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$18.5M set aside to fight national street gangs

January 21, 2014 3:14:19 PM PST
Illinois is setting aside $18.5 million to fight what officials called street gangs of ''national significance.''

Senator Mark Kirk and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy made the announcement Tuesday. The money is included in a 2014 funding measure that was passed by Congress and signed into law last week. Gangs of "national significance" include the Gangster Disciples.

"As we remember - the Capone organization was suppressed here in Chicago with back up from the feds, and we want to do that against the gangs. The major gangs of Chicago," said

The funding will help put more U.S. marshals on streets and help initiatives, such as Project Safe Neighborhoods.


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