CHICAGO (AP) -- A new state task force will work with religious and community groups to try to prevent violence.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday to create the Violence Prevention Task Force.
The six-member group will be appointed by Quinn and legislative leaders. They're charged with raising awareness of job opportunities and helping religious and community groups that work to curb violence. They'll also coordinate with mental health professionals to provide care in communities that need it most. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. LaShawn Ford and Sen. Mattie Hunter, both Chicago Democrats.
In a statement, Ford says to reduce violence "we must have the political will to do more than be tough on crime."
Hundreds of young people signed an anti-violence pledge prior to the bill signing at Chicago State University.