Proposed anti-violence program funded through salary cuts for elected officials

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is calling for a "gun violence czar" plan to reduce crime in and around Chicago.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Rev. Jesse Jackson and other community leaders are supporting an anti-violence plan funded by cutting the salaries of some elected officials.

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is behind the proposal. He's calling on all 17 commissioners to take a $10,000 pay cut.

The money would be used to create a jobs program aimed at reducing gun violence.

"Policing strategies, all good and fine. But without this job component we're all wasting our time," said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

"Unless we do something radical in this town, we better prepare for a bloodbath," said Rev. Ira Acree.

Boykin also wants drivers to pay an extra 4 cents per gallon for gas to fund a program for at-risk youth.