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Rush, Kirk agree to work together on problem of gang violence

Making peace and moving forward. Two Illinois politicians met in Washington today to discuss their differences on how to address Chicago’s gang problem. The same issue ignited racial tension last week when Senator Mark Kirk attempted to tackle one gang in Chicago by saying he wanted to round up 18,000 of its members,  a sweep of sorts that struck a dreadful chord with Congressman Bobby Rush.  He retorted by calling Kirk’s approach an “…upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

RushKirkToday are they met in Washington D.C and stroke a far more harmonious tone.  The two men agreed there is a problem. They agreed there has to be a solution and they agreed to work together.

They men met in person for an hour or so. What exactly was discussed in the closed door meeting is not clear, but they did say Congressman Rush plans to take Senator Kirk on a listening tour of the 1st District where gang presence is very real and gang shootings a regular occurrence.

The listening tour between Rush and Kirk has not been scheduled yet but Kirk insists he wants to go where political officials like himself are typically fearful of going: talking to kids who live on some of these blocks is the main objective.

But they are not the only ones talking about the subject. Another south side alderman is speaking out about the wild talk between politicians that has been hard to ignore.

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13 comments

  • Guest

    I'm so sick of Bobby Rush's racist comments. Imagine if Kirk called Bobby Rush a "Black Boy". Double standards always seem to apply where he is involved. What is Rush's solution to the problem?

  • Jennifer

    I'm sorry but every time I hear Rush talk, he sounds like a drunk on a bender. Is he on medication or does he purposely slur his words so we can't hear the racist rhetoric that runs from his mouth like diarrhea?

    • Dinae

      Kindly directed @ Jennifer~

      Don't know if you can delete you comment but the fact remain the Bobby Rush had cancerous tumors removed from his salivary gland. This is the cause of his speech impairment. He actually speeks quite well concidering his medical history.

  • Larry

    A racist has power and influnce that is something a black man can't have in america. White people are the most racist species on the face of the earth.

  • Joe Public

    Kirk just lost my vote , the way to start to curb the violence is for the legal system to do it's job and incarcerate all gang members. The second issue is for the parents to be parents and take responsibility for their sons and daughters and not allow them to roam the streets looking for trouble. The last point is for individuals like Rush to get out of their state of racism and denial and recognize the facts that their actions have stoked the fires and until they behave like adults and stop their racist attitudes things will continue to go downhill. Kirk is a fool for associating with Rush. Kirk may have the best intentions but has chosen the next prison inmate for JJ and Blago maybe even Durbin and Quinn or Madigan.

    • attitude killer

      yes if if these gangs are jailed they should be incarcerated for life and put to work on street duty till their last breath this state needs to save money and why spend it on union workers

  • SSP

    Kirk is a good guy and has good intentions but Rush on the hand already crossed the line with his nasty comments even if he looks and sounds like DROOPY the dog.

  • chris trampas

    I love how only white people can be racist. Why isn’t the white community up in arms over this “white boy” comment. I know why, its because we have better things to do. How is it the white man is still holding you down when its the BLACK president running this country into the ground. Remember the only two times you voted…because of race. That is racism too idiot.If we go after the gangs in chicago who will protest hospital closings?

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