Senator demands a call to action in response to Chicago violence

senator Darren Bailey
senator Darren Bailey(25 News/ Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 5:34 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) -Illinois state senator, Darren Bailey, joined the Tenth annual Tent-A-thon hosted by Pastor Corey Brooks. The Tent-A-Thon is a part of Pastor Brooks H.O.O.D foundation (Helping Others Obtain Destiny). The program consists of fifteen projects focused on violence prevention, entrepreneurship, and job training.

Pastor Brooks invites community leaders, politicians and parents to camp out on his roof Tent-A-Thon to bring awareness to violence.

Senator Bailey camped out and held a press conference the next morning about his experience.

“We were camping out in a tent at the end of this platform last night. At two o’clock in the morning we heard gunshots. These gunshots less than a hundred yards over. I’m laying there thinking, okay that surely was something else. About fifteen minutes later I heard a female voice screaming he’s been shot,” said Bailey.

He pointed out that the gun violence spike is not only affecting the Chicago area.

“We in Illinois must realize this is not just a Chicago problem. This is becoming an every urban area problem. It’s taking place in Champaign, Decatur, all over the state.”

He called out political leaders Governor J.B Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, demanding they work with local non-profits to combat the violence.

He says that he will be releasing his own plan to action soon.

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