Twenty-nine Austin community groups will receive more than $100,000 in grants from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities program. The Austin organizations are among 164 grops throughout the West and South sides selected to receive a total of $1 million in grants.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, the Peace Makers Coalition and North Austin Council invite West Siders from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at 5730 W. Division St. Special guests expected to participate in the event include Ald. Chris Taliafero, Congressman Danny K. Davis and state Rep. Camille Lilly.
West Side community leaders, elected officials and relatives who’ve lost loved ones rallied at the Green Line Central station Saturday before marching to Laramie and Jackson, where two men were killed earlier this month on the steps of Friendship Baptist Church.
State Rep. Camille Lilly and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx are hosting the Aug. 5 event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Austin Public Library, 5615 West Race. They will lead a discussion on gun violence and policing.