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Sen. Kirk wants federal gang fighter in Chicago

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.

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9 comments

  • Judy P.

    At least Senator Kirk is trying to come up with some solution to combat all gangs throughout this city before they take over (if they haven't taken over yet.) He is a realist and he isn't trying to sugar coat this ongoing fighting or should I say murdering. It's about time someone speaks the truth and is trying to do something (anything) about this dire situation….

  • WAWWLI

    "white-boy" solution to a problem! Are you kidding me?! If it was the other way around "colored-boy" solution, I would have Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton all over me calling me a racist and I would have to apologize, make speeches, and so forth. Such a double standard! At least he is trying for a solution Bob, where is your Mr. Fix-It-All solution? Exactly, you do not have one! As far as I am concerned, call in the National Guard along with ATF to fix gang and crime issues.

  • Click

    Bobby Rush is Chip munk with rocks in his mouth, he doesn't know crap. Kirk i understand he's trying but 30 million dollars we don't have it!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    Sometimes we need to sacrifice money for the greater good and protection of our city. We have been making national news consecutively for WEEKS now regarding the amount of shootings going on in our city. Something has to be done and I fully support Kirk in his efforts. Ignore Rush, he's an idiot and wouldn't know a good solution if it smashed him flat in the face.

  • keeping real

    gangs are the product of society inequality and economics as well, but locking up gang members is a big business…prisons are high learning center for gang member as well.. think long term senator and not short term goals like the 90's

    • homer

      What is wrong with a shoot to kill order and help out the do nothing CPD.
      They are busy stuffing their faces with donuts and any hand outs they can get.
      Shoot to kill, you all have permits to carry a gun now.
      Give it 6 months and the criminals will be begging to be thrown in to a safe jail cell

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