Illinois' second-largest city finished 2012 without a homicide. Aurora, population 198,000, was homicide-free last year for the first time since 1946. Michelle Meyer, the executive director of Mutual Ground, says the lines of communication between organizations and the police department has helped decrease violence in Aurora. She says the department is responsive to community needs.
Meyer is also president of the Aurora Cares Corp., a collaborative effort among service agencies, the city and community members to eliminate violence, delinquency and gangs while promoting health and safe conditions.
(Posted 1-3-2013 at 6:16am, Illinois Radio Network)