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Yes you read that right. A group from Chicago is here to help Jacksonville decrease it’s crime.

The City of Jacksonville has hired a firm out of Chicago to the tune of $7,500 to help us figure out how to reduce crime.

Cure Violence met with Sheriff Williams, Mayor Curry and State Attorney Nelson. They also hosted a meeting at Kids Hope Alliance with various entities including crime task force members, community and business leaders and activists.

Cure Violence’s approach is treating crime like a disease. They help with “retaliation” crime and identify those who might create crime in the future based on their life circumstances. Mayor Curry stated, “That they disrupt the next violent act. And that is their core mission. So, they treat it, again, like a disease. And a disease spreads,” said Curry. 

Chicago reduced its murder rate in 2018 but still outnumbers LA and NY combined. They have program after program in Chicago and they are still a crime-ridden mess of a city. Are programs the answer to crime?

Cure Violence is holding two meetings for the public this week if you are interested in attending and giving your opinions:

Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Legends Center Auditorium at 5130 Soutel Drive, Jacksonville, FL. 32208

and

Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Mary Singleton Center at 150 E. First St., Jacksonville, FL. 32206.

Maybe Cure Violence will indeed help us. We can only hope because that seems to be all we have left. Hope. And of course — Prayer. With some LOVE added to the mix.

Maybe that’s the real program we need to cure the hate in our hearts?

The LOVE program. Maybe we should spread a little LOVE wherever we go today. At least we should give it a try. Can’t hurt.

Billie Tucker
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Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles.
She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics.
In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway.
That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies.
With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America.
She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money.
She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts.
She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election.
She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America.
Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed:
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

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