When you get the attention of the U-S Senate Majority Whip, you must be making an impression.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin comes to Peoria to personally hear about "Don't Shoot".
Durbin spent time with the main law enforcement leaders and elected officials Tuesday as they described the program.
The Senator says he likes the formula.
There hasn't been a gang related homicide in Peoria since last September. Gun-related emergency calls have dropped as much as 30 percent the first 3 months this year.
Durbin says he came away from the meeting with a good idea of how the initiative works.
The city's Don't Shoot program is seeking a federal grant through the Justice Department.
Initiative leaders say even if funding does not come through, they will find other ways to financially support the effort.
Durbin says he's impressed with Peoria's effort to start this initiative on their own.
Among those in the meeting at Peoria City hall with Durbin were Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard, Peoria County States Attorney Jerry Brady, and U-S District Attorney Jim Lewis.