U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says a new federal spending bill includes about $18.5 million in additional money to combat gang violence. Kirk says Illinois leads the country in gang members per capita. The Illinois Republican says "it is time the federal government steps up and provides our local police with the assistance they need to stop violence." The money will be used to target gangs of "national significance." Kirk has been pushing for several months for more federal resources to combat gangs, particularly in Chicago. The city's murder rate fell in 2013, but officials say there's more work to be done.
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