A Plea for Peace

WYCC PBS Chicago

The city known for its beautiful skyline and seasons has earned some unwanted notoriety.

An epidemic is sweeping Chicago, and its effect has been devastating. The city known for its beautiful skyline and four seasons has earned some unwanted notoriety: gang violence.

According to reports, halfway through 2012, the number of people killed in Chicago surpassed the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan. At that time, 144 Americans had been killed in Afghanistan, while 228 people died in our own backyard. Neighborhoods throughout the city are under attack and residents are calling for help. Chicago is pleading for peace. 

On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at the Kennedy-King College Main Theater, WYCC PBS Chicago taped a special panel discussion on violence in Chicago - A Plea for Peace: A Town Hall Meeting on Violence in Chicago. The event was hosted by journalist Lilia Chacon and comedian Tony Sculfield. Special guests included Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy and rap artist Rhymefest. Audience members had the opportunity to listen and contribute to the conversation. Together with our community and civic leaders, we addressed concerns and sought solutions for dealing effectively with the violence in our city.


Rhymefest - Rap Artist

Diane Latiker - Founder/President, Kids Off The Block

Bob Jackson - Executive Director, CeaseFire Roseland

Minister Rahim Aton - Board Member, Pastors of Englewood

Dr. Lance Williams - Professors, Northeastern University

Edilberto Vazquez - Former Gang Member/Mentor

Garry McCarthy - Superintendent, Chicago Police Department

Pamela Bosley - Mother of slain teen Terrell Bosley

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Lilia Chacon is an experienced and award-winning journalist, committed to great storytelling. She has been breaking stories for broadcast television news, wire services, and newspapers for more than 30 years, and is now the communications director for the Office of the City Treasurer, City of Chicago. Chacon was part of the star-up for Fox Chicago and has worked at Fox Chicago News as a reporter and anchor since 1989.

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Tony Sculfield has toured and performed with numerous comedians in the entertainment industry over the years, including Mo'Nique, Mike Epps, Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer to name a few. He has also appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, BET's Comic View, Comedy Central and Showtime. Known as the One Man Riot, Tony is the centerpiece of WGCI 107.5 FM's wildly-popular morning show, Tony Sculfield and The Morning Riot, which airs weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.