US Senator Mark Kirk will join Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush in a tour of a Chicago neighborhood plagued by street gang violence. The tour is a result of harsh criticism the Republican senator received earlier this year when he called for the arrest of up to 18,000 Gangster Disciple members. Rush, a Chicago Democrat, dismissed Kirk's proposal as a simplistic "white boy" solution to a complex problem. Rush's office says the pair will tour the Englewood community today as part of an effort to address urban violence and spur economic growth in the area. Earlier this month, Kirk went on a ride-along with police through Chicago's South Side as part of his pledge to more fully understand the link between gangs and violence.
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