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Chicago Gets $19.5 Million to Fight Gangs

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, right, listens as Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks with other area law enforcement officials highlighting Kirk's anti-gang legislation that was recently included in the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science funding b

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(AURN) -- The federal government has earmarked millions of dollars in funds to fight street gangs around the country and Illinois Senator Mark Kirk recently received approval for $19.5 million to fight street gangs in Chicago.  

Last year Kirk was criticized by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill) for what he called an "elitist" plan to cruch gang violence.  Rush claims that most of Kirk's gang fighting initiatives will lead to the incarceration of thousands of young Black men, many of whom have children.  Rush told the Huffington Post:

"Kirk's "current plan does not include the option to create jobs, provide affordable and safe housing, quality health care and improve schools in urban areas, BUT certainly a plan to incarcerate 18,000 black men is elitist. Why is incarceration the sole option instead of rehabilitation which is proven to work and not locking young men up."

Kirk posted this video to his website in response to Chicago's gang violence epidemic.

 

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