Faith leaders ask Quinn to fund anti-violence programs

June 30, 2010 2:44:29 PM PDT
A statewide coalition of religious leaders made a call Wednesday to stop the violence in the wake of recent shootings in Chicago.

They were joined today by the families of victims outside the Thompson Center. More than 100 pairs of shoes were laid out to represent the number of victims of recent gun violence in the city.

Faith leaders are calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to keep state funds going toward violence prevention programs.

"We are calling on the governor to reverse his decision to let these programs grow dark. We are calling on the governor to stand up and walk among us, walk in our shows, walk in our neighborhood," said Rev. Patricia Watkins.

Rev. Watkins says working against violence is a shared responsibility between government, communities and the police.