Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tribune: Rush, Kirk to tour Englewood on Thursday, talk violence

US Sen. Mark Kirk
I look forward to seeing the press conference after the tour. It would be interesting to see Sen. Kirk's reflections on seeing Englewood. Hopefully something will come of this.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is making good on his promise to show U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk around crime-ridden areas on Chicago's South Side.

On Thursday, according to a news release from Rush's office, the lawmakers from Illinois are scheduled to tour the Englewood neighborhood and discuss urban violence, obstacles to economic growth and other community needs.

Rush's promise arose as a peace gesture after Kirk in May called for jailing all Gangster Disciples members. Rush ridiculed the notion, calling it an "upper-middle-class, elitist white-boy solution" to Chicago's crime problems.
Last week, Kirk said that although he still supports mass arrests of gang members, he used the 18,000 figure to shock Illinoisans into realizing how extensive the gang issue is in the state. Kirk said he rode along with Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood last month.
Hopefully pics of the tour will be posted to the Senator's various social networking accounts such as Twitter, Flickr, or even Instagram!

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