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A man some called a national hero for spearheading an anti-violence task force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is bringing his mission to Chicago.

Lt. General (Ret.) Russel Honore joined with community leaders in the Bronzeville neighborhood Thursday to address the issue of violence in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

He says it’s going to take an all-out effort.  “Just like if you had a tornado hit this part of town, you get law enforcement from all the region to come help.  We’ve got the equivalent of a tornado here.  Let’s bring in help from surrounding communities, free up Chicago police so they can come in and control the city,” said Honore.

Honore knows a few things about natural disasters, having wrestled with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  He says we have to attack the man-made problems of the inner city in the same way.

Honore met Thursday with students from the Chicago Military Academy in Bronzeville.  He says more county, state and federal support is desperately needed to free up Chicago police to bring safety and stability back to neighborhoods.

The root problem of Chicago’s crime problem, says Honore, is poverty and a lack of jobs.  He argues it’s much more expensive to incarcerate someone than to educate them.

Honore is in Chicago with The HistoryMakers, a non-profit group sponsoring a talk Thursday night at the Chicago Military Academy, 3519 S. Giles Avenue.  The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

Honore will discuss some of the strategies he used in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and how some of the same out-of-the-box thinking can work here in Chicago.

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  • kirby1414

    TERRIFIC!! Now these gang banging killers are probably going to get FREE job training and FREE jobs! Great way to reward the behavior of as KILLER!

    I'll ask this again: How did New York solve their gang crime problem????

      • kirby1414

        THank you soooo much – I would never have thought of that – – You MUST have an IQ of over 50!

      • Tired of Morons

        Glad I could help. In fact, most questions that you may have could be answered by simply looking it up yourself and not by asking random people to provide you with answers. Besides, how would you know if they were right?

      • kirby1414

        I am recovering from cancer surgery, and I thought that if someone else had the information -I could read about it. But, you are RIGHT! I will look it up myself and not bother anyone for the answers. Thank you for being so kind and helpful – -Have a wonderful weekend!!

  • jeff

    good have them start by picking up the trash and clean the graffiti off the garages then pay them nothing till child support is paid for by hours of community work

  • Todd Pardee

    Instead of changing the part of the constitution that deals with guns, why don’t you change the part that allows these thugs to hang on corners selling dope, ho’s and guns! Round them up and put them away!!

  • get real

    "The root problem of Chicago’s crime problem, says Honore, is poverty and a lack of jobs" The real problem is the abundance of blacks

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  • bobanmebrudder

    Instead of trying to take the weapons away from the good citizens, think of a way to GET THE WEAPONS AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE THEM. I realize this would really hit the politicians who all have guns and body guards. Why do they need all this protection, and not have any for the good and decent people who pass background checks and proper training?