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Senator Kirk signs bill with millions in funds for anti-gang efforts in Illinois

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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk recently signed a bill with $18.5 million in funds for anti-gang efforts in Illinois and Chicago. The funds include $7.5 million for the U.S. Marshals Service to operate anti-gang investigative units, $8.5 million for gang and violence reduction programs and $2.5 million in violence education.

Throughout his time in office, Kirk has made various efforts to combat gangs and violence in Illinois. In August 2013, Kirk and U.S. Representative Bobby Rush toured Englewood, one of Chicago's South Side neighborhoods with a high crime rate. The two lawmakers joined forces to bring in more federal funds to fight gangs.

Last year, Kirk named a gun control bill after Hadiya Pendleton, an honor student who was killed in January 2013 during gang violence and who performed at President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony just a few days before being shot.