In the News: Law Enforcement Leaders Advocate For Expanding Illinois After-School Programs

By PETER MEDLIN | WNIJ News

The organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a report on Thursday on after-school programs.

The report found that the hours immediately following school, between 2 to 6 p.m., when youth are most likely to get in trouble with the law.

Local law enforcement leaders also visited the after-school program at McIntosh Elementary School in Rockford to mark the 20th anniversary of Lights On Afterschool

Republican State Representative John Cabello was also at the event. He said the State needs to put more money into after-school programs.

“When you look at the numbers, it needs to be expanded,” said Cabello. “Anytime we can do things to try to help with public safety, these should be our top priorities. You know, you look at the kids here, you see that what it actually does for them. It pays dividends later on.”…

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