CHICAGO (KSDK) - There's a new push to crackdown on gang violence in Illinois.
Republican Sen. Mark Kirk wants the federal government to appoint a new federal coordinator to oversee anti gang efforts. The coordinator would be based in Chicago and would work with the ATF offices across the state. It's in response to a recent surge in gang related violence across the state - especially in the Chicago area.
"I think the federal government can do a lot to help lower our status as the number one gang-ridden state in the country," said Kirk.
He also wants to earmark $30 million to pay for the arrest of 18,000 gang members.