: More money for summer jobs for youth in high-crime areas

Monday, June 18, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
by LISA DONOVAN

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday that another $120,000 will be funneled to a city-county summer youth jobs program aimed at putting kids in high-crime communities to work.


So far, the county has directed $145,000 in grant money to One Summer Plus Chicago, a combined city-county initiative that will Preckwinkle said will help 700 Chicago teens who live in high-crime areas of the city.

Jobs will be offered in government and private business, and Preckwinkle also said money will be used to hire mentors for at-risk youths.

“It’s important to do more to keep our children out of harm’s way and in a safe place,” Preckwinkle said at the morning press conference.



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