Gov. Quinn joins pastor, community activists on peace march

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The weekly peace march at Saint Sabina Church is all about preventing violence and protecting the area around the church, but tonight Father Michael Pfleger let it take a political tone.

He defended Gov. Pat Quinn from some political criticism he’s facing right now and tried to reflect that criticism. Pfleger says Quinn has joined the Friday walk in the past. This time, dozens of neighborhood residents and activists followed along as slogans like “Stop the violence” were yelled from a megaphone and the governor shook hands and took pictures with people along the route.

Pfleger says he and other marchers have taken personal responsibility for an area around the church for the past six weeks. Since that time, there has been no shooting in the area.

The pastor and activists also defended the governor’s now-controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. It was a $55 million anti-violence initiative launched shortly before the 2010 election that is now under scrutiny by federal prosecutors. Pfleger says it was a life-saver.

“That 2010 program, we were part of that program,” Pfleger said to the crowd. “And I’m glad we were part of that program because it saved lives in this community and in Englewood. So I thank you for taking that step, Governor. I thank you when a whole lot of folks did not care about violence in the city of Chicago.”

“We are a family in Illinois. We’ve got to stick together, we’ve got to fight the violence,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “We are the walking people. And I really wanted to come here tonight to walk with folks in the neighborhood. This is our neighborhood. Every neighborhood in Illinois belongs to the people, not to those who would perpetrate violence.”

State lawmakers on the legislative audit commission plan to investigate the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative next week. A number of Quinn’s former aides have been called to testify. The governor has admitted there were some problems with that program.

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  • Funny Ain't It

    Governor Potatohead said “tonight”, must be some awfully bright lights in that neighborhood because it almost looked like mid-afternoon. Nice to have these parties, but wouldn’t it make more sense to fight the violence when the violence is awake? Like say after 11:00pm. So come on now Gov Potatohead and Frickin Fleecer, get mad, show your anger for violence and the shootin’s and the killin’s and all that stuff when the problem is out on the street doing the crimes, not just before the 6:00 news crew. Do it when it counts, when it will make a difference!!!

  • arubatom

    And what do these marches really accomplish? Like one poster pointed out…what about after 11:00…..when the news crews are gone. Back to my original question…the thugs and rats could care less about a march…now they would care if the cops swooped in and started banging heads every night…and if the punks start getting killed in the process…too bad!!

    • ismael

      I don’t get involved because We do not have that problem. So for now all I can do is criticize and I agree with the other posters. March when the action is going on so the criminals can see people who care not just for the cameras.Quinn and the rest of hipocrites will get out of the streets before it gets dark. Beware of the dark.

  • Dan Cox

    Father Mike Pfleger is not a man of God, he is in my opinion a Terrorist! Pfleger has stated that “Somebody shoud Snuff-Out Gun Store Owners and the politicians that support them”. These are not words of love or faith or even words that are allowed by any sense of First Amendment Rights…these are Hate Speech and advocation of violence and Murder. What kind of a Catholic Leadership is in place in Chicago, that would allow a Priest to act like a violent Gang Leader, calling for people to be Murdered.

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