WHAT WE DO
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois is led by police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, leaders of law enforcement organizations and crime survivors who take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policymakers and the general public.
Apr 22nd 2014Preschools Now or Prisons Later: Sheriff McCoy, State’s Attorney Brady, Local Police Chiefs Say, “We are at a fork in the road”
Repeated cuts in funding have eliminated preschool opportunities for 350 young children in Peoria County. Across the state, about 25,000 children – 3 and 4 years old – have lost access to state-supported preschool. Altogether, Illinois has slashed its Early Childhood Block Grant by $80 million, or one out of every five dollars that once supported the state’s pre-K services.
Feb 12th 2014Illinois law enforcement leaders urge lawmakers to protect funding for children's programs
Feb 12th 2014Illinois Sen. McCann & Rep. Davidsmeyer join Sheriff, Police Chiefs in visit to Jacksonville preschool
Pointing to evidence that preschool prevents future violent crimes and saves taxpayer dollars, the law-enforcement leaders called on Illinois officials to protect preschool programs in the state budget – and to begin to restore millions of dollars that already have been slashed from early education.