News

Kirk Wants Federal Anti-Gang Money for Illinois

Kirk Wants Federal Anti-Gang Money for Illinois

Photo: clipart.com

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says Illinois is one step closer to getting the funds it needs to fight gang violence.
The new federal spending bill includes $18.5 million to target so-called “gangs of national significance.” Kirk is hoping to get much of that money allocated for use in the state, which he says leads the country in per-capita gang membership.
“In my view, it’s essential to do this over the long term,” Kirk said. “I would think that (famous Prohibition agent) Elliot Ness would’ve died and gone to heaven if he had gotten 18 million dollars to take on (Chicago mafia boss Al) Capone.”
The money includes $8.5 million for programs to help neighborhoods most affected by gangs, $7.5 million to fund the US Marshals Service’s anti-gang units, and $2.5 million for juvenile justice grants. Kirk says funds will be allocated to states in the next few months.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Fire Displaces Seven

local_news_generic

No injuries reported

in Local

Report: State Unemployment Rate Drops Again

jobs

Lowest in more than 6 years

in Local

State Lawmakers May Return to Springfield Earlier Than Planned

state_capitol_3

But will Senate and House leaders agree?

in Local

Jacksonville Area Teacher Arrested

handcuffs2

ISP working with Morgan County State's Attorney

in Local

Durbin Weighs in on Cuba Relations

local_news_generic

For the the first time since 1961, the United States is moving towards official diplomatic relations with Cuba — and…