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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of Sept. 26, 2016

CeaseFire Funding Cuts
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

A new report published by violence-interruption program CeaseFire’s parent organization, Cure Violence, finds a correlation between funding for CeaseFire in Chicago and the level of violence in the city. The Cure Violence report found, "The (police) districts where the CeaseFire programs were cut are the districts where violence increased the most, accounting for 94 percent of the total citywide increase in shootings."

Dr. Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health and CEO and founder of Cure Violence, says factors like the splintering of local gangs, the increasing use of social media among gang members, and disruptions in public housing due to the tearing down of CHA apartment towers, aren't the strongest contributors to the recent surge in violence in Chicago. "The steep uptick in numbers of shootings in Chicago neighborhoods occurred within just one to two weeks of CeaseFire programs being shut down in those neighborhoods." said Slutkin.

Post-debate Polls
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Following tonight’s first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, questions will likely turn to which candidate "won" and how will it impact voters’ opinions. Tim Johnson, director of the Survey Research Laboratory in the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, is available to address the post-debate polls, surveys and resulting data. Johnson, who is vice president/president-elect for the American Association for Public Opinion Research, can discuss best practices related to designing, conducting and analyzing surveys.

Film Screening, Discussion: Sex Trafficking
27, Tuesday | Registration required | Call: (312) 413-8702

A special movie screening and panel discussion will be held at UIC to bring attention to the growing issue of minors being forced and coerced into the sex trade in Illinois. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. News media are invited. Media wishing to interview panelists should arrive at 5 p.m.

'Homelessness in Chicago'
28, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Jayme Robinson, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

Oct. 6 | Free, Advance registration required | Call: (312) 413-3892

Two new web-based projects showcasing past and present Latino art in Chicago will be introduced during a special event presented by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, a UIC-based national Latino research consortium. Reception 5 - 7 p.m.; program begins at 5:30 p.m. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. Online registration is required by Sept. 30.

'The Future of Corruption in Chicago'
Oct. 12 | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Joe Ferguson, City of Chicago Inspector General. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

Thru Dec. 9 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Works of six Chicago-area artists are featured in the final installment of the exhibition series marking the 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. Room 207, UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.