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6/4/2013 11:17:00 AM
Kirk, Rush to meet about Chicago gang problem

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressman Bobby Rush will meet to discuss differences over how to combat Chicago’s street gangs.

Last week, Kirk and Sen. Dick Durbin urged U.S. attorney nominee Zachary Fardon to put pressure on the Gangster Disciples, one of Chicago’s largest street gangs. Kirk went on to suggest mass arrests, adding he will seek $30 million in federal funds to finance the effort.

Rush’s district includes Chicago neighborhoods plagued by gang violence. Rush called Kirk’s idea “headline grabbing” and an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

Rush spokeswoman spokesman Debra Johnson says the Tuesday meeting in Washington will deal with directing more money to efforts dealing with youth unemployment. She says Rush will also invite Kirk to tour the 1st District.

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