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Rep. Rush taking Sen. Kirk on Englewood crime tour on Thursday.
WASHINGTON–Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) tours the Englewood community on Thursday with Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) with Kirk making the visit to the South Side as part of a pact the two lawmakers made to get along and try to find a united approach to fight urban violence.
Rush’s office said the paid will “tour the heart of Englewood to discuss solutions for addressing urban violence, economic growth opportunities and community needs,” with a press conference after the tour at
Teamwork Englewood, 815 West 63rd St.
The backstory: Last May, Rush blew up at Kirk after the senator called for the mass arrests of 18,000 Gangster Disciples. Rush told me in an interview that Kirk’s approach was “headline grabbing” and an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.” That led to a June meeting between the two where they patched things over and Kirk pledged to visit Englewood, in the heart of Rush’s congressional district.
Kirk has since dropped his mass arrest plan, but is moving forward with other moves to combat gang violence. My Aug. 18 column on Kirk’s call for the new ATF director to appoint a Chicago based anti-gang coordinator as he continues to look for more federal money to combat major gangs is HERE.
“The loss of young lives is taking place at an alarming rate in Englewood due to violence. Englewood is a community devastated by crime coupled with a lack of resources and opportunity. The tour is an opportunity to view many of the issues plaguing Englewood,” Rush’s office said in a statement.
Kirk has asked Rush to show him the “baddest of the bad.”