U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants a Chicago-based federal coordinator appointed to head up gang-fighting efforts across Illinois.
The new coordinator would be under the direction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
It’s part of Kirk’s bigger strategy to undercut gang violence throughout the country.
The senator joined police and other law enforcement officials in Chicago Monday to talk about anti-gang strategies.
Kirk also wants to spend 30 million dollars to pay for the arrest of 18,000 street gang members.
Kirk says the measures will combat powerful gangs like the Gangster Disciples and Latin Kings.
Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush called that a – quote ” “upper-middle-class, elitist, white-boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”
The two men agreed to work together to come up with solutions to fight gangs.